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Zahara Madhavji, MSW, Psychotherapist

zahara@counselingwestisland.com

My work involves individuals, couples and families of all ages from diverse economic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, sexual identities, and relationship compositions. I am a licensed social worker, psychotherapist and couple & family therapist as well as a member in good standing of both the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (OTSTCFQ) and the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ). I have twenty years of work experience in both the public and private health sectors. I’ve worked in hospitals, community clinics, university settings and private practice. My work involves a variety of clinical issues including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, bereavement, illness, disability, trauma, suicidal risk, work-related stress, burnout, unemployment, parent-child relational issues, couple conflict, conjugal violence and partner betrayal. I have worked with veterans, military and paramilitary populations in individual and couple/family contexts, and I have teaching experience in both academic & healthcare settings.

Therapy is a collaborative endeavour, where our relationship will slowly build on trust and safety. I enjoy practicing from a relational-systemic psychotherapy framework, which allows me to use specialized knowledge of couple/family, individual and other relationships which include broader systemic influences. From this perspective, I integrate a variety of theoretical models that are best suited to your needs and the problem. I work within a strength-based, client-responsive, resiliency-focused approach, paying close attention to relational processes and the broader socio-cultural context in which people live. After conducting a thorough assessment, together we will set goals, explore important intersections in your lives, and create positive change in response to your specific life challenges.