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Deema Elkaswani

MCP, Canadian Certified Counsellor #10005582

What is a personal challenge that you have overcome in your own life?

A personal challenge I have overcome is the grief over the passing of my father last year. My grief has been multi-layered as the relationship with my father was strained for the majority of my life. Therefore while I was grieving his death, I was also grieving the loss I felt as a young child. In my efforts to process my grief, I have sought support from people I trust, I have allowed myself the honest space to feel my feelings no matter how painful they were and arguably most important - I accepted that grief can be a long journey.

What have you learned from your work?

I have learned that while we all have our differences and unique qualities, we all have very similar needs. We all need to feel supported, understood, validated, cared for, and accepted. These basic human needs are not conditional to our race, ethnicity, background, or age. No matter who you are, who you identify as and what your story is - we all deserve to be welcomed into a safe and open space to be who we are.

What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?

My favourite thing about working closely with people everyday is knowing that I play a role in their wellness journey. I recognize that energy plays a role in our work and I take pride in knowing I bring a positive, warm and comforting energy to the space we sit in. I love connecting with people to understand how our work is benefiting them, where it can improve, what we can try next and what they need less or more of. Being part of your support team is something I hold near and dear to my heart as I believe it is a privilege to hear your story and be part of your healing. I believe the best in people and I enjoy uplifting, encouraging, motivating and giving space to those seeking it.