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Harroop Sandhu

MA, Registered Clinical Counselor #11994

What experience or background do you bring to your counselling and supervision practice that is uniquely yours?

Working in the field of mental health for several years and supporting clients in crisis, I am continually amazed by the innate resilience of individuals. Witnessing the ability of people to meet these experiences whole heartedly and find the inner strength to persevere feels like a gift to me. Additionally, my own experience in getting through tough times has taught me that challenges present a profound opportunity to grow and adapt (even though they might not seem like “opportunities” when we are in them).

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

I feel deeply honoured to do the work that I do with clients. The courage clients display through showing up, being open and putting in the effort to work on themselves is incredible. Being a witness to the healing journey of clients is a gift because it constantly inspires me to do my own work.

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

Growing up in a multicultural household I faced the difficulty of navigating between two different cultural value systems. As a second generation immigrant I felt like I was living between two cultures and communities, feeling like I did not really belong to either. Through my own journey of struggling to find a sense of identity while straddling different worlds, I was faced with the task of finding ways to adapt. Doing my own inner work by going to therapy and developing spiritual practices has helped me appreciate the strength I found in facing adversity. Through my path of self-growth I have come to appreciate the uniqueness of my perspective and experiences.

What have you learned from your work?

Through my work as a counselor I have learned that each of us has unique strengths and perspectives through our individual life experiences. When we can meet the messiness of life with courage and embrace the hard moments, we have the ability to be transformed.