About Rachel D'Silva

I am a relational individual and a trauma-informed counsellor, gifted in creating a safe space for vulnerability to emerge. My strengths lie in recognizing and drawing out the potential in the people I meet and my ultimate goal is to blend my practical and academic knowledge to help build a more equal and just society.

I work with a variety of psychological concerns like trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, racial trauma, burnout, grief, meaninglessness/purposelessness, death anxiety, and boundary setting.

 

My specialty lies in working with survivors of trauma and clients belonging to the LGBTQ2IA+ community.

I am trained in Existential, Humanistic, Person-Centred, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. All my approaches emphasize on the connection that you and I can create within session as I believe “It is the relationship that heals” (Irvin Yalom).

 

I am also certified in Trauma-Informed Yoga  with the use of which, we can together relieve the nervous system of it's misplaced trauma responses (fear, anxiety, past trauma symptoms) and  facilitate holistic healing through the mind, the body, and the spirit. Read more about this here.

 

Through my work experiences in India and Canada, I have been trained to apply counselling theories and skills in a way that is vital to survivors of trauma in a cross-cultural context. My goal is to help my clients navigate the post-pandemic world while addressing the uprising of social discomfort with injustice in our society.

Ask me here about how I can help you.

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Education and training

 

Masters of Counseling Psychology, Adler University, CA

 

Masters of Counselling Psychology, SNDT Women's University- Mumbai, India

 

Trauma-Informed Practice Training, Level 1&2 by Alyson Quinn and Trish Walsh 

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Training, Level 1 by Dr. Rachel Nobel

 

Gottman Method, Couples Therapy- Level 1, Gottman Institute

 

Yoga Outreach Core Training by Yoga Outreach

 

Using Yoga in Your Work trainingby Yoga Outreach

 

Opioid Overdose Response Training, St. John’s Ambulance

Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals, Joni Gilbertson 

 

Emergency Childcare First Aid CPR B/AED, St. Mark James Training 

NOTABLE PUBLICATIONS/ PRESENTATIONS:

“Self-Care Sold Separately: Mental Health & the Hustle” for a WOMXN RISING Conference (2020)

“Relationship between Grit, Gratitude and Subjective Well-being” at the Bombay Psychological Association annual conference (2017).

Languages: (Native) - English, Hindi, (Conversational) - Marathi, Konkani, French

Pronouns: They/Them

SESSIONS OFFERED:

Individual Counselling Session (50 min) $120 CAD (plus GST)

Individual Counselling Session (80 min) $180 CAD (plus GST)