Nasreen Gulamhusein – Associate Counselor
Nasreen is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC #1077) and a member of the Association of Counselling Cooperative Therapists of Canada (ACCT). She feels proud knowing her life’s work is to encourage and empower people to break through their walls and live more freedom-filled, connected and purposeful lives. Nasreen has extensive experience working with individuals and couples, and also runs a support group for mothers called Breathing Space.
Additionally, Nasreen has university degrees in Communications (SFU) and Journalism (Ryerson) and has worked across Canada for a number of corporations and media outlets such as the Toronto Star newspaper and CBC Radio Canada. She has also been a freelance writer for more than 15 years for magazines, short films and most recently, a book. Nasreen has been married for 5 years and is the mother of a bubbly little toddler.
A counsellor is a guide – someone who navigates the client’s struggle with compassion and expertise. This also means bringing perspective and clarity to an area where the client might feel stuck, confused or overwhelmed.
My aim is to provide my clients with a safe, non-judgmental space where they can bring any struggle and explore it fully. I work with my clients to get in touch with their feelings, identify their struggle, reframe the struggle and regain a sense of empowerment in life. My desire is to help my clients build new emotional muscles so they can reach their personal counselling goals, and meet future challenges with greater awareness and self-compassion.
My approach is based on the use of several therapeutic modalities — including Bowen’s Family Systems Theory, Gestalt Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). This training helps me to walk with my clients to uncover what drives them to act and react when crisis occurs.
My personal journey with counselling began when I hit a wall of deep emotional exhaustion. For many years I appeared like I had it all together; that my life was perfect. On the inside I was struggling with fear, anxiety, insecurity and unexpressed sadness. I worked really hard not to let anyone see those parts of me and it left me exhausted. I had been living this way for so long that I wasn’t even aware it was a problem! It took a major crisis in my career for me to stop and realize I needed help.
Counselling gave me a safe emotional space in which to explore my particular struggle in great depth while being guided and supported. My journey gave me insight into my behaviors and allowed me to see how I was blocking my own ability to live my life the way I dreamed of living it.
What typically blocks people from feeling fulfilled and fully alive is not the struggle itself — but the thoughts and beliefs about that struggle. Typically these beliefs are negative and limiting. They become the lens we see through, filtering the way we live life and make choices. This filter impacts who we are in relationship – with our partners, children, family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers and most importantly, ourselves.
In counselling, I help my clients find their way through their struggles so they can live happier, more connected and fulfilling lives. So when challenges hit, they know how to find their way out!
I know what it is like to feel stuck, lost, hopeless and angry – and work my way through it. I am confident I can hold space for you as you explore your inner world and outer challenges. Above all else, I bring with me a curiosity to know you (and your partner) fully, a belief that you will find your way through your struggle, and a reassurance that whatever issue you bring to counselling, you are not alone.
Nasreen is a wonderful counsellor. It was our first time to see someone and we were in a place in our relationship where we needed some outside help. Since we had no experience, we were a little bit nervous to face our problems in front of a stranger, even knowing she is a professional. Gladly, her office is cozy and she keeps the atmosphere comfortable. During our sessions we had a major realization which has strengthened our relationship and allowed us to communicate with love and understanding. It was a great feeling! It was like we found a missing piece of the puzzle (that we didn’t even know was missing!). Rather than simply tell us, she guided us towards finding it ourselves which we truly believe we couldn’t have done without her. She has helped us to understand ourselves and our relationship better. We highly recommend Nasreen to anyone! Y&C
Finding a therapist can be daunting as you’re unsure what to expect or if the new person you’re seeing will be a good fit. Nasreen was immediately warm and welcoming which put my mind at ease. I’ve been seeing her for only a year but have become so comfortable with her in our sessions that she’s like an old friend. Nasreen likes to help guide you towards finding the answers you have within yourself, which I find to be one of the most rewarding parts of our sessions. Prior to attending sessions with Nasreen, the thought of leaving my home and meeting new people would often fill me with anxiety; I was very hesitant to put myself out there in fear of rejection, and had a very hard time initiating friendships and relationships. Throughout our sessions I’ve learned coping mechanisms for my anxiety, as well as a new approach to loving myself and have thus formed new friendships that I might not have otherwise. I cannot say enough good things about Nasreen! T.A.
I am very thankful for all you did for me. You were an ear and confidant when I most needed it. You helped me through the most difficult time of my life and I will forever be thankful for that. You taught me a lot about myself, and about life, and I am going to continue to keep learning. K.Z.
Education and Professional Registration:
- Registered Therapeutic Counsellor, RTC #1077
- Simon Fraser University: Bachelors in Communication, Minors in Psychology and Writing, 2001
- Ryerson School of Journalism (Toronto), Bachelors in Journalism, 2006
- Clearmind International Institute: 3-Year Counsellor Training Program in Transpersonal Psychology, 2013
- Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) Workshop: How to Engage Healing and Transformance, Dec 2014
- Clearmind International Institute: Senior Assistant for Counsellor Training Program (Years 1 and 2), 2011 to 2014
- Clearmind International Institute: Senior Assistant at Awakening Workshop & Take 2 – Couples Workshop, 2011 to current
- Relationship Boundaries Level 1 (Magicore, 2015)
- Couples Institute Training Program, 1-year with Ellyn Bader, PhD., September 2015 (ongoing)
- Weekend Within with Deepak Chopra (3 days, Jan 2016)
- Awakening Intensive (4 days, Jan 2016)
- There Is a Better Way with Chuck Spezzano (3 days, April 2016)
- Creator and Facilitator of Breathing Space – A Support Group for Moms (2016 and ongoing)
I am continually updating skills by participating in professional and personal workshops.