Sheila Nayak | Social Worker

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About Me

With more than 20 years of experience in the field of social work, I bring my life experience to my work with children/ adolescents, individuals, families, teens, parents, couples. I thrive on supporting people to find a better way to cope in life that connects to their personal worldview. I operate using strategies grounded in solution-focused brief therapy, drawing on Adlerian and psychodynamic theories and using techniques of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I use a strengths based approach combined with an anti-oppressive, anti-racist framework. Do you want to feel that you are finally being heard, finally getting through to your child , your parent, spouse, or another significant person in your life? Are you struggling to cope and feel down on the choices you have made in some areas of life? Do you want to start feeling better about life? You may also have a child/or teen who you feel needs some support. With this desire to make changes, one way to go about achieving this goal is to talk to someone who will offer you an ear from a professional lens. Many times what feels like an impossible feat, entails small change that results in big impacts. Each decision we make in our life impacts the other. Therapy often provides the focused support necessary to understand the path that led you to the present and most importantly the journey to the place you would like to go. Using this holistic approach to striving at betterment, I would be pleased to work with you.

About My Family

While raising three beautiful children with my amazing life partner, I understand that challenges come along with these joys of life. I operate with the understanding that there is no recipe book that describes each unique parent and child relationship or the best approach from either perspective. The parent/ child relationship is such a special one, and one that should be embraced as such; though any parent would know that with this precious relationship comes unexpected challenges and most certainly surprises. With support and determination, these surprises can be managed and overcome. My parents immigrated to Canada in the 60s, and I was raised in a small city where racialized individuals were the minority. While trying to understand my roots and at the same time understanding myself in the context of my home country, comes a wealth of experience and understanding in navigating a sense of belonging, social identity, inclusion, and diversity.

About My Professional Experience

· Short term Clinical Social Work Services offered to children, youth, families and couples

My Specialties:
· Child and adolescent coping strategies; managing feelings of anxiety and symptoms of depression
· Anger, coping skills
· Self – esteem, peer relationships
· Intellectual disabilities
· Child and adolescent behavior, school issues
· Parenting support
· Support for couples and tension in relationships
· Communication
· Life transitions
· Stress
· Trauma and exposure to violence
· Violence against women

Treatment approaches: Strengths based, Emotional focused, Family systems, Narrative, Psychodynamic, Adlerian concepts and theory, Solution-focused brief therapy, Systems approach, grounded in Feminist theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapeutic approach, Trauma informed, Anti-racist/anti-oppressive framework

About My Fun Side

I really enjoy adventure, cooking, music, nature and natural beauty, laughter, and fun. I like to keep busy and have fun with friends and family. After an eventful day, I need some peace and quiet to rejuvenate.

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