Meet Syed Viquar Ahmed


B.A., M. A (Psychotherapy), RP (Qualifying)

Resident Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Relationships are a source of sustenance and fulfillment. Sometimes we must grow and change so that we can improve and deepen our relationships. This can be frightening and confusing, and we may not be sure what to do. Therapy provides guidance to explore your relationship and manage change.

I believe that we all share the same emotions, even though we might express these feelings in different ways. I allow my clients to tell their stories in a way that feels comfortable to them. I tailor my treatment options to meet the needs of each client in a way that is sufficiently challenging, manageable, and useful. I have a respectful, collaborative practice and do not judge my clients based on culture, gender, or sexual orientation. 

I practice using a mindful, client-centred, strength-based, and solution-focused approach. I am influenced by Internal Family Systems (IFS), narrative, existential, and emotionally focused modalities, as well as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I strive to meet clients where they are at, adapting and moulding my approach to suit their unique needs. With this, I see counselling as an interpersonal exploration that is driven by the therapeutic relationship, not by theory. My practice is holistic and integrative, trauma-informed, and anti-oppressive, with emphasis placed on empowerment and self-determination.

With children and sometimes with teens and adults, I use play therapy. Young children sometimes don’t have the vocabulary to articulate emotions and thoughts and may have difficulty identifying emotions. Through play, they naturally express thoughts and feelings. Through play therapy they may learn to recognize, identify, and label emotions; and learn strategies to better manage difficult emotions and behaviours. I work with children who experience anxiety, behaviour issues, grief, attachment issues, and more.

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