Insight Psychological Therapists - Simarjit Gill
Simarjit Gill, Therapist, B.Sc, (She/Her)
Hello! I am passionate about actively listening to one’s life story through multi-factorial and nonjudgmental lenses as many factors (e.g., cultural, biological, social, psychological) influence one’s experiences and worldviews. I practiced a client-centered approach in my previous experience while supporting and coaching families in navigating complex emotional regulation issues and life stressors associated with having a child with a disability (e.g., Autism, anxiety, OCD and ADHD). I would like to collaboratively work with individuals in helping them navigate their issues by highlighting their strengths and identifying potential solutions.
*NOTE: Our Post-Practicum Intern (Student) Therapists offer reduced rates for counselling support. Please be aware that FEES WILL BE NON-REIMBURSABLE by Extended Health Care Benefit Plans.
More About Simarjit Gill
I want to apply a client-centred approach by combining treatment methods and strategies from solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy. I believe in building a positive therapeutic relationship by incorporating empathy, respect, compassion, and trust, which creates a safe space for you to share your vulnerable experiences. I also believe that the client is the expert of self and knows more about themselves than someone else, thus I want to collaboratively work with you to search your meaning and strengths through the therapeutic process.
While being raised in Canada, I have and continue to experience the challenges in navigating my life experiences while being exposed to two different cultures. Therefore, my unique perspective will allow me to understand and incorporate cultural differences to help motivate and empower others to take charge of their lives and mental health.
Currently, I also work as a behaviour consultant and use a family-centered approach to support the core challenges and unique learning styles of children with autism. I provide consultation to these children in the home, in the community and schools. This experience provided me with various opportunities, including working with families of various cultural backgrounds, language barriers and family dynamics.
A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS:
When did you know you wanted to become a psychologist?
My love for psychology began when I pursued the subject as my minor, and I soon obtained a double major in both psychology and biological sciences. Psychology courses often moved me to perceive the world around me in a variety of different ways while considering multiple perspectives. Then my job as a behaviour consultant has provided me with the opportunity to help parents support their children with a disability and observe how it impacts their mental health. In this position, I am regularly met with the unexpected trust of parents who want to confide in me and turn to me for emotional support during challenging times. These experiences with my clients are invaluable, and they have further propelled me to seriously pursue counselling psychology.
What are you most passionate about?
I am passionate bout spending quality time with your loved ones. I enjoy spending my time with my nieces and nephews and they bring joy to my life. Having these connections creates strong emotional support and helps one cope with stress and life challenges.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biological Sciences
Master in Counselling Psychology (In Progress)
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (Student)
Behaviour Intervention Certificate of Achievement
Stepping Stone Triple P- Trainer in both Individual and Group Settings
Safe Management Training- Crisis Intervention Training
EMDR training Level 1
Gottman Training Level 1
I have experience in:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Adults
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Children
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Becoming a Parent or the Addition of Children
- Behavioural Issues
- Changes in Health
- Child & Youth Anxiety
- Child & Youth Stress and Trauma
- Childhood Development Issues
- Children's Mental Health
- Communication and Negotiation
- Compassion Fatigue
- Cross Cultural Issues
- Dealing with Physical Health Issues
- Emotional Abuse
- Emotional Regulation
- Empty Nest Syndrome
- Family Caregiver Stress
- Food or Eating Issues
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Learning Disorders
- Life Transitions and Adjustment Issues
- Loss of Employment
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Parenting Coordination
- Parenting Issues & Support
- Relationship Dependence
- Religious or Spiritual Trauma
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Stress Management
- Weight Management
- Workplace Stress
- Workplace Trauma
My treatment approaches:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Behavioural Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
- Gottman Couples Therapy
- Narrative Therapy
- Person Centered Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy