MIA Counsellor Bios (click name to view)

Dr. Natasha M. Ali is a Counselling Psychologist registered with the Psychological Association of Manitoba (PAM). She is also a member of the Manitoba Psychological Society (MPS).

In terms of education, Natasha obtained her doctorate in Counselling Psychology in 2010 from New Mexico State University and completed her pre-doctoral internship in 2009 at the University of Florida (with both programs accredited by the American Psychological Association). She obtained her Master’s in Counselling Psychology from McGill University, Quebec.

In terms of work experience, since 2018, Natasha has been offering individual & couple counselling, family consultations, and workshops on a variety of topics to Winnipeg’s Muslim community through MIA at the Waverley Mosque. For the past two years, she has also been operating a private practice in Winnipeg where she offers individual and couple counselling. Since 2012, Natasha has worked as a Counsellor & Counselling Psychologist at University of Manitoba’s Student Counselling Centre. In that role, she has offered individual, couple, and group counselling to university students. Natasha has also worked very closely with University of Manitoba’s Muslim Student Association since 2017, providing consultations to Muslim students. Prior to moving to Winnipeg, Natasha worked as a Psychology Resident & Diversity Coordinator at New Mexico State University’s Counseling Centre from 2011-2012, and operated a private practice in Toronto, Ontario for 3 years prior to obtaining her doctorate. In total, Natasha has accumulated over 9 years of clinical experience providing individual, couple, and group counselling to university students, and over 5 years providing individual and couple counselling to adults in private practice.

Natasha uses what is called an integrative approach to counselling, drawing from humanistic, emotion-focused, cognitive-behavioural, dialectical behavioural, and developmental approaches. She also considers the spiritual into mental and emotional healing. Regardless of what approach Natasha uses, she strives to listen and adopt a non-judgmental stance when working with you. She is comfortable working with a wide range of mental health concerns including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, adjustment concerns, identity development, eating difficulties, abuse, trauma, grief, and addictions. She thrives on working with diverse people of different ages, genders, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, physical abilities, and more. She enjoys working with couples, is willing to provide family consultations, and loves facilitating groups. She counsels in English only.

Natasha was born in Montreal to immigrant parents, and has lived most of her life in Canada. She grew up in a “liberal Muslim” household, and while studying in the USA, discovered the protective factor and resiliency that comes from practicing Islam. Natasha is honoured to work with you and looks forward to meeting you.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, MB, Sophia Ali is a Social Worker who has experience in the areas of community development and health promotion. Her education background consists of a BA (Psychology) from University of Manitoba, BSW from University of Manitoba and a MBA from Athabasca University. She has worked at St Amant Centre, WRHA, St. Vital Parent Child Coalition, Youville Centre and is currently the Executive Director at Aulneau Renewal Centre. Registered as a Social Worker with the Manitoba College for Social Workers, Sophia is able to see adults, young adults and families needing additional supports. She has over fifteen years working with vulnerable sectors related to complex needs such as health issues, mental health, and locating appropriate resources in the community. Her background also includes working with immigrants, refugees, and teens.

She has volunteered with the MIA Takaful Committee, and MCNA (Muslim Children in North America) most recently. She is able to provide counselling in Urdu, Hindi and English. Issues that she is comfortable in working with include abuse, attachment, self-compassion, communication issues, generational issues, cultural issues, depression, anxiety, grief and loss. Sophia uses the following approaches in her therapy: Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

In her free time, Sophia spends time with her husband and three children, friends and family, and enjoys travelling and reading.

Hani Ataan Al-Ubeady holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Winnipeg, and is a member of the Canadian Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). He currently has three years of clinical experience providing marriage and family therapy to people from diverse ethnic backgrounds including Muslim couples, families, and individuals. He uses an integrative therapeutic approach which includes Somatic Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Bownian, and Satir approaches. Hani is pleased to offer couple and family counselling in Arabic and English.

Hani has nearly 20 years of experience working in the area of immigration, specifically settlement, integration, and community engagement serving newcomers—many of whom have been low-income. He has also worked extensively with the Indigenous community. Hani holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science and Religious Studies, and a Master’s degree in Political Science.

My name is Yumna Gill and I am a Registered Social Worker. I received a Master’s of Social Work degree specializing in clinical practice from the University of Calgary and attained an undergraduate degree in Social Work from the University of Manitoba. I am currently employed as a social worker with Manitoba FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) Centre. I have also had the opportunity to work at Independent Living Resource Centre with individuals with a disability. Over the past few years, I have also completed practica at the Knowles Centre and provided psychotherapy at Calgary Counselling Centre. Some of the issues I have assisted individuals with include anxiety and depression, self-esteem, managing stress, and trauma. My therapeutic approaches include Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I firmly believe in working in collaboration with others. In my spare time, I enjoy being with my family, reading and travelling.

A graduate from the University of Manitoba’s College of Rehabilitation Sciences, with a Masters in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Aya is currently working at the Aulneau Renewal Centre providing counselling services with a focus on trauma, mood disorders, emotional regulation, and sensory processing. She works for a variety of client populations from children to adulthood and seniors. 

Aya worked at the Health Science Centre PsychHealth inpatient care with children and youth in suicide, self-harm and PTSD, providing individual and group therapy sessions as well as educating clients and family members on coping skills and psychoeducation on brain development from a trauma perspective. She also worked at Specialized Services for Children and Youth Centre (SSCY) with children diagnosed with developmental disabilities, as well as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, ADHD, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, and Cerebral Palsy. Aya also volunteers at the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society with the goal of stomping out stigma in our community. Aya is a registered member of the College of Occupational Therapists of Manitoba (COTM) and Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT).


  • Graduated from the University of Tripoli, Libya in 1998, worked at El-Razy teaching psychiatric hospital and after that immigrated to Canada . From 2005 –2010: Psychiatry Residency at the University of Western Ontario – (London, ON).
  • Worked till 2015: as a psychiatrist at Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)-Windsor branch and Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital (Windsor, ON).
  • Starting in Sept.2015 till present at the department of psychiatry at the Health Science Center- WRHA Winnipeg, MB, and currently in the position of the Associate Medical Director of Crisis Services/Reassessment & Observation Unit (ROU) and Health Science Center (HSC) – Emergency Psychiatry as well as member at the Department of Psychiatry, College Of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in psychiatry “FRCP(C)” & Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (FAPA).

Counsellors' Availability & Languages

NameDays and TimeAppointment TypeLanguages
Sophia AliAccording to counsellor's availability English, Urdu & Hindi
Yumna GillSaturdays: 10am - noonEnglish
Dr. Natasha Ali2 Saturdays monthly, 10:30am - 5:30pmTelephone & in-personEnglish
Aya El-AlawiSundays: noon - 2pmEnglish
Hani Ataan Al-Ubeady According to counsellor's availabilityEnglish & Arabic
Dr. JwelyDirect referral from your general physicianEnglish & Arabic

To book all appointments with anyone from our team, please email: counselling@miaonline.org or call:  204-202-3109

Please note: Only Dr. Ali & Sophia Ali check the email and voice message associated with this program.

Price of Sessions

$25 per hour, but if you can’t afford this, please let us know. We don’t want price to stop you from getting service. Sorry, we do not accept insurance.

Frequently called Winnipeg Phone numbers

Mental Health Agencies in Winnipeg

  • Manitoba Schizophrenia Society: 204-786-1616
    Consultation and support groups for various groups of people diagnosed with schizophrenia & their families
  • Mental Health Education & Resource Centre: 204-942-6568
    Fabulous resources on an array of mental health issues in diverse groups of people, written for adults & children. Their online catalogue: http://www.mherc.mb.ca/page.php?id=4
  • Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba: 204-786-0987
    Psychoeducation, support groups, and youth programs for mood disorders, rent or buy light therapy
  • Mt. Carmel Clinic: 204-589-9473 (English & Arabic)
    Counselling for immigrants & refugees, in different languages
  • Willow Place, Inc.: 204-615-0313
    Emergency shelter for women & children, individual & group counselling, crisis counselling
  • Mediation Services Winnipeg: 204-925-3410
    Mediation helps people resolve conflicts with a neighbour, spouse, landlord, loved one, or in the workplace; to assist the victim of a crime, or someone charged with a criminal offense


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