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MIA Counsellor Bios (click name to view)
Dr. Natasha M. Ali is a Counselling Psychologist registered with the Psychological Association of Manitoba. She is also a member of the Manitoba Psychological Society. 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).
Natasha worked as a Psychology Resident & Diversity Coordinator at New Mexico State University’s Student Counseling Center from 2011 to 2012, and since 2012, as a Counsellor and Counselling Psychologist at University of Manitoba’s Student Counselling Centre. Natasha has accumulated more than 8 years of clinical experience providing individual, couple, and group counselling to university students. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Natasha obtained her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from McGill University, Quebec, after which she operated a private counselling practice in Toronto, Ontario for 3 years. There, she worked mostly with adults, couples, and families referred to her by an Employee Assistance Program.
Natasha uses what is called an integrative approach to counselling, drawing from humanistic, emotion-focused, cognitive-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.
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 she is currently pursuing her 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 is completing the last stage of his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Winnipeg. 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.
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).
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.
Belal is a Ph.D. student in the University of Manitoba’s Clinical Psychology program, and is currently offering individual counselling to adults who are 18 years or older. He is currently being supervised by Dr. Natasha Ali. Prior to starting his Ph.D., Belal received an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Manitoba and a B.Sc., honours specialization in Psychology, from Western University in London, Ontario. Belal is enthusiastic about ensuring that the mental health needs of Canadian Muslims are met. He does research at the UofM focused on addressing the barriers that prevent Muslims from seeking psychological help and he is a research intern at the Stanford Muslim Mental Health Lab where he is researching the role of religion in preventing suicide from an Islamic perspective.
Belal was born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area. He has a background in traditional Islamic values, but takes an open approach to treatment by striving to be non-judgemental. Belal tries to tailor therapy to each person by combining evidence-based treatments to meet his clients’ needs. Belal is comfortable working with a broad range of clients and a broad range of mental health concerns. Belal speaks Urdu conversationally, and is happy to offer services to individuals who are bilingual in English and Urdu.
In his free time, Belal is an avid reader of classical philosophy and literature, enjoys watching comic book movies, and loves to cook.
Belal is available to see clients on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.