Sofian Ayyad, Registered Psychotherapist
If you are looking for a therapist, I know how hard it can be going through profiles and websites trying to find the right one.
I know how difficult that can be, because I was in exactly the same position many years ago, and as I searched, I wondered whether the therapist would be able to really understand me and everything I’d been through.
I worried about opening up about things I didn't want anyone to know about, and about putting myself in that vulnerable position.
I secretly feared judgment, and wondered whether the therapist would be truly kind, accepting, and understanding.
I wanted a therapist who would be real and down-to-earth and yet have the knowledge, skills, and experience to help me with my problems.
These past experiences formed who I am today as a therapist, and I believe they will make me approachable and real in my relationship with you.
Why work with me?
I enjoy providing a kind, accepting and non-judgemental space where you can relax and feel comfortable exploring your thoughts and feelings.
I have been in your shoes, and therapy helped me feel better and to cope and grow during a very difficult period.
I clearly remember how difficult it was to first open up about my struggles and insecurities, and how relieved I felt when the things I said were received with kindness, empathy, and understanding.
My past experiences help me to appreciate you for who you are, and I would consider it a sincere privilege to have the opportunity to work with you.
My path to becoming a psychotherapist was not a traditional one. I worked for over a decade as a computer engineer for multinational corporations before switching careers to follow my life-long interests in psychology, psychotherapy, and spirituality.
I grew up in a bi-racial family, and I lived in Europe and the Middle East for various parts of my life before calling Canada home for the last two decades. Having lived in diverse environments helped me develop a great appreciation for various cultures and sensitivity to the specialness of every person I meet. As a result, apart from my formal education and extensive clinical training, I bring a well-rounded set of real-life experiences that I believe will benefit you.
I enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds, regardless of gender, age, culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender expression.
I know that positive change is possible, no matter how difficult and complicated our life situation might be at the moment. If I may paraphrase a famous proverb, each journey begins with a single step, and so it is with healing journeys as well.