MEET NATASHA LAVJI
Children, Adults & Adolescents (10+)
Natasha Lavji, the founder of Anchoridge Counselling Services, is a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario with an MS in counselling from Canisius College in New York State. After completing this, Natasha worked with at-risk youth in Miami; she then went onto specialize in working with teens and their families struggling with difficult life circumstances with a particular focus on teens with gender identity concerns or gender dysphoria.
Prior to that, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies at the University of Waterloo. Natasha worked within the Health Services department where she was involved in peer support services for students with mental health concerns and disabilities. She also worked at the Centre of Psychosexual Health, supporting teens and adults with gender identity issues, gender dysphoria, or sexually inappropriate behaviour.
Natasha hopes that she can truly understand the sentiments and struggles of those who visit her clinic and provide them with the most effective and helpful mode of therapy to work towards their personal growth and sense of accomplishment.
I travelled across South-East Asia for 40-days all alone!
CLINICAL SUPERVISION AVAILABLE
What is Clinical Supervision?
The College of Registered Psychotherapists on Ontario (CRPO) defines clinical supervision as a contractual relationship in which a clinical supervisor engages with a supervisee to discuss the direction of therapy and the therapeutic relationship; promote the professional growth of the supervisee; enhance the supervisee’s safe and effective use of self in the therapeutic relationship; and safeguard the well-being of the client.
This relationship is intended to help the supervisee develop professionally while ensuring that clients are receiving the highest level of care. Clinical supervision can be preformed a variety of ways such as individually, dyadic, group or informal peer supervisions. Each variety of supervision gives the supervisee the opportunity to gain new perspectives, challenge themselves professionally and learn from past mistakes.
How do I decide if a Clinical Supervisor is right for me?
Finding the right clinical supervisor is similar to finding the right therapist for you. It is important that a variety of details align for it to be a successful professional relationship. When considering who you would like to approach to be your supervisor you should take the following factors into consideration.
Does my supervisor’s specialties and interest align with my own? For example, does my supervisor have experience practicing individual counselling, couples counselling or family counselling? Does the counselling style that my supervisor practices compliment my own? Is my supervisor able to consistently dedicate the time and patience that is required to ensure my professional growth? Can I trust my supervisor to guide me both ethically and competently through complex cases and circumstances?
If you are able to answer yes to all these questions then you are on the right path to securing a supervisor that is right for you!
Available Supervision Opportunities
Natasha is proud to be certified as a Clinical Supervisor with the CRPO. The CRPO considers clinical supervision essential to the development of confident and competent mental health professionals and is a requirement for any individual hoping to become a registered psychotherapist.
At Anchoridge Counselling there are a variety of opportunities for individuals to participate in clinical supervision.
Individual Supervision: This form of supervision is ideal for individuals who are just beginning their career in psychotherapy. Supervision sessions would be scheduled once a week and the supervisee is expected to attend with both cases and questions that they wish to discuss with Natasha. Individual supervision allows for more time to be concentrated on the supervisee’s case load and allows them to ask questions and learn in a non-judgemental and supportive environment.
Dyadic Supervision: In dyadic supervision two supervisees meet with Natasha to discuss current cases and brainstorm resolutions to tough questions. This form of supervision is ideal for anyone looking to expand their knowledge and exposure to different therapeutic areas and modalities while being able to discuss their own case notes.
Peer Supervision: Peer supervision is a form of free group supervision offered at Anchoridge twice a month. A maximum of 6 practitioners are permitted to participate at one time. Each practitioner brings a case scenario that they would like to discuss and the group is able to support them working through it. Clinicians of all experience levels participate in peer supervision and it is a valuable tool for supervisees to take advantage of.