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Mahta Kakvan

Pronouns: she/her/hers • MA, M.Ed, RP

Mahta Kakvan

Meet Mahta

I'm the therapist for you if:

  • You are looking for a safe and non-judgmental space to be heard, seen, validated, and accepted with all your vulnerabilities
  • You are suffering from anxiety, depressive symptoms, and low mood and need to learn adaptive coping skills to improve your symptoms and regulate your mood
  • You identify as a survivor of emotional, physical or sexual abuse and would like to receive support and care to address the impact it has had on your life
  • You are looking for a therapist who appreciates your struggles and acknowledges that “true strength lies not in the absence of vulnerabilities, but in the courage to embrace and accept them.”

Session Types: Individual Therapy

Availability: Virtual & In-Person

Specialties: 2SLGBTQIA+ Experiences, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Emotional Regulation, Grief and Loss, Self-Esteem, Sexual Abuse, (Vicarious) Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

Mahta's Bio

Education: I am a doctoral candidate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy at University of Toronto. I hold two Master’s Degrees in Counselling Psychology (M.Ed) and Developmental Psychology (M.A) from the University of Toronto and York University, respectively. I completed my Specialized Honours Bachelor of Science (Spec. Honors. BSc) in Psychology at York University. 

Therapeutic Style and Approaches: My therapeutic style is warm, empathic, non-judgmental, collaborative, and anti-oppressive. My goals are to establish an authentic alliance with my clients and to create a safe space where they can feel heard, supported, and validated. My area of focus in psychotherapy includes trauma (e.g., Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD- sexual abuse, vicarious trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, anger, emotional regulation, grief and loss. My practice is 2SLGBTQIA+ affirming. I help my clients identify their distressing thought patterns, navigate their emotional processes, and develop effective coping skills. I strongly advocate that each client deserves individualized care, which can address their unique needs and goals. Therefore, I tailor treatment to each client’s particular needs by drawing primarily on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT).

Personal: I identify as an ethnic minority in Canada. I believe that my personal experience as a first-generation immigrant has shaped and enriched my motivation to work with people of different unprivileged minorities and the intersectionality of ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and social status.

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