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Rahim Thawer


External Clinical Supervisor


  • Identity Conflict & Shame
  • Dating, Relationships, Single by Chance/Choice
  • Sexualized Substance Use

I work as a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, facilitator and public speaker, sessional lecturer, writer, and community organizer. I love all things mental health and am particularly interested in examining innovation in queer relationships.

“Let’s consider the ways your unconscious wants to protect you but doesn’t always serve you.”

Clinical Supervision

Nearly half of my practice has evolved into clinical supervision and consultation work. I have supervised graduate students from MSW and MA/MEd programs in Ontario and has provided consultations to provider teams in various settings within education, child welfare, housing/shelter and health service sectors. My relevant training in clinical supervision includes completion of the following training programs: Pittsburgh Balint Group Intensive (2023): American Balint Society, The Supervisory Relationship (2022/2023): Gestalt Institute of Toronto, Clinical Supervision (2021): Institute for Self-in-Relationship Psychotherapy, Clinical Social Work Supervision (2017): University of Calgary.

Facilitator & Speaker

Whether in a classroom or therapy consulting room, I strive to operate from a harm reduction, sex-positive, anti-oppressive and trauma-informed approach. This is complemented by my vast public speaking portfolio, which is both thematically and regionally diverse spanning from Canada (Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Vancouver) to the USA (New York, Austin, Atlanta, Lexington, Washington) to the United Kingdom (London, Glasgow) and South Africa (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban).
I have taught as a post-secondary lecturer at George Brown College, Centennial College, Toronto Metropolitan University, St Jerome’s University (at the University of Waterloo), and the University of Toronto. I developed curriculum for a number of courses in Centennial College’s Addiction and Mental Health Worker Program (AMHW) before its launch in Fall 2016 and was appointed as a Fellow at the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto in 2021 for my contributions to the field of sexuality. I was appointed as an International Visiting Scholar with the South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP) for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Community Work & Writing
I was one of the co-founders of Ismaili Queers: Advocates for Pluralism and dedicated over 10 years to community organizing with Salaam Canada, a national volunteer-run LGBTQ Muslim organization. I am on the faculty team and advisory committee for the Contemporary Relationships Conference (2019 to present) and on the Board of Directors at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto (2023 to present). I was a co-editor and essay contributor in a local history anthology entitled Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Toronto Book Awards. I currently have four books under contract with Thornapple Press, Blue Cactus Press, New Harbinger Press and University of Regina Press.

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