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Naaila Ali

MSW, RSW
(she/her)

Registered Social Worker

 

AREAS OF FOCUS
  • Navigating Refugee, Newcomer & First Generation Experiences
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Anxiety & Depression

I am a Muslim and a settler of colour, born on Turtle Island with Indo-Fijian ancestry. Personally, and professionally, my ethics are rooted in anti-oppressive, anti-racist, anti-capitalist, feminist, and decolonial lenses entrenched in Indigenous sovereignty. I am poly-, sex-, kink-, and sex work-positive, and I am an advocate for radical self-acceptance. My therapeutic approaches draw upon narrative, emotion-focused, cognitive-behavioural, and solution focused therapies; with growing interest in attachment theories; art and movement-based therapies; as well as non-Western forms of healing and reconnection.

“We are all deserving of care that can be with us exactly where we are, as we are.”

My education includes a BA in Psychology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Alberta, a BSW from the University of Calgary, and an MSW from the University of Toronto. I am a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers (OCSWSSW) and a member of the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW).

Much of my experience has been working with members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community across the lifespan, from youth to post-secondary students to seniors; as well as refugees and Newcomers to Canada.  I have also had the honour of supporting queer and trans Muslims, as they navigate the various intersections of their identities.

I arrive to this work with tenderness, compassion, and an eagerness for folks to discover their needs in ways that hold true to themselves and support their healing. Through community and care, I hope to help continue creating a world where fellow humans who have not found spaces to honour their whole selves, can be welcomed home.

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