Iren Karki, m.a. Candidate
Master’s Level Training Counsellor
Availability: Tuesday (9 a.m.-2:45 p.m.), Thursday (3:30-9 p.m. & 5-9 p.m. alternating), & Friday (1-9 p.m.)
Education, Training, & Professional Development
I am a Master’s Level Training Counsellor completing my clinical practicum at New Roots Therapy. I have recently completed my coursework from Adler University in Vancouver. Prior to my Masters degree, I completed my B.Sc. with psychology and biology as my majors from the University of Toronto.
I have several years of experience working in the social services field in Canada, India and Nepal. I have worked with a diverse population on issues related to anxiety, depression, addiction, abuse and trauma, which has allowed me to understand the importance of creating a safe and non-judgmental space for my clients.
In addition to my practicum placement, I am actively working as a Frontline Counsellor at a shelter for women and children who have experienced abuse and violence. There, I provide crisis management, supportive counselling, and advocacy for my clients. In addition, I have been a part of a mobile crisis team in Vancouver, which allowed me to engage in providing immediate crisis counselling and support to sex workers. I believe my experiences over the years have allowed me to greatly appreciate individual differences and unique stories that my clients bring into the session. I have learned to work collaboratively with my clients to meet their individual needs.
My Style & Approach
My style and approach to counselling has been shaped by several factors including my life experiences, personal beliefs and values, my own work in individual therapy, and professional experiences working with diverse client populations. My approach is rooted in theories such as Adlerian, emotion-focused, and person-centered therapy. That being said, I am also very flexible and like to take an inclusive approach to therapy based on individual needs.
I strongly believe that my clients have the power to bring about positive change in their own lives. I am here to encourage and empower them throughout the sessions together. I do my best to foster a safe and open space where change can occur. Being a huge advocate of social change, I also take into consideration my clients’ social contexts and how that has an impact on their emotions, thoughts, and behaviours.
I am currently on a mission to explore activities that replenish me. So far, nature has been my go-to! I love going on hikes, exploring new trails, and camping with friends. I truly believe social connection improves our mental health. Therefore, I find myself engaging in the community by volunteering and promoting mental health. Overall, I strive for a sense of connection with nature and community.