We all have the potential for positive change and, with the right tools and support, that type of growth can be infinite.
As a Registered Clinical Counsellor my approach tends to be straightforward without being harsh, and encouraging without pressure. My ultimate objective is to work collaboratively with you in confronting the obstacles that would otherwise allow you to have a more dynamic and enriched life.
A better part of my life has been spent in advocacy work, specifically with vulnerable populations. I have worked many years in the BC Settlement & Integration sector both as a front-line worker and in management. This was concurrent with my work as a therapist until a few years ago where I fully dedicated myself to the role of providing therapy and psychoeducation for clients from all walks of life.
- Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)
- Specialized training in Marriage & Couples Counselling
- Solution-Focused therapist
- 10 + years of counselling experience
- Multilingual therapy offered in French and Farsi
- Member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC)
- Member of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
- National work experience with immigrants and refugees
- Consultant, organizational debrief and workshop facilitator, content developper
My Professional BIo:
Mona Hassannia is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and founder of Nia Counselling providing individual therapy and mental health debriefs/workshops to clients and front-line staff in the settlement sector. She has over 15 years of front-line and management experience in working with various populations including government-assisted refugees (GARs), refugee claimants, migrants, and immigrants. As part of the supervisory team in BC’s “Operation Syrian Refugee”, she assisted with the largest refugee resettlement mission in Canadian history and has shared best practices in settlement and mental health at various speaking engagements including the National RAP Conference in Ottawa. She served as the manager of Settlement Orientation Services (SOS), a program serving only refugee claimants, and is well-informed on the mental health needs and challenges of those with precarious immigration status. Recently, she provided a series of national crisis debriefs delivered virtually to quarantined Afghan refugees supporting them through the sudden evacuations. Her continued work focuses on various mental health projects and initiatives geared towards transformative change. Mona is a committed advocate for the mental health wellbeing of newcomers and supports the capacity building of frontline staff and organizations that serve them.