WHO I AM
Canadian Certified Counselor
Hi I’m Sawah aka The Nerdy Therapist (they/them, she/her). I have always had a passion for people and relationships, initially doing an undergraduate degree in communication studies while working as a student journalist, then in service industries, before settling as a counsellor (high school me would be proud)! I went in to counselling because I wanted to see more people providing the services I wanted to have access to. Namely counsellors with lived experience in neurodivergence, LGBTQ2SIA+, and non-monogamy/alternate relationship structures. I began the journey of getting my Master of Arts in Counselling in 2018 and completed the degree spring 2021.
For many years I have worked or volunteered in counselling like settings, providing peer support, resources and a listening ear to those who needed it. Settings included women’s resource centers, student residence living, autistic support work and more.
As an individual I am queer, neurodivergent, and non-monogamous. I love travel, experiencing different cultures first-hand, being in nature, spending time with chosen family, games/gaming whether it’s table top role-playing games, board games or video/computer games, coffee on rainy days, and seeing the aha moments as something clicks into place.
Authenticity, honesty, integrity, collaboration, continual personal growth, vulnerability, compassion, sex positivity, anti-racism, self-determination, trans rights, indigenous sovereignty, inter sectionalism, harm reduction.
CREDENTIALS AND TRAININGS
Canadian Certified Counsellor March 2022
MA: Counselling Psychology April 2021
Gottman Level 1 2021
Skills Training and Affective Interpersonal Relationships 2021
Narrative Intro 2021
Telehealth training August 2020
The Body Keeps the Score Trauma Intensive 2020
Facilitation 101 - July 2018
These credentials and trainings are not exhaustive.