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ASPIRE Counselling

Looking for a culturally informed, affordable counselling service?

Welcome to ASPIRE Counselling. Our team of counsellors are thoroughly familiar with Muslim cultures and values. When life feels challenging, our counsellors will support you to turn things around and improve your personal, social and professional well-being.

Anum Gul Asghar, BBA, MBA, RPC-C
Speaks English, Urdu
Book a session with Anum

Faisal Nahri, MBBS, MA, MA, RTC
ASPIRE Counselling Team Lead
Speaks English, Urdu, some Arabic
Book a session with Faisal

Leen Hamdi, BA, RTC, RPC-C
Speaks English, Arabic
Book a session with Leen

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Lia Khlalili, BA, MA, RP
Speaks English, Farsi
Book a session with Lia




  • Addictions (alcohol, gambling, gaming, porn, shopping, substance use etc.)
  • Anger and stress management, emotional wellness
  • Boundaries, communication skills
  • Career development, managing money
  • Identity issues, conflict in values, family of origin
  • Mental health disorders (anxiety, depression, eating disorders, learning difficulties, phobias etc.)
  • Life transitions, grief and loss
  • Migration and racial trauma
  • Relationships issues, sexuality, family conflict
  • Religion and spirituality, spiritual abuse, religious trauma, Muslim convert experience
  • Surviving abuse and violence




  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion-focused therapy (EFT)
  • Internal family systems
  • Life skills coaching
  • Mindfulness
  • Narrative therapy
  • Person-centered therapy
  • Solution-focused therapy
  • Somatic approaches

At ASPIRE Counselling, we tend to attract clients of Arab, Kurdish, Persian, Afghan and South Asian heritage. Many of our clients are newcomers in Canada.

Consistent with the mission and vision of Muslim Food Bank and Community Services Society, the ASPIRE Counselling program is designed to be affordable for clients who do not have extended health plans and who can pay less than the industry standard.

We have dedicated funding for clients faced with homelessness, those who have arrived in Canada as refugees, and those with mental disabilities.

Clients who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, refugees, and children and youth with mental disabilities usually qualify for free counselling.

Most other clients pay $20–60 per session. Those who cannot afford may qualify for 5–6 free sessions.

Clients who have extended health plans pay $120 per session until their coverage is exhausted.

You can reach the ASPIRE Counselling team at:

counselling@muslimfoodbank.com

1.866.248.3868 Ext 6

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