MCP, Registered Clinical Counsellor

Pavan Goraya

As a clinical counselor I am deeply committed to supporting individuals through their emotional challenges. My passion for helping people stems from a profound belief in the power of holistic healing. Growing up with immigrant parents, I’ve cultivated a unique understanding of cultural diversity, enabling me to create an open and inclusive space for individuals from various backgrounds. Throughout my career, I have focused on addressing complex issues, including trauma, anxiety, depression, and relationship challenges. My approach is rooted in empathy and a deep respect for each person’s unique journey. I strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment where clients can explore their emotions and experiences without judgment. My ultimate goal is to empower individuals to discover their inner strength and resilience. 

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Words to live by

Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do. – Brené Brown 

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A little bit more about me

Education?

Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Adler University

Top Three Specializations?

Top Three Modalities of Therapy?

  • Person Centered Therapy (PCT)
  • Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)

What led you to counselling?

My strong desire to help people, combined with my own personal experiences supporting loved ones through their own challenging journeys. 

What do people say your biggest strength is?

One of my biggest strengths is my genuineness and honest desire to hold space for clients and create a safe and welcoming environment. People often comment on my authenticity when providing empathy and that I am a very easy person to talk to. I have been told I have a patient listening ear and that my approach to counselling helps people feel at ease without any judgment or expectations. 

What is your favourite book?

“The Body Keeps The Score” by Bessel van der Kolk is by far my favourite book as I really enjoyed learning about trauma and the ways our bodies can hold onto traumatic experiences. The book Inspired me to specialize in trauma and sparked a passion for trauma-informed work. I am particularly interested in exploring the impact of trauma with my clients and how it manifests physically in different ways. I always recommend this book to colleagues and clients for anyone wanting to further explore the relationship between mind and body when it comes to trauma.

What is a unique hobby you have?

I love dancing and used to be a Bhangra dancer. I loved the teamwork aspect of dancing with a team, practicing, going to competitions, and feeling part of something unique. I loved performing and competing as a team, where learning how to work together and dance together in unison was always a great challenge. To this day I love dancing, even if my knees are cracking and the stamina isn’t the same, I still love to dance around whenever I get the chance.

What would you tell a client who is meeting you for the first time?

I would tell a client that is meeting me for the first time that I am here to support them on their journey and meet them wherever they are at. I truly believe my clients possess the skills themselves to work towards a place of resilience and growth and that they are the experts of their lives. I would tell them my role is to guide and assist them as they lead the way towards the changes they are seeking. My role is to support clients with the necessary tools to achieve progress, no matter where they are at in their mental health journey.  

 

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to become a pediatrician. I really wanted to help children and was fascinated with medicine, where I used to pretend I was a doctor whenever I could. After a few years of making my parents pretend to be my patient, I eventually grew out of wanting to pursue medicine when I learned that you actually have to go to medical school and that a stethoscope doesn’t make you an automatic doctor. Now, I love that I still get to work with kids in a 1 on 1 setting and know that I found my calling that my 5 year old self would be proud of.

What/who inspires you?

I am truly inspired by my parents. They immigrated to Canada not knowing the language or the culture and embraced the challenge fearlessly. I am so inspired by my parents willingness to seek new adventures and challenges and am in awe of their open-mindedness when it comes to trying something new. I am so proud of their adaptability and the way they courageously started a family in a new country. They have also shown such a willingness to learn about new ideologies and concepts, such as mental health, and have taught me the benefits of always having a growth mindset.

What is your process for turning a bad day into a good one?

Bad days can be tough. I have learned to let myself feel emotions and not push myself to feel a different way or snap out of it. My mantra is to take it one day at a time, and to allow myself to feel what I am feeling. I have also built a really great self-care repertoire that helps me feel better, which usually includes going for a walk, spending time with family, talking with friends, or spending time with my partner.

Favorite things to do?

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and going for walks in nature.