Rita Kohli
Registered Psychotherapist
M.A. M.Ed. and Doctoral Student in Counselling and Psychotherapy

I am a Registered Psychotherapist and a Clinical Traumatologist. I have worked with people of different races, class, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age, from a strength-based approach.

In my practice I see people who are dealing with a wide variety of issues such as historic and adult sexual violence, intimate relational violence, workplace violence, including discrimination and sexual/harassment, depression, anxiety, trauma, identity and intimate relational and self-esteem issues. I work empathically and collaboratively with people I see in my practice to foster a sense of well being in their personal, family, workplace and communities of choice. I believe that my role is to bear witness and facilitate the process of transformation from injury to resiliency, recovery and growth. It is the person seeking the change who makes the change in a collaborative and empathetic therapeutic relation with me as a skilled and competent practitioner.

I work primarily with individuals. I also work with couples and family. I use different forms of therapy such as feminist, solution focused, cognitive behavioural, emotional focused therapy, emotional freedom therapy, trauma and other forms of therapy integrating mindfulness, breath awareness and yogic breathing. My practice is strongly influenced by identity politics, anti-racism, access, equity and human rights integrating a local and global analysis of power relations.

My practice is informed by over three decades of work in the non-profit and post-secondary sector and my lived experiences as a survivor living in exile within exile. “The seduction of possibilities” keeps me engaged in personal and systemic transformative equity work in the local and global context with a deep sense of optimism and conviction that change is possible.