What I Do?

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School-Related Difficulties

I will work with your child to understand what is making learning hard for your child and develop recommendations to help them succeed. I may work with the child, parent, or teacher to help implement strategies. I offer seven years of experience working as a psychoeducational consultant in private practice and with school boards. This means I have knowledge of what makes learning easier for children with learning disabilities, ADHD, intellectual disabilities and beyond. I also enjoy supporting teens and adults with the transition to college or university. We also provide a consultation service. If you feel like something is not quite right, we can support you to decide what to do next. If a psychoeducational assessment is needed, we can transition into completing one through our assessment service.

Therapeutically, I strive to be a compassionate, non-judgmental, and creative therapist. Your child or teen will have space to explore their thoughts and feelings and be heard. I will support them in challenging unhelpful patterns and learning coping skills that will help them feel better and function more effectively. We will work together to develop a treatment plan that will make a difference.

Dr. Verniero and I can also provide diagnostic mental health assessments for children, adolescents, and young adults who are looking to better understand their mental health and understand whether their challenges meet criteria for a diagnosis. We can prepare a brief report to document our findings.

I have experience supporting a variety of clients. For example, I’m skilled in supporting anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, self-injury, stress and anger management, relationship difficulties, and social skills training. Sometimes youth just need to talk to a trusting adult who is not a parent, this is a valued use of therapy.

In addition to my Master’s degree, I completed two-years of a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology. This is where I gained specialized training in how to use psychotherapeutic relationship and evidence-based interventions to treat mental health conditions. In addition, I received specialized training in Cognitive Behavour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Interventions.

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I Believe

“I believe we can work together to make meaningful changes”

Qualifications

Veesta Mavandadi

Therapist | M.A., B.Sc.

Education & Accomplishments

  • Two-years of Doctoral Training in the CCAP program (2018-2020)
  • Masters of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (CCAP), University of Guelph (2016- 2018)
  • Honours Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, McMaster University (2011 – 2016)
  • Masters and Doctoral Level SSHRC Scholarships and Fellowships (2016-2022)
  • Mavandadi, V., Bieling, P. J., & Madsen, V. (2016). Effective ingredients of verbal de‐escalation: validating an English modified version of the ‘De‐Escalating Aggressive Behaviour Scale’. Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing, 23(6-7), 357-368.
  • Mavandadi, V., & Lewis, S. P. (2021). Pro-self-harm: Disentangling self-injury and eating disorder content on social media. Suicidology Online, 12(1).

Approach

  • CBT
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Mindfulness techniques
  • Emotions Focused Family Therapy
  • Trauma-informed

Professional Memberships

  • Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP)

Experience

  • 8 years

Veesta's Favorite Quote

“The way you feel right now will pass.”

Frequently Asked Questions With Veesta

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Therapy helped me understand myself, my patterns, and my behaviours better. I want to help others gain more awareness and capacity to build the lives they want and deserve.

Connecting with another person and sharing in their joy, pain, and discovery. It means a lot to me to be trusted with another person’s private thoughts and feelings.

It’s normal to feel hesitant about being vulnerable with a stranger. We could spend time exploring what you are worried about. Often, your fears give us insight into the challenges you’re facing. Exploring your worries are a part of therapy.

It always brings me comfort to appreciate the world around me. Nature, sunsets, animals, human beings… such unique and beautiful things.

Nurturing a human life is the most challenging thing a human being can do. It makes sense that it feels hard and that you may feel like you are not doing it right. Every child is different and the approach you take with one child may not work for another child. It’s complicated. We would work together to sort through the complexities and come to a place where you feel better and more confident.

We help you explore the whole picture and ask the necessary questions to understand the core issue. We incorporate evidence-based research to help guide next steps. A friend may be quick to give advice, judge, or give an opinion that changes how you think. We try to help you move forward in a way that will have long lasting success and ensures your inner feelings are respected.

Veesta Mavandadi

Bayridge Counselling

Availability

  • Weekdays
    between 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • every other Friday
    9 am – 5 pm

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What activity instantly calms you?

Watching a sunset from start to finish. Noticing how the colours change and the sun disappears.

Would you rather cook or order in?

Order in! Something rich in both flavour and calories… pad thai?

How do you enjoy spending your alone time?

I’d like to say that I read or do yoga, but in reality, I watch Netflix on the couch.

What’s the best piece of advice a family member has given you?

Throughout the course of your life, you will be constantly rediscovering yourself. Be curious, be open, and don’t give up.

Veesta in the Community

Veesta In The Community

Effective Ingredients Of Verbal De-escalation: Validating An English Modified Version Of The 'de-escalating Aggressive Behaviour Scale'

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Disentangling Self-injury And Eating Disorder Content On Social Media

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Effective Ingredients Of Verbal De-escalation: Validating An English Modified Version Of The 'de-escalating Aggressive Behaviour Scale'

View Article

Disentangling Self-injury And Eating Disorder Content On Social Media

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Need Help Choosing a Therapist?

If you are still trying to decide whether therapy is right for you, book a free 20-minute virtual consultation with our Clinical manager and therapist, Nicole Callander, RSSW. Nicole would be happy to answer any questions about therapy or who would be a match for your unique situation.

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