Nikoo Shirazi, MA Clinical Associate Toronto Psychology Clinic
Education and Training
Nikoo Shirazi completed her Masters in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto and is in the final stages of completing her doctorate in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto. Nikoo has experience providing clinical services in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her prior training/work experience includes the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Psychology Clinic. She is also a student affiliate member with the Canadian Psychological Association.
Nikoo provides assessment and psychotherapy to individuals and couples dealing with a wide range of concerns that include depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, issues around sexuality, life transitions, low self-esteem, emotional dysregulation, stress management, and relationship and family issues. Additionally she trained in providing assessments for more compelx issues that include psychosis, personality disordres, and behavioural problems. Nikoo also works with couples dealing with difficulties related to emotional, physical, and/or sexual disconnection, difficulties with communication and resulting tension (i.e., arguments and hostility), issues with trust (i.e., deception and infidelity), anger and irritability, and problems managing everyday tasks and concerns (i.e., dividing workload and managing finances). She also has an interest in working with couples dealing with challenges related to religion and religious practice, mental health, and sexual orientation.
Nikoo is presently completing her doctoral research with Dr. Jeanne Watson at OISE within the area of Emotion Focused Therapy. Nikoo’s prior research examined the role of perfectionism and emotion dysregulation in anxiety disorders. For her dissertation she is examining the role of early attachment memories on generalized anxiety disorder.
Nikoo practices from an integrative framework, drawing from various therapeutic approaches (e.g., relational, psychodynamic, person-centred, cognitive-behavioural, and emotion-focused) as they best apply to the client’s needs. Through working with populations across diverse cultural, racial, sexual, religious, and economic backgrounds, she has an awareness of how various cultural and social issues affect an individual’s experience.
Nikoo identifies as first generation Canadian. She was born in Iran and spent part of her life in Iran and part of life in Canada. She completed her undergraduate studies in psychology in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and subsequently moved to Toronto to pursue graduate studies. Having moved from an eastern to a western country, she has a deep understanding of the challenges that first-generation immigrants and their families encounter. This informs her psychotherapeutic work with clients.
Nikoo provides services in English and Farsi.
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