Ms. Jaghori provides individual and group therapy for adults. She has received training in a variety of evidence-based psychotherapy approaches, most extensively in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Narrative Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Ms. Jaghori has experience providing therapy to diverse clientele, treating depression, anxiety, complex trauma, interpersonal difficulties, and impulsive behaviours. Ms. Jaghori also facilitates the DBT and CBT groups offered at New Leaf Psychology Centre. Ms. Jaghori offers treatment in English, Dari and Farsi.
New Leaf Psychology Centre provides therapy for clients across the lifespan. The approach to therapy accounts for this, with a greater emphasis on behavioral strategies for younger children, and a focus on both cognitive and emotional based approaches for youth and adults. Therapy sessions also integrate the treatment approaches which have been shown in clinical research to be effective for your particular concerns.
Although this philosophy guides the initial approach to therapy, therapy is always personalized and your therapist will account for your preferences, particular concerns, and treatment goals.
At the conclusion of your first therapy session, you and your therapist will agree on your goals for therapy and a treatment plan.
In addition to learning proven strategies to manage specific problems, group therapy and workshops offer a unique opportunity to benefit from diverse perspectives, to gain ideas and receive support from others, and to feel less isolated in your struggles.
Our current schedule is below, followed by descriptions of the content covered in the groups and workshops.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Group
This group is designed for youth and adults who become overwhelmed by their emotions (e.g. distress, sadness, anger), and who may engage in behaviors in response to these emotions that they would like to change (e.g. aggressive behaviors, self-harm, substance abuse, binge eating, spending, gambling, social withdrawal, procrastination). In order to reduce ineffective or harmful coping strategies, four alternative coping strategies are taught. These include mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
New members are welcomed into the group at the beginning of each month. Mindfulness skills are practiced each session while the remaining three skills are practiced for two consecutive months each.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety Group
Participants will be introduced to the concepts of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy applied to worry and anxiety. Anxiety related behaviors that are interfering with life (e.g. social avoidance) will be addressed. Patterns of thinking, particularly worried thoughts, will be explored and a strategy to tackle these thoughts will be taught.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Group
Participants will be introduced to the concept of mindfulness – the intentional paying attention to the present moment without judgment. Mindfulness allows you to be more present in life and aware of what is happening in your life as it happens. Being mindful creates a space between the past and the future, where we can fully live and respond to life’s situations creatively. Sessions include the use of meditation and mindful movement, followed by discussion as to how to integrate mindfulness into daily living in order to reduce stress and anxiety, and improve well-being, adaptability, and compassion.
Ms. Jaghori earned her M.A. in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia in 2009 and is currently in the final stages of her Ph.D. in the Counselling Psychology program at McGill University. Ms. Jaghori has worked in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community-based mental health agencies, university counselling centres, and private practices. In addition, Ms. Jaghori has in-depth training in the treatment of post-traumatic experiences, and significant background in providing therapy to refugees and newcomers to Canada, dealing with war-related trauma, as well as challenges transitioning to their new life. In addition to her clinical work, Beheshta works with charitable organizations on mental health awareness and human rights issues. Beheshta serves as a Board member at the Afghan Women’s Organization in Toronto.