Anita Thandi

MA, RCC - Therapist, EFAP

Anita has been a member of the EFAP team since July 2004. She brings with her experience of working with individuals, couples and families in the areas of depression, anxiety, family conflict, relationships, parenting and pain management. Anita continues to consult and provide training to community agencies around diversity and cultural issues.

Education & Training

Anita has a M.A (Counselling Psychology) from UBC where she focused her studies on cross cultural issues and women’s identity. Anita has continued her professional development by taking ongoing training and workshops in a broad topic range including; Depression and Anxiety treatment, Attachment and Trauma, CBT, Narrative and Mindfulness based approaches.

Areas of Expertise

Anita has done extensive work in the areas of depression, anxiety, relationships, women’s identity and family issues. She has further worked with immigrant families living in and navigating the extended family context. Anita is also fluent in Punjabi and Hindi. Anita has also worked in the field of rehabilitation psychology helping clients deal with workplace injury and chronic pain symptoms.

Philosophy

Anita believes that people often get stuck in patterns of repetitive behaviours or thinking that can keep them from moving forward or past painful experiences. The therapeutic setting provides a safe and confidential place to explore concerns and attain a better understanding of one self.  In a collaborative way the therapist can help one move towards awareness, resolution or acceptance which can lead to growth and better emotional health. 

Therapeutic Models

Anita works by drawing from a variety of therapeutic approaches including family systems, solution focused, CBT, mindfulness and expressive therapies.

Work History

Before coming to EFAP Anita worked as a therapist at OPTIONS in their Family Counselling Department. She has also worked as a therapist in a Family Crisis Intervention program.  Anita has run psycho-educational and psychotherapy groups for parenting, women’s empowerment, relaxation/mindfulness and pain management.  Anita continues to offer trainings to local agencies and groups around counselling and diversity issues. Anita has also done extensive volunteer work throughout the years working with domestic violence issues.

Professional Affiliations & Registrations

Anita is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.

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