Our

Team

Our counsellors are here to listen, support, and provide confidential and non-judgmental care.

Get to Know Our Team

Our counsellors are here to listen to you, assist you, and refer you to appropriate resources if needed. It can be difficult to ask for help when you need it, especially given the stigma around seeking counselling. We want you to know that we’re here for you and our services are completely confidential and non-judgmental.

ISNA Cares Team

Mohammed Bemat

Registered Psychotherapist & Imam

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Danish Sheikh

Licensed Therapist, MSW, RSW

 

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Duha Alnadvi

Licensed Therapist (RP Qualifying)

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Faysal Garad

Resident Therapist

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Hosam Helal

Imam

 

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Rabeea Mazhar

Resident Therapist

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Selma Lachemi

Licensed Therapist, MSW, RSW

 

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Shoaib Wardak

Imam 

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Sobia Mahmood

Resident Therapist

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Sumayya Bemat

Resident Therapist

 

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Zayd Ali

Admin, SSW

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Mohammed Bemat

Registered Psychotherapist & Imam

Individual CounsellingPremarital CounsellingCouples CounsellingSpiritual Counselling

Mohammed Bemat memorized the Quran at a very young age. He then followed his dreams to pursue formal Islamic education from which he attained multiple ijazaa and a Bachelor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in 2014 from Darul ‘Uloom Zakariyyah. Upon returning to Canada, he began serving the Hamilton Muslim community as an Imam and youth counsellor. He felt the need to contextualize his knowledge of Islamic Sciences and Spirituality with modern day spiritual care and psychotherapy. This led him to do his Masters in Pastoral Studies with a specialization in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto.


Imam Bemat currently serves as the full-time Psychotherapist and Imam at ISNA Canada. Imam Bemat’s clinical experience includes working at Trillium Health Partners, North York General Hospital, the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Arts and Design.


Hobbies and interests: Spending time with family, hiking, camping, travelling

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Danish Sheikh

Licensed Therapist, MSW, RSW

Individual CounsellingCouples Counselling

Danish Sheikh is a Registered Social Worker, and a York University alumna with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work. Through her placement(s) and employment opportunities as a counsellor, mental health support worker, and family support worker in child welfare and at the school board, Danish has been able to obtain vast experience in working with children, young mothers, and families in the community. In her practice, Danish uses a strengths-based, client-centred, and an intersectional-lens approach, where she engages with clients to identify their strengths, potential barriers, and oppressions that they may face in society, while considering their unique social locations and lived realities. She is committed to working with clients, being a part of their journeys, and making a difference in the lives of families. As a mother of two children, Danish strongly believes in empowering the Muslim community, especially young mothers, addressing barriers and oppressions faced by marginalized populations, and advocating for social justice.

Hobbies and interests: Spending quality time with family, reading, & COFFEE

 

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Rabeea Mazhar

Resident Therapist

Individual Counselling

Rabeea is a Resident Therapist at ISNA Canada. She is currently completing her Masters of Social Work at UofT. She has a background with Mental Health Studies, as well as substantial experience working with a range of populations gained through work and volunteer opportunities. Rabeea aims to integrate a client-centered perspective in her work, and provide individualized care for everyone.

Hobbies: Reading, long walks, painting

 

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Sobia Mahmood

Resident Therapist

Individual Counselling

Sobia Mahmood is a Resident Therapist at ISNA Canada, currently pursuing her Masters in Psychotherapy and Counselling at the University of Toronto. Driven by her passion for helping individuals navigate their mental health journeys and serving the Muslim community, Sobia has accumulated experience in the field as a counsellor and mental health support worker. She practices a person-centered and eclectic approach, drawing from various therapeutic modalities to provide individualized care tailored to her clients’ unique needs. Her approach to therapy is deeply rooted in the belief that every person is the expert of their own story. Sobia places a strong emphasis on communication and collaboration within the therapy room and values the feedback and insights of her clients, recognizing their expertise in their own lives.

Hobbies and interests: Photography, painting, biking, plants, interior design, and spending time with family

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Sumayya Bemat

Resident Therapist

Individual Counselling

Sumayya Bemat is a Resident Therapist at ISNA Canada, currently completing her Masters of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Sumayya has a vast amount of experience working with children, youth and families in various contexts. She has a BA in Child and Youth Studies, and is also an Ontario Certified Teacher who has been working with TDSB for the past five years. She has completed an internship with Children’s Aid Society, and done advocacy work with NCCM.

Sumayya is an active member of her local community and is passionate about empowering Muslim youth and supporting families to gain the tools needed to advocate for themselves. Sumayya prioritizes client centered care and draws on various therapeutic modalities to best support each client.

Hobbies and Interests: Baking, travelling, and hiking

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Faysal Garad

Resident Therapist

Individual Counselling

Faysal is an intern at ISNA Canada. He is currently completing his Masters of Social Work at UofT. He has a varied work background, spending time with the Partner Assault Response and the TDSB. He aims to reduce the gang activity that plagues the Black and Muslim communities.

 

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Duha Alnadvi

Licensed Therapist (RP Qualifying)

Individual Counselling

Duha is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), currently completing her Masters in Pastoral Studies from the University of Toronto. She has experience working in both community and hospital settings as a spiritually-integrative therapist. Her aspiration when working with clients is meeting them where they are, giving them space and working together towards the clients goals. Duha has experience working with clients dealing with anxiety, depression, academic-related issues, relationship difficulties, spiritual yearning and those seeking religious or cultural connection.

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Selma Lachemi

Licensed Therapist, MSW, RSW

Individual Counselling

Bio coming soon.

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Zayd Ali

Admin, SSW

Bio coming soon.

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Hosam Helal

Imam

Spiritual Counselling

Bio coming soon.

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Shoaib Wardak

Imam

Spiritual Counselling

Bio coming soon.