Lead Consultant & Psychotherapist
Rahim Thawer has had a strong presence in the LGBTQ community since he began working in the HIV/AIDS sector in 2008. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo with a major in psychology and double-minor in political science and English language and literature. He also completed a Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto in 2011.
He works as a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, facilitator and public speaker, sessional lecturer, writer, and community organizer. Rahim loves all things mental health and is particularly interested in examining innovation in queer relationships. Whether in a classroom or therapy consulting room, he strives to operate from a harm reduction, sex-positive, anti-oppressive and trauma-informed approach. This is complemented by his vast public speaking portfolio, which is both thematically and regionally diverse spanning from Toronto to Ottawa, Winnipeg to Vancouver, and from New York to Austin to Atlanta.
Rahim also supervises graduate counselling students and has taught as a post-secondary lecturer at George Brown College, Centennial College, Ryerson University, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Toronto. He developed curriculum for a number of courses in Centennial College’s Addiction and Mental Health Worker Program (AMHW) before its launch in Fall 2016 and was appointed as a Fellow at the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto in 2021 for his contributions to the field of sexuality.
Rahim was one of the co-founders of Ismaili Queers: Advocates for Pluralism and has dedicated almost 10 years to community organizing with Salaam Canada, a national volunteer-run LGBTQ Muslim organization. He was also a co-editor and essay contributor in a local history anthology entitled Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Toronto Book Awards. He's currently working on a book called SEEKING: Stories from a gay therapist making sense of connection and relationships to be published by Thorntree Press .
Mental Health Consultant & Facilitator
Erin is firmly invested in her work as a Registered Nurse in community mental health where she provides support to individuals who are under-housed and homeless. Her practice is rooted in a trauma-informed Recovery Model that fosters increased capacity and self-determination for her clients. Erin most enjoys facilitating groups, organizing advocacy events and using her work as a platform to challenge mental health stigma while also advocating for clients in areas of housing, employment and social assistance. Her commitment to community goes beyond the usual work-week; she is thrilled to continue on as Healthcare Director with the Ten Oaks Project, a summer camp for LGBTQ+ youth and children of LGBTQ+ parents.
Erin’s interest in case consultation work comes with a strong anti-oppression analysis, in-depth knowledge of harm reduction, mental illness and addiction symptomology, as well as diagnosis and treatment across the lifespan.
Organizational Development & LearningConsultant
Mason has strong roots in feminist and gender justice organizations, and an educational background in Gender Studies, Adult Education, and Community Development. He has spent the last decade doing trans-inclusive policy advising and development, LGBTQ advocacy and anti-oppression work. Mason delivers workshops and trainings on queer and trans inclusion, healthy masculinity, resisting white supremacy, consensus-building, board governance, and organizational development, as well as supporting policy and organizational development for non-profit organizations looking to become more inclusive and effective. Mason is alsopassionate about designing innovative educational resources that make challenging concepts relevant and accessible to their audiences.