At some point in our lives each of us may feel down, experience anxiety, or be in a state of struggle with ourselves and the world. Facing these feelings can be overwhelming, and feel impossible to manage alone. Counselling is an opportunity to open up a conversation about how we are affected by life's challenges and allows us to think about how we can better understand our responses to difficult feelings, circumstances and events. Therapeutic counselling can be a creative and insightful experience.

Rahim Thawer is a registered social worker and psychotherapist. He uses cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic therapy tools in his practice. Rahim's approach is rooted in values of harm reduction, being queer/trans-affirming, sex-positivity and anti-oppression. For some clients, it might also be valuable to know that Rahim identifies as gay, Muslim and a person of colour.

Some common issues in his clinical practice include:

  • Low mood, isolation, anger and anxiety
  • Relationships and intimacy
  • Body image, desire and excessive exercising/food monitoring
  • Social skills and self-awareness
  • Substance use, addiction, behaviour change
  • Self-harm and coping skills
  • Conflict around sex, sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Reconciling different aspects of identity
  • Experiences of trauma, loss, oppression

Rahim offers individual counselling geared to adolescents, adults, and older adults. Therapeutic work can be oriented toward specific short-term goals or address larger themes in the context of past and current life events.


Rahim is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).