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About Us

"Healing begins when you find the courage to explore within."

MentalOptimist provides services to all members of our community, including individuals belonging to diverse social, cultural, racial, sexual, gender and relationship identity groups.

About MentalOptimist

MentalOptimist was launched in 2016 and brought together a team of competent and ethical mental health clinicians who provide a comprehensive array of therapy and assessment services to people of all ages and backgrounds. Our goal is to help you create a secure, resilient self and strengthen your relationships by providing inclusive and accessible solutions. We truly understand your situation and the feelings you may be experiencing, so we strive to make sure you are at ease before, during and after your visit.

At MentalOptimist, we are committed to meeting you where you are in your journey towards recovery.

Our Values



Our therapy strives to create a comfortable and safe environment that fosters flourishing therapeutic relationships based on principles of unconditional positive regard, trust, and safety. We are committed to having transparency in the delivery of services,  prioritizing open and honest communication to support your growth.

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Deliberate practice involves the therapist's purposeful and continuous endeavour to cultivate self-awareness and translate that awareness into intentional actions throughout the therapeutic process.

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Our therapy follows a triphasic model, clarifying the purpose of therapy, building skills for a balanced life, and addressing root causes and traumatic memories as needed. This approach ensures a comprehensive and knowledgeable therapeutic experience tailored to your specific needs.

Meet Our Team

maryam ashken therapist

Psychotherapist & Trauma Specialist
Owner & Managing Director


Mental Health Counsellor 

Hadi Bahiraei psychologist

Clinical Psychologist 

Peyman Moghimi

Volunteer Coordinator

Audice Nasser

Registered Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist

Kayla Acosta


Volunteer Coordinator

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