Education & Training
Mana earned her Masters in Social Work degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Mana holds a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health, a leader in mental health training and education. She has training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Systems Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and ASIST Training. Mana’s practice is informed by her extensive experience working with diverse backgrounds in various settings such as community, child protection, and hospital settings in Nova Scotia and Ontario.
Mana has experience working with children, adolescents, and their families, including those struggling with anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, self-harming behaviours, body image concerns, trauma, loss, family conflict, and crisis. In addition to her role as a Psychotherapist at the Toronto Psychology Clinic, Mana has the privilege of working with children, adolescents and their families in the inpatient Psychiatry and Eating Disorders program at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).
Mana practices from an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, client-centered, collaborative lens. In working from a client- and family-centered approach, Mana aims to amplify the innate strengths and resilience of her clients. She deeply believes that clients are the experts in their lives and aims to create a non-judgmental, safe space to explore and increase self-awareness as a means of growth towards treatment goals.
Mana utilizes an integrative approach, drawing from various evidence-based treatments for individual and family therapy, including:
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
Dialectical-Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Attachment-based Family Therapy
Mana has experience working with clients with various presenting concerns, including:
Mana is a first-generation Ethiopian-Canadian who immigrated to Canada at a young age and grew up in the East Coast province of Nova Scotia. Mana’s personal experiences within an immigrant household, among a historically rich African Nova Scotian community, and now living in a Multicultural city have deeply informed her practice. These experiences enabled her to work from a cultural humility stance, being sensitive to the impact of race/ethnicity, culture, religion, socioeconomic status, family structures, gender expressions, (dis) Ability, age and sexual orientation on client experience.
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)
Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW)
Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW)