Nikoo Shirazi, MA 

Nikoo Shirazi completed her Masters in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto and is in the final stages of completing her doctorate in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto. Nikoo has experience providing clinical services in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her prior training/work experience includes the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Psychology Clinic. She is also a student affiliate member with the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA).

Education and Training

Nikoo provides assessment and psychotherapy to individuals dealing with a wide range of concerns that include depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, issues around sexuality, life transitions, low self-esteem, emotional dysregulation, stress management, and relationship and family issues. Additionally, she trained in providing assessments for more complex issues that include psychosis, personality disorders, and behavioural problems.

Nikoo is presently completing her doctoral research with Dr. Jeanne Watson at OISE within the area of Emotion-Focused Therapy. Nikoo’s prior research examined the role of perfectionism and emotional dysregulation in anxiety disorders. For her dissertation she is examining the role of early attachment memories on generalized anxiety disorder.

Nikoo practices from an integrative framework, drawing from various therapeutic approaches (e.g., relational, psychodynamic, person-centred, cognitive-behavioural, and emotion-focused) as they best apply to the client’s needs. Through working with populations across diverse cultural, racial, sexual, religious, and economic backgrounds, she has an awareness of how various cultural and social issues affect an individual’s experience.


Personal Background:

Nikoo identifies as first-generation Canadian. She was born in Iran, and has spent her life in Iran and Canada. She completed her undergraduate studies in psychology in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and subsequently moved to Toronto to pursue graduate studies. Having moved from an eastern to a western country, she has a deep understanding of the challenges that first-generation immigrants and their families encounter. This informs her psychotherapeutic work with clients.


Languages

Nikoo provides services in English and Farsi.


Memberships

Ontario Psychological Association (OPA)
Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)