Fatina Elkurdi, MSW/RSW: Clinical Social WorKer

Fatina works with the clinical supervision of a Registered Psychologist for those clients whose health insurance require it. Please check your individual coverage and discuss when booking. 

Fatina has over 16 years of experience working in agency and hospital environments and understands the important step each of her clients is taking when seeking the services of a therapist. The evidence tells us that it is your relationship with your therapist, more than anything else, that will determine the success of your treatment. Fatina has an ability to create safety in the therapeutic relationship, integrating proven methods for your healing and growth. You will work together to determine the best path towards your goals, starting with where you are today.

As a leader in applying research to practice, Fatina teaches her clients innovative skills to cope with depression and mood dysregulation, anxiety, interpersonal problems, psychosis, substance use problems, chronic pain and medical conditions, often co-occurring. She developed a passion for and has special expertise in PTSD and trauma related conditions, attachment concerns, self-injury and family conflict. She partnered with police on a mental health mobile crisis team to respond to psychiatric emergencies in the community, as well as works with members of police services, Canadian Forces, veterans, and victims of abuse and assault. For many years, Fatina was a clinical lead within an interdisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational and recreational therapists, teachers and nurses working to stabilize those who were acutely ill in an inpatient setting.

Fatina is a three-time graduate of Dalhousie University, in Halifax, NS, her treasured home.  She completed a Bachelor of Science degree with an Advanced Major in Psychology (1999) and followed this with a Bachelor of Social Work degree (2001.)  She began her career in Kingston, ON, where she assessed, trained and supported foster parents caring for children impacted by developmental trauma, abuse and neglect. She returned to Dalhousie University and completed her Master of Social Work degree in 2006. She became skilled in psychiatric assessment and intervention in a hospital setting and developed a strong understanding of the path that leads people to emotional crisis. Following graduate studies, Fatina continued to train in Canada and the United States with leading experts in models such as CBT, Trauma-Focused CBT, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, DBT informed coping and skills training, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and most recently, EMDR (see below.) Please inquire about what each of these therapies could offer you. Fatina endeavours to contribute to a culture of inclusion and welcomes diverse identities. 

Fatina trained with Judith Beck, daughter of Aaron Beck, the founder of CBT, and others, at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia, PA, USA. For more information about CBT and its contribution to modern psychotherapy, click here: https://www.beckinstitute.org/

Fatina has also trained in advanced mindfulness with Ron Siegel, Psy.D, and Bill Morgan, Psy.D., and Susan Morgan MSN, RN, CS, in a retreat setting for mental health professionals in Vallecitos, NM, USA. For more information about her teachers, click here: http://www.mindfulness-solution.com/ and http://billandsusan.net/home-sweet-home/the-meditators-dilemma/

For further information about EMDR click the following link from the EMDR International Association of which Fatina is a member.  Fatina trained in EMDR with the Niagara Stress and Trauma Clinic in Toronto, ON, and has since completed advanced EMDR training and consultation. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUDd7_asUP0kI0WCRnl2ELw/featured

Fatina sees clients of all ages and is accepting new referrals into her practice. Please e-mail her directly at fatinaelkurdi@gmail.com.