I'm a cultural psychotherapist.
And I truly believe the client is the expert of their lives.
My name is Rehaan Shafi. Being born in India, growing up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and moving to the West in my adulthood - I can relate to cultural stress on a deeply personal level.
Through my years of practice, I've observed that we all know what we want to feel. How we want to live our lives. How we'd like to spend our time and who with.
But, we are often tangled and caught in cultural stress cycles that affect our emotions, health, bodies, relationships and careers.
Learned behaviours. Recurring negative thoughts. Limiting beliefs. Cycles of emotions. Being trapped with guilt, shame or secrets.
I'm here to help you untangle and break free from these harmful cycles that can hold you back.
Questions + Thoughts my clients have.
Why do I feel so overwhelmed with emotions?
Why do I always feel like I'm not doing enough?
Why was I asked to do adult things as a kid?
Why do I feel frustrated with the relationships in my life?
Why do I switch between dieting and binge eating?
"If I'm not perfect, my life will derail. I need to fix this."
"Tomorrow, I'm throwing away all the junk food and starting over."
"When my emotions overwhelm me, I'm failing."
"This is just how "things" have always been."
"I do so much for others!"
How is mental health treated at NeuroSoul?
This is what makes you unique.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know I need therapy?We all experience mental difficulties that throw our life off course. We are all prone to mental injury, distress and just "not being able to take it anymore". There are many, complex factors that can influence the development of your distress, which a therapist can help you understand better. You may be feeling lost, lonely, confused, sad, anxious, have lost pleasure in hobbies, experiencing burnout, strive to be perfect, family conflict, have a poor relationship with your body, food or with loved ones. You may not be able to pinpoint the source of your distress. But not to worry, because that is what psychotherapists are here for! If you feel something is interfering with your ability to live well or you are unable to enjoy life, you may be experiencing a mental health condition. Take it seriously and talk to someone who can help. You don’t need to wait for a diagnosis by a doctor.
Can you prescribe me medication?While psychotherapy and medication can be a winning combination for many clients, psychotherapists and psychologists do not prescribe medication. These are strictly done by psychiatrists that hold medical doctoral degrees. It is out of our scope of practice to do so. At NeuroSoul, I believe in multi-disciplinary care and collaborative efforts with other mental health professionals. I can help talk you through what to expect from psychiatrists or psychologists that you may visit for the first time.
How will I be charged?After your session, an invoice will be issued to you through the JaneApp. The payment gateway accepts all major credit cards. You also have the option to through e-transfer. I do not accept money orders or cheques.
How much does therapy at NeuroSoul cost?Therapy at NeuroSoul begins at $160 + tax for a 60-minute session, that is entirely dedicated to you and your needs. For those with more complex needs or who would like more time in a session, I offer extended sessions at 90 minutes for $225 + tax. This gives us ample time to delve deeper into issues you may be having. I also offer 30-minute "check-in" sessions at $80 + tax. For a full menu of treatments, visit the 'Pricing' page. If you have other questions about costs, please e-mail me and I'd be happy to answer them!
Are you covered by my insurance plan?Most health insurance policies and EAP's (Employment Assistance Program) today now cover mental health care. However, to cover your care at NeuroSoul, please ensure your policy/program states 'Psychotherapist' or 'Counsellor'. Other mental health professionals are a: Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Social Worker - all which will not be covered by NeuroSoul. While I do not bill your insurance company directly, I will issue you an invoice after our sessions, which you can then send for reimbursement.
Is what I tell you confidential?For the most part, yes. Psychotherapists have a duty to maintain confidentiality for all clients, at all times. However, there are limits to it. I would have to break confidentiality if there is evidence of risk of harm to you or to someone else. If there is clinical evidence of a child, elderly or disabled person in your care that is at risk of harm, I am a mandated reporter and would have to break confidentiality. Another limit is if I am subpoenaed by a court. Otherwise, what we speak about is completely confidential.
What if I need you to contact my doctor? Or my parent?When psychotherapists collaborate with other clinicians about your care, you would have to sign a Release of Information (ROI) letter. For family and friends invited into sessions by you, only your verbal consent is needed.