Rod is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who believes in Compassion,Mindfulness, Empathy, and Passion. He is an adjunct Professor and has a private counselling practice called Third EyeWellness.
Rod is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who believes in Compassion,Mindfulness, Empathy, and Passion. He is an adjunct Professor and has a private counselling practice called Third EyeWellness. He has extensive experience providing counselling services to individuals, families and youth. Rod holds a PhD, Masters of Counselling and Teaching Education degrees. In addition, he is fortunate to have the wisdom and knowledge advanced by Gandhi and Dr. MarinaMorrow.
Rod is currently working at Moving Forward Family Services providing part-time mentorship counselling and work practicum opportunities to interns and new graduate beginning private practice. As a practicum supervisor, he has supported and mentored many practicum students with different levels of experiences. Through a virtual platform, Road has provided group supervision, professional and personal counselling, and feedback on students final practicum evaluations. He is particularly knowledgeable about mental health struggles of students and private clients. This is due to his 19years of working with students and private clients, as an educator in university environments and more saliently, his work as a counsellor in high school and university environments
In addition, the subject of his Ph.D.research encompasses the mental health and help seeking behaviour of university students (in particular minority students). Thus, he is very familiar with the stigma that prevents students from seeking support and how important it is for them to encounter knowledgeable, empathetic counsellors/staff, peer supports and campus partners. In his work as an educator and counsellor, he has utilized the variety of psycho-social modalities to engage high school, minority, trans-gender, undergraduate/graduate and international students. The majority of these students-clients encountered concurrent issues: academic/behavioural/emotional difficulties including substance abuse, trauma issues, stress, depression, anxiety and suicide ideation.
Consequently, as a clinician, he utilizes trauma informed models including - Acceptance Commitment Therapy, GroupTherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Art and Play Therapy. On several occasions, he has consulted with community groups, mental health and psychiatric professionals as well as the Canadian legal system to advance the physical and mental health of his student and clients.
He spent 5 years in the role of a MentalHealth Consultant/Co-investigator on a large national research project on AsianMen. The Strength in Unity funded by the Movember Foundation researched the interventions of Acceptance and Commitment Training and Contact-BasedEmpowerment to dispense stigma, diversity and inclusion of Asian-South-Asian males into Canadian Society. He is empowered by his employment/academic experiences and his personal knowledge of cultural safety.