After 15 years as a stay-at-home mum, Lakshmi came to Canada in 2000 and started her career as a Social Worker. Lakshmi’s work experience over the past 17 years has covered the areas of domestic violence at the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, addictions at the Foothills Hospital and children’s mental health and eating disorders at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. The experience of working in multi-disciplinary settings at the hospital has taught Lakshmi to value the expertise and knowledge that other disciplines offer and to seek their collaboration wherever possible. During this time, Lakshmi has also had the delight of supervising many young students through their MSW practicum placements at the hospital.
Lakshmi’s practice is firmly grounded in the principles of attachment theory and family systems. Lakshmi refers to herself as a Family Therapist and will involve other significant members of the family, whenever possible. Lakshmi has also trained in the trauma models of Integrative Body-focused Psychotherapy and EMDR and practises from a mindfully eclectic stance. Lakshmi believes that every system, individual and family, has an intrinsic desire for wellness that brings people into the uncomfortable process of therapy and feels that it is an honour to walk with each person in their journey.
While the larger part of her practice is working with families struggling with eating disorders, Lakshmi likes to keep a broad practice including couple therapy, individual therapy and supporting families with parenting issues. Lakshmi is extremely grateful to the Lionheart Foundation for the support they offer the community in making help possible for many young women in need.
Currently, Lakshmi keeps busy with her private practice and her role as the co-founder and Clinical Advisor with the Calgary Silver Linings Foundation. In her personal life, Lakshmi enjoys her role as the mother of her two adult sons and the grandmother of two adorable grandchildren.