Neeshali Piekutowski

Canadian Certified Counsellor
MA, CCC

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Hello! It’s nice to meet you. My name is Neeshali, and I use she/her pronouns. To tell you a little bit about myself, I grew up moving around to different cities throughout Ontario. When I turned 14, I moved to Sweden. In 2012 I moved back to Canada completed my undergraduate degree in Forensic Science with a minor in Psychology.     

The experience of calling multiple places home taught me to appreciate the differences in everyone and made me curious about how others experience the world. It was during this time that I was able to recognize the desire I had to fit into the world around me. However, fitting in and belonging I realized are very different things. This was the beginning of me understanding the battle that we all have; wanting to belong and have genuine connections with others.  

As someone who identifies as bi-racial and who struggled with my own sexual identity, I understand what it means to feel different from those around you. To not feel you belong anywhere, like an outsider to multiple communities. Where even when you were with people nothing seemed to feel quite right. Knowing where to start on the journey to finding your identity is difficult, but not impossible. I enjoy being able to help others find their authentic selves. 

“We have to belong to ourselves as much as we need to belong to others.”- Brené Brown 

During my time at Trent University completing my undergraduate degree, I had the opportunity to work with the community at the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, Big Brother and Big Sisters, and the campus community. I remember graduating and not wanting to go into the police force or work in a lab, like many of my peers, and so I utilized my work experience to guide me as the commonality of these experiences showed me how much I enjoyed helping others. This was the beginning of my helping journey. 

In 2019 I decided to further my education and I graduated in 2021 with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. My passion is working with people who are looking to find themselves. They may be questioning different aspects of their life and are looking for their authentic self. Maybe this person has identified themselves with their careers and are now trying to find who they are, or they’ve just left home and are away from their parents for the first time and want to learn their own values. This person may even be exploring areas of their sexual or gender identity that haven’t felt quite right in the past. 

I like to utilize mindfulness-based techniques, such as learning to become aware of yourself and your emotions, grounding in the moment. However, my approach is adaptable as every person will have different experiences and will be able to resonate with different techniques. I always work collaboratively with my clients to help them through their healing journey, promoting strength and resilience.  

Currently, I reside in a small town in Alberta with my partner, daughter, 2 dogs and 2 cats. Some of my interests are anime, Disney, crafting, reading, playing my instruments, hiking, traveling, and exploring. I look forward to working alongside you and helping you find your authentic self.  

 
 

Training and Experience

Certificates:  

  • Indigenous Awareness 

  • Animal Assisted Therapy Diploma  

  • Mindfulness Diploma (In Progress) 

Webinars:  

  • Building Resilience 

  • How Can We Use Technology to Improve Suicide Prevention? 

  • First Do no Harm: need for Trauma- Sensitive Mindfulness 

  • Roadmap to Campus Mental Health 

  • Resilient College Students in School-to-Work Transition 

  • Evidence-based and Experience-based Applications for Animal Assisted Therapy 

  • Adapting Campus and Community Collaboration to Support Students in Crisis 

  • Addressing Loneliness on Campus: A conversation with Post-secondary and Community Partners 

  • The Single Session Model  

Courses:  

  • Working with Trauma (In Progress)  

  • Supporting Clients at Risk of Suicide (In Progress) 

  • Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes for Anxiety and Depression (In Progress) 

  • When Suicidal Thoughts Persist: Treating Chronic Ideation (In Progress) 

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for At-risk and Suicidal Adolescents (In Progress) 

  • Fit Your Own Mask First: Professional Self-care for Helpers (In Progress)  

 

Individual
Counselling

In-Person, Virtually and Phone