Meera, Founder and Director of Eagle Wellness, has been a social worker for over 20years, moving into areas of counselling as a therapist and supervisor over the last five years.
My journey began in Toronto where I was born and raised; my parents emigrated from India the same year that I was born. I made many trips to Mumbai and Gujarat in my childhood and developed a strong connection to the country and culture that is still with me today.
I completed my undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work in Toronto and have spent most of my career in the non profit sector. This includes a crisis line for assaulted women, homelessness and housing, HIV/AIDS. After completing my MSW in 2009 I began working in the health care sector and launched my consulting business to non profits.
I moved to Vancouver in 2012, at that time thinking it would be temporary, and for a couple of years only. I now live in beautiful North Vancouver. I love the fresh air, the energy of the trees and the spirit of the ocean, all that is BC.
I have now moved exclusively into therapeutic counselling and love my work with counselling clients. Narrative therapy has given me the social justice perspective that is so important to my practice, as this is integrated deeply into how we see and work with people. The tools we use also allow for transparency, creativity and joyfulness! As a narrative therapist I truly feel this is my craft and I am excited to continue to learn and develop myself in this practice.
I am currently the Clinical Supervisor at Qmunity
and the Vancouver Film School
supervising the counselling team and directing and developing the program overall.
I have a professional background in health care and palliative care, currently providing counselling to patients and families who are palliative or experiencing grief and loss at the North Shore Palliative Program for VCH.
I have an adventurous spirit and love to travel. My most memorable trip is to Nepal in 2014, where I was able to experience a trek high into the mountains for 10 days, away from electrical power lines and internet connections.
My work and my life experiences have taught me that there so much more to peoplethan what meets the eye. We are such complex and powerful beings, able to move through transformative change at unexpected moments of our lives.
I have a regular meditation practice and follow Hindu and Buddhist traditions, though I also read the teachings of many spiritual traditions.
Here is a little about what I have do to support my growth and development:
- Annual 3 day conference, Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy. 2017
- UBC Faculty Instructional Skills Workshop, 3 day teaching development. 2016
- Narrative Therapy Foundations and Advanced level 3-day intensive trainings, Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy. 2015
- Mindfulness Based Counselling Strategies, 2-day training. Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute. 2014
- Journal subscriptions: Journal of Social Work Value and Ethics; International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work
- Registered with Ministry of Justice Crime Witness Assistance Program
- Affiliate with Family Services Employee Assistance Program
- Able to provide receipts as RSW for extended health insurance plans