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DR. KOUROSH EDALATI

Dr. Kourosh Edalati Medical Director

Dr. Edalati’s journey in holistic brain health began as an immunology student at McGill University.  He observed that foods had a major impact on his immune system.  His improved immune system not only kept him away from illnesses, but also turned his brain into a calm and happy one to the extent that people around him nicknamed him the “Zen dude”.

Later on, Dr. Edalati started to look at clinical hypnosis and mindfulness-based psychotherapies with other psychological interventions as part of his psychiatry training.  His conclusion was that these treatments when combined with proper nutrition can have a far greater impact on the health of not only people’s minds but also on their bodies.

After observing the connection between the domains of biology, psychology, spiritual beliefs and social networks, Dr. Edalati decided that addressing just individual domains (such as biology through nutrition) when treating patients was not enough and a more comprehensive philosophy of healing the brain and therefore the body was needed.

With this intention, he founded Elumind to take brain health and therefore the health of the body to a whole new level with the vision of changing the way we live our lives forever.

Dr. Edalati is a psychiatry graduate from the University of British Columbia.   He works in private practice working with a variety of mental health conditions.  Additionally, he worked at BC Children’s Hospital in the Child and Family Clinic specializing in PTSD in children and adolescents. Dr. Edalati is also a clinical instructor for the department of psychiatry at University of British Columbia.

Dr. Edalati has expert training in a number of areas:

He has completed all courses in Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine and has been practicing integrative mental health using Functional Medicine principles.  These are advanced courses in gastrointestinal health, detoxification, cardiometabolic health, immune system, hormonal balance and finally bioenergetics.

He is board certified in clinical hypnosis and is an active member on the board of the BC Clinical Society of Hypnosis.

Furthermore, he has training in Eye Movement and Desensitization Processing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Sensorimotor therapy, Mindfulness-based therapies and Family Therapy.

Dr. Edalati has extensive training in pain management and other therapies that alleviate pain (in addition to clinical hypnosis) such as Biofeedback and Microcurrent Therapy.

Additionally, Dr. Edalati has been using Neurofeedback and Neurostimulation Therapies along with QEEG Mapping to treat many mental health conditions, but also to create and enhance peak performance in athletics, academics and business.   He also has designed specific programs to help improve cognitive performance in patients suffering from post-stroke or dementia.

Dr. Edalati is also an avid basketball and soccer player and spends time with his family living the healthy principles that he brings to Elumind.

As the medical director for Elumind, he welcomes you to contact him and learn what services can help you on your way to a healthier and happier brain as well as in your life.

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DR. KIAN SHOAIE NIA

Dr. Kian Shoaie Nia has a multicultural academic and career journey. He completed his medical degree from Uppsala University in Sweden and has over 10 years of experience in family medicine from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom. He completed his Ph.D. with honours at the faculty of surgery, department of ophthalmology in Valencia, Spain, with a focus on nutrition, gene expression and the diabetic eye. Alongside his medical and academic career, Dr. Shoaie Nia has founded several successful international companies within medical and health solutions.

In 2020 Dr. Shoaie Nia joined​ the Elumind team as an IMG under Dr. Edalati’s supervision and the VP of research and development. He values every meeting with new clients and ​is lifted by the results he can provide through Eluminds vast treatments possibilities.

Dr. Shoaie Nia ​enjoys his free time with his family and friends. He ​loves to read, travel and get to know people from all corners of the world.

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DR. VEERLE WILLAEYS

Doctor Veerle Willaeys has rich clinical work experienceShe is a specialist in Preventive Medicine and Public health. She has been working for many years as a family doctor in the community, in a treatment center for mental health and addictions, and in a psychiatric inpatient unit at UBC hospital. She has been teaching family medicine students as a clinical instructor in family medicine at the University of British Columbia.  

Growing up in Belgium, her parents taught her from a young age about organic gardening, holistic nutrition, nature conservation, social connection, and responsibility.  

She is a lifelong learner and passionate about functional medicine, especially how it relates to brain health. She is certified to practice functional medicine by the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM). 

She received advanced training at the Walsh Research Institute, the Integrated Psychiatry Institute, the International Society for orthomolecular medicine, and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) 

She applies a Functional Medicine model to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. Her approach is patient-centered and science-based.  

She invites and empowers patients to work together to gain a deeper understanding of the factors that contributed to ill health and together develop a personalized treatment plan. 

 She is grateful to live in beautiful British Columbia, especially since she loves yoga, meditation, gardening, spending time with family and friends, and hiking in the mountains.

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ASHLEE FERREIRA

Ashlee is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who will be doing therapeutic assessments. Her background is in working with youth, families, and adults in crisis within the mental health and addictions field in both inpatient and outpatient services doing individual and group therapy. You can find her relaxing and exploring nature all over BC, seeking out new donut locales and petting every dog in the neighbourhood. Her favorite part about joining the Elumind team is the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of the newest research and treatments in the field.

Certifications:
– Masters in Counselling Psychology
– Certificate in Trauma Incident Reduction from Applied Metapsychology International.
– Certified EMDR

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DR. BELINDA UNUEROH-OKOYE

Belinda Unueroh-Okoye – Clinical Counsellor, Therapist

Belinda began her journey as a medical doctor. However, she realized that most of her patients did not come to her because of the prescriptions she gave them for their medical conditions, but because they all needed somebody non-judgmental and authentic to listen to their stories. Thus began her career in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.

Belinda graduated with a degree in masters of counselling from City University of Seattle in Vancouver, BC and is a well recognized registered clinical counsellor with BCACC.

Having grown up in a multicultural society with a career that spanned different continents and patients that where from diverse and rich cultures, Belinda is non-judgemental, respectful and client-centered with a goal towards ensuring that her clients do not measure life by the number of breaths they take, but by the moments in life that take their breath away! She tells her clients that life is to be lived to the fullest and we should not allow ourselves to miss out in this great journey as a result of our fears and anxieties.

Belinda provides her clients with the necessary tools required to learn new skills and in the process acquire a better way of coping. She respects the fact that each person is unique and as a result, she is very flexible and strives to meet her clients at the point they are. She has a special interest in helping her clients build their self-esteem, communication and relationships. She also helps with anger management, depression, anxiety and addictions.

Belinda has no restrictions when it comes to seeing clients and can help you with:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Depression or Low Mood

  • Traumatic Life Events

  • Adjustments to Separation and Divorce

  • Communication and Conflict Resolution

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

  • Self-esteem Issues

  • Anxiety, Stress and Phobia

  • Relationship and Marital Issues

  • Racial Identity

  • Child or Adolescent

  • Women’s Issues

  • Chronic Illness

  • Codependency

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GOLY EMAM

Goly Emam is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from City University of Seattle, a Clinical Hypnotherapist, a Reiki Level 2 Practitioner, a best selling author of Motherhood Goddess Powered that she co-authored with 13 other moms who share their journeys, struggles, and insights into motherhood and a Spiritual Practitioner in training with New Thought Global.

As a mom to 3 kids under the age of 10 and married for over 15 years and working for over 15-years with families with teens she deeply understands the dynamics of family life and is called to help families heal from their past and create healthy thriving relationships in the present. She specializes in treating the roots of anxiety, depression, fears and phobias, addiction, family dysfunction, trauma patterns, relationship with self and others, and life purpose.

Her emphasis is on the interconnection between science and spirituality as she helps clients align with their truth, integrating mind, body, and spirit into their human and social experiences and expression. She has also developed the Emotional Mastery Method for moms to foster a relationship to self, connection to kids, and intimacy with their partners. She is passionate about healing generational trauma patterns in order to nurture the spirit of children and heal our humanity one family at a time.

Treatment modalities:

  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT)
  • Couple’s and Family Systems Therapy
  • Pre-Teen and Teen Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy
  • Sensorimotor/Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Spiritual Psychology
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SARAH SAGE

Sarah specializes in children, youth, individuals, families, parenting, attachment issues, stress management, emotional dysregulation, depression, anxiety, anger, addictions, trauma, and life changes/transitions.

Sarah completed her Master degree in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. She has a Bachelor degree in Social Work with a specialization in First Nation studies. She is a Registered Social Worker with the British Columbia College of Social Workers and a Certified Clinical Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Sarah is also a Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapist and has specialized training in working with mindfulness, CBT, attachment, various special needs, play therapy and complex trauma. Sarah enjoys individual as well as family therapy and can be booked for either.

Sarah began to take an active interest in meditation while living in India in the 1990s. At the time, she was moved by how meditation impacted herself, the people she met and the cultures she was immersed in. Sarah returned to Canada in 1999 and has spent the majority of her career working in the Northern Territories. She worked with the Learning Disabilities Association, Family and Children’s Services and the Child Development Centre. Dedicated to affecting positive outcomes for children and families, Sarah began creating her own programs, designed and operated to help children and families with diverse special needs meet their full potential. These programs were unique at the time, as they integrated daily meditation practices in with wilderness experiences, wholesome food, physical activity and art. She opened a specialized care home and leadership camp with spaces for children living in government care and an integrated preschool and family centre, with spaces held for children with diverse special needs. She developed and delivered psycho-education for families, as well as training and support for professionals working with children and youth to improve mental health outcomes, always with a special focus on mindfulness. Sarah has worked intensively with biological, foster and adoptive families involved in the child welfare system as well as with families supporting children who have special needs. She continues to work with individuals and families healing from profound and intergenerational traumas. Sarah works in the Arctic (as well as North Vancouver), offering regular counselling clinics to individuals and families impacted by residential school experiences, as well as by murdered or missing Indigenous women.

Sarah is thrilled that the field of psychology has been growing a strong evidence base for mindfulness practices, as this both supports her experiences with meditation as healing and promotes the development of simple and accessible practices for anyone interested in personal development. Sarah recently became a certified hypnotherapist, discovering that hypnosis is a strong compliment to mindfulness, similar in ways to guided meditation and accessible to both novice and experienced individuals interested in increasing their mental, physical and spiritual well being.

Sarah has raised two daughters and helped to raise two foster daughters. She recently moved to North Vancouver so she could thoroughly enjoy being a grandmother. Internationally, Sarah and her family have worked in orphanages and outreach programs, offering direct support and facilitating volunteer training. Sarah maintains a daily qigong practice and is a certified practice group leader. She enjoys long walks in nature and sailing. She deeply values diversity and cross-cultural experiences. Her life purpose is to support people to heal in order to experience greater happiness, joy, peace, contentment and gratitude.

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NATALIA IRANI

Natalia is a Registered Clinical Counsellor. She works with individuals, couples, and families. She views counseling as a channel to help clients recognize their strengths and be self-aware. She integrates several methods depending on individual needs and focuses on the holistic approach of a person’s body, mind, and spiritual aspects.

Natalia has worked in different areas including, abuse (sexual, emotional, verbal, historical), trauma, grief and loss, substance use, adult children of alcoholics, depression, anxiety, and life changes. She is present for the individual and helps them go through the different emotions, feelings, and values that arise in self-discovery. She draws from the strengths and resources the individual has within them.

Modalities Natalia works with:

  • Person-centered
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Inner child work
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AKBAR SAFARI

Akbar is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with over 18 years of experience providing counselling and psychotherapy for individual adults and children. He holds a Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis from ISSCH and CSHC and is trained in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for 1 year in Tehran Psychoanalytic Institute (TPI).

Akbar holds a Masters degree in Personality Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology. He standardized Personality Disorders Questionnaire-DSM (PDQ4+) and West Haven-Yale Multidimensional Pain Inventory (WHYMPI).

Akbar can help with:

  • Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Relationships
  • Trauma
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KAREN MITCHINSON

As a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters Degree in Applied Behavioural Sciences and a Masters Degree in Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders,Karen Mitchinson has been passionate about helping adults, children and youth for over 30 years.

She believes in focussing on the strength and resilience of the individual and building on those unique qualities in order to move from surviving to thriving and flourishing. With advances in neuroscience in recent years, and the greater understanding about the role of the brain in mental health struggles and its incredible capacity for healing and adapting, Karen works within a holistic framework, addressing the four domains of biology, psychology, social and spiritual to empower you towards a healthier brain which results in a healthier body. The process of therapy includes taking advantage of brain neuroplasticity to heal, create change, build resilience and move from distress to calmness, sadness to happiness.

Karen can provide therapy to children, youth, adults and families experiencing fears, trauma, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, addiction issues, grief and loss, life transitions, relationships, and self esteem. She also has a special interest, training and experience working with individuals with autism. For the past twelve years, she has worked within a university counselling department of Child and Youth Mental Health.

Karen integrates many therapy modalities into her practice, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Trauma Focussed Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Mindfulness Based Techniques, Solution Focused Therapy and Narrative Based Therapy, motivational interviewing and trauma-focussed CBT. Meet Karen and begin your healing journey, living with joy, and making the connections to feel hope and belonging once again.

Karen has experience in these techniques:

  • Person centered therapy,
  • CBT
  • TF-CBT
  • DBT
  • Narrative – particularly with art therapy and families
  • Sensorimotor psychotherapy
  • Solutions Focussed Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Play Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Narrative Family Therapy
  • Emotion Focussed Family Therapy
  • ARC – Attachment , Self Regulation and Competency
  • Circle of Security