Kavita Bala

BA (Hon), BEd, MSW, RSW

Kavita is a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist. She has been practicing for over a decade. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History (University of Guelph), a Bachelor of Education (Brock University), and a Master’s of Social Work (University of Windsor).

Kavita has extensive experience in supporting individuals with anxiety, depression, OCD, psychosis, life transitions, trauma, grief and relationship challenges. In her practice, she works with adolescents, adults, seniors, couples, and parents. She has worked in various community and mental health organizations and school settings where she supported adolescents and adults by providing practical and therapeutic interventions. Kavita has also worked in private practice settings for the last few years. She also has experience working with marginalized groups (e.g., newcomers, people with disabilities, racialized minorities etc.) and incorporates principles of recovery and an anti-oppressive lens to enhance one’s overall well-being.

Kavita understands the complexity of anxiety and OCD related challenges and how they impact not only the client but also their loved ones. She has worked with individuals to address contamination-related concerns, harm-related intrusive thoughts, religious preoccupations, and feelings of perfectionism. In addition, Kavita helps clients learn to be more self-compassionate when distressed while learning strategies to manage their OCD symptoms.

Kavita uses a variety of evidence-based interventions depending on the needs of the individual. These interventions include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness.

Kavita also offers couples therapy using a humanistic approach. This involves  identification of the strength of the couple and provides practical solutions that allows for individuals to move forward in their relationship. 

Kavita is a lifelong learner and continuously engages in professional development to provide the best support for her clients.

Kavita’s goal is to empower individuals and help them create new insights for themselves and build better connections with others. She employs a client-centered approach and creates a safe space for people to explore challenging feelings, thoughts, and relationships. She is invested in helping people live more fulfilling and meaningful lives.

In her spare time, Kavita likes to watch Anime, do yoga as well as go on nature walks. She also experiments with cooking different cuisines.

Kavita Bala’s practice includes the following services:

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Recent Professional Development

Anxiety Certification Course: Integrate CBT and Exposure & Response Prevention for Treatment of GAD, Panic Disorder, OCD, Social Anxiety, & Phobias (2023); 2 day course. Led by Kimberly Morrow, LCSW and Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, M.S.W., LCSW. PESI. Inc.

Complex PTSD and Trauma (CCTPII) (2022); 3 day workshop. Led by Dr. Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D. PESI. Inc.

Trauma Counselling for mental health professionals (2021). Led by Sick Kids’s Center for Community Mental Health Learning Institute.

Grief and Bereavement (2020); 2 day workshop. Led by Yvonne Heath. Love Your Life to Death.

Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (2018); 2 day workshop. Led by Dr. Allen Sabey. Mission: Empowerment.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy- certificate (2018); 5 day training. Led by Dr. Karen Roberts. Oshawa Psychotherapy Training Institute