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Monica Bhatara


Monica has over 30 years of experience working in the community-based social services field as a Therapist and Community Educator. She is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor, Registered Counselling Supervisor, Certified Synergetic Play Therapist, and Focusing-Oriented Therapist. Monica has worked both in clinical settings for various programs and served in a leadership role as Director of Clinical Practice, providing her expertise to clinical and non-clinical programs that focus on family preservation and reunification, complex intergenerational trauma, trauma-informed practice, and clinical supervision.

In addition to training and providing trauma-informed consulting with CTRI, she has a private counselling practice that focuses on trauma recovery work with children and adults, using somatic, play, and expressive therapies. Monica’s work is largely informed by interpersonal neurobiology and polyvagal theory, and she believes in the power of human resiliency and the importance of building the capacity of paraprofessionals and non-clinical workers because they play a vital role on the healing spectrum. As a trainer, she brings stimulating stories and a style that promotes engagement and facilitates learning.

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