About Gul-e Rana
I am a registered Social Worker/Psychotherapist. As a child of South Asian and Muslim immigrant parents, I spent most of my life moving from place to place in hopes of finding a “better future”. Throughout my journey, I have been exposed to various cultures which brought upon a great deal of confusion and curiosity in me about my own identity, belonging and values as I navigated my life as a 1.5 generation immigrant in Canada.
Growing up as a child of immigrants meant that my parents had an expectation of me becoming a Doctor. For most of my life, I had internalized this narrative of equating my success with being a Doctor. Therefore, I pursued my Bachelors of Science from the University of Toronto with the intentions of applying to medical school. However, as I started doing community work with The Mental Health and Wellness Café (MHWC), a youth-led grassroots initiative I founded, I realized the value of practices integral to social work such as therapy and counselling. My community work pushed me to challenge the idea of medication as the primary or sole intervention.
I find passion in having conversations on taboo mental health topics especially in the newcomer, immigrant and South Asian communities. I hope to be as real as possible about my journey as the eldest child and daughter in an immigrant household, my failures, my lessons, my heartbreaks, my betrayals and more. Because just like you, I am human first before I am a therapist. I too have experienced and overcome many of the challenges that you may be facing. I believe there are more similarities than differences in the struggles we face. And sometimes all we need is that one person to help us discover our internal strengths and resilience.
I understand how daunting it can be to reach out for help and tackle the cultural or faith-based stigmas surrounding therapy. I also recognize that you are the expert in your own life, so I aim to make this process collaborative. Together, we will create a personalized support plan and strategies for you to achieve your goals. I invite you to reach out to me for a free 15-minute consultation where we can explore if I would be the right fit as your therapist!
Bachelor’s of Science, University of Toronto (specialist in mental health studies)
Master’s of Social Work, University of Toronto (specialized in health and mental health)
Over the past 6 years, I have worked with numerous non-profit organizations and community-based agencies on mental health projects. Currently, I am working as the Mental Health and Wellness Lead at North York Community House and as a Psychotherapist with The Restorative Wellness Project (RWP) and Sukun Therapy. I have extensive experience working with newcomers, immigrants, and refugees, especially South Asians and Muslims.
Experience providing mental health support in the brain injury department at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Provided supportive counselling and mental health group sessions for newcomers and immigrants through the Mental Health and Wellness Cafe (MHWC)
Facilitated mental health peer support trainings for OCASI and the Afghan Women’s Organization (AWO)
Worked with various community-based agencies such as Hospice Toronto, The Neighbourhood Organization (TNO), Community Living York South and others
“ When I have been listened to and when I have been heard, I am able to re-perceive my world in a new way and to go on. It is astonishing how elements that seem insoluble become soluble when someone listens..”
-Carl R. Rogers
I am fluent in Urdu and Hindi and have a great understanding of Punjabi and Pashto.
I enjoy cooking and baking. I am always trying new recipes I find online.
I love everything related to fashion and photography. I am always putting together different outfits/looks and capturing moments on camera.
I love interior design and event planning. Yes, I could spend hours at homesense!
I enjoy travelling whether that is exploring different places around the City or around the world.