Born in England, Rashida lived and studied in Kenya before coming to Australia. Her youth was spent living all over the world, exposing her to various cultures, communities, ways of living and helping her develop an understanding of how different cultures create connections and experience emotions.
Rashida was drawn to the field of psychology at a very young age, curious about people’s journeys as she tried to untangle and make sense of her very own psyche. Having gone through her very own mental health journey, she believes that therapy allows you to have a safe space where you can reflect, develop and learn.
With a passion for working holistically and collaboratively with her clients, she helps support them in reaching their goals, navigating through difficult emotions and making sense of their struggles. She has been praised for her warm, kind and empathetic nature as she approaches therapy in a fun and creative way.
Using evidence-based modalities, including a mixture of mindfulness, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychotherapy and Positive Psychology, Rashida finds it paramount to remember that we are all individual beings; what may work for you on your journey, may not work for the next person, and that is completely okay.
WHEN NOT IN THE THERAPY ROOM…
Rashida can be found having a dip in the ocean, lying in sun, bushwalking, reading, travelling, at her favourite concerts and gigs or simply spending time with her family and friends whipping up a meal.
Areas of Expertise
Grief & Loss
Transformation & Change
Sex & Relationships
Bachelor of Psychology
Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Member of Australian Psychologists Association Inc
RASHIDA’S TIPS ON HOW TO BECOME YOUR MOST POWERFUL SELF
Becoming our most powerful selves is a practice which begins from within. It is not about authority, money, or force; it is about using self-love and self-compassion to create a world and growth mindset in which we are kind enough to show up for ourselves. Here are some ways to begin:
Self-care: Self-care can be as simple as allowing yourself 10 minutes of the day to sit in silence; setting boundaries around your work life vs. personal life or saying ‘no’ to requests and being comfortable in the discomfort that can bring. Self-care is about putting yourself first in order to allow room to be able to put energy into other people and tasks throughout your day.
Reflect: We live in a ‘busy’ world in which we are often planning events with a calendar booked out months in advance; we reach milestones in life and tick them off like a grocery list without allowing ourselves the time to reflect or bask in the glory of at times how hard it was to achieve. It is important to allow ourselves to practise gratitude, reflect on how far we have come and how we have reached our current place whether it is emotionally or physically before taking steps in setting goals for the future.
Visualisation: In order to visualise you may begin by establishing a highly specific goal. During your visualisation you imagine a future in which you have achieved this goal. Try and hold a mental image as if it was occurring right at that moment, and attempt to imagine it with as much detail as possible incorporating the 5 senses; including things such as, which emotions are you feeling right now? Who are you with? What are you wearing? What can you smell? What can you hear? What environment are you in? Practice this in the morning or night, just before or after sleep. If any doubts occur, continue the practice and incorporate an affirmation.
Stay committed and consistent in your practice, check in regularly with yourself, realise it will not always be easy. There will be pain and there will be joy but you are on your way to creating your best future self.