Surrey Mental Health Clinic
​​​Dr Hafeez Mian  
BGS, MA, MEd, PhD 
Diplomate, International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counselling & Psychotherapy 

Helping ADJUST Sails

As a mental health professional and psychotherapist I aim to provide all my clients with professional, confidential, non-judgmental and ethical service according to the ethical code of conduct guideline as outlined by Canadian Professional Counsellors Association. My professional philosophy is to assist those who seek help to be recognized for their own innate potential and to work to achieve an outcome that they desire. I assist my clients, within professional boundaries, to achieve their potential. If you wish to bring about changes in your life, let me assure you that the change is possible. In order to achieve your objective, two fundamental requirements are absolute: Firstly, you must KNOW & UNDERSTAND the REASON for the change you desire; Secondly, your MOTIVATION in fundamental to bring about the  desired change.

One's potential is always there; however, one needs a catalyst and a guide. If there is a will, there is a way. I help my clients realize their own resilience and potential despite any life adversity. Seeking assistance from a professional counselling guide generally helps people with insights and the supportive environment allows change to materialize.


In today’s fast paced world, no one has the time to dwell on what happened in the past. The reality is that we want to solve existing problems to avoid future complications. We all have innate abilities to deal with our problems; however, sometimes we all could use a helping hand. Seeking therapy is not a sign of weakness, rather it’s a sign of being able to realize the need for assistance to resolve a problematic scenario; so from this perspective you are, in fact, being imaginative, inventive and creative. 

Keeping in tune with fast paced world, we expect resolution to our problems at a fast rate as well. In reaction to such societal expectations, precisely focused therapies have emerged. New therapies are educational in their approach so that one can rely on newly acquired skills and techniques for controlling thoughts and actions in future and be self-reliant. Solution based therapy, for example, helps activate your skills that have worked for you in the past; interpersonal therapy is wonderful in sharpening your communication skills which, in turn gives rise to your successful interactions with other members of the society that you deal with; and cognitive behavioral therapy, also known as, CBT is currently one of the most studied, researched and influential form of psychotherapy. CBT teaches you to recognize and change negative and self-defeating thoughts, feelings and behaviors into positive considerations. It is indeed exceptionally effective at treating mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, stress, and PTSD. In addition, it is proven to be effective in dealing with routine daily issues (anger management, relational issues, career matters, cultural and
adjustment concerns) in an expedient and efficient manner. These psychotherapies last a few sessions, depending on the severity and complexity
of the problem, it can take anywhere from six to 20 sessions or so which is fairly quick and reasonable time to resolve life predicaments.

The important question: WHO should seek therapy? The short answer is: 

1.    Anyone who is in emotional distress of what-so-ever kind (for example - generally unhappy, sad, angry) may seek professional help.
2.    Anyone who is having behavioral issues. For example: phobias, compulsive eating, emotional shopping, and obsessive behaviors.
3.    Anyone who is having difficulty with cognitive concerns; such as, confusion, trauma, flashbacks, nightmares, distractions, etc.

Like all other decisions we make in our lives, decision to seek or not seek therapy is also a personal one. IF you believe you have an issue and IF you want to resolve and bring about a change in your life, then take the first step to do something about it. Consider therapy! And remember: If you change nothing, nothing will change. 


1. Is therapy right for me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice to deal with recent and/or long standing psychological or emotional issues. Working with a professional therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges.

2. Do I really need therapy?  
I can usually handle my problems. Navigating through rough waters needs a skillful professional who can show you how to use the right tools to achieve the desired result in a safe and skillful manner. Seeking extra support is not a bad idea.

3. How can therapy help me?
A therapist can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues that are the root cause of emotional and psychological distress. A therapist’s ability to empower and unleash your inner abilities to deal with life adversities is the most valuable therapeutic

4. What is therapy like? 
Visualize therapy a scaffolding support when you are unhappy, anxious, and depressed until such time that you are ready to stand on your own and discover your personal potential to find your own way out of the woods. Through counselling you can find a new direction, learn strategies and skills to deal with your own unique and challenging circumstances. And the beauty of it all is that you will be heard and listened to confidentially and
non-judgmentally. This, in turn, will allow you to discover yourself, your potential, and it will empower you to move toward more productive and satisfying life style.

5. Is medication a substitute for therapy?
No. However, therapy coupled with medication in sometimes the best combination. Medication treats the symptoms and therapy takes care of emotional and psychological pain.

6. is therapy confidential?
YES! The law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:

     i) In case of suspected child abuse, dependent adult or elder abuse, the therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities/police     

     ii) If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to him/herself or another person, the therapist is required to notify the appropriate  
​       authorities/police.