I’m here to help you overcome anxiety, to feel empowered about yourself, to flourish in your relationships and to facilitate the healing and change you desire in a safe, confidential, creative and compassionate setting. A confidential therapeutic relationship can facilitate the emotional insight and growth you need to move beyond limiting behaviours and reach a level of self-understanding, self-awareness, healing, relating, living and loving you would’ve never thought possible before.
My name is Hammam Farah, and I’m a psychotherapist, writer, activist and life coach.
I believe change happens when we expand our self-awareness by understanding ourselves. But to understand ourselves, we first need to be understood. That’s why the therapeutic relationship—built on trust, honesty, empathy and vulnerability—lies at the heart of personal change.
I received my B.A. (Hons) Double Major in Psychology and Political Science from York University. I then went on to graduate from the Toronto Centre for Training in Psychotherapy, which provides one of the most intensive and long-term psychotherapy programs in Canada. I am also a certified Life Coach, having obtained my certification from JRNI Coaching.
I am a Palestinian Canadian whose life was greatly impacted by the experience of childhood immigration and political developments in the Middle East. In my spare time, I fight injustice and inequality as a human rights activist and community organizer. I have also worked with immigrants, refugees and people with disabilities, providing settlement services and group counselling sessions. My passion for therapy stems from my conviction that a better world is possible.
As hard as change was for me in my own life transitions, it would be change that would drive me forward; the desire to understand myself and improve, to do the work that would be necessary to become the person I am today.
Nothing quite impacted me as much as my training in psychotherapy. It was there that I discovered a special kind of self-awareness. There was a point in my third year of training when I realized I was seeing a different side to life that I had been blinded from: that of relating to another person on a deep emotional level. I developed the capacity to listen deeply to another person and become attuned to them, to truly understand them. I felt that I had been living my life in black and white, and now someone had taken a paint brush and filled it with colour.
Let’s work together to embark on your own journey of transformation and self-discovery.
I am able to work with English and Arabic speaking clients.
My clinical approach is psychodynamic, more commonly known as psychoanalytic psychotherapy. It is a deep form of therapy that tackles the root causes of psychological suffering by uncovering what lies outside (or beneath) the client’s awareness. This entails an exploration of thoughts, feelings, memories, dreams, fantasies and behaviour patterns. In addition, the relationship between the client and the therapist provides insight into the client’s relationship patterns. This gives the client a chance to break unhealthy patterns and to work through repetitive unwanted behaviours.