Omar Hussein

BA, Student Therapist

Areas of Focus

Who I Work With

Students, adults, clients seeking affordable care

Availability

Monday – mornings
Tuesday – mornings
Saturday – afternoons

Interesting Facts About Me

Hello! My name is Omar Hussein, and I am currently completing my Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. I was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia to two immigrant parents from Kenya and Uganda. As a result, I consider myself bicultural, which involves having to balance the customs of my faith and cultural traditions of my family with the expectations that come with living in a Western society. While this can no doubt be difficult to navigate, and sometimes contradictory, I learned that having different viewpoints can be advantageous and make our lives much more colourful in the long run. Hence, our identity, no matter how unique and diverse, is something I believe we should take pride in and seek to understand. This is especially necessary when it comes to making decisions about our career, education and personal relationships.
 
In 2015, I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in History and Humanities at Simon Fraser University. Initially, I had aspirations to complete my Masters at Oxford and become a professor. However, after I graduated, I underwent an emergency surgery which prevented me from doing so. While there were moments where I felt defeated and lost, this period of uncertainty is one I am incredibly grateful for. Not only did it force me to take time to recover and rediscover my passion, but it also allowed me to try my hand at different careers and volunteer opportunities. As a result, through discussing or listening to those I came in contact with, I found myself sharing my experiences and helping others uncover a deeper level of understanding. Hence, counselling seemed like the natural fit.
 
In addition to identity and career counselling, I am also incredibly interested in the importance of the mind-body connection. Having worked as a camp counsellor for youth and young adults, as well as run a soccer camp for five years, I have witnessed firsthand how heavily physical health, mental health and nutrition can influence one’s personal state. For this reason, as Aster Wellness Centre offers each of these services, I hope to uncover more about how they can be used in tandem during my time here.
 
Thank you, I look forward to meeting you!

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