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Nerses, M. (2020). Reflections of a therapist: LGBTQI survivors of torture (Unpublished manuscript)

Nerses, M., Kleinplatz, P.  (2018). Seeking Safety: Trauma, context, resilience (Unpublished Manuscript)

 Nerses, M., & Paré, D. (2018). Coming out: Implications for sexual and gender non-conforming immigrants and newcomers. In C. Audet & D. Paré (Eds.), Social justice and counseling: Discourse in practice (p. 171–182). Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

Nerses, M., Kleinplatz, P. J., & Moser, C. (2015). Group therapy with international LGBTQ+ clients at the intersection of multiple minority status. Psychology of Sexualities Review, 6(1), 99-109.


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I am an Ottawa-based Registered Psychotherapist and have a full-time private practice. In the past, I worked in social service agencies for many years. I offer individual, relationship, and sex therapy in English, Arabic, and Armenian to adults 18+, and I do not work with minors.

In 2011, I earned a master’s degree in Counselling from the University of Ottawa. I am a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario (CRPO#001132) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. In addition, I am a Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA#3058). My clinical training focuses on relationship and sex therapy and trauma/PTSD. Since 2013, I have been at Algonquin College as a seasonal professor, teaching courses in mental health and addiction.

I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to publish peer-reviewed articles and contribute chapters concerning Counselling, coming out, and trauma related explicitly to LGBTQ+ refugees and newcomers to Canada. I have presented numerous workshops and continue to offer trainings nationally and internationally on the mental health of LGBTQI+ and SOGIE refugees and asylum seekers.

In 2020, I launched my online learning platform to offer courses to clinicians who work with the refugee population. Learn more about my elearning platform at

Professional expertise

Through the years, I have gained expertise in refugees’ mental health and received training in writing immigration evaluations for immigration courts through Division 56, Trauma Psychology, Physicians for Human Rights, and the Global Institute of Forensic Research. 

I also have had training in trauma/PTSD therapy, relationship (Poly. Kink), sexuality, and sex therapy. I have participated in numerous training opportunities related to sex therapy, sexuality, and gender identity. 

I am LGBTQI+/poly/kink/CNM supportive therapist.

Therapeutic approachesIn addition to Narrative Exposure Therapy for PTSD (NET), I have also trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD and Experiential Therapy and Focusing. I integrate social justice and Rights-based principles into my work as a trauma-informed therapist.

AwardsIn recognition of my dedication to helping LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers in Canada, I received the 2017 Humanitarian Award from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). AffiliationsI have an international affiliate membership with Division 56, Trauma Psychology, the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Global Institute of Forensic Research.


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