IBPOC Mental Health Support Database

About this Database
It is difficult to find adequate and culturally competent mental health support that truly meets the needs of IBPOC people in our current existing system. In response, this database was made to highlight a range of local services, programs and IBPOC mental health workers for IBPOC residents of Kjipuktuk/HRM.

We have been working since August 2019 to crowdsource and compile as much information into this document as possible as part of the CARE Project, in an attempt to create an easily accessible public contact list for who is available to reach out to when we/our loved ones are having a hard time and need healing support. 

We will host this database here on Khyber’s website, and also plan to create printed posters to have available in local spaces once we have ample information. It will be updated regularly as we collect more information, so please do add to it and share to help spread the word!
If you have any questions, email info@khyber.ca

– Bria Miller, Co-Director of Khyber Centre for the Arts

Ways to Support

1. Sharing the database with your network via social media, email or word of mouth

2. Add names of IBPOC mental health or wellness workers/programs you know of to the crowdsourcing document linked HERE, and highlight your addition (so we know it’s a new addition)

3. If you are a mental health worker, healer, or run a wellness program, please fill out a consent form to be featured in the database on our website and eventually in print. Consent form is linked HERE.

4. Share this link from the Khyber’s newsletter (September 04/19) with your networks via email or social media.

Local IBPOC Mental Health Support Database

Name & PronounsJob TitleRacial BackgroundGenderSexualityWebsiteContact InfoDescription of PracticeAdditional Info
Shabnam Sobhani she/her Social Worker, Yoga Teacher POC, Iranian ethnicity avaloncentre.ca 1526 Dresdon Row Avalon Sexual Assault Centre 902-422-4240

I am a social worker with a BSW and MSW from Dalhousie University. I adopt a trauma-informed, feminist, and anti-oppressive perspective in all my work. The therapeutic modalities I use include feminist narrative therapy, internal family systems, acceptance and commitment therapy, strengths-based therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, and trauma-specific therapy. I take a person-centred approach, starting where people are at, and recognizing that they are in control of their healing journey, I am here to support.

I am a cis woman, second-generation immigrant, born in Canada, ethnicity is Iranian. I am a brown woman and I take time to continue to reflect on my privileges of education, class, and income to be aware of the biases and power I hold in the work I do with clients. I work publicly with Avalon and so am connected to our mandate and service parameters: I work with cis women, trans individuals, and non-binary individuals, 16 years and older who have experienced sexualized violence (recent or historical).

Raytia Turney, M.A., M.Ed, C.C.C. she/her Counsellor African Nova Scotian/Black



M.Ed in Counselling- Africentric Focus. Associate Assessor – Impact of Race and Culture Assessments.

CIRCA 1995