OUTSaskatoon offers free peer support and short-term counselling services to the following groups:
- Individuals who are questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity
- Members of the LGBTQ2S community
- Parents, family, and friends of the LGBTQ2S community who need support and resources to foster supportive relationships with LGBTQ2S loved ones
Iris Akbar, Counsellor, OUTSaskatoon
Iris Akbar (pronouns: She/her) has her Bachelors of Psychology from Murdoch University in Western Australia, Masters of Education in Educational Psychology from the University of Regina, a Diploma in School Counselling from Nanyang Technological University, and is certified in Choice Theory Reality Therapy, along with training in cognitive behavioural therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy, mental health first aid, and suicide and crisis management interventions.
Iris is a former secondary school counsellor where she gained plenty of experience working with students 12 to 19 years of age, along with parents, families, and couples. Prior to school counselling she was a research psychologist with Singapore General Hospital where she supported patients with dementia and stroke symptoms. Outside of work Iris loves volunteering and has volunteered in many South East Asian countries including Cambodia, Iran, and Indonesia. She and her partner are parents to Musa and Maya, their two furry adorable cats and they are planning on expanding their family in the coming years!
Iris provides counselling Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons.
Chandra Decae, Counsellor, Family Services Saskatoon
Chandra works at Family Services Saskatoon where she provides counselling through their Youth Exposed to Violence Program and through their walk-in programs with partner organizations, such as OUTSaskatoon. She has a Masters of Education in School and Counselling Psychology and has recently returned to counselling after taking time off after the birth of her first child. She is very much looking forward to getting back into work and having daily adult conversations. In her spare time she loves to read (Jodi Picoult is a favourite), go for walks, spend time with friends and family, and cook new and exciting recipes. She also love feathers, crystals, and all things magical!
Counselling can help people navigate through on-going challenges surrounding their own sexuality and/or gender identity, as well as help navigate the sexuality and/or gender identity of loved ones. As well counselling can support individuals in clarifying what they need and who they are, help with exploring areas of concern, assist in establishing goals, and help with building connections with others.
Chandra provides counselling Thursday evenings.
For more information call 306-665-1224 or email: email@example.com
Are you needing someone to talk to and listen? Peer support allows people to ask questions and explore their feelings in a confidential, non-judgmental environment in the company of those who have been through similar situations and experiences. Volunteers, practicum students, and OUTSaskatoon employees are available to chat with anyone who drops in and/or phones our centre. Peer supporters will listen, refer when necessary, and will provide information. We also offer a range of support & social groups that are peer led that we encourage you to attend.
To talk with one of our staff and receive peer support: 306-665-1224
To call toll free: 1-800-358-1833
For more information or to receive support via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We also offer psychiatry one day a week out of our space for individuals that are part of the LGBTQ2S community. In order to access these services you must receive a referral to see our psychiatrist, Dr. Dungavell. Referrals must be made through your family doctor.
For more information call: 306-361-4163 and ask for Dr. Dungavell.