• MAIN IMAGE LAYERS LAYER NR. 1
    Who has power over you?
    LAYER NR. 3
    "For things to have value in man's world, they are given the
    role of commodities. Among man's oldest and most
    constant commodity is Woman."
    ( Ana Castillo )

Addictions Counsellor / Assaulted Women's & Children's Counsellor/Advocate / Artiste

Recommendations

Sveta is an superior project manager, with excellent feminist, anti-racism, anti-oppression analysis. She is very empathetic with a strong background in counselling. She is also an advocate for those who are most marginalized and provides support to women in need. She is an asset to any team that can use her skills.

Krittika Ghosh Senior Coordinator, Violence Against Women at OCASI

Sveta's knowledge of anti-oppressive framework and feminist ideology is an asset in paving a road for recovery for women fleeing from violence. She has excellent counselling and crisis intervention skills based in 'cultural competency' and 'trauma informed approach'. She is very well versed in her field, excellent at self examination of her limitations, is honest and humane in her approach within her praxis. She valiantly fights for Women's Rights and is committed to gender equity. She is fearless, dynamic, and stands steadfast in her beliefs.

Zarina Sherazee Manager,Family Services at SAFSS

As a passionate and fearless advocate for women who have been traumatized by violence and affected by substance use problems, Sveta is a compassionate and effective counsellor who understands the complexities of addiction and gender based violence.

John Wade, BA, ICADC JCW Counselling Services

I have never met any person more passionate about her work than Sveta! She lives, eats and breathes it.

Barb Scollick RETIRED!!! Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences

It has been a great pleasure and honor to know Sveta because she is a woman who displays courage and epitomizes bravery in her daily life. She tries to understand the struggle and pain of others, and plays an active role in advocating on behalf of those who may not have a voice. She takes the time to actually listen to her clients and does not impart judgment or partiality. If one ever meets Sveta, one will realize soon enough that she is charming and compassionate, is very truthful and honest, has a beautiful inner soul, and is a very caring human being who can empathize with others, and not just sympathize.

Dr. Nirupama Gupta Pediatric Nephrology Assistant Professor

Very easy person to talk to. Great to work with. Very professional

Danielle Rohlehr Paraprofessional, Deloitte Canada

Sveta's beautiful designs are as unique as she and of superb quality.

Anna Lubaszka HEALTHY HABITS NUTRITION & FITNESS INC

Sveta is woman of great wisdom and has the poetic ability to counsel and educate with the utmost integrity and poise.

Anna Lubaszka HEALTHY HABITS NUTRITION & FITNESS INC

I lost my children, no one listened, no one understand my culture. What my husband's violence did to me and no one help me in Hospital, no one help me with CAS. My sisters left me, my family left me. I met Sveta and for 2.5 years she worked like it was her children to get them back to me. She listens, understands pain liken no other Therapist I got before. She fight for my Rights. I got full custody after 8 painful long year. I pray to God that every victim get Sveta as her Counsellor to save their life and children.

(S.R.A)

My daughter has opened up to me only after I started counselling with Sveta. My childhood fears, pain and trauma have harmed her beyond my knowledge. I did not know the harm I was causing my own child until I started counselling with Sveta. If there is anyone that is suffering because their children don't speak to you or because you are frightened of leaving an abusive marriage, you must reach out to most sensitive, kind, compassionate, knowledgeable Counsellor Sveta. She understood me like no other Social Worker or Therapist did in last 6 years. I found myself after I found Sveta.

A.R

I know humanity can survive if there are more noble natured, culturally competent Women like you to stop gender violence. Your work and voice is essential for racialized Women. I am fortunate to have you as my Counsellor and Advocate

Gi. Dez

When I came to Canada I married and husband treat me worsly than animal in another city. I separate after bad beatings and my family was so ashamed of me cause I separated from my husband. And I thought I will find out my new life here, so move into Toronto . Where Bangladeshi society can't bother me. I can live my life peacefully I think. But for single women it's really tough to live by herself. Because I'm South Asian. And our society cultures believes a women should have guardian like her parents or husband. It was always my dreams that I will finish my education and then find a job. But I was not strong to live myself. And always so worried about my life.

So depressed, crying most times so alone. Telling Dr. but he don't understand giving me sleeping pills to feel better. He don't want to listen to understand any thing I tell. I feeling worse badly every day. Feeling may be I should be dying as family want me no more and no one here care for me also. Then I get to know about counseling from my friend in building who also helped get her children by Sveta Counselor. Because I so helpless- I was looking for an Women counselor cause I'm not comfortable with guys. So when I heard about Sveta Kohli 'Azad' then I wanted to make an appointment with her. And then I started counseling with her last year.

Before I started I was so helpless, I didn't know the right direction and also I was not confident to move on. I was totally broken. I feel sad all the time about my life. Because this is my society's culture who teach us after marriage whatever happens with an women it's always her fault. Men's are always right. My family also blame me all the time. Because I left my ex-husband. Only for this reason I have lost my everything. I lost that love from my parent, I have lost my siblings love, I have lost my relatives and friends. Besides here when I met new people, men tried to get advantages from me always. Because nobody with me. Most of the nights I cried myself because I'm all alone. And I was so scared to go outside from my home.

Without Sveta's support I would not be able to overcome so much stresses in my life. Then I became more confident to talk to my friends and family mostly to live my life. I got the strength to have patience that times will change. And then I got my immigration paper done with Sveta's help. It was really a huge relief for me.

After that I start my life like work and home. I wanted to get a full time job or start study again. Then suddenly one bad very bad incident happened at my work place. I faced a sexual harassment and sexual assault from my employer. That breaks me down more and more. Now I'm so scared to start new job. Because I'm not safe anywhere. Without Sveta's help I was not be able to do police file against my boss (ex-employee). She went with me to police as I scared of police very much here. My boss had been doing this before and nobody does any police file against him. Lots of girls quite their jobs from the company I work with. They say don't report nothing. And also they didn't want to give me my last pay check and my employment record. After I file police reporting I get more trouble from company I work with. I lost my hope that I will not going to get my last pay check my money. I'm very poor I'm not making enough money to live. Sveta help me try to get my money by calling labor board. And long trouble I got my check. I would never be this confident to do all of this without Sveta's help. She is like an angel to me.

Still when I talk with my parent or siblings they make me more sad. My family wants me to get marry again. They don't want to understand me. Marriage is not a solution to me, marriage is the name of problem to me. So I wanted to start my divorce file but I don't have that confident to do this by myself. I remember that day when I went to the court by myself. It takes a lots of strength to go there. I didn't sleep that night, I was so stressed out all the night and all the way. I don't want to remember my married life in my life time. Sveta helps me to overcome this feelings. She taught me how to control sadness thoughts over my body and my soul. If anything bother me or anything happens with me first of all I want to share that with her. Because she gives me way to solutions of my problems. She is like a cure to me.

Sveta is only one person who believes me always, whom I could share everything in trusting her. She always give me that mental support to move on my life. To live a confident and strong life. Sveta taught me how to be strong against injustice. When I think 2 years before me and now me I found myself totally a different person. I doing better slowly power happening empowerment coming. I getting good hope to study training courses. Find better job one days.

If my parents taught me confident to be myself may be now I would have a better life."

M.T.F