Education: Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Specialties & Techniques: Aisha Chapra Sander has experience working with individuals and groups in a community health setting in Toronto, Canada. She worked in a primary care clinical setting and provided one-on-one counseling to refugees, immigrants, people experiencing houselessness, people living in poverty, people with disabilities, women experiencing intimate partner violence and has specialized experience working with immigrant and refugee youth, bi-cultural youth and young adults.
Aisha works from an anti-racist and anti-oppressive framework, where each client is seen holistically in their environment and how different systems can concurrently impact lives. Aisha has provided brief solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and person-centered therapy with clients who may be struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and intimate partner violence. Aisha also has experience in participatory based social work research, where she supported women and transwomen experiencing houselessness to share their experiences.
After two years of direct social work practice in Toronto, Aisha moved back to her home country of Pakistan and became a Yoga Alliance (USA) certified yoga instructor. Since 2009 Aisha has been a yoga instructor, with over 400 hours in training and 1500 hours of teaching experiences and has taught in a wide variety of group and individual settings. She has been described by her students as a gentle and compassionate instructor who focuses on somatic awareness of the body while creating accessible and inclusive classes. Aisha is also an Assistant Professor at Colorado Mesa University and the Program Director of the Bachelor of Social Work Program. She specializes in issues related to social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion as well as critical self-reflexive social work practice. Aisha has practiced mindfulness and meditation for over a decade and has found it to be an excellent tool for coping with stress, loss, grief, and life transitions.