Our Team

More information on other team members being added soon:

Client Service Team

(Listed in alphabetical order by last name)

Mawdah Albatnuni

Information coming soon.

Jeannine Bradley, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW

Jeannine is a bilingual (English and French), committed social worker, with many years of experience working with a variety of marginalized and diverse individuals and communities. In addition to advocating and finding resources for clients,  Jeannine provides anti-oppressive, strength-based counselling on issues related to intergenerational conflict among immigrants, inter-ethnic relations, chronic mental health issues, gender, CAS involvement and criminal charges. She is also a member of the OCDSB Advisory Committee on Equity, Spelling Bee of Canada, and the MFSO board of directors.

Walaa Farahat, BA, MA, RP

Wala’a Farahat is a Registered Psychotherapist with an MA in counselling from Saint Paul University. She is passionate about working with diverse populations, fellow clinicians, and the community at large to raise awareness about mental health and advocate for equitable, culturally appropriate services. She is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, as well as the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, and Canadian Association for Play Therapy. 
Wala’a currently works in community settings as a walk-in counsellor and long term therapist, as well as in private practice. She believes in providing a safe, non-judgemental environment that acknowledges the individual, their unique experiences, culture, skills, and values as a whole. Her approach is holistic, trauma-informed, and incorporates Somatic Experiencing, and Narrative Therapy. She also draws from various therapeutic techniques to ensure her services are client centered and tailored to your needs. She provides services in English and Arabic for adults, youth and children.

Barbara Lois Helms BA MA MA Phd (Cand.) RP(Q)

Barbara Lois Helms is a member of the MFSO team, providing services as a chaplain and also as a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the CRPO. Her educational background includes a BA Honours in Religious Studies, MA in Islamic Studies (both from McGill), and a Master’s in Counselling Psychology (Athabasca). She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree (Muslim Chaplaincy) at University of Toronto (Toronto School of Theology/Emmanuel College).

Nagad Hersi

Information coming soon.

Imam Samy Metwally

Information coming soon.

Rania Oustad BA MA RP(Q)

Providing culturally competent care is at the core of my work with clients at Muslim Family Services of Ottawa. I understand that culture and spirituality can have a significant impact on some individual’s personality and attachment style.  I treat my clients as multifaceted individuals and through exploring their past lived experiences and individual struggles, I collaboratively create a treatment plan with my clients that is tailored to their specific needs.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology – Carleton University (2017) Specialization: Social and Personality Psychology
  • Master of Arts, Counselling and Spirituality – Saint Paul University School of Counselling, Psychotherapy, and Spirituality (2019) Specialization: Couple and Family Therapy
  • Major research project on Increasing Couple Spiritual Intimacy with Interfaith and Intrafaith Couples (2018)
  • College of Registered Psychotherapists (CRPO)- Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) #008782
  • Canadian Counselling And Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) member and National Capital Region Chapter member

Samoon Tasmim BA, MA, PhD (Cand.), RP(Q)

Samoon Tasmim is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) at Muslim Family Services of Ottawa and also serves on the organization’s board. Samoon is a Ph.D. candidate in Psychotherapy and Spirituality at Saint Paul University. He holds an M.A. degree in Applied Psychology, with a specialization in Clinical Psychology, and has over seven years of experience practicing psychotherapy and counselling in Afghanistan, India and Canada. Samoon works with individuals and groups, particularly with immigrants and marginalized populations. His areas of expertise include complex trauma, identity issues, loss and grief, abandonment, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. Samoon works with a trauma informed therapeutic approach rooted in attachment-based theories and psychodynamic approaches and draws on a wide range of other therapeutic techniques.

Leadership Team

  • Samoon Tasmim – Executive Director
  • Hindah Walhad – Counselling Centre Coordinator
  • William Felepchuk – Director of Research and Partnerships

Board of Directors

Board of Directors information coming soon.