Rahim Thawer

Portrait shot of Rahim Thawer smiles widely at the camera. He wears thick rimmed round glasses and a blue collared shirt. HIs arms are crossed.

Rahim Thawer works as a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, facilitator and public speaker, sessional lecturer, writer, and community organizer. Rahim loves all things mental health and is particularly interested in examining innovation in queer relationships. Whether in a classroom or therapy consulting room, he strives to operate from a harm reduction, sex-positive, anti-oppressive and trauma-informed approach. This is complemented by his vast public speaking portfolio, which is both thematically and regionally diverse spanning from Toronto to Ottawa, Winnipeg to Vancouver, and from New York to Austin to Atlanta.

Rahim also supervises graduate counselling students and has taught as a post-secondary lecturer at two colleges and three universities in Ontario, including the University of Toronto.

Rahim has dedicated almost 10 years to community organizing with Salaam Canada, a national volunteer-run LGBTQ Muslim organization. He was also a co-editor and essay contributor in a local history anthology entitled Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Toronto Book Awards. He’s currently working on a book called Seeking: Stories from a gay therapist making sense of connection and relationships to be published by Thorntree Press.