My life work is in the healing arts.  Whether I’ve been massaging bodies, prescribing herbal or homeopathic medicines, inserting acupuncture needles or facilitating emotional or spiritual awareness, my role has been to help people know themselves, including their role and place in the grander schemes of life.  I envision my role as a psychotherapist in three ways:  In one way, I continue to work according to the naturopathic medical principle of “docere”, which is Latin for “doctor as teacher”.  Sometimes I feel it is my role to educate and provide resources. 

In a second way, my role is similar to that of a guide.  A guide may know the terrain you’re travelling and can point out aspects of the path to you while you

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

Alice Walker

walk it. Or, the territory may be unknown to both of you, but the guide may be carrying a useful “toolbox” that you can make use of.  In both cases, the guide recognizes your own navigational wisdom and is there to assist.

Thirdly, I see my role as a companion.  In this way, I recognize that we both possess experience and knowledge, and my role is to be a healing presence, witnessing, supporting, validating, and sometimes challenging, your experience.  I feel that the therapeutic relationship is perhaps the most important healing “intervention” I have to offer.

The self-awareness that I help others to cultivate is not an individualistic pursuit.  On the contrary, I recognize that we humans are a social species and that our individual realities influence, and are influenced by, all the various relationships we engage in from family and friends, to nature and spirit.   What self-awareness does is allow us to be consciously and authentically present in all of these relationships.

I believe in what Buddhists call Buddha-nature.  This refers to a basic core of goodnes

“There are no truths, only stories.  If we change the stories we live by, quite possibly we change our lives.”

Thomas King

s, and potential, that resides in all of us.  I also believe that through the course of our life experiences we can lose touch with that innate essence, and we experience struggle with the separation.  Often these struggles can take the form of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual challenges.  I see these challenges as opportunities for learning.

I often feel that I am helping people to craft their own art of living, an art informed by knowledge, creativity, awareness and wisdom.  I like the comparison of a life to a work of art because it suggests permission to explore one’s potential creatively and to encourage celebration of the unique contribution of each individual.  Permission, exploration, creativity, encouragement, celebration and uniqueness are all concepts that I feel are integral to any healing process.  

I  believe that choices, conscious and subconscious, constellate this unique work of art that is one’s life.  The more aware we become the more resonant that work of art becomes with one’s notion of life purpose. I believe that although this reflects the human condition, the paths each of us chooses to take throughout the journey are unique. 

Ultimately, I believe that the recognition and embracing of one’s life in its totality is foundational to an emerging state of health.  Psychotherapy sessions can help you to recognize and gain access to your cache of inner resources, which are arguably your most powerful, affordable and non-toxic options for healing.

 


WILFRED LAURIER UNIVERSITY

Master of Arts in Spiritual Care & Psychotherapy (MA Candidate)


TRANSFORMATIONAL ARTS COLLEGE of SPIRITUAL AND HOLISTIC TRAINING

Psychotherapist  & Spiritual Director (SD)


ZUMBA CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP

Official Zumba Instructor


DOMINION HERBAL COLLEGE

Chartered Herbalist (CH)


CANADIAN COLLEGE OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE 

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND-retired))

Bio
 

I am a lover of the natural world, a seeker of truths, an explorer of the self and a celebrator of Spirit, in a nutshell.

I am also a Registered Psychotherapist* working in the field of holistic healthcare since 1994, and currently in private practice in Guelph, Ontario.  I have extensive personal, professional and academic experience in a variety of holistic health modalities, from different cul
tural traditions, including naturopathic medicine, Swedish and Thai massage therapy, Buddhist meditation, Western herbalism, physical fitness and modern psychology. My work has also included workshops for both adults and young people on topics of interest within the fields of psychotherapy and holistic health,  teaching, and freelance writing.  My formal academic trainings have led to the designations of Massage Therapist, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Chartered Herbalist, Psychotherapist and Spiritual Director.   I am currently pursuing a Masters in Spiritual Care & Psychotherapy.  My informal teachings come from my many life experiences including motherhood, world travel,  readings, creative pursuits, as well as ongoing continuing education and involvement in apprenticeships and

“The unexamined life is not worth living for a human being.”

Socrates

relationships of all kinds. 

    I also make time to feed my soul, and stay fit, by teaching a Latin dance-inspired fitness class called ZUMBA which allows me to literally shake things up on a regular basis. 

 
My Education
 

UPLEDGER INSTITUTE

Craniosacral Therapist


SUTHERLAND-CHAN SCHOOL OF MASSAGE THERAPY

Massage Therapist (MT-retired)


OLD CHIANG MAI TRADITIONAL HOSPITAL

Basic Thai Massage Therapist


McGILL UNIVERSITY

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

“ Choice is a divine teacher, for when we choose we learn that nothing is ever put in our path without a reason.” 

Iyanla Vazant

My Philosophy
 

THE GUEST HOUSE

by Rumi


This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honourably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.

Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes,

because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

*Registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario:  www.crpo.ca

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