I nurture children, young adults and parents to learn mindfulness methods to move through challenges with me and on their own after our work together is complete. I believe therapy should have a clear beginning and end, so, whatever you are facing, we will work to reach the change you are seeking within a set timeline.
Nurtured Learning is the philosophical approach reflected in all my work. I believe, regardless of the kind of help you are seeking or the challenges you are facing, a nurturing and caring approach is always the best one to take.
Mindfulness practice allows for self-exploration critical to short-term and long-lasting change you seek. Using a deeper awareness of our mind/body connection, mindfulness leads to easier emotional and mental growth. I teach my clients mindfulness practices in therapy. I also offer free Mindful Minutes (30-days of practice) and Mindfulness audios.
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I have been a practicing Psychologist in the province of Alberta since 1999. Over that time, I have worked in a variety of settings including: the non-profit sector; Calgary Board of Education; Specialized School settings; Alberta Health Services; and the University of Calgary.
I am currently a sessional instructor with the University of Calgary and, since 2009, I have helped to teach graduate level courses to students completing their Masters degrees in Educational Psychology. Since 2004, I have also worked part-time with Alberta Health Services in a program that helps train Family Physicians in how to identify, assess, and treat mental health concerns in children and adolescents.
Over the years, I have been an invited speaker at professional conferences and have been interviewed as an expert in Psychology for both print and broadcast media. I am a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) and I am registered as a Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP).
I moved to Calgary in 1997 from my home province of Newfoundland to pursue an internship as part of my graduate studies in Psychology and have lived here ever since. I consider Calgary to be my “official” home now and I am married with two children.
As a hobby, I enjoy challenging myself physically and have run many 5km, 10km and half-marathon races to raise money for various local charities. I recently became fully certified as a group fitness and a yoga instructor and have been asked to present a course on the effects of exercise on mental illness to group fitness instructors and personal trainers in Calgary. I believe strongly in the importance of a healthy mind/body connection and this is reflected in how I approach therapy with clients.
As a therapist, it is both an honour and a privilege to be a part of a fellow person’s journey as they move through life and its complexities. I believe that therapeutic success begins with trust, connection and understanding. My practice draws from Mindfulness and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), emphasizing a holistic and collaborative approach.
I enjoy working with goals in mind, understanding that our journey together will come to an end, and celebrating the successes you have made along the way. I am always grateful to be invited back to journey with you again. I work with individuals to nurture self-awareness, setting the foundation for skills, and building resilience to create sustainable change. It is possible to live life with ease and meaning.
I have been working in the field of mental health and counselling since 2016. I began working with Persons with Developmental Disabilities, both individually and in groups, focusing on the areas of anxiety, depression, trauma, sexuality, sexual assault, relationship difficulties, aging, grief, and anger. Many of the individuals I’ve worked with also had a diagnosis of ADHD, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, Down syndrome, epilepsy, or cerebral palsy.
In 2017, I transitioned to facilitating group therapy with adults and children who have experienced domestic violence and in 2018, I began working as a psychometrist with a Neuropsychologist conducting and scoring comprehensive neurological assessments.
I took a leap of faith and left a secure corporate job in 2020, which led me to being a part of Nurtured Learning. Tina’s training and supervision has not only shaped my practice, but has led me to becoming the best version of myself, as I hope to do with each client that walks into our space. The better we become at being ourselves, the better we are for the world around us.
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Michelle completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Calgary in 2012. She went on to become an esthetician and worked in the spa industry while earning her graduate degree in Counselling in 2016 from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
She enjoys group fitness, hiking, meditation, reading, and food. Working from a holistic perspective to health and wellness, she believes that healing involves nurturing mind, body and soul. To borrow the words of Vincent van Gogh, “what is done in love, is done well”.