I nurture children, young adults, older adults and parents to learn mindfulness methods to move through the challenges that life presents them with at any given age and stage. As a Holistic Psychologist I believe that optimal health can best be achieved by a “whole body” approach that focuses on mental health, lifestyle changes and nutrition.
Nurtured Learning is the philosophical approach reflected in my work and the work of my Associates. I believe, regardless of the kind of help you are seeking or the challenges you are facing, a nurturing, mindful approach is usually 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 have had the privilege of teaching graduate level courses to students completing their Masters degrees in Educational Psychology and I accept Provisional Psychologists looking for supervision. I have also previously worked with Alberta Health Services in a program that helps train Family Physicians in how to better identify, assess, and treat mental health concerns in children and adolescents. I am certified in Integrative Medicine focusing on the impacts of nutrition on mental health and I also have certification in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy).
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 fully 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 incredible children.
As a hobby, I enjoy challenging myself physically and have run many races to raise money for various local charities. I became fully certified in group fitness, yoga and Integrative Medicine and have been previously 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”.
Utilizing a constructive approach to therapy, I focus on understanding your world and helping you create meaningful change from within it. You are the expert of your life. My role is to witness, guide, and expand; I do this by weaving a combination of techniques and interventions that best work for you. These include mindfulness, grounding, narrative, expressive arts, cognitive, and solution-focused techniques applied consciously and collaboratively. I believe therapy is an act of curiosity and creativity; I bring these values to our conversations uncovering your intersected systems of inheritance, history, beliefs, spirituality, hope, purpose, and moments.
I began my journey into the mental health field over 20 years ago after I completed my Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology. I have worked in community mental health agencies and with Child and Family Services. Over the last 15+ years, I have held many leadership roles with experience facilitating therapeutic, support, and community groups, contributing to city advisory group, and directing a non-profit organization.
In 2021 I completed my Masters of Counselling through the University of Calgary and am currently a registered provisional psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. I have specialized training in expressive arts and narrative modalities of therapy and bring diverse skills from years of contributing to artistic, educational, and community spaces.
I thrive in dynamic, collaborative environments and am excited to grow my therapeutic work within the mindful framework of Nurtured Learning.
My pathway to counselling has been non-linear with stops between my undergraduate degree and my master’s degree as a leader of a spiritual group, as a professional singer-writer, as an executive director of a wildlife rehabilitation centre, and raising my four amazing children. At every step of the way, there have been elements of story-telling, meaning-making, and interpersonal connectivity. I bring all these experiences to my work as a counsellor integrating art, science, philosophy and spirituality in a holistic blend that encompasses all the messy spaces we live in. This is our shared humanity. This is the work.
I counsel clients of all ages to help them heal, learn about themselves, and move forwards in the direction they would like to go. I believe that the therapist is a guide that can help the client to discover their inner knowing. Creativity through art therapy is one way to access deeper healing and gain new insights. I also utilize different talk therapy modalities such as narrative, solution-focused, and mindfulness-based methods, depending on what is ideal for each client. It is important that the clients feel safe and respected within the therapeutic relationship.
Prior to counselling I worked as a therapy aide with children. I had the opportunity to help the children and their families with various concerns such as speech delays, behaviour challenges, academics, and occupational therapy. I went on to work as a behaviour support worker in grades 1-12 with the Calgary Board of Education. Additionally, I worked in a variety of locations within Enviros Wilderness School Association. My work with Enviros included helping adults and adolescents with addictions in wilderness settings, as well as working with children and youth with a variety of mental health and cognitive challenges in the city locations.
I have an advanced diploma in art therapy through the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute and am a Certified Art Therapist. I also completed my master of counselling through Athabasca University and am a professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association as well as the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta. I have applied for registration as a Provisional Psychologist as well as a Canadian Certified Counsellor. My counselling and art therapy practicum was completed at Eastside Community Mental Health Services (ECMHS). I was fortunate to be able to help a variety of clients with differing challenges using talk therapy or art therapy, depending on client preferences. At ECMHS I counselled individuals, families, and groups.
I have lived in both rural and urban locations across Alberta, Manitoba, and British Columbia, which has given me a breadth of different experiences and knowledge that I bring to the counselling room. I now call Calgary home, and have a vibrant community within the city. My health practices include continued learning and implementation of holistic health and wellness including diet, exercise, meditation, and spirituality. I also enjoy being out in nature whether it’s travelling, hiking, or swimming. My hobbies and interests include art, music, and theatre, and I always am grateful for a nice cup of tea.