I teach about humanity, nature, and their complex relationship. P.S. Humans are nature.
Counselling & Coaching
"To be human
is to become visible
what is hidden
as a gift to others"
I work with people of all types, both in person (in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) and online (via Skype). I have a special interest in serving those who identify as artistic, creative, gifted, and/or highly sensitive. I assist individuals with a variety of issues, including:
Anxiety & depression;
Career crises & vocational identity;
Grief and bereavement;
Major life transitions;
Relationship & family issues (including raising gifted kids);
Sexual orientation & gender identity; and,
Spirituality & existential issues.
I care deeply about you and your particular life challenges.
I'm dedicated to helping you reach your important and unique life goals.
I understand (personally, professionally, and academically) how complex life can be and the many difficulties it can present. I also know that change is always possible.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist, have a Masters degree is Spiritual Care & Psychotherapy, and am a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists.
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I am currently a PhD student studying in the field of Social and Cultural Health Studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, ON, Canada. My research interests revolve around giftedness, mental health, depth psychology, spirituality, nature, and place—and where these topics overlap and intersect.
What shape waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky? – David Whyte This is Part 2 of a five-part blog series I am using to explore how gifted adults can harness their developmental potential by uniting their inner nature with outer nature. I initially introduced several Read more about Growing with Nature (Part 2) – Inspiring Development[…]
This is Part 1 of a five-part blog series I am using to explore how gifted adults can harness their developmental potential by uniting their inner nature with outer nature. I initially introduced several of the ideas I discuss in this series in an article I wrote for the journal, Advanced Development. In this first Read more about Growing with Nature (Part 1) – Positively Disintegrating[…]
My Review of Searching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope by James T. Webb
It’s very hard to keep your spirits up. You’ve got to keep selling yourself a bill of goods, and some people are better at lying to themselves than others. If you face reality too much, it kills you — Woody Allen Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, Read more about My Review of Searching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope by James T. Webb[…]
Beyond Undoing Why then have to be human? Oh, not because happiness exists nor even out of curiosity, but because being here means so much, because everything here, vanishing too quickly seems to need us, and strangely keeps calling to us. To have been here once, completely, even if only once, to have been at Read more about Beyond Undoing[…]
This is the final post in a three part series entitled: (Re)membering the Ecological Self: An Autoethnography. The first installment can be found here, the second, here. (Re)membering My Many Parts I was compelled by my discovery of ecopsychology to re-connect with nature so that I could test Roszak’s ideas for myself. Fortunately, though I Read more about (Re)membering the Ecological Self: An Autoethnography – Part 3[…]
This post is the second in a three part series entitled: (Re)membering the Ecological Self: An Autoethnography. The first installment can be found here. A Self, Divided My experience of nature began to evolve as I entered my teenage years. It was in high school that I discovered a love for science. I gravitated toward Read more about (Re)membering the Ecological Self: An Autoethnography – Part 2[…]
Well….it’s been quite some time since I’ve posted content on my blog! Much too long, actually. I’ve missed sharing my thoughts and feelings, my insights and intuitions, with you. But, I’m back at it! I hope to be posting more regularly once again. The next three posts will present sections of a paper I wrote recently Read more about (Re)membering the Ecological Self: An Autoethnography – Part 1[…]
At times I feel as if I am spread out over the landscape and inside things, and am myself living in every tree, in the splashing of the waves, in the clouds and the animals that come and go, in the procession of seasons. ~Carl G. Jung The rapid development of science and technology over Read more about We are all kin.[…]
…I look out at everything growing so wild and faithfully beneath the sky and wonder why we are the one terrible part of creation privileged to refuse our flowering…. ~David Whyte, from “The Sun” In the first post of this series, I introduced the concept of the ecological self and argued that its formation is Read more about An Ecological Self – Part 2 (for the children)[…]
I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world (Rilke, 1996, p. 48) As noted by psychologist Anita Barrows (1995), most contemporary theories of human development, focus on the growth of the child’s psyche in relation to other people, the coming of the child into human society: learning its signs, its Read more about An Ecological Self – Part 1[…]