My name is Russell (he/him). I’m completing this counselling practicum as the final part of my Master’s program at the University of Regina.
I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and other mindfulness-based approaches, emphasizing compassion and the connections between mind and body. These approaches have strong evidence, showing clear benefits across diverse groups of people.
More about me:
I completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology in 2008 and have long been interested in ways to support healing, connection, and meaning. I’ve worked in multiple roles in human services for about 15 years. I’ve worked with people facing major struggles, including incarcerated youth and people dealing with addictions, mental health issues, and various traumas. I recognize the deep suffering that so many of us have faced and how difficult it can be to move forward with everything that life can throw at us.
I completed the two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program and training with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine on its group model, which is highly effective for psychological trauma and general mental health.
I use a trauma-informed approach, and my training emphasized themes like social justice, decolonization, and how societal injustices, oppression, and discrimination shape the issues that people face.
I currently live in Regina on Treaty 4 lands, the traditional territories of the Cree, Saulteaux, Nakota, Lakota, and Dakota and the homeland of the Métis Nation. I have also lived on Treaty 6 lands in Alberta and rural Saskatchewan.
I am also interested in eco-anxiety, climate psychology, and climate-aware therapy. I have followed and engaged with climate change and environmental issues for about 15 years. These issues have widespread and growing impacts on mental health and general well-being, especially for young people.* I co-founded EcoStress Saskatchewan, which organizes groups for people feeling stress and distress related to environmental crises (learn more here: https://ecostresssask.
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