I’m Juanita, a psychotherapist and energy healer who offers a unique combination of conventional and holistic modalities.
I work with people who love the spiritual side of things and also appreciate science. If you often find yourself editing your spiritual side out with your science-y friends and world, you're at the right place.
Do You Love Science and The Spiritual
During your spare time you delve into the world of "woo": psychics, energy healing, the paranormal, intuition & the magical, but you don't often share these parts out loud.
You're not the classic super-hero having a billion dollar day-job and a night-time of helping people in distress, but you often feel like you're living a double life.
You want to talk to a therapist, yet you often find yourself doing the same thing - living that double life and not sharing your full self. You hate dropping bread-crumbs of this part of yourself and then watching this part of the conversation get ignored, judged out loud or subtly dismissed.
With fearless compassion, I will help you find the insight and courage to share all parts of yourself. I offer you complete presence in my sessions, and embrace your spiritual & intuitive parts. Together we will explore your problems and seek out what comes next on your journey.
My sessions generally combine counselling and energy healing, but we will customize your sessions to use whichever modality is best suited for the issues you bring into the session.
How I Came to Blend Science and The Spiritual
The philosophy behind including energy work in a counselling session, is that healing and re-balancing comes from having cognitive awareness of patterns that are no longer serving you, in combination with balancing and healing of your body’s energetic field. It can be a gradual process of restoring wholeness, yet, when a person is ready to shift, rapid changes can happen. Some of my clients have experienced profound shifts that led to deep inner peace and newly discovered self-love after just a few talk/energy sessions.
Social Worker By Day...
I have worked as a Social Worker/Psychotherapist with teens and adults with mental health issues since 2001. I've worked for community agencies, Vancouver's Ministry of Children & Family Development & Hamilton Health Sciences. I started my private practice in 2017. I've been educated in and practised many evidence-based modalities. Currently my favourite therapeutic modalities are Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy and Polyvagal Therapy.
And Energy Healer Too
In 2005 I got my Reiki I certification, and level II the following year. Since then I have been honing my abilities and seeking deeper knowledge. Being a person who respects science, I wanted an Energy Healing Program that embraced the scientific & the mystical. In 2016 I completed a 4 year program in Energy Healing at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing in Boca Raton, Florida, the world’s premier institute for Hands-On Healing and Personal Transformation. I became a Brennan Healing Practitioner.
It was an honour to study in a school created by Barbara Brennan, a renown healer and former NASA physicist, who devoted 35 years of her life to research and exploration of the Human Energy Field — knowledge which she captured in the best-selling healing manual Hands of Light, as well as Light Emerging, and Core Light Healing and the Seeds of the Spirit series.
Here’s how I found my way to offer this unique work:
My greatest teachers & therapists have always been those people who listen to the stories I tell about my life with compassion and insight. They hold space for my experience in this physical world and also welcome my spiritual side & intuitive gifts. They challenge the stories I've told about myself and don’t tell me what to do, yet they also don’t abandon me to do it all myself. They hold my hand, even when they’re not physically present with me. This is what I offer to you.
My Clinical & Energy Healing Training
Registered Social Worker – Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
Brennan Healing Practitioner – Barbara Brennan School of Healing (2016)
Reiki I & II (2005 & 2006)
Master of Social Work – Wilfrid Laurier University (2005)
Bachelor of Arts (Major in Psychology) – University of Waterloo (2002)
Anti-Racism & Anti-Oppressive Statement
I am dedicated to acknowledging and unlearning my racist, hetero-sexist, and colonialist ways of being as a white, heterosexual, cis woman. I engage in regular professional development and introspective practices to own my privilege and unlearn these ways of being. My goal is to create a safe space for all who seek therapy. I welcome those who identify with any religious faith.
Some of my favourite books on this topic:
- Resmaa Menakem: My Grandmother's Hands
- Desmond Cole: The Skin We're In
- Viet Thanh Nguyen: The Sympathizer & A Man of Two Faces
- Robin D'Angelo: White Fragility
- Layla Saad: Me and White Supremacy
Outside Of The Therapy Room: Travel and Tarot Cards
You might find me reading, watching the psychic medium Tyler Henry on Netflix or Love is Blind. I might be playing with my tarot cards or mountain biking on local trails. I am married and a mother of 2 teen boys. We all love our cat & dog. I grew up on a dairy farm in the Hamilton area with a family who loved to travel. In 2017, I spent a year abroad living in the South of France with my family. Some organizations I like to support include SEVA, David Suzuki Foundation, Sea Shepherd, Local Food Banks, and Every Mother Counts.
Ready to Schedule An Appointment or Want to Find Out More?
Ready to get some support as you try to untangle the next steps of your journey? Book a free 15 Minute Consult to find out if we are a good fit to work together and ask any questions. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have.
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