Holistic Psychotherapist, Transpersonal Counsellor
With a calling towards the mysteries and the healing arts, I have been fortunate to work in the caring professions with people from all walks of life across the world. Serving as a dementia support care worker, a social worker with youth, homeless men, and people in prisons, a career counselor, a nanny, a life coach, and currently as a holistic practitioner - I have always felt at home in spaces that are dedicated towards healing.
Through my personal experiences of uprootedness and intergenerational trauma as an immigrant child moving from Ukraine to Canada at six years old, in conjunction to conforming to the dominant ways of modern culture that were fundamentally misaligned with my sensitive nature, I’ve been guided from a young age to walk the path of the Wanderer, going beyond the boundaries of contemporary living and exploring the mysteries of my psyche and of the vast universe. This calling led me to move from Canada to Australia on my own in 2012, where I began healing from intense health complications and slowly awakened to the deeper passions of my life. Several years later, I left the familiar behind once again, traveling and pilgrimaging throughout Central and South America with my husband for one year, finding solace in nature and deep transformation through plant medicine immersions. It was in this transitional space of exploration that I was opened to a larger story for my life, essentially living into the question of how I could embody my gifts more fully and live in alignment with my true nature. Out of these wild, challenging, and wondrous experiences, I've come to realize that my sense of home is no longer a specific place, but is the unfolding path of my heart.
PACFA Member Registration Number: 26806
My work today is in private practice working one-to-one and with small groups. I offer support and guidance for seekers, wounded-healers, and sensitive women & men on a path of self-discovery and trauma transformation, who are longing to reconnect to themselves, to others, to the earth, and to life more deeply.
Through A Healing Bridge, I integrate process-oriented psychology (process-work), nature-based spirituality, and rites of passage models, offering a holistic framework for healing, soul discovery, and human maturation that truly respects the whole human being in their process of evolution.
At the heart of my work is a passion for reviving ancestral perspectives and nature-honoring, animist understandings around difficult psycho-somatic states and experiences that have been pathologized within the medical and scientific paradigm. This means that I hold curiosity and care for the mystical and "non-ordinary" experiences that individuals encounter, and work with disturbances and difficulties related to the body, emotions, dreams, relationships, addictions, psychedelic encounters, and other phenomena as doorways into potential transformative insight, healing, and awakening.
I currently live, work, and dream in Alphington, Australia - the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.
Experience & Training
Nine-month Ceremony & Rites of Passage Leadership Training - Katie Asmus, Somatic Wilderness Therapy Institute & Haaweatea Holly Bryson, Nature Knows, Online, 2021 (In Progress)
An Apprenticeship with Sorrow: Community, Ritual, and the Sacred Work of Grief Series - Francis Weller, Online, 2020
Healing the Dark Side Training - Alberto Villoldo, The Four Winds Society, Online, 2020
Voices of Twilight & Mist: Ritual Facilitator Training; Feeding Spirit Feeds Us: A Comprehensive Offerings Class; The Alchemy of Community: A Training for Community Facilitators - Liv Mokai Wheeler, Earth's Amulet, Online, 2020
Two-year Holistic Counselling & Psychotherapy Professional Post-Graduate Training (Received High-Achievement Award) - Metavision Institute, Australia, 2018-2020
Foundations of Ritual & Ancestral Lineage Healing - Daniel Foor, Ancestral Medicine, Online, 2019-2020
Pendulum Workshop - Sharon Bolt, Shamanic Energy Training, Australia, 2019
Drum Journey Training Workshop - Sharon Bolt & Joseph Callender, Shamanic Energy Training, Australia, 2018
Holotropic Breathwork™ 5-day Modules, Workshops & Apprenticing - Grof Transpersonal Training, Australia & Spain, 2017-2020
* The Power Within Module - Tasmania, 2017
* Being on Country Module - Tasmania, 2017
* Music & Transcendence Module - Tasmania, 2018
* The Holotropic Paradigm Module - Spain, 2019
* The Therapeutic Use of Substances Module - Spain, 2019
* Attended 6 x 1-day workshops as a participant, received 8 x consultations with certified HB™ practitioners, and apprenticed 3 x times at 1-day workshops in Melbourne, Tasmania, and Kincumber (NSW).
Traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi & Ho’oponopono (Level 1) Training - Kumu Kawika Foster, Mana O Kahiko, Australia, 2017
Intensive in Plant Spirit Shamanism (Vegetalismo) 3-month Immersion, 2 months in plant dieta - Santuario Huistin, Peru, 2016
Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training (200hr) - Froglotus, Bali, 2014
Year-long Holistic Health & Wellness Coaching Training Program - The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Online, 2013
Usui Reiki Level 1 & 2 - OmReiki, Australia, 2013
Bachelor of Social Work - University of Victoria, Canada, 2008-2011
I am actively engaged in ongoing professional development, including monthly supervision, mentoring, personal therapy, and integrative trainings, which support me in my evolution as a holistic practitioner. I am committed to continuous personal inner-work and self-inquiry, and view this as imperative for being able to guide others with integrity and care.