About Tina

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Tina strives to help people engage in a holistic practice that moves the body, aligns the breath and taps into the mental and emotional realm of the individual. People who work with Tina begin to understand the benefit of certain poses, the power of a breathing exercise and the body’s response to emotional pulls and life demands. By using this holistic approach Tina will work with individuals to create strategies that can be sustainable and used in everyday life. 

Tina can often be heard saying let’s ‘skim off the fat’ in order to support a deeper understanding of what is the root cause of personal challenges.  With this knowledge Tina shares her philosophy and approach to acknowledging, accepting and releasing emotional ties that no longer serve an individual all while shifting ones mindset to re-frame and reclaim their emotional balance and well-being. 

Training, Experience & Credentials

  • Registered Psychotherapist
  • Certified Play Therapist
  • Private Practice (1999)
  • PhD in Philosophy, Human Relationships Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy (in process)
  • Full Time Professor: Child and Youth Care Practitioners Diploma/Degree Programs, Humber College (2002)
  • Adjunct Professor – Masters of Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy – Martin Luther University College Federated with Wilfrid Laurier University (2018)
  • Owner/Lead Trainer TIYAMA Children’s Yoga Teacher Training School
  • Instructor – Play Therapy Certificate Program Training – Canadian Association of Play Therapy 
  • Past Board of Director Member and Past Chair of Education and Training with the Canadian Association of Play Therapy. 

Tina’s Yoga and Mindfulness/Meditation training and experience includes:

  • 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training
  • 95 Hour Children’s Yoga Teacher Training
  • Specialized training – Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
  • Applied Mindful Meditation Specialist Certificate 

Tina weaves eastern yoga philosophy into her psychotherapy practice to create a well-rounded, holistic approach that encourages self-exploration.

Approach

When our bodies are tight, sore or closed off it impacts our emotions. Body and breath work help decrease the physical pressures and ailments that can increase stress and anxiety.  By allowing movement within our body we create space for physical, spiritual and emotional changes; this is especially true when we are struggling mentally or emotionally. Through key yoga poses, sequences, breath work, and mantras, anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges, can be shifted and mastered.   

Meditation and mindfulness factor strongly in Tina’s teachings. Practicing mindfulness allows us to truly get to know ourselves while giving us the capacity to lead a life that is filled with joyfulness, contentment and happiness.  

Additionally, as the mother of three girls, Tina is a firm believer in the power of play. Without play and laughter we neglect a part of our being that is pure and wholesome. Play helps us express ourselves, decrease our stress, problem solve, be creative and connect with others. Tina regularly infuses play therapy into her classes and follows the guiding principle of …  

One Gentle Step, One Healing Breath …