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 triggers and responses. By using this holistic approach, individuals learn more about the body’s response to emotional pulls and stressors and create strategies that can be used in everyday life. 

Tina can often be heard to say 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 and Experience

Tina is a Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Play Therapist with 20 years of private practice experience conducting psychotherapy and Play Therapy sessions with children, youth, adults and families.

She has been a full-time Professor in Humber College’s Child and Youth Care Practitioner Program since 2003. Other teaching experience includes:

  • Adjunct Professor – Masters of Arts in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy – Martin Luther University College Federated with Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Play Therapy Certificate Program Training – Canadian Association of Play Therapy 
  • Part Time Professor – Child and Youth Care Degree Program – Ryerson University

Tina has sat on the Board of Directors and is Past Chair of Education and Training with the Canadian Association of Play Therapy. 

Her teaching style is inclusive and engaging, allowing students to immerse themselves in the learning process and engage in stimulating discussions, activities, and exercises.

Yoga training and experience includes:

  • 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training
  • 95 Hour Children’s Yoga Teacher Training
  • Specialized training – Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

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

Approach

When our bodies are tight, sore or closed off it impacts our emotions. Yoga helps decrease the physical pressures and ailments that can increase stress and anxiety.  By allowing movement within our body we create space for physical and emotional changes; this is especially true when we are struggling mentally or emotionally. Through key yoga poses, sequences, 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 …