Jan Christensen, M.A., C.C.C., RP
As the founder of Sage Tree Circles, my vision for providing these services is to support and honour the path of each individual as they develop and establish their lives in a meaningful and engaged life. I also value the integrity and capacity of groups of people – families and communities – to respect and cultivate resiliency through the diversity of the contribution of it’s members. My work experience with individuals, families and groups, in the context of community based services, has led me to a deep commitment to the importance of fostering connection to ourselves, our loved ones, our community and our work.
I offer counselling and consultation services as a Certified Canadian Counsellor and a Registered Psychotherapist, with an M.A. in Counselling and an M.A. in Intercultural Relations. I have worked in child, family and youth community counselling and treatment programs, as well as adult mental health and EAP services. My experience includes working with diverse immigrant communities, First Nations and Inuit communities and the LGBTQ community, as well as working within the contexts of rural and urban settings.
My work experience also includes 14 years of leadership as the director of counselling programs in a not-for-profit organization. In my organizational work, I focused on seeking sustainable solutions and innovative programming through building on foundations of working together in ways that value diverse perspectives and skill sets.
- Our interconnection to the natural world and to each other
- Diversity as a core strength in any endeavour
- That each individual has a part to play in our shared humanity
- As the individual connects to mind, body, and spirit in self, the quality of one’s life and contributions are enriched
Professional Associates offering complementary services:
The services that I offer through Sage Tree Circles are done so in collaboration with a network of professional associates in the community who share common values, approaches, and intentions in their work. Working as a network, we bring a range of experience, expertise and skill sets, maintaining and enriching a larger perspective.
Stephanie Dugdale, M.A., CCC
Stephanie is an individual and couple therapist who provides services to older youth and adults of all ages. She has extensive experience in working with couples in distress, couples seeking to deepen their connection to each other, youth and adults who are dealing with anxiety and depression, victims of violent crime and individuals experiencing the effects of trauma, including childhood trauma.
Stephanie has an integrated working style that combines various approaches and which is flexible to the individual and unique needs of each client. These approaches include Psychodynamic and Relational, Experiential, Psycho/Neuro/Biological, and Cognitive Behavioral (CBT). Her work is grounded in the specialized training that she has received in emotionally focused therapy [EFT], diverse modalities for working with trauma, body focused therapies and object relations.
Stephanie understands that as humans, we are wired to connect to others. She believes that relationships are incredibly impacting; they can be powerful places of fulfillment and healing and, as well, are often at the root of our despair. In individual therapy, Stephanie creates a safe and connected environment where clients can enter and explore the deeper places within themselves where transformation can occur and where they can connect with their authentic selves and others. In her couple work, Stephanie believes that the safety of a connected therapeutic environment is a place where couples can repair cycles of conflict that may have gone on for years and where they can then reconnect toward deeper, more fulfilling intimacy. Stephanie offers counselling services through her private practice work and at a local family service agency where she also supervises students.
Stephanie can be contacted through Sage Tree Circles, or directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chitra Sekhar, M.Sc., M.Ed.
Chitra is a certified child psychotherapist and play therapist; she has been working with children and families for the past 30 years as a researcher, therapist and educator. Chitra’s educational background is in Child Development and Educational Counselling; she has also obtained training and certification through the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy. Chitra has created programs for children who have witnessed violence, children whose parents have addiction issues, and children who have lived through war and conflicts. She is a consultant and trainer for international organizations and has been trained by UNICEF on Emergency Child Protection. She also teaches Child’s Rights courses at Carleton University as an adjunct professor in the Inter Disciplinary Studies Program. Chitra offers individual play therapy for children who have been through trauma, violence, and family distress. She also works with Sparks Life Care, providing play therapy for children with developmental and behavioral challenges.
Chitra believes that children’s issues need to be seen in the context of the family and community, and as such, the therapeutic process needs to look at the risk and resiliency factors for the family and community. She uses a non-directive approach with children within the context of trust and child’s innate ability to process and heal. Her services have a strong cultural context and her counselling processes include appropriate cultural rituals, celebrations and stress relievers.
Chitra can be contacted through Sage Tree Circles, or directly at email@example.com
Lynda is a professional level Registered Yoga teacher, who has completed 500+ hours of training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Wellness in Massachusetts. She is also a certified Warriors at Ease Yoga and Meditation teacher focussing on programs specifically designed for military personnel, veterans, first responders and others working in high stress environments, and for PTSD survivors. She has taken trauma-sensitive yoga teacher training with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and his colleagues at the Trauma Center of the Justice Resource Institute in Boston. She has also taken training in the Integrative Restoration Institute’s iRest® guided meditation protocol, which is widely used at Veteran Administrative centers in the USA. Lynda’s leads yoga and meditation at the Ottawa Anxiety and Trauma Clinic and in her private studio. Her trauma-sensitive yoga classes are supported by Wounded Warriors Canada, and the Royal Canadian Legion.
Lynda is an Integral Master CoachÔ and a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation as well as a Certified Personal trainer who is seen as a role model by her many clients. Lynda is also an accomplished public speaker and workshop leader focussing on topics related to stress management, burn out and compassion fatigue and the role that building body awareness has in supporting the well-being of professionals working with trauma.
Lynda brings a unique, rich integration of experience, skills, and expertise in energy and stress management, resilience, flexibility and strength to offer a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, approach to empowering the whole person.
Lynda can be contacted through Sage Tree Circles, or directly at firstname.lastname@example.org