Therapy & Coaching
We are a growing mix of talk therapists and coaches for all mood-related stuff – and the stories underlying it all (generational family difficulties, toxic workplaces, loss, systemic oppression… and much more).
As your guides, we are all lifelong learners – which means we all bring an eclectic mix of modalities and styles to best serve you – whether it be Cognitive-behavioural, Gottman family work, Mind Rebel™ Coaching, Narrative therapy, Intuitive eating, Somatic experiencing, Breathwork, or Walk-and-talk.
Meet your practitionerS
Because you feel like you’re spinning your wheels.
You have a knowing that you are not showing up as your best “you”.
Your mood(s)? Stuck in the deep ruts of overwhelm, anger, sadness, maybe deep grief.
You might be acting in ways that you know won’t help you over time. Maybe you’re holding some secrets – which can lead to shame. And then, we know that leads us to want to [insert unhealthy coping behaviour here]… and that stinkin’ thinkin’ and unhelpful behaviours keep cycling.
You know all of this yourself. Maybe your friends and family have noticed too. And it may be impacting your most important relationships.
We hear you.
At Willow, we are welcoming. We are here to hold the most safe and brave space for you. We know that by remembering your best version of who you are, by leaning into your unique core gifts to guide the way forward – can be life changing.
We deeply listen. We are guides to help you shift through those limiting beliefs and internal stories that may no longer be serving you. And we are here to support you as individuals and couples.
Social Worker & MindRebel™ Coach
Chris, Willow’s founder, finds her best mental health comes from her Boston terriers, Stella & Luna – who you may find coming and going at Willow! She loves good coffee, a good book, real talks and is as human as anyone, doing her best to fit in that movement class within a busy schedule.
Chris has a deep passion for coaching from an empowerment space, believing you already have the core gifts, skills and power within you to create positive change. She believes that our mental health means that we incorporate movement, mindfulness, and community into our overall self-care. As a Social Worker, she mixes in strength-based modalities with a coaching flavour to allow momentum forward out of those ruts.
Randy is calm, patient and a listener extraordinaire! He has been working in the field of Emotional & Mental Wellness for over 20 years. Committed to helping improve the lives of individuals, couples, and families, Randy believes that this adds hope to the overall whole of our communities..
Randy’s super powers include using various modalities such as Emotion Focused and Cognitive Therapies as well as the Gottman Method for Couples Therapy. With additional specialized trainings, he has a special interest in Bereavement, Emotional Intelligence, Conflict and Forgiveness. Randy is a husband for over 20 years, father to two teenagers, and a personal attendant to a beloved dog who rules the house. Randy is passionate about the outdoors, recreational sports, and continuous learning.
Meet Melissa, mom to two littles who keep life interesting and who is on her own journey of finding balance and peace amidst the busy-ness of life. Passionate about mental health and wellness for all people, Melissa strives to bring her authentic self into the therapeutic space and works hard to create safety for you to engage in self-exploration and expression. If you are wanting to improve your wellness, whether that is linked to increasing joy, connection, or creativity in your life, or working through some specific hardships that you’ve encountered on your journey, Melissa is happy you landed here and would love to walk alongside you. She has a special interest in perinatal mental health and interpersonal/relational wellness.
Melissa has over 8 years of experience in a hospital setting and takes a compassionate person-centred and integrative approach to therapy. She aligns with your unique lived experiences, values, cultural identities, and views of health and healing, valuing you as the most important source of information to guide therapy. She integrates various therapeutic modalities and strategies, as appropriate: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing.
Jody is a yoga teacher and a yoga therapist with a particular interest in helping people with chronic or persistent pain. She began her yoga teacher career offering introductory and beginner courses, looking to inspire people new to yoga to take it up as a lifelong practice. With pain and injury becoming more prevalent in the yoga world, she was curious to learn about contemporary pain science and subsequently realized the biopsychosocial approach used, was similar to the holistic approach that yoga therapy offers.
After some initial training using yoga therapeutically, she began working one-on-one with people, and completed her certifications with Yoga Therapist -The School of Embodied Yoga Therapy and Pain Care Yoga from Neal Pearson, Pain Care U.
Having lived overseas much of the last 20 years, Jody recognizes not only the uniqueness of each person from a personal point of view, but also how
culture and environment play a part in how we live and move in the larger
world around us. She utilizes her keen sense of interest and observation of people along with her caring and compassion for each lived experience, to create safe spaces for learning, growth, and healing.