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Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful parts of us. - David Richo

I’m Tesia - an active practitioner, student, and teacher of mindfulness and meditation. I completed my Master’s in Counselling Psychology with a specialty in Mindfulness-based interventions in therapy. I offer in person and virtual sessions at the Shine Mental Health Collective.

As a young undergraduate student studying French & English literature, I began attending therapy and practicing meditation to help cope with stress and anxiety of a major life transition. I immediately saw the power of stillness and silence as a way to develop insight and cultivate present-moment awareness. Meditation quickly became a routine practice, wherein I’d learn to sit with distress and discomfort and eventually better cope with difficult thoughts and emotions, and align my actions with my values. In 2016, I began my Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Ottawa, and I was opened to the world of Mindfulness as a therapeutic intervention. Mindfulness has become a part of my daily life. Together, my passion and willingness to share in this practice with the world ultimately became my life’s calling. I believe in an experiential approach to Mindfulness, and I attribute my ongoing practice to happiness, health, and healing energy.



CRPO - Registered Psychotherapist  #007816

Yoga Alliance - Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) #265841

University of Ottawa - Masters of Education (MEd) in Counselling Psychology

Co-Director of Programming at the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic & Certified Teacher in Mindfulness-Based Symptom Management

I currently hold additional training in meditation teaching, trauma-sensitive mindfulness, Mindfulness-informed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory, and trained in Mindful Self-Compassion.

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