Katherine Marr, MA, CCC, RP, C-IAYT – Mind+Body Therapy:
I am a therapist, teacher, consultant, yogi, dog-owner, nature-lover, life-long student of traditional wisdom, and a passionate social justice advocate. I believe that we, as human beings, are beautifully complex and perfectly imperfect. I am fascinated with the human mind, body, and spirit and have dedicated my life and career to learning the application of therapeutic tools that can bring us wholeheartedness in the wake of everything, especially when the various parts of our being become disintegrated and we experience mental and emotional suffering. Lately, I’ve been struck by the gifts and lessons that come to us through grief. To love means we will go through losses and, as painstaking as those losses can be, they represent little lifecycles – mini beginnings and endings – through our own circle of life. Lately, I’ve been drawn back to writing. I no longer see clients in private practice, but I offer my reflections through this blog and hope that some of what I share may be helpful or meaningful for others as none of what comes to me is of my own making – I simply put the wisdom of teachings I receive into words that may land true for others to take away.
I have a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Vancouver, B.C. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), and Certified Yoga Therapist and lifelong student in the Krishnamacharya Tradition of Yoga. But all those certifications mean little, for my education has primarily come through relationship with others and the experience of fumbling through attempts at understanding how to follow my heart and connect to myself and what’s around me.
I have the fortune of having learned over years of experience through my work in the social services, youth and family intervention, counselling, group facilitation, program coordination & management, and teaching yoga and meditation. I gravitate toward complimentary tools such as Collaborative Problem Solving, Restorative Circles, and Somatic Experiencing. As a clinical associate of the Glebe Institute and the clinical supervisor of a Youth Mental Health Treatment Centre, I’m blessed to be immersed in plenty of opportunities for continuous growth and learning.