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Britt Mari Sykes-Registered Psychotherapist

Britt-Mari Sykes, PhD

Britt-Mari Sykes Ph.D. is a Career Counsellor and founder of CANVAS Career Counselling. She is a member of Career Professionals of Canada and is a certified Career Strategist (CCS), Work-Life Strategist (CWS), Employment Strategist (CES), Interview Strategist (CIS), and Résumé Strategist (CRS). She is also an independent contractor with YourTherapist Psychotherapy and Counselling. Based in Ottawa, Britt-Mari works remotely with clients across Canada. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa and specializes in existential and experiential psychotherapies. Britt-Mari is the author of Questioning Psychological Health and Well-Being (2010), a historical and contemporary examination of the meaning of psychological health and development. She is an executive contributor for Brainz Magazine and is also currently working on her second book: a collection of essays on the meaning of career and our relationship with work from an existential career counselling perspective. In addition to private practice, Britt-Mari has presented at conferences in Canada, the USA, and Europe on human development, ethics in everyday life, and the value of work. She continues to guest lecture in classrooms on the history of existential psychology and the theory of Existential Analysis. Britt-Mari is committed to life-long learning and professional development: she participates regularly in workshops and certificate programs on the theory and practice of Existential Analysis, Trauma Informed Care, and Narrative Therapy. Active in community engagement, Britt-Mari volunteers as a Life Path Coach with the Discover Year program, and as a Certification Assessor with Career Professionals of Canada.

The population she treats:
Young adults, mid-career, “4th Act” retirement

Areas of practice:
Career development, career transitions, career guidance, career strategy, work-related stress and burnout, existential concerns, fulfilment

Theoretical Orientation:
Career Development Modalities, Existential Therapies (Existential Analysis), Narrative Therapies


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