Tamiae Squibb

MACP, Counsellor - practicum student

Tamiae Squibb is accepting new clients.

Practicum student sessions are a lower cost / sliding scale service.

Tamiae (she/her) works from a holistic perspective; she believes we are each unique expressions of the
contexts that birthed us and the ones in which we exist. In other words, we all belong to systems, big
ones and small ones, and they influence how we think, feel, and behave. The good news is, as unique
parts of these systems, we have active roles. She believes that when we change, our systems change.

Tamiae has a diverse background, both culturally and vocationally. She has continually oriented her
pursuits in search of meaningful work. She knows it can be hard to make sense of and find meaning in
today’s world, and that most of us have grown up in a state of disconnection. Through her long and slow
journey of reconnecting to herself, she knows it can be an arduous process to discover who we truly are,
and understands the impact we can have when we simply show up to witness each other with respect
and without judgment.

She is committed to collaborating with her clients to create a safe and personalized container where
they can excavate their ugliest feelings, uncover meaning, identify possibilities, and recognize resilience
for change in their lives. She always strives to meet folks with curiosity, warmth, and humility. She is an
expert in nothing and loves this work because it keeps showing her how little she knows about anything
at all.

One thing she does know, however, is that “mental health” is an outdated term – our minds are not
separate from our bodies, nor are our bodies separate from the systems that create and support us. She
believes we all have an inner compass that steers us toward feeling better – to recover, to heal, to come
home to ourselves – and counselling can be a promising bearing on that compass.

Tamiae’s consent form can be found here.

Tamiae’s consent form for audio/visual recording can be found here.

tamiae@peak-resilience.com

What experience or background do you bring to your counselling and supervision practice that is uniquely yours?

I have spent many years doing a lot of “hard work” with my hands and body; being industrious, creative, and productive. So, you can trust that I have come by my knowledge of burnout and self-care honestly, haha.

I also consider myself a sincere f*ck-up. The things that I pursue in my life, I strive to do them well. But I also take risks and make mistakes. I believe my willingness to venture into uncertainty and unchartered territory lends itself to having a deeper understanding of the range of human emotions and experiences.

What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?

When people feel safe enough to express parts of themselves that have been tucked away, so much becomes possible. To connect in these moments of recognition, vulnerability, relief, and empowerment is such a simple and radical gift – it just lights me up. I love exploring the complexities of what it means to be human alongside others who want to brave the depths.

What is a personal challenge that you have overcome in your own life?

When I was young, I was debilitatingly shy. Even earlier, my parents took me to a specialist concerned that I was mute because I was late to speak. In school, I despaired (and I sweat, choked on my words, and became flushed) when any assignment required me to speak in front of the class or perform in some way. Later in life, I found my way to teaching – Haha! You can’t avoid addressing a crowd as a teacher! So yes, that extreme shyness is something I’ve overcome. But frankly, I would also say that that little seed of doubt, or the fear of using my voice, still lives quietly inside of me – that all of the things I grapple with never seem to fully vanish.

What have you learned from your work?

I have learned that many of us have had to give up (or haven’t experienced) authenticity to find belonging. My work has also taught me that there is innate brilliance and ingenuity in all of us – and this inner resource expresses itself in ways that we often perceive and label as negative. I try to be grateful for and curious about all of my symptoms; I believe they are here to serve me.

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