Hi, I'm Angeline.
Angeline Boswell, MA, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), License #11651
First, let me tell you a little bit about myself and why I do this.
I wasn't always going to be a therapist. But during a time of difficulty in my life, a lot of people showed me a lot of love and support, and I realized how much brighter the world could be once I knew how to look for the light in it. I took a pause from studies, and worked on a permaculture farm where I was surrounded by nature, interconnection, and community; there I asked myself what I really needed in order to be fulfilled. It turns out, contributing to a sense of connection in this world, and working towards a holistic sense of wellbeing in myself and others, is what makes my heart tick.
Sharing that journey with others, like yourself, is an honour. I love to know what people are passionate about. What gets you out of bed in the morning? What makes you happy you're alive? When are the moments you truly feel at peace, and how can we learn to follow those? What messages (whether personal or societal) can we work to unlearn in order to follow that lightness and peace within us?
I know it sometimes feels like the world around us brings anything but peace - it can be full of stress, shame, conflict, pressure, and negativity. But while all of that exists, there is also so much beauty in it. I like to think of our sessions as a respite: a place of connection, exploration, and warmth. A place where we can hold the weight of your world together and make it a little lighter.
As I tell each of my clients: you are enough, right here, right now, just as you are. Let's start from there.
Get to know me...
For me, everything comes back to nature. That's where I feel most grounded, most myself, and most motivated. When I say nature, I mean the natural interconnection of all living systems, which I feel we are a part of and can tune into. I live in a forest, which you'll see out my office window, where I see the peace of this ecosystems and its cycles of life unfold around me.
Gardening and taking care of animals is how I spend every moment I can. I run a huge donation garden, helping people access fresh produce, and volunteer in different capacities for the welfare of animals.
Since I get to do my sessions out here where I love to be, I will always encourage my clients to bring their laptop somewhere that brings them joy. If you have an animal, include them! If you have a mindful hobby, like drawing or knitting, bring that in too. Let's make a warm cup of tea together and make our sessions as comfy as possible.
My favourite quote, and a philosophy that guides me, is from the book Tuesday's With Morrie:
“The story is about a little wave, bobbing along in the ocean, having a grand old time. He's enjoying the wind and the fresh air-until he notices the other waves in front of him, crashing against the shore. "My God, this is terrible," the wave says. "Look what's going to happen to me!"
Then along comes another wave. It sees the first wave, looking grim, and it says to him, "Why do you look so sad?" The first wave says, "You don't understand! We're all going to crash! All of us waves are going to be nothing! Isn't it terrible?"
The second wave says, "No, you don't understand. You're not a wave, you're part of the ocean.”
I believe, in a strong way, that we are a part of one another and this earth, and tending to those spaces we interconnect is meaningful.
I have a Master of Arts in Counselling and Spirituality from Saint Paul University. My degree was centred around incorporating the client's own worldview, beliefs, and values into session instead of imposing my own. This is a central value to me and a core component of person-centred therapy.
I am a licensed member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), License #11651 , and a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), Membership #10009424.
Please see bellow for more information on my credentials and experience.
MA in Counselling and Spirituality, Saint Paul University
Degree Included: Internship at the Saint Paul Counselling Centre, and External Placement at a private Sex Therapy practice.
Intensive Sex Therapy Training Program, Guelph University
Program included intensive training on: understanding individual sexuality/sexual experience; treatment methods for a wide range of sexual concerns; diverse perspectives on relationship structures, sexuality, kink-positive practice, and more; increasing client experiences of pleasure and self-acceptance; and exploring the relational, cultural, emotional, psychological, and physical aspects of sexual experience.
BSc in Anthropology, University of Ottawa
Degree Included: Specialized course on death and dying perspectives; and fieldwork done on what "meaningful living" means to those in back-to-the-land movements.
Licenses & Memberships:
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), License #11651, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
Member, #10009424, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
Dr. Sue Johnson, Emotion Focused Therapy: Attachment Science in Practice Certificate
The Buehler Institute, Sex Therapy Certificate
Body Peace Collaborative, Eating Disorder Sensitive Certificate
Simple Practice Learning (with Dr. Danielle Keenan-Miller), Breaking the Binge Eating Cycle