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Catherine Tansley

Counsellor, M. Ed, C.C.C.

Catherine Tansley is a Certified Canadian Counsellor based in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador. In private practice since February of 2020, she has been engaged in counselling services for more than five years through such organizations as the Family Life Bureau and the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis Centre, among others. Her Master’s degree in counselling psychology, supplemented by ongoing specialized training, is augmented by years of work as an educator, and more recently a guidance counsellor, in the public school system.

Catherine believes that the client is the expert of their own story. Through an eclectic narrative approach that is feminist and strength-based, she facilitates the client’s journey towards discovery, learning, healing, and growth.

Education and Training

Catherine holds a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland and is certified by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Other related trainings include Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Behavioural Interventions, Anxiety Coaching, Narrative therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectial Behaviour Therapy. With the Mental Health Academy, she has completed courses on anxiety, depression, and techniques for counselling children. She has also attended workshops on addictions, and abortion recovery. She is trained in First Aid and CPR.

In addition to her counselling background, Catherine holds a Bachelor of Music and Music Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Life and Work Experience

Prior to opening her private practice, She volunteered for five years with the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis Centre, providing support services to both male and female clients. In a counseling psychology internship at the Family Life Bureau, she co-facilitated group sessions on anger management, separation and divorce.

Having worked as a teacher in Newfoundland and Labrador for more than 18 years, she has gained significant experience working with individuals from a range of cultural backgrounds, of varying ages, behaviours, and cognitive profiles. In 2021, She was awarded the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Education’s Award for Compassion in Teaching for her work as a Music Teacher and Guidance Counsellor.

Social Engagement

Catherine is a professional and volunteer musician, a current member of the Lady Cove Women’s Choir and principal Tuba player with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. She has conducted a number of choirs and musical ensembles, such as the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir, the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra, as well as church-based choirs and musical groups. She believes that her musicianship has enabled her to build relationships with individuals, communities, and across cultural and geographic distances.

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