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About Patty Forward

Through her journey in teaching, to a career in counselling and psychotherapy, Patty has been passionate about empowering people to be active participants in their own growth and healing. She has always believed that each person is born with a unique set of strengths, skills and gifts and once discovered, these abilities can be powerful resources for healing and building resiliency. As clients move through their counselling experience, Patty encourages them towards self-awareness, re-awakening of personal power, and into living more fully.  

For many years, Patty has been re-discovering her own gifts of a strong intuition and a caring, compassionate heart, and she is delighted to have found a career in counselling that resonates with these abilities. 

Growth and Experiences

Patty loves animals, enjoys spending time in nature, and the natural world has become a deep source of soul rejuvenation for her. A trip to India in the fall of 2019 was essential to deepening Patty's practices of yoga, meditation and mindfulness, as well as an amazing opportunity to experience the flavors of India with a group of wonderful, wise women. 

Counselling Vision

"Come, sit with me. 

Let me listen deeply to the struggles within you. 

Let me hold a safe space for all that emerges. 

Let me walk along side you, traversing the rugged terrain of your life's challenges. 

Let me carry a torch that illuminates your inner brightness; the light you were born with, the one that is waiting, hoping, yearning to be seen. 

Together, along a path that is unique to you, let us journey towards a place of greater health and wellness. 

Come, sit with me. Let your inner adventure begin."

-Patty Forward


• Registered Psychotherapist (RP)

College of  Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, Toronto, ON (October 2020 - present) 

• Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)

British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), Victoria, BC (March 2015 - September 2021)

• Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP)

Yorkville University, Fredericton, NB, remote and practicum at Trent University Well-being Centre (January 2015)

• Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) Informed Therapist 

- Connect. Restore. Reclaim. IFS Therapy and Collective Trauma Healing , Thomas Hubl and Richard Swartz, remote (April - June 2023)

- Applied IFS Therapy Certificate Course, ADLER Continuing Education, remote (March 2022)

- Skills and Competencies Certificate, Derek Scott, IFSCA, Victoria, BC (February 2019– July 2019)

- Introduction workshop, Victoria, BC (October 2018)

• Certified Dreamwork Practitioner

Gregory Scott Sparrow, LPC, LMFT, DreamStar Institute, McAllen, TX, remote (February 2016 - March 2017)

• ‘Beyond Words’ Workshop

The Art and Science of Sentient Communication Workshop with Horses, Eponaquest Worldwide, Amado, AZ (February 2017)

• Disaster Psychosocial Services (DPS) Volunteer

Provided Psychological First Aid to people affected by the British Columbia 2017 Wildfires, Kamloops, BC (2017 - present)

• Traumatic Incident Reduction Therapy (TIR) Certificate

Pauline Carey, MA Clinical Psychology, Vancouver, BC (February 2016)

• Mental Health First Aid Certificate

Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), Shawnigan Lake, BC (September 2015)

• School Counsellor

Shawnigan Lake School, Shawnigan Lake, BC (May 2015 - March 2020)

• Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) Certificate

LivingWorks, Peterborough, ON (July 2014)

•Reiki Master

Usui System of Energy Healing, Reiki Master Paul Fox, Peterborough, ON (2009)

• Sandplay Therapy Training Part I, II, III

Canadian Association of Sandplay Therapy (CAST), Toronto, ON (May 2008 - May 2009) 

• Shamanic Psychotherapy School (3 Year Certificate) 

Heloisa Da Silva Porto, RP, Collingwood, ON (September 2006 - June 2009)

• Expressive Arts Therapy Course

Haliburton School of the Arts, Haliburton, ON (May 2007)

• Certified Teacher 

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education, Trent University, Peterborough, ON - Queens University, Kingston, ON (1983)

Ontario College of Teachers, Toronto, ON (1983 - 2020)

Patty combines her diverse knowledge base and vast array of experiences to create a truly unique healing journey for her clients.

Start your Journey of Growth and Self-Discovery today...





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