This post is the third of many in a series to help you get to know our amazing practitioners.
Grace is a graduate of the Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, MA program from Wilfred Laurier University. She’s also a professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and a Certified Canadian Counsellor. With warm, empathetic and compassionate care, Grace can help guide you on a path of optimal mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellness.
To check out Grace’s YouTube Introduction, click here.
Meet The Expert:
Q & A with Grace R.A. Howe, Certified Canadian Counsellor
1. Most individuals in health care have a story about what drew them to their field. What is your story?
My journey to the field of Psychotherapy and my practice as a Spiritual Care Provider & Psychotherapist has literally been life-long. From as early as primary school, friends would often come to me and ask for advice and practical things… anywhere from Kleenex and chewing gum to extra pencils. I was always ready with a kind word and usually had what they needed neatly organized in my backpack. It’s quite normal for me to say “Hello, How are you?” to a stranger in the grocery aisle and have them share with me their joys and challenges.
2. What do you love the most about Psychotherapy?
What I love most about being a Spiritual Care Provider & Psychotherapist is the building of relationships. I’m always excited to meet the next person to walk in the door, and to see them find a safe place in my office where they can be open about the challenges in their lives. It’s an incredible honour to come alongside someone and be a guide on their journey to wholeness. There’s something incredibly powerful that happens not only in their lives, but mine as well.
3. What do you find most challenging about Psychotherapy?
I care deeply about people. It can be challenging sometimes to be witness to the pain that people carry. However, that moment of shared pain for me is followed closely by the feeling of hope knowing and believing that the pain won’t last forever – they have begun a journey to healing.
4. What makes you unique in the field of Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy?
What makes me unique in my field is a combination of natural skill and empathy, woven together with my practical and quality education, filtered through the lens of personal life experiences. My personality is warm and welcoming and I’ve been told my hugs are like “being wrapped in a warm blanket.” That’s not something learned but innate – a gift I’ve been blessed with. My clients can expect quality, customized care, with an integrated approach to therapeutic interventions and modalities.
5. What are you most interested in researching at the moment?
Currently, I am pondering the idea of expanding the research I began on one of my papers during my studies. And, in the back of my mind is the idea of a Ph.D. at some point in my career. I am very interested in the links, both implicit and explicit, between Faith, Culture and Domestic Violence.
6. Either or: Integration and balance is key – I’m not sure I can choose just one!
Introvert or extrovert?
Chocolate or vanilla?
Dessert: Vanilla with berries and/or tropical fruit.
Chocolate: Truffles, chocolate bars, chocolate covered nuts and berries, chocolate drizzled over popcorn…… (I’m Healthoholics’ Chocoholic)
Fiction or non-fiction?
Fiction – part of my self-care! But as an ongoing learner – non-fiction.
Early bird or night owl?
Night Owl – I wish every day started at noon.
Winter or summer?
Summer – It’s all about heat!!
Adventurous or cautious?
Cautious – I’m a mom. Adventure is life with teenagers.
Cats or dogs?
Snake. But for the squeamish – a dog.
Spicy or mild?
Spicy with flavour – not to burn my face off.
7. What’s important to you as an individual?
Healthy relationships. It’s a passion for me personally and professionally. Often, we live life reactively and mindlessly – fast-paced and disconnected. I’m passionate about learning and teaching others to become aware of those deep rooted patterns of behaviour and providing resources on how to live a more mindful and meaningful life.