How did I “get into mindfulness”?
It was in the yoga studio where I was first introduced to the concept of the mind-body connection, as well as discovered how little I knew about my own. Around the same time in my life, I experienced health challenges that propelled me to investigate how my mental health was impacting my physical (and vice versa). As my understanding of health was shifting, I was also pursuing a degree in Psychology, studying the science of the mind.
With a growing passion for mental health, interest in cultivating community, and desire to create positive systemic change, I pursued a career in Social Work. Throughout my counselling training, I integrated mindfulness as a foundational practice in my work. I’ve seen first-hand how the practice has benefited wide-ranging populations with complex challenges, from youth using self-harm to cope to employees experiencing compassion fatigue. Here is My Happiness isn’t about the pursuit of happiness, but about finding peace in the present through acceptance, commitment and compassion.
It is my joy to host workshops and retreats that allow me to facilitate inspired discussions in a supportive environment, integrating my creativity and knowledge of mental health best practices.
Stefanie is a Registered Social Worker and has worked in a variety of settings from walk-in counselling, CBT-based group therapy, hospitals, and community-based agencies. At the center of her approach is the therapeutic relationship, building genuine connection with her clients, honouring each person’s agency and holding a supportive space. Her style can be described as warm, compassionate, and open.
She currently holds the position of Program Supervisor at Pathways to Education, a charitable organization that supports youth in low-income communities across the country to overcome barriers to education and graduate high school. In her commitment to making mental health services accessible, Stefanie trained and volunteered with Distress Centres, Canada’s oldest volunteer delivered crisis, emotional support and suicide prevention + intervention + postvention service agency. She has also completed an internship with the University Health Network, facilitating employee resilience workshops for staff of Toronto General Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and Toronto Western Hospital.
Stefanie teaches yoga every week at Float Valley, a wellness centre in Markham, Ontario. She regularly collaborates with yoga instructors and other wellness professionals to create events that offer a holistic approach to health.
Masters in Social Work, Specialization in Children and Families, University of Toronto
Social Service Diploma, George Brown College
Bachelor in Psychology at Western University
Advanced Training/Additional Certifications
Yoga Teacher Training in Alignment-based Vinyasa- 200-HR YTT, Shivakali Yoga
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy- 6-week course
Mindfulness Without Borders Facilitator Training- 12-week course