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Fern Leaves

Welcome. 
 

Hello, my name is Mardi Dauphinee (she/her).

As a family and individual therapist, I work with clients who are actively seeking growth and change - who are willing to walk in the path of action towards their hopes and preferred ways of being. I am here to walk kindly and curiously alongside you, at your pace, while listening to your voice and choice.

I practice from an anti-oppressive, anti-racist, culturally sensitive, and strength based stance. I am fiercely committed to social justice and I am open to feedback.

A trusting, collaborative, therapeutic alliance is essential to our experience together. Please feel free to explore this site and ask yourself and/or your family questions such as:

~Does this therapist seem like someone who cultivates safe spaces to honour vulnerabilities with compassion? 

~ When I tune into my body, what is my body telling me with its sensory signals about this therapist, and their approaches?

~Might this therapist be able to support me with some 'deep see diving' to examine what might be getting in the way while offering accountability and co-constructing generative possibilities moving forward?

~ Does this language feel like it calls to me?

~ Do I consider myself and/or my family "actively seeking change?

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As a cis-gendered woman from settler lineages living on Treaty 7 lands, I am actively committed to deepening my understanding of de-colonial ways of being.

I am a descendant of Scottish, French and British ancestry. My grandparents were from Nova Scotia and The Isle of Man. My dad was born in Nova Scotia and my mom was born in Calgary. I was raised in Calgary, Alberta; spending as much time outside as possible. I have one sister, a brother in law and two very curious nephews. I live with my incredibly *rad*, fierce teenage daughter and my woodsy, carpenter partner in a home where my granddad planted the lilac trees. My life experiences have lead me towards a path of authenticity and wonder, grounded in nature with a splash of walking on the wild side.

 In my twenties, I was given the great honour of being welcomed into and ceremonially adopted by a family of The Tsuut' ina Nation. My name, Ts' idonaka K' anano?I (One Who Protects Children) is a name I hope to live my way into each and every day. 

Before my daughter was born, I had the privilege of sharing two incredible years living and working on the island of Ouaitoukoubouli (Dominica, Caribbean) on the Kalinago Territory. I will forever hold dear this land and the family I inherited through this rite of passage.

In my career dedicated to children and families, to the children inside all of us and for those generations yet to come, I respect and cherish you. I hold hope. In the spirit of the ancestors, first keepers of this land and for all who continue to reside here in Guts'ists'i (Tsuut'ina), Mohkinstsis (Blackfoot), Wishispa Oyade (Stoney Nakoda), Calgary I deeply respect and honour the profound privilege we have living, connecting, working and creating on the traditional lands of Treaty 7 territories. 

In my personal practices, I am deeply committed to un-learning busy as a way of life and de-constructing the ways colonialism has influenced intergenerational ways of relating and attuning. I strive to embody respect and reciprocity. 

Alongside my work, I appreciate slow and simple ways of being; reading, cooking, gardening, walking (usually in forests), dancing, drumming, camping, being with nature and gathering with my loved ones.

 

 

"Choose hope because it is an action you take" ~Benjamin Danielson MD

 

 

 

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Thank you for finding your way here.
 

Wild Forest

"Breathing in, I calm my body.

Breathing out, I smile.

Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is a wonderful moment".

~Thich Nhat Hanh 

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