Megan Basso

BA Psychology, Minor Indigenous Studies; Master of Counselling (Graduating 2023)

Megan Basso smiling on sunny balcony

At a Glance

Years of Practice: 3 years as a Family Support Worker for non-profit Indigenous organizations supporting youth and families. 1.5 years working as a Specialized Education Assistant in a Children’s Development Centre

Education: BA (Psychology, Indigenous Studies); Master of Counselling (Graduating Class of 2023)

Areas of Interest:

  • Holistic wellness
  • Intersectionality
  • Social justice
  • Advocacy
  • Cultural identities

 

Additional Training:

  •  Human-Nature Counselling & Consulting: Introduction to Nature-based Therapy
    Crisis & Trauma
  • Resource Institute: Challenging Behaviours in Youth Training
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • ACHIEVE Conflict Resolution Skills Training

In their own words

I think my clients would describe my style as gentle, genuine, kind, and understanding, with particular attention brought to how social structures and contexts influence presenting concerns and well-being.

I find it to be an honour to work alongside individuals, families, and communities with the goal of wellness promotion. I acknowledge how mental health is part of a larger balance of wellness, and that tending to this balance can be challenging at times. It is humbling to see the strength it takes to focus on this personal work.

I primarily practice from a person-centered, solutions-focused, holistic, intersectional lens because I believe that clients are the experts of their lived experiences, and therefore, have the best understanding of what will work for them and their goals. I also pay particular attention to different aspects of how identity and context interact with accessibility and wellness.

I am a reconnecting, mixed-Indigenous professional. I am Gitga’at First Nations and English on my mother’s side, and Italian on my father’s. I believe in the significance of attending to holistic wellness, balancing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being, and this looks different for everyone. I am interested in the significance of identity, culture, and connection.

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