Nadine offers a FREE 45-minute Calm Life Breakthrough session where she will explore what is going on in your life, your obstacles, your best next steps and whether she is the right person for you. It is her highest priority to offer you a safe, confidential and compassionate space.
Video counselling, in-home and office visits are available.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-724-8972
Nadine is also the creator of Experience-Centered Care with H.E.A.R.T. Methodology™ a cutting-edge system that provides a step-by-step framework to significantly improve behaviours, moods, and relationships so that individuals with dementia and their families can finally experience inner calm and thrive in their lives.
Nadine provides coaching and counselling based on the latest neuro-scientific insights and best-practices. She has gained 14 years of experience working with individuals dealing with overwhelm, stress, depression, anxiety, anger, guilt and dementia, their families and professionals, in both communities and complex care residences.
Nadine has experienced personally how life is profoundly affected when a close family member develops dementia, and she aims to guide others with her personal and professional knowledge.
She has studied concepts around healthy ageing, brain health, brain disorders, psychological well-being and stress reduction and how to create healthy habits. She has conducted neuro-psychological assessments, diagnosed people with dementia, and provided psychotherapy.
As a research assistant in a related program, Nadine co-wrote guidelines on how to increase participation among those living with dementia in their own care plan. The guidelines also promote the involvement of family members of clients in long-term care facilities. Nadine has taught numerous first-year psychology courses in psychopathology and psycho-metrics.
I started my career working in long-term care facilities, where I had the honor of meeting many people who told me their stories of living with dementia. I saw the struggles, the pain, devastation and losses people underwent. I also witnessed beautiful moments of compassion, joy, and real happiness.
None of these people ever anticipated that at the end of their lives one of the most difficult changes would arise, that dementia would cross their paths. I decided that I wanted to work with seniors and people with dementia after I realized that mental health care in this area needed a lot of improvement. I realized that it could easily be me in their shoes, needing support and feeling vulnerable. Whatever age we are, difficulties show up and we all deserve excellent care and support.
I was already working as a psychologist for several years when dementia entered my own life. My dad started to change and I remember it as if it was yesterday when I came to the realization that the changes were not just a phase: that moment where you realize he has changed forever, as a result of brain damage. Things became complicated and I struggled with sadness, anger, fear, self-blame and guilt. When you’re personally involved, it is a completely different story. I learned to understand what was happening to me and how to deal with those emotions so they didn’t take over.
I’ve created training programs to help families, people with dementia and professionals deal more effectively and efficiently with the difficulties and challenges. It’s time to share with others what I’ve learned and what I have seen that helped so many others too.