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Anita Charleson-Touchie

MEd. Counselling Psychology, C. C. C., SEP

ƛ̓um̓aaʔa (warm welcome). My cultural name is Speaks with a Sea Serpent’s Tongue (Hiinuqʔc̓ukʷa). I am Nuu-chah-nulth from the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. My husband Tyson and I have 6 children and 3 grandchildren. Over the years I have trained alongside well-respected elders/healers in methods of Indigenous healing. I have interned with and work along side Jane Middelton-Moz, supporting various training/healing sessions including intergenerational family healing from the impacts of residential school. I completed my Master’s in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria.  I am the owner of Tiichmis Wellness, which is a mental health & wellness business that offers counselling, consulting, education and training. I utilize a combination of clinical counselling and cultural healing approaches in helping individuals, families, and communities heal trauma and recover from addiction. I teach in a way that balances Indigenous worldview, values and beliefs and Western best practices.

I am a member in good standing with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I am a core team member with a Nuu-chah-nulth Sexual Abuse working group that is developing a sexual abuse healing program (Rebuilding the Circle) for Nuu-chah-nulth people who have been harmed sexually, and those who have harmed others sexually. I am grateful to work and play in my small home community where I am also an appointed member to the Yuułuʔiłaḥt Community Services Department Committee.

Areas of interest include trauma & addiction, Indigenous wellness & healing, Somatic Healing, impacts of cultural oppression, cultural resiliency, parenting from an indigenous perspective, healing sexual abuse, etc.

ƛ̓eekoo ƛ̓eekoo (Thank you).