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Judi McCheane

Judi believes that we heal and move forward by building on and utilizing our strengths. When we start to settle the body and the nervous system, we are able to release the trauma of the past and experience more joy and fulfillment in our lives.

Judi has worked extensively in the Indigenous community for over 20 years in the Cowichan Valley and the North Island and she is an approved FNHA counsellor.


Judi works mostly with women and children to help them move forward with their lives. Healing occurs when we address the whole person - mind, spirit, body and emotions - because these elements don't work in isolation. Her graduate training focused on family systems work, and she has added numerous post-graduate trainings that increase her ability to support you in your healing journey. She also has a co-therapist by the name of Coco, who is an approved therapy dog! Coco offers unlimited, unconditional love!


Judi has experience working with children, youth, adults, families, and groups. Some of the clients she has had the privilege to work with have faced challenges such as: 

  • depression

  • anxiety

  • sexual abuse

  • complex, intergenerational trauma

  • neglect

  • living in foster care

  • life transitions

  • lack of self-esteem and self-worth

  • grief and loss

Counselling Approach:

Judi believes in the innate ability of each person to heal and grow throughout life experiences. Often, we face difficult times and traumatic events that leave us feeling hopeless, lost, and unable to cope. The non-judgmental and supportive counselling relationship can be a place for clients to experience acceptance and safety, to explore challenges, and to heal.

  • Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Development Studies from University of Waterloo

  • Somatic Experiencing (Levels beginning through advanced completed)

  • Expressive Play Therapy

  • Numerous Indigenous workshops including 3 day workshop with Jane Middleton-Moz, 4 day Training for Trainers at Cowichan Tribes, Sas'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training, The Village 2 day workshop.

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