Michelle Legaré

michellelegare

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BSW, RSW, M.Ed.

Registered Social Worker

Favorite Book:
“True Refuge ” by Tara Brach

Favorite Quote:
“There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in”. Leonard Cohen

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there”. Rumi

It is within our connections with others that we experience our deepest challenges and our greatest joy. From a place of compassion, I bring intuition, skill and kindness to my counselling relationships.

My approach is to use a blend of insights from Western and Eastern thought. I support people to clarify and understand, with self-compassion and mindfulness, the issues that contribute to their suffering; inviting them to move towards a more inspired life.

Areas of Interest:
Compassionate Communication (formerly Non-Violent Communication)
Trauma
LGBTQ
Family of origin
Women centered therapy
Life transition
Mind, body, spirit
Cross cultural counselling
Identity issues
New to Canada and Settlement issues
Group therapy
Workplace Balance
Community Development

Certification and Training:
Conflict Resolution Saskatchewan, Spring Conference, 2016
Compassionate Communication (formerly Non-Violent Communication), 2015-2016
Mindfulness Counselling Strategies-Activation Compassion and Regulation-CTRI, 2015
Community Reconciliation Workshop, Duke Duchsherer, 2015
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 8 weeks, 2014-2016
Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) training, 2014
Home study course: The Healing Connection: How Women Form Relationship in Relationship in Therapy and in Life, 2013
Webinar: Shame and Humiliation: From Isolation to Relational Transformation, 2012
Webinar: Connection and the Brain, 2012
Pêyâhtakêyimowin: Walking peacefully on Mother Earth, 2012
Body Work for Emotional Wellbeing, 2012
SAFE Conference: Social Justice & Anti-Racism Anti Oppressive Forum on Education, 2011-12
Women Building Our Community Capacity, 2012
Challenging the Isolating Power of Shame, 2011
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), Montreal, Quebec, 2011
Mutual Empathy: Healing Through and Towards Connection, 2011
Leadership Conference, 2011
Workplace Leadership Training, 2010

Previous Experience
Mediation Training
Life Skills Coach Training
ColourSpectrum Facilitator Training
Portfolio Development Training: Implementing a New Learning Paradigm
Facilitator training, Learning Disabilities of Saskatchewan: Screening for Success
Though Patterns for Success Facilitator Training
Om Shanti Yoga Retreat
Mindful Meditation Training: Open Mind, Wise Heart: Mindful Meditation in Practice

Professional Experience:
Over 25 years of experience supporting a variety of individuals, groups and community based organizations including; women, couples, LGBTQ2A community, polyamorous, Indigenous peoples, individuals and families new to Canada, community development and building creative and balanced workplace environments.

Augmented experience:
Citizen of Metis Nation of Saskatchewan
Member of Steephill Co-operative, Saskatoon
Volunteer community member with Oxfam Saskatoon, SK
Member of the Vegetarian/Vegan Community
Meditation practice
Yoga practice