I am a social work clinician, registered with the Alberta College of Social Workers who has worked passionately with people for the last 19 years. I have marveled at people’s abilities to be resilient while also struggling with a racing mind or experiencing intense emotions. Over the last several years I have found the practice of MINDFULNESS to be an effective tool to assist people with connecting with their inner capacity and wisdom while finding balance, reducing the effects of stress and improving their overall quality of life.
It has personally helped me to have more gratitude and it has empowered me to be accepting of my ‘monkey mind’ which subsequently appears to be less busy. I am more present and awake to the moments in my life. As Kevin Griffin points out “The first principle of finding happiness is to notice when it’s here.”
I was born and raised here in Calgary, a true Calgarian. Having said that I have lived in Southern Alberta and abroad, now settled back in Calgary. I enjoy the outdoors, walking my dog or getting out to the mountains to connect with Mother Nature. I also enjoy swimming, watching a few shows off of Netflix from time to time and going out to live music.
Sept. 2018 – ongoing: Working on ACSW Clinical Social Work Designation
Oct. 2014 – Feb. 2016: Completed the teacher training for the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Series through MBSR Ottawa which started with a nine-day intensive practicum.
Aug. 2011 – June 2013: Master of Social Work Clinical Graduate Degree, University of Calgary
Dec. 2001 – July 2004: Group Psychotherapy Certificate Program through the Group Therapy Training Program, Calgary
Sept. 1996 – April 1998: Bachelor of Social Work Degree, University of Calgary (Lethbridge Division)
Testimonies about Charmaine:
“Charmaine you were beautiful. Amazing. Life-changing. Your behaviour and character are shining example of mindfulness and loving kindness.” – Anonymous (previous participant of the MBSR Series)
“She (Charmaine) was inspirational.” – Anonymous (previous participant of the MBSR Series)