COUNSELLORS, COACHES, AND EDUCATORS
MICHAEL N. SORSDAHL
CD, PhD (Education)*, MA, RCC, CCC, GCDFi
FOUNDER / PSYCHOTHERAPIST / EDUCATOR
*PhD in Education is not recognized by BC and AB Colleges of Psychologists as a doctoral degree in psychology
Michael Sorsdahl is a Registered Psychologist based on his MA in Counselling Psychology from University of Victoria with the College of Alberta Psychologists, and has applied for transfer of his registration through the federal Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) to BC with the BC College of Psychologists. He is also a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), and a Global Career Development Facilitator with instructor designation (GCDFi) with the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE). He completed his BSc in Psychology and his MA in Counselling Psychology at UVic, along with his PhD from UBC in the Centre for Cross Faculty Inquiry in Education, focusing his research on psychological issues in transitions for military members. He has over 15 years of experience in both group and individual counselling/psychotherapy and 25 years of service with the Royal Canadian Navy as a Senior Naval Reserve Officer (CD) . He now focuses this vast and diverse knowledge and experience to help individuals of all walks of life overcome mental health challenges and transition into inspired career/life balanced living.
Michael focuses his practice working in trauma therapy (PTSD), career counselling and coaching, group training & education, couples, LGBTQ+ and complex life transitions. Outside of his practice, he teaches at the University of Victoria as a sessional instructor in the Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies (EPLS) department, he is an Adjunct faculty member with The University of British Columbia in their Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Department (ECPS), he is an instructor for Life Strategies Inc for both Career Management Professionals and in Assessment courses, and he has instructed at Yorkville University in their Masters of Arts in Counselling psychology program as well as in their General Studies courses.
Michael has presented several times at national conferences (CCPA and CANNEXUS), as well as being the key note speaker for a PTSD/Trauma symposium for First Responders, a speaker at the CRIDGE centre for Brain Injured persons, key note speaker for Hope For PTSD symposium, and Trauma specialist panel member for ‘Not On My Watch’ for awareness on Human Trafficking in Canada. Bringing awareness to the public around PTSD/Trauma, as well as helping both clients and practitioners learn strategies for wellness through self-care, continues to be a life-long focus for him.
“I am invested in providing you an experience designed uniquely for you that allows us to create a complimentary plan to achieve your desired results. I work with clients from a diverse background of challenges, and have over 13 years of experience in providing education, psychotherapy and counselling to meet the needs of those clients. Highly experienced in PTSD/trauma therapy, military culture, career counselling, LGBTQ+ and Men's Issues, I believe my integrated and holistic approach will provide you with the greatest chance of success. Together we will move forward to new areas of understandings in life and healthy living.”
SPA AND HAIR SERVICE PROVIDERS
HAIR AND SPA COORDINATOR
Greg has over thirty-five years experience in the hairdressing and spa industries. He has trained in and practiced a variety of internationally recognized systems and approaches, is well respected in his field as both practitioner/artist and teacher, having taught at some of Vancouver Island’s most prestigious and well-known post secondary colleges for Hair and Aesthetics training, and is a long-standing member of the Western Beauty Council and the Industry Training Authority of B.C..
Greg has provincially, nationally, and internationally recognized certifications in both practical and instructional qualifications. He has owned his own successful businesses, and has helped many other owners, managers, and newcomers find success in this dynamic industry. He continues to learn and stay current with the most recent techniques and looks via the numerous international and local online groups he belongs to, as well as attending workshops in person, staying connected with training schools, and making time to explore and practice other creative avenues that influence his work.
More recently, and as owner of Abbott Hairspa Mobile (previously named SAJE Hairspa Mobile in the Victoria area), Greg has been involved in fund raising to provide access to counselling services for people in the LGBTQ+ communities. He has also helped raise awareness of the need for professional care for people experiencing PTSD.
Working in conjunction with Juvenation Wellness in the Cowichan Valley area he will be offering individual, group, and contract services. By using combinations of locally manufactured, plant based hair and skin care products (that can be personalized with essential oils of your choice), as well as internationally made organic, low odour products for hair colouring and retexturing services, Greg can make sure he is providing the quality, safety, and environmentally sensitive levels of care he believes are essential today.
Greg also spearheaded a volunteer-based, tuition-free training opportunity for some of Victoria’s more disenfranchised single parents that gave them a good start in the hairdressing and aesthetics fields. He was also able to offer services to clients who were experiencing challenges because of mental health, physical health, and mobility challenges that made it extremely difficult for them to experience the kind of services and pampering most of us take for granted. During this time he developed many systems that translated into higher levels of comfort and accessibility that his non-challenged clients also found to be valuable. He is now offering these unique approaches and systems to clients in the Cowichan area.
“My basic underpinning philosophy around hairdressing and aesthetics is that when we look better, we feel better; both physically and mentally. How we look and feel is part of how we present ourselves to the world. To our family, friends, and co-workers. When we don’t look good, we generally don’t feel good at some level. And when we get out hair cut or styled or coloured or retextured, get an “ultra facial” or even just spend some time taking care of ourselves in a good environment, we not only shift how we perceive ourselves, but also how others see us. It’s kind of like the contagious smile concept. When others see you looking/feeling good, they’re inspired to do the same. Having the opportunity to work with the team at Juvenation Wellness makes sense to me. It’s a perfect synergy of wellness and self care practices. Having the qualities of good personal wellness and good health reflected in how we see ourselves and how we are seen by others goes deeper than the superficial good looks so often associated with vanity; they are qualities that sort of shine from within. It’s a combination we like to talk about as “Real Wellth”. A personal, dynamic balance of Wellness and Health.”
OFFICE MANAGER / LIFE & CAREER COACH
Michel Partridge brings to Juvenation his 20 years’ experience of creative accomplishments and abilities. Having studied at the Academy of Design in Toronto and training in the dramatic arts he has a unique approach to personal development. His creative talents are diverse and span from graphic design, layout design, carpentry and other trades, to personal development and understanding through theatrical play. He has worked with youth programs facilitating art and drama programs helping to develop confidence and understanding in a safe environment.
Michel has studied at Life Strategies Inc attaining a certificate in Career Management and Development. He has worked as an Educational Assistant at Mount Douglas Secondary in Victoria BC as well as EE Oliver Elementary in Fairview AB providing one on one support to students. He has experience working with youth coping with learning difficulties and Autism. His focus is on youth and helping them to understand their strengths, how to translate and express those accomplishments on paper and conduct a successful job interview. Through his education, he focused his study on aboriginal youth, and career management designed to assist in this population in their specific circumstances.
As a Career and Life coach, Mich draws from his myriad of experiences, which allows him to help and design a path for his clients. Meeting the where they are at, he helps clients overcome roadblocks and create action plans to move forward to attain their highest potential.
Phone Number: (778) 455-5040