The Design Your Life Centre:
The place where you can collaborate
with talented clinicians to help you
DR. STACY THOMAS
CEO and Clinical Director of The Design Your Life Centre
Dr. Stacy Thomas is a Clinical Psychologist, With about 20 years experience helping people navigate some of life’s most difficult journeys such as chronic pain, serious chronic illness, infertility, pregnancy loss, and sudden traumatic events, Dr. Stacy’s strength is in her ability to recognize resilience and teach people how to apply proven psychological strategies in order to move past mere survival and thrive in the face of adversity. Her work with clients seamlessly interweaves Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness Practices, Mental Skills for High Performance, and Clinical Hypnosis, with a keen understanding of the limiting life patterns that need to be broken in order for us to break free and truly show up as our authentic selves.
Her mission to democratize mental health motivated her to create The Growing Forward Journal, and The Growing Forward Soul School, an online community focused on helping people grow consciously through whatever life brings. She has also been asked to host several online summits for Mindful World, including the Mindful World Parenting Summit in January 2019 which reached a global audience of 40,000.
Whether you are struggling or striving, Dr. Stacy is passionate about helping you fulfill your life’s purpose and is honoured to have the opportunity to play a role in helping you Design Your Life.
Registered Psychotherapist (qualifying) with a
Masters in Counselling Psychology
Gabrielle Iwaskow is a Registered Psychotherapist (qualifying).
As a former athlete, with a love for psychology, Gabrielle is excited to now be leveraging all of her passions to do what she loves most: empowering millennial women during times of transition, with healing conversations and evidence-based mental skills that work.
Why? Because she knows what it’s like to be a young woman with tons of inspiration struggling with a lack of clear direction.
he also knows the power a single conversation can have to get you moving on the right path.
As a dedicated, results driven professional who is highly skilled at quickly developing authentic connections, she feels incredibly fortunate for the training and support she has received that helped her find her purpose and she is excited to have the opportunity to help you find yours.
Clinical Therapist with a degree in Occupational Therapy
Shelly Dilawri has been working in the mental health space for over 15 years and her passion to help women going through various mental health issues, life changes, and postpartum has not diminished.
She is ignited by the challenges that come with helping those who need assistance to overcome and reach their full potential.
Shelly has learned to build programs to suit the individual through the lens of Cognitive and Dialectical Behaviour therapy. Using these core principles as the foundation for her approach, she has helped many climb over their mental barriers and reach new highs.
As a mother, wife and daughter, Shelly knows first hand the complexities that come with the ups and downs of life. That’s why she has made it her mission to help patients regain their independence by identifying unhealthy patterns that aren’t driving them to live their best life.
Working alongside Dr. Stacy Thomas, she is looking forward to this opportunity to reach a wider audience who truly need the help to shift their life momentum in a positive direction.
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Divyanksha Gaind is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology.
Divyanksha’s passion for helping individuals break free from perceived limitations and truly thrive was fuelled by her early work helping individuals with learning disabilities and neurological differences learn how to realize their full potential.
Her early work with neurodiverse clients and those who love them, has expanded over the eight years of her career to now include people facing chronic pain, chronic illness, stress, anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
Divyanksha works with individuals with mental health issues and their caregivers to help them process their experience by integrating a range of approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy and Clinical Hypnosis.
She is also able to provide psychotherapy services in both English and Hindi. No matter what the challenge, she is honoured to journey with her clients to help them see hope, wisdom, resilience and the power they have within, to Design Their Lives.
Client Care Coordinator
Jennifer Henderson is the Client Care Coordinator for The Design Your Life Centre. She spent 20 years in the financial services industry before taking the leap of becoming an entrepreneur. Over her 25 year career she has held many roles, but all of them have had the same underlying passion, which is to help others, solve problems and create excellent client experiences.
Alexandra Williams, CFRE
Client Care Coordinator
Alexandra is passionate about connecting people in need with people that want to help.
During the day she works at a children’s charity, working alongside donors to help youth in child welfare create their own unstoppable successes. In the evenings she is dedicated to creating a welcoming space for clients at the Design Your Life Centre.
As a new mom, she knows first hand how impactful it can be to work with a team and clinicians that can truly hold space for you during challenging times. Alexandra is honored to help create a well-rounded positive experience for clients.
Registered Psychotherapist (qualifying)
Jordana Bergman’s journey to becoming a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) began many years ago in her previous career as a lawyer. As a person centered advocate and legal career counsellor, her transition to mental health counselling was organic, a natural professional pivot that aligns with and emphasizes her warm, supportive, and empathic character.
Jordana leverages her ability to connect with people and hold space for their emotional challenges, while gently sharing the wisdom she has acquired through her professional background, educational training with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, and her own lived, personal experiences as a high achieving professional and mother to four children.
Jordana develops strong therapeutic bonds by relating to people on a deep level, while supporting her clients in building awareness of embedded patterns, being the bedrock of the change making process. Her approach is integrative and draws from experiential/humanistic, and cognitive/behavioural modalities. She teaches and infuses self compassion practices, and introduces mindfulness and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) skills as appropriate. She is excited to meet you and support you in your journey to wellness and personal growth as you Design Your Life.