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Calm Lake
“It’s never too late to be what you might have been”
George Eliot

True happiness will present itself once we learn how to deal with our emotions, know our passions, norms and values.  

Hi, I’m Monique


I have been working in mental health care for over 9 year, including volunteering as a police based victim service worker and earning a Diploma of Professional Counselling. Along with my ongoing continuous education, I also dove into the intriguing world of Dog Emotion and Cognition –because let’s be real, dogs are basically furry therapists in disguise.

My past came knocking on my door when I lost one of my last members of my non-judgmental furry cheerleading squad; always radiating strength, unconditional love and solid loyalty. It hit me with a gut-wrenching blow.


It left me with pain, feeling alone, and at times, completely helpless. 


I made a vow to keep their legacy alive, and in doing so, I discovered a way of reconnecting with my own self, finding solace within, and embracing the unexpected twist of this beautifully “abnormal” world we live in.


Your journey through grief, trauma, being emotionally bullied or other changes in life may feel you disconnected from today’s demanding society.


I have gained an appreciation for the therapeutic qualities that our canine companions possess. When suitable, I combine these qualities, an integration of psychotherapy and somatic attachment therapy to support my clients in reconnecting and reclaiming their true authentic self.

Monique Verhoef, RTC

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Credentials and Training
  • Member of the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists #2201

  • Registered Therapeutic Counsellor

  • Somatic Attachment Therapy - Dr. Scott Lyons & Kai Cheng Thom MSW, MSc

  • Healing Wounds of Trauma – Gabor Maté - MD

  • Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health – The University of Sidney

  • Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling – Adam Godwin, MA

  • Pet Loss and Grief – Kari-Änn Thor, M.Ed

  • Balancing Acceptance and Change – Nadine Groves, MED, RCC

  • Loss and Grief – Sarah Lipsett, MA, MTC, RCS

  • Safe Talk Suicide Alertness – Living Works

  • Dog Emotion and Cognition – Duke University

  • Author of Seriously Happy- Unleash yourself from old habits and traps; creating new opportunities and finding purpose.

Organizations and Affiliation
  • Until We Meet Again Pet Memorial Services - Pet Loss and Grief Support Group Facilitator

  • Food For The Soul Project – Depression and Anxiety Group Facilitator Volunteer

  • CooGo Dog Rescue - Volunteer

“Reality hurts when you fight it. It makes you strong when you accept it”
Maxime Lagacé
Are you ready to invest in your wellbeing, managing your emotions, and let your genius shine​? 
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