Cree Lambeck, B.Ed., M.A., R.P.
Clinical Director, Cherry Tree Counselling
As owner and Clinical Director of this practice, Cree brings a diverse range of experiences to her work. Cree's professional career began over two decades ago, working in the field of politics and social justice on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. From there, Cree worked with provincial and municipal elected officials at Queen's Park and City Hall in Toronto. Following her undergraduate work, Cree earned her Bachelor of Education Degree (B.Ed.) at the University of Ottawa and joined the Ontario College of Teachers as a certified member.
Teaching in the ESL community in Toronto and in elementary schools across southern Ontario and abroad provided Cree with valuable knowledge and skills which she used to establish an academic Learning Centre in downtown Dundas, Ontario for elementary and secondary school students. Owning and operating this small business for over a decade provided Cree the opportunity to hone her skills as an assessor, special needs consultant and academic coach. Earning her special education qualifications from Brock University lead to Cree's work in Educational Therapy opening the pathway to her training in psychotherapy. A Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University followed with full membership in the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
Cree has had the honour of teaching and travelling in diverse communities, serving individuals from varied backgrounds and histories. Cree's academic background and professional experience in the domains of education and counselling have provided her with a unique frame she uses to understand and respect her clients' individual social, emotional and learning styles and needs.
Cree Lambeck, B.Ed., M.A.
Clinical Director, Cherry Tree Counselling
Cree has completed professional training in several leading evidence-based modalities commonly used in therapy including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Brief Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Meditation, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), Non Violent Communication (NVC) and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
Cree's role as a Mental Health Counsellor at McMaster University's Student Wellness Centre involved providing
individual, in-person counselling services for post-secondary students and facilitating psycho-therapeutic groups on campus on the topics of mindfulness, procrastination and anxiety. Cree has also served as a Facilitator and Project Leader on campus initiatives that supported student mental health and well-being. It was through these experiences and Cree's graduate research that she gained knowledge and expertise related to eco-therapy and walk and talk counselling models. Cree serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct), in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, allowing her to blend together her passion for life long learning, teaching and counselling.
In response to a reported lack of resources in the areas of women's and perinatal mental health services, Cree established Cherry Tree Counselling & Psychotherapy Services in 2017. Cherry trees represent mortality, mindfulness and living in the present, holding a rich and special meaning in Japanese culture. So stunning, yet so brief in their glory, the natural beauty of the blossoms serves as a visual reminder that our lives too are precious, transient and impermanent. As we go forward, we can learn to engage with the space we are in, to find joy, passion and renewal in the small gifts tucked inside each day.
Cree enjoys sharing what she has learned through her studies of mindfulness and meditation with clients.
In addition to private practice, Cree currently works with the Hamilton Family Health Team supporting the mental health needs of patients in primary care with individual counselling for a wide variety of concerns and co-facilitating groups on the topic of Mindful Eating. She regularly supports individuals with concerns relating to anxiety and mood, relationships, health and wellness, stress, parenting, reproductive health (perinatal, pregnancy, postpartum), assertiveness, self esteem, empowerment, well-being and more. The majority of Cree's clinical training has been concentrated in maternal mental health and women's wellness. She welcomes the opportunity to work with women, mothers, teachers and parents.
Cree lives in beautiful Southern Ontario with her husband and three delightful kids. When she is not working Cree enjoys cooking, hiking, reading and sharing time with family and friends. Cree's services are offered exclusively through telephone, online and walk & talk therapy making them highly reachable and accessible. Cree has a deep respect and a special place in her heart for nature and enjoys bringing sessions out into the natural world whenever possible.
Cree loves connecting with new clients, working with current clients and colleagues on shared professional passions and building positive therapeutic relationships and communities.