My professional career began on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario where I worked in the social justice and political arena for several years following my undergraduate degree. A move to pursue employment opportunities at Queen's Park and City Hall in Toronto, Ontario followed, where I worked on teams with provincial and municipal elected officials. Education studies at the University of Ottawa lead to my Bachelor of Education Degree (B.Ed.) in the Primary/Junior Division and membership in the Ontario College of Teachers.
Teaching in the ESL community in Toronto and in elementary schools across southern Ontario and abroad provided me with valuable knowledge and skills which I used to establish an academic Learning Centre in downtown Dundas, Ontario for elementary and secondary school students. Owning and operating this business for over a decade, provided me the opportunity to hone my skills as an assessment specialist, special needs consultant and academic coach. Earning my special education qualifications from Brock University lead to my work in Educational Therapy and ultimately to my training in psychotherapy. My Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University provided me with full membership in the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and the requirements necessary to establish and operate an independent private practice.
I have had the honour of teaching and travelling in diverse communities, serving individuals from all walks of life. My academic background and professional experience in the domains of education and counselling have provided me with a unique frame I use to understand and respect my clients' individual social, emotional and learning styles and needs.
Cree Lambeck, B.Ed., M.A.
I have 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) and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
My 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. In addition to this work, I served as a Facilitator and Project Leader on campus initiatives that supported student mental health and well-being. It was through these experiences and my graduate research that I gained knowledge and expertise related to eco-therapy and walk and talk counselling models. Blending my teaching and counselling backgrounds, I have also had the pleasure of
co-facilitating weekly tutorial sessions in the Professional Competencies program in the Faculty of Medicine at
In response to a reported lack of resources in the areas of women's and perinatal mental health services, I 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.
I enjoy sharing what I have learned through my studies of mindfulness and meditation with my clients.
In addition to my private practice, I currently work 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. I regularly support 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 my clinical training has been concentrated in maternal mental health and women's wellness. I welcome the opportunity to work with women, mothers, teachers and parents.
I live in beautiful Southern Ontario with my family. When I am not working I enjoy cooking, hiking, reading and sharing time with people I love. My services are offered exclusively through telephone, online and walk & talk therapy making them highly reachable and accessible. I have deep respect and a special place in my heart for nature and enjoy bringing our sessions out into the natural world whenever possible.
I look forward to connecting with new clients, working with current clients and colleagues on shared professional passions and building positive therapeutic relationships and communities.