Professional Experience

Tressa grew up in England and moved to Canada in the later 1980's.  After receiving her Bachelor's degree in Acting from the University of Guelph, she found her passion for therapy while working and training as an actor. The exploration and techniques she learned to develop a character on stage were skills she felt all people could use in their lives to cultivate self-awareness and healing.  With a strong desire to understand this more she pursued an education in Expressive Arts Therapy and Psychotherapy, which uses drama, art, music, movement to foster growth and healing. She received her Master's Degree In Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. Following this Tressa completed an intensive three-year diploma program at the Toronto Institute of Relational Psychotherapy. Relational Psychotherapy focuses on deepening one's ability to have satisfying mutual relationships including one's relationship with oneself.  From there, her learning and experience has continued to expand.  Tressa continues training in Non-Violent Communication and other alternative ways to navgiate our emotions and relationships. Based on the latest scientific theories  of neuroplasticity, quantum physics and health, that Tressa continues to explore, she uses specific tools to equipt people to change their brains and become more empowered. She is a clinical member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists and a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. 

Tressa works as a psychotherapist and has been in private practice in Guelph for over 17 years.  Tressa draws from rich experience in her work with children and adults in hospice and bereavement centres in Canada and the US. In addition to her work in private practice, Tressa worked at Trellis Mental Health and Developmental Services as a therapist in their children's mental health department.  She also worked at the Woolwich Interfaith Counselling Centre in Elmira, working primarily with people who had experienced abuse, grief or trauma. She continues to do consulting work with local agencies, such Family and Children's Services and several local foster agencies to assist with issues around trauma and attachment.  Tressa has also been the guest speaker at various community events, TV shows and workshops.  She is passionate to speak about ways to navigate emotions and relationships so we can feel better.  

She is the founder of Upside Down Cancer, an inspiring and supportive website that offers hope, empowerment and information to people dealing with a serious health challenge and she is often invited to public speaking events to share her passion for health and healing. 

Tressa is committed to the process of healing and growth. She believes psychotherapy is a valuable tool that can empower people to accept all of who they are and make the changes they need to make to live well.