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Oyinda's Story

Master of Counselling Student Intern

My journey to mental health began when I struggled with a sense of belonging, post migration. My high school counselor normalized my feelings and worked with me to create a meaningful life in an unfamiliar environment. From then on, I have made it a goal to empower individuals to develop acceptance and resilience while taking meaningful steps toward achieving goals.

I love to help people explore untapped strengths, manage their emotions, and improve their overall quality of life. I work collaboratively with people using trauma-informed and evidence-based treatments that emphasize strengths.  I meet the client where they are at, and we work together at the client's pace. 

I apply an eclectic approach to therapy, considering the needs of each client. I draw upon Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solutions Focused Therapy (SFT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I have also gained interest and continue to build knowledge and skills in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Eye-movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.


Areas of Practice


  • Adults

  • Adolescents (13+)

  • Groups

Presenting Concerns

  • ADHD

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Emotion Dysregulation

  • Behavioral and Interpersonal Concerns

  • Trauma- Related Concerns

  • Stress and Burnout

  • Shame

Education and Credentials

Professional Membership

Oyinda is a student member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta.

Master of Counselling

Oyinda has successfully completed two years of graduate level counselling training at City University of Seattle’s Edmonton campus and will complete her capstone research project in 2024.

Oyinda graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Lethbridge in 2014.

Additional Training

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills

  • A therapy that combines mindfulness, acceptance, and skills building to teach people to accept their thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and the techniques to change them.

Motivational Enhancement

  • Focused on teaching motivational interviewing techniques when working with individuals with substance use disorders or high risk use

ASIST Suicide Intervention

  • A methodology for addressing suicidality and mental health concerns that may arise.

Mental Health First Aid (for adults working with youths)

  • Focused on helping professionals with skills building to provide immediate mental health support to young people.

Mental Health Experience

Oyinda has been working in the mental health field for over five years, in a variety of roles, to support children and adolescents with unique and diverse needs. Oyinda believes that caregivers play an integral role in therapeutic success of young people and practices from a collaborative approach with families. Oyinda also works with young people experiencing mental health and addictions concerns.

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