Founder and Human Tour Guide

Angie Dairou M.A., Registered Psychotherapist has been in private practice for over 20 years. During that time she has developed a specialty for working with smart people who tend to get emotionally stuck. In many ways, many of her clients’ journeys have mirrored her own.

As a child, Angie was known as the “smart kid”. What was rarely noticed, however, was how her empathic nature, emotional sensitivity and intuitive gifts all caused her to feel anxious and overwhelmed much of the time. She gravitated towards achievement and intellectual pursuits in an attempt to find security, dignity, and belonging. Without a deeper sense of meaning and purpose, this proved to be a lonely and unfulfilling path.

Angie sees counseling as a pathway towards wholeness rather than a mechanism of fixing personal defects. We all have to learn to manage our outside life (family, professional and financial obligations), but few people take the opportunity to learn how to manage their inner life (thoughts, emotions, expectations, yearnings and choices). When we do that, not only can we rid ourselves of anxiety and depression, but we can also learn how to be the martial artist of our own energies. Taking personal responsibility allows us to build lives of great connection, service, and achievement.

Angie has a B.Sc. in Communicative disorders, an M.A. in Organizational Psychology focusing on systems theory and is a graduate of The Counselling Training Institute. She is a clinical member of the Satir Institute of the Pacific and a member of the Ontario Association of Counsellors, Consultants, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists. She is past president of The Satir Institute of the Pacific. Angie has worked with the leaders of REI, Caterpillar, Nokia Siemens Networks, Ericsson, Maersk, Microsoft and many other companies in order to help them lead their employees with confidence and congruence. Angie has worked extensively in China and the United States from her home base in Toronto, Canada.