• Britt-Mari Sykes has worked in private practice as an individual and vocational counselor for the past 6 years. She is based in Ottawa, Canada but works with clients nationally and internationally. She earned her PhD from the University of Ottawa and specializes in existential and humanistic psychotherapies. Britt-Mari is the author of Questioning Psychological Health and Well-Being (2010), a historical and contemporary examination of the meaning of psychological health and development. She is currently working on her second book: a collection of essays on education and vocation from an existential analytic perspective. For the past 12 years Britt-Mari has guest-lectured extensively in classrooms and at conferences in Canada, the USA and Europe on the history of existential psychology, the theory of Existential Analysis, meaningful and fulfilling living and on creating vocation. She has served on panels at international conferences on human development, ethics in everyday life and the value of work.

    Britt-Mari Sykes PhD
    Existential Psychology
    Individual & Vocational Counseling


  • Dialogue: Finding the nexus point between business practice and human experiencing


    Reading through a list of some common business idioms is exhausting: 24/7, multi-task, cut to the chase, keep pace, raise the bar, stay on your toes, ahead of the curve, ASAP, play hardball, corner the market and bottom-line. Business language seems to have ascended to a culturally prioritized and publicly normalized language that reduces human experiencing to business captions, concepts, categories, and operations. There must be a language, better still a dialogue, at the nexus point of business practice and the reality of human living, experiencing, creating, and relating that could collaboratively aim to reduce the burnout, lack of engagement, retention and complacency that continues to plague us in our work environments.

The Interview

  • Khashayar Farhadi Langroudi, Psy.D


    The work we do and the professions we choose to embark on shape aspects of our identity. In turn, our identities influence our work and the specific roles we exercise in that work. We bring our work to life not only through our skills and capacities but also through our personal values, attitudes and motivations. In this interview with Khashayar Farhadi Langroudi, Psy.D., we discuss his work as a psychologist and how that work is shaped by his personal values and his views on compassion, diversity and qualitative approaches to mental health.