About Me

I am a comfortable hybrid of psychology and philosophy, a scholar of Existential Analysis, a teacher and counselor in heart and mind, and an ever-evolving writer. I bring these perspectives to my work as a career counselor to support, encourage and guide my clients in creating fulfilling and engaged career paths for themselves.  I work directly with individuals and their unique lives, circumstances and experiences. I do not work with assessments. I believe rather in conversation and listening. I work collaboratively with my clients, with their personal resources, their innate capacities and skills, their hope and imagination and overall striving. I believe our deep yearnings to live with purpose, meaning and authenticity, our desire to flourish as our lives unfold, is reflected in how we step forward into the world every day, how we inhabit our lives, express ourselves and reflect on who we are and can be.

My practice areas:

  • Personal counseling + career development and fulfillment
  • Career and life transitions
  • Overcoming burnout
  • Burnout prevention
  • Coaching for Coaches
  • Discovering personal resiliency
  • Developing greater self-awareness
  • Strengthening interpersonal relationships – the art of dialogue

The Formal Bio

Britt-Mari Sykes has worked in private practice as an integrative career counselor for the past 7 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.