Britt-Mari Sykes PhD - Career Counselor

Career is a relationship with life and the world around us as much as it is a development of individual skills and expertise.

I am a comfortable hybrid of psychology and philosophy, a scholar of Existential Analysis, a counselor and teacher in heart and mind, and an ever-evolving writer. I bring these diverse experiences and perspectives to my work as a career counselor.

I value the work that I have chosen and the experiences I share with my clients are deeply fulfilling. I am committed to supporting, encouraging and guiding my clients in creating meaningful and resilient careers for themselves.

I work directly with individuals and their unique lives and experiences. I do not work with assessments. I believe rather in conversation and listening to gain perspective, discover possibilities and co-create customized strategies that help a client to take action.

I work collaboratively with my clients to integrate their varied experiences, their personal resources, their innate capacities and acquired skills, their values, their hopes, imagination and overall striving. This is the integrated arena where personally empowered, relevant and enduring solutions are created.

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.

Practice Areas

  • Integrated Career and Life Counseling
  • Career Development - Leveraging Experiential Expertise
  • Career Transitions
  • Retirement coaching
  • Stress Management and Burnout Prevention
  • Developing Greater Self-awareness
  • Discovering Personal Resiliency – Engagement and Fulfillment
  • Strengthening Interpersonal Relationships

The Formal Bio

Britt-Mari Sykes is the founder of Integrative Career Counseling. She is based in Ottawa, Canada but works with clients globally. 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 the meaning of career and career development from an existential coaching perspective. For the past 18 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 developing meaningful careers. She has served on panels at international conferences on human development, ethics in everyday life and the value of work. Active in community engagement, Britt-Mari is a roundtable facilitator for the Discover Year program. She is currently a member of the Family Advisory Council at The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health and for three years she served as a Family Advisor and committee member on several projects/initiatives at CHEO (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario).