Britt-Mari Sykes PhD - Career Counselor

We have a life-long relationship with work and career. This relationship reflects our deep yearnings to live with purpose, meaning and dignity. It reflects our desire for affiliation and contribution, our desire for self-expression and for growth.

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 a meaningful and resilient relationship with work and career.

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, their imagination and overall striving. This is the integrated arena where personally empowered, relevant and enduring solutions are created.

Practice Areas

  • Integrated Career and Life Counseling
  • Career Development - Leveraging Experiential Expertise
  • Career Transition Coaching and Consulting
  • Re-imagining "retirement" - the meaning of work after age 60
  • Stress and Burnout
  • Developing Greater Self-awareness
  • Discovering Personal Resiliency – Engagement and Fulfillment

The Formal Bio

Britt-Mari Sykes PhD is a Career Counselor, Certified Career Strategist (CCS), Certified Work-Life Strategist (CWS), Certified Employment Strategist (CES), and founder of Integrative Career Counseling. She is also an independent contractor with YourTherapist Psychotherapy and Counseling. Based in Ottawa, Britt-Mari works with clients in Canada, in the United States and internationally. She earned her PhD from the University of Ottawa and specializes in existential, experiential and narrative 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. 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 mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa, and volunteers as a Life Path coach and facilitator with the Discover Year program. For 3 years she served as a Family Advisor and committee member on a variety of mental health projects/initiatives at CHEO (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario) and The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health.