Britt-Mari Sykes PhD - Career Counselor


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 experiences and perspectives to my work as a career counselor to support, encourage and guide my clients in creating fulfilling and resilient career paths 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.

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

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 and Life Transitions
  • Leveraging Experiential Expertise in Career Development
  • Overcoming Burnout
  • Burnout Prevention
  • Coaching Managers to improve their skills
  • Health and Wellness Coaching for Managers and Directors
  • Discovering Personal Resiliency – Engagement and Fulfillment
  • Developing Greater Self-awareness
  • Strengthening Interpersonal Relationships

The Formal Bio

Britt-Mari Sykes works in private practice as an integrative career counselor. She is based in Ottawa, Canada but works with clients remotely both 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 career and existential coaching. For the past 15 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.