Natasha Wawrykow

Natasha Wawrykow
Position
Assistant Teaching Professor
Psychology
Credentials

Ph.D. 2020 (University of British Columbia) Joined Department in 2020

Contact
Office: COR A262

I am of Aboriginal ancestry and my family comes from the Skuppah Band in British Columbia. I strive to pursue collaborative Indigenous community-driven research topics and counselling opportunities that promote reconciliation and prosperity for the Indigenous community. My research highlights Indigenous ways of healing and fostering self-worth, and contributes to culturally sensitive delivery of clinical service and conducting research. My teaching focuses on the clinical training of graduate students and promotion of reconciliation between the field of psychology and Indigenous Peoples.

Working with Indigenous Peoples in different hospital, community, and university counselling clinics has affirmed my use of Narrative Therapy in my clinical practice. While the sharing of knowledge through storytelling has always been part of Indigenous Peoples’ tradition, I have learned that using narratives therapeutically aids in understanding how health can be experienced holistically for Indigenous Peoples and promotes strong, culturally appropriate therapeutic alliances.

Huy ch q'u.k 

 

Interests

  • Clinical lifespan psychology
  • counselling psychology
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • mental health