About Tressa

tressa porterTressa considers herself a cancer "thrivor." Although her experience with cancer  was one of the most terrifying times of her life, she now lives with gratitude of having had the experience. It brought with it such important change that opened the way for her and her family to really start to thrive.  

Diagnosed at 38 with Stage 3 Breast cancer with a troubling prognosis, Tressa was at the time still breastfeeding her son and caring for her 3 year old daughter. This diagnosis sent her and her husband Ralph, into a journey researching all aspects of cancer, healing and health to discover tools and information to improve her prognosis and rebuild her confidence in her health. 

Tressa says she feels more alive today than ever before.  She says she has grown to love her journey with cancer as it has led her to a greater sense of contentment and empowerment in her life. Tressa says,"Cancer turned my life from black and white into high definition colour!"

Tressa works as a psychotherapist and has been in private practice in Guelph for over ten years.  She has devoted specific attention to work with grief, trauma and attachment.  Tressa has her Master's degree in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University in Boston, Mass. and a three year Diploma in relational psychotherapy from the Toronto Institute of Relational Psychotherapy. She is a clinical member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists. Now she combines her experience as a therapist with her experience of cancer to support and inspire hope in people experiencing a serious health crisis. For more information about Tressa's professional background click here or to learn more about her approach to therapy click here.

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