Vivienne Filiatreault was accepted into the Psychology Department of The University of Natal, South Africa, at 16 years of age and holds an internationally recognized B.A. degree in a double major, English and Psychology. She further completed a post degree year and earned a Bachelor of Education, specializing in Counselling / Education in a high school setting. She worked as a high school counsellor and was registered with the South African Council for Educators.
Vivienne went on to become a registered Public Relations Practitioner and completed various business courses. She ran a business from home, when her children were young.
When she lived overseas, Vivienne completed an intense theoretical / practical Hypnosis diploma in 2001 and became a member of the South African Association of Hypnotherapists. She also holds another hypnosis diploma from the Durban Spiritual Trust of Healing, as an alternative healer. She ran her own practice in hypnosis and trauma counselling, before emigrating to Canada.
In 2014, she completed more hypnosis training in Toronto and graduated from the Ontario Hypnosis Centre School there, as a Certified Consulting Hypnotist. She received her diploma from O.H.C. sanctioned by Dr. Dwight Damon, president of the National Guild of Hypnotists.
Since she arrived in Canada, she has worked in a community centre setting, as a social worker, specializing in abuse and women's issues. During her long career as a counsellor, she has been trained in many modalities, including Strengths Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Focused Brief Narrative Therapy, and various grief, trauma and mental health trainings. She has completed trainings in Violence against Women, custody / access / legal / housing issues, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation and prevention, bully prevention, stress reduction, Indigenous / Multi - Cultural healing modalities, sensitivity, diversity, equity and inclusion, crisis intervention, disabilities awareness, men's perspectives and issues, danger assessment and safety planning, conflict resolution and mediation, youth issues, addictions, as well as transgender and LGBTTQ issues. Vivienne is now a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
Vivienne is a certified group facilitator of Skills of Success for Women, as well as for women`s support groups. She has volunteered as a peer supporter and also volunteered / worked with the Ottawa Police Services, sharing rural office space to deliver community services. She has supervised various students, including Masters` students, in the social work and counselling fields, from Carleton, Ottawa, Yorkville and British Columbia Universities, as well as Algonquin College.
She has sat on various Boards and Committees, to make a difference in her community.
Vivienne has decided during these turbulent times in the world, that she has to live the messaging that she has been sharing over the years, by role modelling what it is to be free-Spirited, happy and fulfilled.
"My dream is to see people snap out of their long, robotic, sleep-like states and away from the fear of not having enough, to see them living strongly and confidently in the NOW. Ironically, one of the many tools I use is hypnosis, but it is in dreaming, imagination, visualization and in the Unconscious, that we can begin to blossom, after the seeds of new thought have been sown. New ways of thinking and reframing are key. Only YOU have the power to make changes in your own life!"