Holly Carnegie Letcher BSc (OT) is a registered Occupational Therapist (OT) and has been practising for 20 years +. She works in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia on Canada's beautiful Vancouver Island. Holly began her private practice Sacred Circles, Healing Hands, in Ontario and her practice has now evolved into Oceanside Pathways 2 Wellness- Holistic Health Services. She presently sees clients in her home office, at Qualicum Commons, as well as providing offsite and home-visits and Labyrinth Health and Wellness Workshops in the community. She works with clients of all ages.
Holly has experience in palliative care, dementia care and Psychosocial Rehabilitation. She is a life-long learner and has continued to enhance her skills and compliment her OT practice. Some of Holly's early training includes: NDT(Neurodevelopmental Treatment) and CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Dr. Donald Meichenbaum. Her most recent training over the past ten years includes: Energy Medicine and Healing Arts techniques with Dr. Sharon Forrest, Laughter Yoga Leader certification, Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator Certification with Dr. Lauren Artress, 1st and 2nd Degree in the Traditional Usui System of Reiki Healing, EFT(r) (Emotional Freedom Techniques), and Dr. Marshall Rosenberg's Compassionate Communication/NVC with special interest in Peace Education in the schools.
Both Physical and Emotional Pain Management and Accessibility have been a primary focus with recent Chronic Pain Self-Management Leader Training through the Institute of Aging and Lifelong Health, University of Victoria and Best Practice Chronic Pain Management and Assessment for Occupational Therapists at the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists National Conference in Banff, 2016.
Holly incorporates Labyrinths, Reiki and many other tools into her Holistic practice; considering mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health.
Laughter and Labyrinths: Just for the Health of it! The Labyrinth Society Annual Gathering October 2012, Wisconsin, USA
The Labyrinth: Symbol, Tool and Space for Building Sustainable Peace in Education and Beyond. International Peace Research Associations 25th General Conference, August 11-15, 2014, Istanbul, Turkey.
Building Our Therapeutic Equine Labyrinth. The Labyrinth Society Annual Gathering, October 2015, Waycross, Indiana, USA.
Learning Stress Management Tools that Enhance the Labyrinth Experience. The Labyrinth Society Annual Gathering, November 2016, Houston, Texas, USA.
Nature's Gifts of Meaning, Messages, Mystery and Miracles-Stories from the Labyrinth. The Labyrinth Society Annual Gathering, September 2017, Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA.
“My work began at the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programme at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Ontario and has evolved into my private practice Oceanside Pathways to Wellness- Holistic Health Services in Qualicum Beach, BC. As an OT, I offer group Health & Wellness Workshops on the Labyrinth. I also work one on one and provide follow-up. I have OT work experience in Palliative Care, Dementia Care, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Post-traumatic stress.
As part of my more recent ongoing personal and professional learning and growth; Laughter Yoga Leader Training has brought a wonderful dimension of laughter exercises and breath work to my clients. Energy Medicine has also been an area of interest and study. I completed intensive Labyrinth Facilitator Training with Dr. Lauren Artress in June 2008. I completed further learning at the Chartres Labyrinth in France in May 2010 “Living an Authentic Life”.
I have been continuing my Communication and Peace Education studies with a main focus being on Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-Violent Communication/Compassionate Communication and Naomi Drew’s Win/Win guidelines. I have spent many volunteer hours working with children and adults sharing these tools. In November 2009, I presented at the McMaster University International Peace Conference, sharing Labyrinths with Educators and students.
My training as an Occupational Therapist has always been the foundation of my practice. I have been a member of CAOT (Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists) since 1993. I have been in good-standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) and most recently COTBC. I have integrated Labyrinth work into my practice over the past 10 years. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to co-found theSt. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Labyrinth Committee; to be connected with the Toronto Labyrinth Network, The Labyrinth Society and Veriditas. I feel grateful for all the wonderful Labyrinth interest and connections in my new home on Vancouver Island.
I also offer Reiki as a healing modality within the scope of my OT practice, if indicated. Reiki is also a very important part of my personal daily practice and I am continuously stretching and growing and challenging myself as I share this loving forgiving, healing energy with myself, my family and my community.
My experience is that we are all interconnected.
Sometimes we walk together on this circular path of life, sometimes we pass each other on the path and sometimes we walk at a distance…. we are all together somewhere on this journey, with the same basic set of needs. "