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Maria Stella, PhD, RCC

Director of Canadian MEd in School Counselling Program

My research interests include emotional regulation; somatic psychology; contemplative practices in health and counselling education; applications of mindfulness; to bridge the gap between research and practice. I have a background in both qualitative and quantitative research methods—including narrative, phenomenology and theoretical research methods, and statistical analysis.

  • Stella, M. (2018). Developing Emotional Competence through Embodiment to Facilitate Learning: An Educator’s Journey. International Body Psychotherapy Journal, 51-65.
  • Stella, M. (2015). Befriending Death: A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Cultivating Self-Awareness in Counselling Students. Death Studies, 1-7.
  • Stella M. (2014, December). Cultivating Presence in the Therapeutic Relationship. Insights into Clinical Counselling, 3, 19-21.
  • Stella M. (2011). Working with Emotions: A Shambhala Buddhist Approach. Saarbrucken: VDM Verlag Dr. Muller.

My approach to counselling education embraces a belief that academic preparation and relational somatic practices makes a difference in serving children, youth, adults and families competently, compassionately and justly. I teach courses across programs in the Master of Counselling and MEd in School Counselling. 


Master of Counselling program:

  • Introduction to Counselling Psychology Practice
  • Systemic Theory: Diversity and Cultural Psychology
  • Grief and Loss in Psychology
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Practicum Instructor
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Research thesis/capstone Supervisor

Master of Education in School Counselling program:

  • Introduction to Counselling Theory
  • Professional Growth and Development
  • Child and Adolescent Growth and Development
  • Research Methods in Education
  • Research thesis/capstone Supervisor

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