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The Psychosocial Spiritual Care Team at Bethell Hospice is comprised of five professionals with diverse training and backgrounds. The community team works closely with the residential team, as appropriate, in order to ensure a continuity of care across programs.
Natalie Talma, MSW, RSW
Psychosocial Spiritual Care Team Lead
Natalie holds an Honours Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Social Work Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is passionate about palliative and end of life care, having devoted her professional life to working in this special area of practice. Natalie has supported clients in a variety of settings, including hospitals, long term care, hospices and not for profit support agencies. Natalie employs an eclectic approach to practice, but most often uses narrative therapy, emotion-focused therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy in her work. Natalie was born and raised in Brampton, but has been working in the Dufferin and Caledon regions for close to ten years. She believes in a healthy work-home life balance and, in her downtime, you can find her walking her dog, discovering a new wine and cheese pairing, enjoying a movie night at home, or spending time with friends or family.
Carlie holds an Honours Bachelor of Social Work from Lakehead University and a Master of Social Work Degree, with a focus on individuals, groups and families, from Wilfrid Laurier University. Much of Carlie’s professional experience has been based in the community in a variety of social work settings, including child & youth mental health, inclusion services, family services, and now palliative & end of life care. Carlie’s therapeutic relationships with her clients are built through a variety of therapeutic approaches including the use of narrative therapy and a cognitive behavioural approach. Carlie resides in the Caledon area, and is honored to be able serve individuals and families who reside in her local community. When not working, Carlie enjoys spending time quality time with her family and her two dogs.
Steven holds a Masters of Divinity from Fresno Pacific University of California, and is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care. In 2013, he completed a year-long residency course for spiritual practice at St. Joseph’s Health Care in Hamilton. Steven has worked in the spiritual care departments at St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener and the London Health Science Center, before joining the Bethell Hospice team in 2015. Steven supports clients and their families by addressing spiritual and emotional distress through a variety of therapeutic approaches, including narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and HeartMath – a bio feedback technique that promotes behavioural change. For fun and rejuvenation, Steven enjoys time with his family, nature, and spending time in his shop turning lumber into high grade sawdust.
Louise holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ryerson University, and has worked both in the neurosurgery ward at Toronto Western Hospital and as a community nurse in the GTA. Through these positions, her passion for deep listening, palliative care and accompaniment in grief was ignited. After her children were settled in school, Louise’s desire to care for others inspired her to complete a Master of Divinity from Toronto School of Theology. Realizing her dedication to health care was also a priority, Louise chose to integrate her former education with a Master of Pastoral Studies and is now pursuing the additional credentials to become a registered psychotherapist. A life-long learner, Louise provides a client-centered approach, offering clients opportunities to express their thoughts, emotions and questions, consider their struggles, and search for meaning in the challenges they face at end of life or as they grieve the loss of a loved one.. On her days off, you will find Louise enjoying time with her family and friends, or cycling on the Caledon Trail.
Kaylen received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Lakehead University, and Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. She has worked in a number of settings, including hospitals, hospices, and community not-for-profit organizations, with the majority of her experience in oncology and palliative care environments. Kaylen incorporates a variety of approaches in her professional practice, including narrative therapy, acceptance-commitment therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, and enjoys working with individuals of all ages. Kaylen is also extremely passionate about legacy work, and enjoys every moment working on these meaningful projects with clients and their families. Born and raised in Barrie, she has really enjoyed getting to know the Caledon area, and immersing herself in the community. In her off hours, you can often find Kaylen spending time with family and friends, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, burying her nose in a book, or cuddling with her Bernese mountain dog.