Lisa went out of her way to make me feel welcome and give me a home at Queen's. She became like a family member to me, supporting me and all students. I told her about the weekends I missed from being home - I haven't been able to go home since Christmas. Lisa put together a late night event at 4D where we watched some of my favourite movies, played cards, and did some baking just like I would do to relax back home. It meant the world to me.
Lisa is a caring support in my life and the life of all students she interacts with. She listens to people well - letting them know the importance of what they have to say. Lisa is always accommodating students needs and she makes all feel welcome.
In my role as the Cultural Counsellor, I provide counselling specific to Indigenous students. Generally, mental health for me is rooted in a wholistic perspective, which looks at the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual aspects of a person. Mental health also means having a "good mind". This is a teaching from the Haudensaunee people and generally means for us to be aware of our thoughts and their intent, resulting in more kind and loving thoughts and believe that a good mind is also obtained through a strong connection to Spirit.
One important way that I support Indigenous student mental health is by helping to support and connect students to their Indigenous identity by providing teachings around Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing. I incorporate Traditional Healing practices, such as smudging, Sharing/Healing Circles and Drumming into my Individual and group therapy.
-- Lisa Doxtator