A Healing Space

Identity, Currently Offered, Self-Compassion

This group is a safe and confidential space for racialized students to connect and share. The intention of this group is to create a sense of community and collective healing space for us to bring—and show—our love, care, kindness, compassion, cultural practices and knowledge to support each other and take care of what happens within ourselves as we navigate our racialized experiences. 

Though our identities and experiences may bring different perspectives, the intention of this space is to listen and support each other. Together we will explore strategies to reconnect and strengthen resources for our wounds to begin healing. Session topics vary and take place on Zoom.

Upcoming Sessions

  • Enhancing Self-Worth (hybrid)
    Session I - Feb 1 - 11:30am -12:30pm
    Session II - March 14 - 11:30am-12:30pm

    Have you ever questioned whether you deserve love, help, praise, good grades?  One’s sense of self-worth is impacted by many factors including relationships, culture, colonization, and society. Enhance your understanding of how experiences of received attention, justice and appreciation impacts self-worth development. Self-reflection questions will guide the session with educational teachings and opportunities to share if you are comfortable. You can attend one or both sessions.

  • Somatic Approach to Engage Internal Support (remote)
    Session I Feb 15 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Session II Mar 21 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    We are living in a “go-go-go” culture. Experiencing stress has become a part of normal life here. Given we all have many different life roles, and come from different cultures and communities, the sources of our stress and experiences with it can be very diverse and so are our responses to them. In this session, we will use our body to connect our mind to create support from within that feels relevant and mindful of our beliefs and values.

Register now

Questions? Indigenous students please contact Jennifer at jennifer_reandy@sfu.ca. All other inquiries - please contact Monique at moniquew@sfu.ca.


  • Enhancing Self-Worth (hybrid)
    Session I - Feb 1 - 11:30am-12:30pm
    Session II - March 14 - 11:30am-12:30pm

    location_on Zoom & Surrey, Rm 2715
  • Somatic Approach to Engage Internal Support (remote)
    Session I - Feb 15 - 12:30pm-1:30pm
    Session II - Mar 14 - 12:30pm-1:30pm

    location_on Zoom

About the Facilitators

Monique Wong 黃敏晶 (She/Hers)

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Monique is a recent immigrant from Hong Kong after being an international student here for over a decade. Cantonese is her mother tongue; Mandarin and English are her additional languages. Her professional interest lies in the role culture and race play in our being, including mental health, gender and sexual orientation. Her practice philosophy is that everyone is the author of their stories. She believes human connection is the basic ingredient for healing. Her counselling approach empathizes the mind-body connection through the lens of cultural humility, somatic experiencing, narrative therapy, and mindfulness practice.

Jennifer Reandy

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Jennifer is a registered clinical counsellor working with SFU’s Indigenous Student Centre (ISC). She works from a braided practise that honours Indigenous knowledge, strength-based person/community centered approach and relevant, respectful, mainstream therapeutic orientations that strive for holistic balance (emotional, physical, spiritual, intellectual). She believes in the importance of wrap-around care, especially supporting connections with Elders and cultural teachings, as well as exploration of identity development. She is aware of the impacts of colonization and intergenerational trauma while recognizing the resilience and wellness in communities and culture. Her work is grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing that stress the importance for reciprocity, relevance, responsibility and relationships.

Tricia-Kay Williams

Tricia-Kay Williams has a BA degree in Psychology from the York University in Toronto O.N. and an MA degree in Counselling Psychology at the Adler University in Vancouver B.C. Tricia has extensive experience counselling individuals and families and is skilled in treating: Trauma, Anxiety, Transitional/Career and Relational issues. She is also an active community and social services professional who worked for some years as a Residential Youth Worker. Tricia is an advocate for anti-racism that affects BIPOC individuals and consults with organizations to foster a more anti-racist approach. Tricia is the owner of a counselling practice called Metamorphose Counselling and is the host of a YouTube channel called Meta Transitions.