ABOUT THE FOUNDER

“In order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen—really seen.” - Brené Brown

Thank you for taking a moment to get to know a bit about me. If you have read the About page, you already know a bit about why gratitude resonates so much with me, but let me give you a sneak peek to my educational, and professional experience.

My educational background is in psychology and research. I completed my Honours Bachelor of Arts in 2010 in Psychology. I then found myself living and working in South Korea, in a new culture, learning and growing in ways I could not have imagined. There are both challenges and joys when living in a new country, located across the world from your support network. Needless to say, I had an adventure of a lifetime, which included a few months of travelling (one of my many joys in life). 

Upon returning to Canada, I completed a post-graduate program in Research Analysis, and chose a career in the market research industry, as a Project Manager, and then a Research Associate, and had the opportunity to work with a diverse range of industries (e.g. transportation, telecommunication, B2B, travel, tourism, educational institutions, financial, automotive, and consumer packaged goods). My most rewarding projects were those that encompassed improving institutions, and our society, through feedback and listening to the voices of employees/ customers. 

 

I then completed my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, and am currently a Registered Psychotherapist  currently offering individual psychotherapy at Ohana Wellness Clinic in Bloor West in Toronto as well as Hard Feelings, a low cost counselling centre dedicated to making therapy more accessible. Visit https://www.diviyalewis.com for more information on my psychotherapy practice. 

As a former researcher, I strive to combine the insights found in the field of psychology and psychotherapy with informative, interactive and relevant exercises, and I host lunch'n'learns, psycho-educational workshops (so far, I have had the pleasure of working with a range of organizations including Tangerine, CIBC, Gowling WLG, Oracle, Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario, Professional Engineers of Ontario, CAMH,  various animal shelters, non-profits, etc.), and has spoken at various Conferences (i.e. 2018 Conference Board of Canada Workplace Mental Health Conference, Avanti Women Expo 2017, Young Women in Business Conference 2016) on a range of topics related to gratitude, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, positive psychology and its impact on our wellness and resilience.

Liz Gilbert, in her book Big Magic, says “The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them”, and this is what I equate this initiative to – something that has always been deep within me that inspired me at the precise moment I was ready. Today, I strive to develop, collaborate, and run workshops focused on wellness, with a special emphasis on gratitude, and continue to work on projects and with people that inspire me. 

 
 

In The Media

Huffington Post - How To Survive Spending The Holidays With Difficult Relatives

UpJourney - How to Get Rid of Negative Thoughts?

Huffington Post - Immigrant Moms And Second-Gen Daughters Get Candid In Unscripted 'Play'

ThriveWorks - How can focusing on building personal strengths versus ruminating over my weaknesses benefit me?

My name, Diviya, is derived from diya, which is a lamp typically used in India and Nepal. They are lit during special occasions, such as the Hindu Festival of Lights - Diwali - and the symbolic meaning encompasses being a light in the darkness, or to illuminate.

ILLUMINATE
(iˈlo͞oməˌnāt)

  1. to brighten with light;

  2. to make understandable; clarify;

  3. to enlighten intellectually or spiritually; 

Toronto, ON

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