Hello! My name is Diane Imabeppu. I have been working with children and families for over 30 years. I spent my teens and early twenties providing childcare for many families. This gave me a good foundation of the wide range of “typical” when it came to children’s attributes. I then worked as a therapist with children with exceptionalities, such as autism and developmental issues for a couple of years.
For the next 17 years I worked as a pediatric occupational therapist (OT) and became a mother to two lovely boys. Parenthood was joyful yet challenging as I experienced post-partum anxiety and depression after delivering both babies. As my first son had health issues that could not be treated medically, I turned to alternative and holistic health modalities. We discovered whole wellness and a new way to live.
I began to blend my knowledge of children, psychology, family science, brain science, rehabilitation, and the healing arts to offer Integrative Health Services for clients of all ages, including babies who are yet to be born. My unique area of specialization is prenatal, birth and childhood stress, supporting recovery of a person’s early experiences at any age. In addition to private sessions, I have provided a variety of workshops for the TDSB, Tyndale University, Montessori schools, and other groups.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia, with a Double Major in Psychology and Family Science (1996), and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto in Occupational Therapy (2000). Since 2007, I have been studying and practicing conscious and heart-centred living, mindfulness, meditation, and energy medicine. I am a trauma-informed practitioner and a member of the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health.
I adventure daily through life in Etobicoke with my husband, children, dog, and three guinea pigs!