Mary Ellen McNaughton
Counsellor, Owner | Words as Windows
Mary Ellen McNaughton | Counsellor & Owner, Words as Windows

Mary Ellen McNaughton is a Counsellor and Owner of Words as Windows, a counseling practice that provides its clients with a variety of services that help them through life's painful, confusing and sometimes overwhelming situations. Words as Windows caters to teenagers, young adults and men and women, as well as couples and families. The company offers services in:

Ms. McNaughton has been a practicing counsellor for 20 years and has been in her current position for the past 15 years. As a counsellor, she works with individuals and couples in workshop and classroom settings. She specializes in a communication model called Nonviolent Communication, and her focus is change through self-awareness using the recognition and shifting of self-talk.

“I have discovered that as we learn to speak to ourselves with more understanding and compassion that translates out into our relationships and our lives. Using compassion and empathy I provide a safe and supportive space to express and be heard," she stated.

These methods provide a foundation to enhance connections between people and emotional well being. Aside from counseling clients at the practice, Ms. McNaughton is also an adjunct professor in the Health and Social Development at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus and works with first-year nurses.

Ms. McNaughton is recognized as an expert in her field and she was recently interviewed for
Close up TV News by Jim Master and Doug Llewelyn. Additionally, she is the author of the forthcoming book, "How To Debrief That Painful Moment; Tuning In To Your Own Self-Talk."

Ms. McNaughton earned a master's degree in counseling psychology at The University of British Columbia, and a master's degree in biology at the University of Windsor. She is also a certified CCPA-ACCP, and an Instructor of Practice in Communication.

She attributes her success to her ability to embody empathy and presence in her work with people. In the coming years, Ms. McNaughton would like to conduct more workshops.

Check out Ms. McNaughton's debriefing flow sheet, needs list, and feelings list

Click the links below to listen to Ms. McNaughton's interviews with
Close Up TV News:

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

Mary Ellen McNaughton
Counsellor & Owner
Words as Windows
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