About Joanne

Joanne Martin is the creator of C-Change Counselling.
Joanne has over 30 years experience in industry, higher education, and in private practice, as a counsellor, educator, trainer and facilitator. She has presented workshops in Canada, the U.S. and Australia.

B.A., English Language & Literature
M.Ed., (Adult) Developing Human Resources
Graduate Diploma in Counselling
Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC)
Certified Instructor Journal to the Self ®
Licensed Facilitator SoulCollage®
Certificate IV Assessment & Workplace Training
Member Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Assoc’n.
Member International Association for Journal Writing
Qualified trainer Myers-Briggs (Personality) Type Indicator

Among others, Joanne has trained with:

Kay Adams:
Centre for Journal Therapy

Carol Pearson:
Archetypal Stories
Awakening the Hero Within

Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The Mysterium: Psychology In the Truest Sense of the Word

Christina Baldwin & Anne Linnea:
Peer Spirit Circle Practicum

Sparrow Hart, Circles of Air & of Stone
Vision Quest

Canadian Outward Bound
Canoeing Expedition
Dog Sledding Expedition

Stephanie Dowrick:
Writing Our Spiritual Stories
Journal Writing for Self-Discovery

Joanne’s approach to facilitating adult learning is experiential and problem-based, so that learning is always practical. To enhance the learning experience, she likes to draw from a variety of media. Story-telling, writing and art are often used, incorporating material based on archetypes, myths, fairy tales and the heroic journey. Joanne also likes to make sure that learning is fun!

Joanne has spent equal time in industry and in higher education as a Counsellor, Consultant, Educator, Facilitator, and Trainer, always with a focus on Personal, Professional and Career Development. As Human Resources Advisor with Imperial Oil Limited, she participated in the coordination of Management Development programs and assisted management and professional employees with mid-career transitions. Her work in Co-operative Education and Career Services with the University of Waterloo assisted hundreds of university students to launch their careers; and it has kept her in regular contact with employers in industries, organizations and agencies across all sectors, public and private, nationally, and internationally. In her private practice, clients benefit from Joanne’s extensive knowledge of the employment market in a wide variety of fields, and from her considerable experience and understanding of the recruitment, selection, and human resources development processes.

As a volunteer, Joanne has worked with Lifeline Australia, as a crisis telephone counsellor, and has assisted “at-risk” youth through such organizations as Plan-It Youth and GirlSavvy. She is an accomplished speaker, having achieved the Toastmasters Advanced – Bronze level.


Mary C.
Date: Jun 30, 2010

It’s an enjoyable night out, relaxed female sharing time that made me see that we all share the same feelings and doubts, struggles, troubles, and joys. This workshop armed me with simply, easy tools that world like a surgeon’s precision to gently ply some deep old ‘stuff’ out of my dust...