Therapeutic Approach

Welcome to my practice. In this space, I strive to meet you exactly where you are. Together, we’ll build on the strengths you already possess and create a brave space to explore your challenges. If you’re uncertain about where to begin, don’t worry—we can chart that course together.

I use an integrative approach that draws from humanistic, strengths-based, and person-centered modalities. My practice is also deeply influenced by feminist and existential theories, recognizing that social contexts, personal freedom, and individual meaning are central to our experiences. As a trauma-informed practitioner, I prioritize creating a safe and inclusive environment. My practice is LGBTQIA2S+ friendly and welcoming to people of all cultures. My intention is that you feel seen, heard, and understood.

What I offer is a compassionate presence—an ally on your journey of hope and resilience. My goal is to guide you as you find unique ways to honor your losses and weave your memories of love into the tapestry of your life. It’s not about how long grief lasts, but how we learn to carry it.

*Please note that I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or personal trainer. I provide support only through counselling and coaching, if you choose to explore other healing modalities such as the ones referenced on this site, I always recommend seeking the advice of a qualified professional.

About Zoe

Hi, I’m Zoe Stratis, Registered Professional Counsellor Candidate (RPC-C, #4459) and certified pregnancy and infant loss coach. My journey to this field was not a straightforward one; my background has been a lifelong exploration of the arts as a fashion designer, fine artist, and metalsmith. I have an enduring interest in complementary medicine and spirituality. Each of these paths has deepened my passion to understand the intricacies of the human mind and marvel at the resilience of the human spirit. But, it was a deeply personal experience of loss that clarified my purpose and led me to this profession.

In 2019, my world was shattered by the death of my first son, Wilder. The pain that followed introduced me to a grief so profound, it reshaped my entire existence. In navigating this journey, I quickly recognized the scarcity of specialized support available, especially from those who have walked this harrowing path and found hope on the other side. This realization became the turning point in my life. With a renewed sense of purpose, I decided to be a support for those experiencing similar heartbreaks. While each journey is unique, there’s a comfort that comes from sharing it with someone who has walked a road much like your own.

Volunteering became a means to reach out and start giving that support. I sit on my local Maternal Mental Health Committee, I help to organize our annual Perinatal and Infant Loss Awareness Walk and I cofacilitate support sessions at my local hospice for families who have lost a pregnancy or baby. I graduated as a counsellor and a PAIL coach in 2023, and since then, my focus remains steadfast – providing a compassionate space for those who are navigating the complexities of loss, grief and other mental health challenges.

My Philosophy

At the heart of the Wilder Way is the idea that everyone’s journey is unique, and that no one single approach is the right fit for everyone. Grief is a complex and overwhelming emotion that can come from many different experiences of loss. Although it is commonly thought of as related to death, it can also result from a wide range of other losses, some of which may be more difficult to recognize or comprehend. It’s important to remember that grief is a normal and natural response to any form of loss, and it should be acknowledged and honored, regardless of the source.

In a world where grief and loss touch us all, I stand by the belief that these profound experiences can deepen our understanding of life’s purpose and the human condition. I don’t profess to have all the answers, nor do I view grief as something to be ‘fixed.’ To me, grief is a testament to love. It’s sacred, normal, and very often, necessary.

I believe that true healing is a holistic experience encompassing mind, body and spirt. A combination of therapy, nutrition, exercise, nature, ritual, and more can help people reclaim their life and rediscover their innermost essence – their true and wild nature. If the pain of grief has left you feeling broken, I invite you to use the Japanese art of Kintsugi as a metaphor for life. Our worst experiences and greatest hardships can be transformed into something of value and even beauty, here is an opportunity to rebuild yourself with compassion and curiosity while honoring who and what we have lost.