Ibukun Ogunsina is a Registered Psychotherapist and also a Christian
Counsellor. She graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Counselling
Psychology, obtained a Master’s degree in Information Technology and
holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Computer Science
with Economics. Her empathetic view and warmness stem from varied
experience, which includes a combination of work in psychotherapy,
counseling, and information technology.
Ibukun has extensive training in spiritual care, skilled in public speaking,
and gets energized when she speaks about love and has been invited to
conferences as the main speaker or co-speaker in several cities and
countries. She has self-published four books, and they are all available on
Ibukun’s private practice is known as New Beginnings Barrie and based in
Barrie, Ontario, Canada. She is passionate about helping people to regain
their foothold back in life and collaboratively work along with clients from a
strength-based approach. She is married with children.
Where are you from? Tell us where you were born and raised. Did you have a traditional upbringing for your culture or a unique situation? Did you and/or your family relocate?
I am originally from Nigeria. I relocated to Canada in 2010 with my family and we once lived in Newfoundland and Labrador for 4 years. I was raised in Nigeria but also lived my formative years in South Africa. I had a traditional upbringing and was also brought up in a Christian household with Church being a weekend affair for everyone in the family.
Your education: Where, when and what did you study? In what courses did you excel and were there any challenges in your education?
I hold two Masters Degrees in Information Technology and Counselling Psychology. I studied in Nigeria, South Africa and here in Canada. My best course was Mathematics and I got the award for the best student in Mathematics in my final year of study. I loved to study however I realized that I don’t enjoy it anymore now.
What led you to a career in mental health? Did you have an inspirational mentor or a turning point event in your life?
I have always loved to see people feel better. I am always on the lookout to give people my shoulder to lean on, so finding myself been able to counsel and encourage people in general came naturally to me.
What is your current workplace setting? What were there stages involved in getting to where you are now?
I own my private practice in Barrie and my niche is Couples Counselling. I have been married for close to 25 years and I love being married and thus my passion to see others enjoy their marriage as well.
Tell us a bit more about yourself – what do you like to do with your free time? Do you have hobbies, a favourite author, artist, movie, series, food, destination, blogger, etc. – anything at all you’d like to share?
I am a self-published author of four books and they are all available on Amazon. I love to read both fiction and non-fiction books and I also love to watch Mexican movies.
A lot has changed in 2020. Any advice to share about how to approach your work, relationships or homelife in the era of the ‘new normal’? What will life be like in a year from now?
Life will be different for sure but life is what we make of it. You can decide to paint your future based on the different colours you want. The future after the pandemic should be seen as a beautiful canvas, go out and get creative by deciding on what to do and who you want to become and create a beautiful future for yourself.
What advice would you offer to someone thinking about a career in mental health or just getting started?
If you love to assist others and you have a listening ear, then by all means..come join the industry. Counselling is a calling and not a job. When people that you have helped feel better, that is what makes you fulfilled.
Are you seeing clients in-person again? What have you learned about this process?
Not yet but will soon. I got my first dose of vaccine today and hopefully will be able to start seeing clients in -person soon. I have also learned that we can always make a way where there seems to be none. The pandemic happened but counselling did not stop. So, find others way to navigate through your struggles in life and make sure you reach out for help. You matter.