About Olga

Olga Kersten-Matwin, MA  is a  licensed psychologist  and author. Besides counseling individuals and couples in North America and Europe, her professional career includes leading a wide variety of workshops, educational sessions, and presentations at international conferences.  After receiving extended CISM training from Health Canada she  has worked with trauma survivors and those who provide services to trauma victims.  She guided the  first comprehensive care  and support for mental health professionals involved in the recovery operation of  Swiss Air flight 111 disaster in Nova Scotia.  She shared her experience with the BBC colleagues from  the Centre for Journalism and Trauma Europe/BBC and at the  European Conferences on Traumatic Stress Studies where she led “Helping the helpers” workshops.  Recently she  offered support in dealing with traumatic stress to the guides at  Auschwitz- Birkenau Museum and to desk personnel of an NGO's involved in war zones.  She  also designed and delivered trainings for UN and NGO personnel involved in refugee re-settlements. For more than 25  years Olga has been working  as a wellness and management consultant for Employee Assistance Programs in School Boards and  federal government departments, i.e. Health Canada, Social Development Canada, Human Resources Development,  Department of Justice and Service Canada all while maintaining a thriving private practice.  Competent, compassionate, and dynamic, she is appreciated for the sound presence she emanates.