Leaves on a Stream is a consulting practice that centers ethics and mindfulness in clinical consultation, trauma-informed coaching, and social programming.
As lead consultant, Ronnie Ali (they/them/their pronouns) draws on their lived experience of intersectional marginalization and expertise as a psychotherapist to address the roots of oppression and trauma. Their mission is to inspire an ethic of ‘do no more harm’ and to confront the violence that targets disadvantaged communities.
Ronnie is an immigrant settler in Tkaronto (or “Toronto”), meaning the gathering place, where the trees meet the water. These are the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnaabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, the Wendat peoples and many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
The imagery of leaves on a stream inspires a sense of peace and calm although the scenery is quite complex and dramatic! This paradox represents the heart of our approach: to cultivate peace by embracing complexity.
Helping professionals, artists, or anyone who channels empathy in their work can benefit from clinical consultation. This service supports the delicate process of practicing empathy by focusing on themes such as: embodiment, relational integrity, oppression, burnout, complex trauma, and cultural humility.
Leaders and small groups working through social ruptures, tragedy, or change often need support to move forward with balance and direction. Trauma-informed coaching can help with the process of navigating complex social dynamics and building skills for psychological flexibility.
Organizations and community groups need to be engaged as co-creators of knowledge, rather than as ‘receptacles of information.’ Grounded in critical pedagogy, our social programming begins from the perspective that investigating, learning, and knowing are radically communal acts and ought to be facilitated through an iterative and ethical process.
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