About Orenda Healing
Meaning of "Orenda"
"ORENDA" is a word with roots in the Iroquois language pertaining to spirituality. According to Iroquois belief, Orenda is a force which is present in all objects or persons, and when invoked, is the power of human will to positively change the world. It is considered to be the spiritual force by which personal accomplishment is attained.
Rita chose this as the name for her business as she believes strongly in the ability of everyone to make positive changes in their lives, to take back personal power and control, to live for their divine purpose, and to choose the path of happiness and peace.
The energy of this positive change has no where to go but outward!
Meet The Orenda Team
Rita Herperger, R.S.W.; B.S.W. - Therapist & Owner
Rita is a Registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers who has spent the last 14 years of her career counselling children, youth and their families. She is also trained in YogaKids, and has received certification in alternative healing modalities.
Rita is described as an empathetic, compassionate, nonjudgmental, and caring woman, who has taken these qualities and expanded her knowledge to address the needs of all. To this end, Rita has adopted a holistic approach in her practice, which helps her to help others build from a foundation of self-love; growing and experiencing life from a more positive perspective.
PROFESSIONAL COUNSELLING: Rita uses many specialized treatment modalities such as, but not limited to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Family Therapy, Existential Psychotherapy, Rational Emotive Behaviour, and Client-Centered Therapy. Due to her years as a counsellor, Rita has gained extensive skills and knowledge through the opportunity to work with all client ages, groups and issues. Further, she has extensive trainings, gained not only in her role as a counsellor, but obtained through her personal interests and need to grow as a Social Worker. The skills, knowledge and practices developed through these continued education opportunities aid her in her work with almost all client issues.
WELLNESS: The wellness practices of Orenda Healing encapsulate not only schools and businesses, but also communities and families. Throughout her career, Rita found herself in a position to recognize the barriers for service, for all client groups, in a variety of areas, that often comes from residing in rural Saskatchewan. Drawing from her personal experiences and professional skills, as well as the needs identified by community members, employers and employees, Rita and her team have begun to provide opportunities for support groups, professional development, workshops and other training.
As a Social Worker, Rita relies on the Code of Ethics and the Social Worker's Standards of Practice and Ethical Standards to direct her practice.
NEW QUALIFICATIONS AS OF 2019
Reiki Master and Teacher--Achieved Level 3 Reiki practitioner
Orientation for Mental Health Professionals--Health Canada
Level 1 TEAM-CBT Certification - Achieved through training from the world renowned Dr. David Burns, M.D. who is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. This training focused on a new, advanced training tool to help clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, panic disorders, suicidal ideation, and much more!
Advanced Soul Realignment Practitioner - Achieved training with world renowned Andreaa Hess. This highly spiritual, incredibly accurate alternative method of healing can help address any issues you have in your life. By accessing your Akashic Records from a place of heart-centered love and compassion,, Rita can identify what blocks and restrictions are stopping you from living within your Divinity and blocking you from receiving the full force of vital force energy between you and your Creator/Source/God/Goddess.
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Laura Petracek, B.of Msc - Facilitator
Team member Laura Petracek contributes to Orenda’s wellness workshops, support groups and behind the scenes “team-work”.
Laura, born & raised in Saskatchewan decided in her early 20’s to live on Vancouver Island for 25 years to raise her daughter Lana. Laura recently returned to her prairie roots to care for her elderly parents bringing with her years of self-healing work and experiences willing to share with our community and to offer her caring wisdom with the Orenda team.
Known to all as a caring, compassionate, energetic and loving woman, Laura comes to Orenda Healing as a professional facilitator of support groups. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, and finding solace within a breast cancer support group, Laura received her facilitator training with the Canadian Cancer Society. Additionally, her diverse career as an accounting technician, hotel manager, educational assistant and a retail business owner is an asset to Orenda.
NEW QUALIFICATIONS AS OF 2018:
Bachelor of Metaphysics from the University of Sedona, Sedona, Arizona.
Currently, she is the Parent Program Coordinator for a preschool and parent education program. In this position, Laura develops and facilitates parenting programs, working directly with families as a parent mentor. This role has offered Laura the opportunity to connect with many community members, parents, and educational staff, and to further recognize and hear of the needs within the families of our communities.
Laura's passion for connecting with individuals who want to change their lives and explore basic life questions of “who am I; what am I; where have I been; and where am I going” is contagious!
Taylor comes to Orenda Healing with a background in Event Management, Live Sound Design, Website Design & Maintenance, Media Relations, Radio Promotion, Office Administration, as well as Social Media.
After taking her first year Arts & Sciences at the University of Regina, Taylor decided to focus her studies in Business and Music at MetalWorks Institute in Mississauga, Ontario where she earned her Professional Sound and Business – Live Production Major Diploma. After her schooling and successful internship at Warner Chappell Music Canada, Taylor was hired on as first Office Administrator and then Promotions Coordinator at Warner Music Canada in Toronto.
In March, 2017, after seven years in Toronto, Taylor decided to refocus her efforts on travel, freelance writing, and becoming part of the team at Orenda Healing. She brings her media background as well as her experience in event management as assets to the team.
Taylor Herperger - Marketing & Creative Design Manager
About Orenda Healing's Logo
The logo is an acrylic painting that Rita has hanging on the wall in her office. It was painted for her by her mother, Janet Saxon, in March of 2013. The freedom and movement that the painting exudes supports the ideals that Rita helps her clients find in their lives.