Vidaview Advisory Circle

Javier Mignone PhD, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Javier is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Social Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He was a practicing psychotherapist for 20 years. His current areas of research and teaching are social determinants of health and family well-being, intercultural health, Aboriginal health, program evaluation, instrument development, and HIV/AIDS.

Javier has provided extensive input and feedback about Life Story Board™ methods and applications, and is co-authored a paper on LSB feasibility research with newcomer students in Winnipeg high schools, published in the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, August 2012


Linda Diffey, MSc Winnipeg, Manitoba
Designer, Advisor

Linda Diffey is a member of the Peepeekisis First Nation in Saskatchewan and a research associate at the Manitoba First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research, Department of Community Health Sciences, at The University of Manitoba. Her work focuses on mentorship and capacity building in Aboriginal health research and education. From 2008 – 2010 Linda was a primary collaborator in all aspects of Life Story Board™ research and development, testing, and training. She continues to provide strategic advice and innovative design solutions.


Maryam Ebrahimpour MEd CCC

LSB Clinical User, Trainer

Maryam is a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) and Registered Psychotherapist (RP) in the Greater Toronto area. She uses the LSB in the context of grief and trauma, through narrative and attachment lenses, with clients from multicultural backgrounds.

Offering psychotherapy in both English and Persian, Maryam often uses the LSB to help people work through traumatic loss, grief, PTSD, and transition to life in Canada .

Maryam has found the LSB to be an exceptional tool to break language and cultural barriers within the context of therapeutic work, helping to give clients the means to express their thoughts and feelings, and to heal and move forward in their lives.


Sage Emery, MFT. Eugene, Oregon
LSB Clinical User, Trainer

Sage has her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and has been a Licensed Therapist since 1994. She has a busy private practice in Eugene Oregon, working with individuals, couples and families. Additionally she sees many international clients via Skype. For 10 years, she also served as the Director of Cottage Grove, Oregon Counseling Center, overseeing a multi-disciplinary team of healing practitioners.

For the past 16 years Sage has been teaching psychology workshops in Israel, Poland, England, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, as well as at home in the United States. Sage also specializes in Women’s retreats, and teaching classes in the integration of psychology and spirituality.

Sage very enthusiastically incorporated the Life Story Board™ into her practice after being introduced to it in 2011. Her feedback from sessions with a wide diversity of client circumstances and issues has guided our refinements to the components of the LSB Toolkit, and expanded our concepts of the ways it can be effectively used. Her love of teaching makes her a natural as a core LSB trainer.


Lisa Ndejuru, PhD (Candidate) Montreal, PQ
LSB Clinical User, Trainer, Researcher

Lisa received her master’s degree in clinical counseling from Université de Sherbrooke, and is certified in Moreno psychodrama, community mediation and third party neutral conflict resolution facilitation. She is a skilled practitioner of Playback Theatre and is a founding member of the Montreal-based Living Histories Ensemble. She is president of the Canadian Association of Pastoral Counsellors. Her clinical practice as an employee-assistance counselor for Morneau Shepell emphasizes deep listening and solution-focused strategies.

Lisa has served the Rwandan diaspora in North America for over 20 years as an organizer and activist. For seven years she was a community co-applicant and steering committee member of the Life Stories of Montreal project, which has collected oral histories of people displaced by genocide, war and other human rights abuses. Motivated by her own family’s story of trauma and displacement, her current PhD studies at Concordia University are at the intersection of community engagement, clinical practice, and arts-based research.

As an early clinical user of Life Story Board™ beta versions, Lisa has contributed significantly to developing and refining LSB concepts and methods, and training delivery protocols.