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Dr. Lakhbir K. Jassal

Dr. Jassal's interests and skillset are diverse and cultured by means of her cosmopolitan identity. She is a counsellor, wellness practitioner, academic and creative soul with experience in holistic & mental health, including, but not limited to holistic psychotherapy for children, youth and adults (PTSD, grief & loss, trauma, palliative/end of life care, relationship difficulties, self-sabotaging behaviour, sports and rehabilitation);, naturopathic and ayurvedic wellness, delivering talks on mental health especially on the topic of death, dying and 'sending off' of body/remains, conference/seminar/retreat organizing, and teaching/lecturing. In addition, she is a humanitarian, yoga enthusiast, writer, explorer, and global wellness ambassador.

About Me

My ritualised identities thus far: Psychotherapist. Counsellor. CEO of Healologié. Creative Academic (specialising in the matter of death). Psychological Matters Extraordinaire. Yoga Teacher. Writer. Program Manager for Youth Services. Global Wellness Ambassador. Philanthropist. Explorer.

My life: Hi, I’m Lakhbir. I grew up in multiple locations in the world, primarly within the European and Canadian landscapes,  all places renowned for picturesque natural beauty. One of my favourite things, at this juncture in life, is being the CEO of my own health and helping members of the global community become wellness warriors in all aspects of the body, mind, and soul. I‘ve always enjoyed whimsically creative things that allow me to explore and think about the universe in different ways. I love meeting new people; antiquing; getting my yoga on, listening to music; being outdoors; reading, writing and learning about new things whenever I can. Outside of my academic world I enjoy coming up with new ideas for business or non-profit organisations, planning amazing events, writing poetry and short stories. In recent years I’ve developed a strange penchant for things that are a bit eclectic. I also travel a lot and find a sense of comfort in the discomfort of being on the move…perhaps my grandfather’s doing as he always says ‘change is the only thing consistent in life’. I very much enjoy discovering new things about our magical world!

Clinical Biography: Lakhbir specialises in the treatment of a wide range of mental health issues, with children, youth and adults, and greatly enjoys helping people manage & overcome complex psychological difficulties. Dr. Jassal works integratively, tailoring, her approach to suit each person on their unique journey by means of incorporating different psychoanalytical & therapeutic modalities on topics as diverse as: trauma; grief & loss; palliative/end-of-life care; relationship difficulties; anxiety; low-self esteem issues; self sabotaging behaviours; work/academic related stress; social phobia; sports and rehabilitation; life transitions and interpersonal issues. The modalities drawn upon include but are not limited to: CBT; Gestalt; Mindfulness; Art & Play Therapy; Solution Focused; Acceptance & Commitment Therapy; and incorporates elements of Compassion Focused therapy in her work with clients. Lakhbir has provided therapy in a number of different global settings and has conducted research on mental health topics particularly in the realm of death — in recent years she has developed a fascination with neuroscience & the impact of alternative therapies on health & wellness. Moreover, Dr. Jassal has an ongoing fascination on how psychotherapy can enable more vitality, creativity, and thereby create healthy human beings. She strives to create a therapeutic relationship wherein clients feel empowered to navigate changes in order to live more happier and fulfilling lives.

Academic Biography:  Dr. Jassal’s research foci remain grounded in the culture and psychological matters of death, dying and ‘disposal’. Her research revolves around necrogeographies and expands to other areas like migration and mobilities, end of life care/palliative, cultural industries, ritual systems and indigenous cosmologies, rural cultures, ‘development’, culture, justice, and gender relations. She plans to continue her work of overcoming perceived negativity of death and bringing a rich and complex funeral industry and non-profit hospice sector out from behind the shroud. On another note she is very much interested in enriching the psychological world with a holistic approach to counselling especially on the topic of grief and loss.

Creative Consultancy: As someone who specialises in the cultural field I have an ability to understand complex relationships between people, place, society, institutions and organisations, environments, and diverse societal issues at a variety of socio-cultural scales. Some of the unique skills I possess include: experience in field methods, sensitivity to the distinctiveness of places, eye for detail, a global perspective shaped by my educational trajectory and personal experiences, communicating and writing effectively, and cultural understanding in business culture including global challenges. As a creative being I enjoy coming up with new ideas, which is why I am well prepared to meet the rapidly evolving demands of today’s industries.

I hope my website gives you an idea of how I can be of help for you. Look forward to hearing from you!

Wellness Bio:

I am a wellness practitioner with experience in holistic health including but not limited to the everyday practice and culture of yoga. I have had an off and on relationship with yoga for several years and only this year did I decide to make that relationship long term. I did my training with amazing teachers who are not only knowledgeable on the philosophical roots, anatomy, but who are trained in various yogic styles. That knowledge has now been passed on to them as a gift. I have now opened my heart, cultivated an inner sense of spatial peace, and embodied a yogic way of life. Yoga is a journey. Yoga is my yin and ying and it was the journey I was born to experience and teach. My passion for yoga stems from my belief that yoga is in essence a kind of medicine for the body, mind and soul. I feel we should all take this medicine in order to be happy in a world that is increasingly becoming a complex yet fascinating place for all of humanity. I’m passionate about teaching yoga in a way that is not only creative, challenging, relaxing, and inspiring but more importantly a whole lot of fun! My classes appeal to those with a creative soul. I take pride in helping others understand and embody a healthy lifestyle in their everyday environment.

My approach to wellness is holistic in that I want you to achieve a healthier and wealthier version of you. Some in the wellness field might call this a lifestyle makeover, or an art of living well, and if you want to think of it that way I’m happy to help you achieve your specific lifestyle and wellness needs.

Advice to website visitors: ‘I like to fold my magic carpet, after use, in such a way as to superimpose one part of the pattern upon another. Let visitors trip’  Vladimir Nabokov.

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Research Contributions

  • 2016

    How Yoga Helped Me Cope with the Loss of My Grandmother

    Author: Jassal, Lakhbir K.

    Mindbodygreen: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-26720/how-yoga-helped-me-cope-with-the-loss-of-my-grandmother.html

  • 2016

    Yoga, Death and the Art of Letting Go

    Author: Jasal, Lakhbir K.

     http://www.coordinatessociety.org/single-post/2016/09/14/Yoga-Death-and-the-Art-of-Letting-Go-A-Personal-Narrative

  • 2015

    The Race to Death

    Author: Jassal, Lakhbir K.

     The Production of Ritual Expertise in Brighton for Matter Out of Place . Human Geography: A Radical New Journal 8, no. 2 (2015): 55-71

  • 2014

    Necromobilities

    Author: Jassal, Lakhbir K.

    The Multi-sited Geographies of Death and Disposal in a Mobile World. Mobilities ahead-of-print (2014): 1-24.

  • 2014

    Impact 2.0

    Author: Jassal, Lakhbir K.

    The Production of Subjectivity, Expertise, and Responsibility in a Necrogeographical World. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 13, no. 1 (2014): 62-66.

  • 2012

    Deathscapes

    Book Review

    Spaces for death, dying, mourning and remembrance–Edited by Avril Maddrell and James D Sidaway. Area 44, no. 1 (2012): 124-125.

Refereeing of Journal Manuscripts

Reviewer for the journal Mobilities (2015)

Reviewer for the journal Mortality (2014)

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Invitations To Speak

  • November 2017

    The Power of Life After Death:Counselling Techniques, Approaches & the Importance of Self-care in the Medical Field

    Family Physicans and Resident Training for UBC School of Medicine

     

  • November 2017

    The Psychology of Death, Loss and Grief: Discourse, Group Work, Creative Methods and New Approaches in the Counselling Field

    University of the Fraser Valley: Counselling & Social Work

     

November 2014, Geography colloquium with Lakhbir K. Jassal, The University of British Columbia, http://www.geog.ubc.ca/files/2014/10/Jassal.pdf.

Paper Presentations & Conference Activities

  • Apr 2015

    Ethics of Care and Everyday Battle-scars

    Panel Member, Students and Early Career Geographers: Advice from the AAG's Diversity Ambassadors

    AAG, Association of American Geographers, Chicago, USA.

  • Apr 2015

    Geography’s Underworld

    Mental Health, Race, and its Effects in the Everyday Academic Space

    Panel Member, Questioning Geography’s ‘Healthy Subject’, AAG, Association of American Geographers, Chicago, USA.

  • Apr 2015

    Undertaking Sensitive Research and Coping with Grief in the Funeral World

    Panel Member, Grieving Witnesses: the Politics of Grief in the Field, Association of American Geographers, Chicago, USA.

  • Feb 2014

    The Politics of Care

    Putting the Scottish Death Care Industry in its Place

    Death in Scotland International Conference, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Sep 2013

    Governing Perilous Corpses, Bodies and Remains

    The Production of Ritual Expertise in Brighton and Liverpool

    The Sixth Edition of Dying and Death in 18th-21st Century Europe, International Conference: Eastern and Western Ways of Death, Alba Iulia, Romania.

  • Jul 2012

    Deadly Impact

    The Construction of Expertise and Responsibility

    Social and cultural geographies of impact session, Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers, Annual Conference 2012, Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Aug 2011

    Escaping History

    Memories, Documents and the Poetics of Visualizing the ``Dangerous`` Dead’

    Resuscitating Necrogeography session, Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers, Annual Conference 2011, London, England.

  • Mar 2011

    Encountering Necrogeography

    The Ritualization and Governance of Dead Asian Bodies and Souls in Britain

    Poster Presentation and Discussion. Pollock Halls, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Mar 2010

    Making a Place for Dying

    The Cultural and Political Practices of Place Making for the Asian Dead in the United Kingdom and Beyond

    Pollock Halls, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Feb 2010

    What I’m Currently Doing

    Oxford COMPASS Graduate Migration Research Seminar: Hilary 2010, The University of Oxford, England.

  • Dec 2007

    The Construction of Otherness

    The City and the National Imagination Graduate Class Symposium

    The University of British Columbia, Canada.

Occupational Experiences

  • December 2017

    Chakra Healing with Essential Oils & Mindful Practice

    Abby Spa

     

  • 2016

    Panel Organiser

    Geocentric Work of Art: Creative Minds Doing Things Beyond Academic Boundaries (AAG)

    San Francisco, USA

  • 2015

    PSAC Marketing Director & Event Planner

    Violence Against Women & Girls Awareness Event

     B.C., Canada

  • 2015

    Diversity Ambassador

    Association of American Geographers

     AAG, Hyatt Hotel, Chicago, USA.

  • 2014

    Workshop Assistant

    Assistive Technology for Older Adults

    Approaches and Innovations, Hilton Hotel, Vancouver, Canada.

  • 2013

    Workshop Chairperson

    Meaning-Making in the Family Bereavement

    The Sixth Edition of Dying and Death in 18th-21st Century Europe, International Conference: Eastern and Western Ways of Death, Alba Iulia, Romania.

  • 2010-2011

    Organizer

    Resuscitating Necrogeography Session

    Royal Society, London, England.

  • 2010

    Chairperson

    MScR Research Conference

    University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Works Of Fiction

  • Farewell Doby: Grief, Loss & Pawsitive Thoughts to Light the Way

    https://www.amazon.com/Farewell-Doby-Grief-Pawsitive-Thoughts/dp/1775187403/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1513015292&sr=8-1&keywords=farewell+doby

     Farewell Doby: Grief, Loss & Pawsitive Thoughts to Light the Way by Dr. Lakhbir K. Jassal

    Explaining the matters of death, grief and loss to a child is a difficult topic in and of itself. When the death of a pet occurs individuals experience the same intense emotions as they would when a special person passes away. As the saying goes, a person may love you with all their heart and when you go away the person may grieve with all their heart. Farewell Doby is a interactive and creative book which offers practical and compassionate advice from a clinician’s/counsellors point of view in dealing with death, grief and loss for several years with children, youth and adults. Farewell Doby is a valuable mental health book devoted to help parent’s, caregivers, guardians and others support children as they deal with their diverse emotional responses to a pet’s death be that a special dog, cat, horse, hamster, or other beloved animal. This special book is filled with creative exercises and emotional tasks designed to help children reflect and heal as they go through their unique grief journey.

  • 2017-18

    Farewell Doby

    Grief, Loss and Pawsitive Thoughts to Light the Way

     https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/farewell-doby-dr-lakhbir-k-jassal/1127481365?ean=9781775187400

‘Detective Gypsy Holmes Meowtastic Adventures’ by Dr. Jassal.

Kindle Edition, ASIN: B0110HUR1S

Paperback Edition,ISBN-10: 151488867X.;  ISBN-13: 978-1514888674

Click here for more information: http://www.amazon.com/dp/151488867X/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_Z68Svb05XTQ8Q

  • August 15, 2015

    Book Signing Events

    Whistler, B.C.

     Meet the author of Detective Gypsy Holmes Meowtastic Adventures @ Armchair Books, in Whistler, on Saturday August 15th from 2-4pm. Dr. Jassal will be signing copies of her new release. This is an awesome opportunity to have your book signed, enter a contest to win prizes, and purchase paperback copies of the novel. We hope to see you there!

  • September 2, 2015

    Book Signing

    Vancouver (Kitsilano), B.C.

     Meet the author of Detective Gypsy Holmes Meowtastic Adventures (targeted for children starting at the age of 7), Dr. Lakhbir K. Jassal, at her book signing at our Kitsilano cafe (Trees Organic Coffee and Roasting Housse) on Wed. Sept 2nd, 2-4 pm!

  • September 19, 2015

    Author Appearance

    Maple Ridge

    Dr. Jassal will be signing books & meeting fans @ Bean Around Books booth @ the GETIFEST

  • October 10, 2015

    Book Signing

    Maple Ridge

     Meet the author of Detective Gypsy Holmes Meowtastic Adventures at Bean Around Books & Tea, in Maple Ridge. Dr. Jassal will be signing copies of her new release. This is an awesome opportunity to have your book signed, enter a contest to win prizes, and purchase paperback copies of the novel. Come on down and say hello!

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Research Projects

I am a creative academic and I write about all things within the psychological realm of death and alternative therapy. Everyday life and the cultural politics of death have continued to motivate my work and help me think about the world we live in. My current interest is within the realm of equine facilated psychotherapy and the Gestaltian frame of practice as a therapy for the bereaved, be they children, youth or adults. Apart from exploring the politics of death, by means of an ethnographic approach, I also have an interest in writing, researching and teaching about a diverse array of topics including but not limited to: mobility and migration; ritual systems and indigenous cosmologies; rural cultures; social justice and ‘development’; women studies and gender relations; institutional and organisational cultures; and qualitative research methods.

Current Research

Tentative title: The Funeral Industry: Life, Death and the Politics of Care in ‘Our’ World

Funeral professionals are frequent subjects in the media. They generate a great deal of discussion over issues as diverse as latest trends in the industry, corporate take-overs, and deceptive acts. Yet there continues to be an imperfect understanding of the everyday world of death care professionals. While most attention in the media is given to ‘uncovering’ the dark secrets of the funeral profession my proposed research aims to bring the profession, and industry more general, more openly into the public sphere by illuminating other aspects of that organizational milieu. The Funeral Industry is a largely unexplored area, yet it is a highly important one to understand especially in a mobile and rapidly increasing urban world. A helpful way to begin to grasp the rich complexity that exists within the funeral world is to break it up; in other words I wish to look at the diversity of the occupation in terms of the different kinds of death care services offered to the bereaved. By focusing closely on the everyday ‘work’ of diverse death care professionals, in a modern Funeral Industry, one may begin to understand the more positive side of the funeral world that we do not always get to see. There is after all, a lot more to learn about the Funeral Industry and the role it has played in the politics and cultures of death care.

Completed Research

Title:  Necrogeography Matters: The Powers of Governing Indian and Chinese Dead and their Bodily Remains in Great Britain, 1812-2012

Available at the Main Library, The University of Edinburgh.

This thesis explored the historical and contemporary cultural politics of funeral and body disposal among Indian and Chinese residents of Great Britain. The sanitation episteme launched in Britain during the eighteenth-century resulted in new systems for governing things deemed to be polluting or a threat to human health. This included the corpse/dead body and its bodily remains governed by an all-embracing state technique that I call ‘necropower’. Inspired by a Foucauldian approach to biopower, I examine how the governing of the dead is implicated in the formation of state power over non-Abrahamic ethnic groups. More specifically, in this thesis I analyze how the funeral and disposal practices of two ethnic minorities in the UK have been and are governed by the contours of state necropower.

I argue that these bodies became the quintessential matter out of place in a state-regulated episteme. Beginning with funerary practices they have historically been deemed polluted and subject to state-based sanitary order, and they have emerged today through a new environmental and sanitary episteme inside a necroregime of power that is mediated by industry professionals. Drawing upon documented historical and contemporary material from the nineteenth to twenty-first century, interviews with state officials, professionals from the Death Care Industry, and Indian and Chinese minorities in Great Britain, I elaborate the various ways that these minorities seek to respond to, negotiate, and avoid expectations and regulations with respect to body and remain disposal.

Academic Experience

I have taught as a lecturer and tutor on a variety of courses within the realm of higher education – by that I mean at a research university level. A sample of the courses I have taught include: qualitative research methods; research design & ethics; human sciences; psyc. courses; and a variety of other courses.

Clinical Teaching

I also enjoy leading workshops that focus on matters of death, the brain, and creative approaches to living healthy. I have done a bundle of amazing training in trauma; play therapy; art therapy; & creative alternative therapy by means of a more Gestalt based focus.

Autumn Bells

I started this project because I truly feel the world is filled with brilliant people, with a generous heart, who want to make a difference in the lives of others. No matter how big or small the impact. It is important to have an understanding and kind heart.

2014, Dr Lakhbir K Jassal Graduate Travel Award in Arts, University of British Columbia

Two awards of $750 each are offered by Dr Lakhbir K. Jassal, to graduate students whose focus of study is in one of the following areas: Human Geography, Anthropology (socio-cultural or medical anthropology focus), Pyschology (behavioural neuroscience, clinical psychology, or cognitive science), and school of Policy and Global Affairs (thesis option). The awards are available to assist students with expenses associated with fieldwork or presenting their work at conferences. Candidates must have an excellent academic record, with financial need taken into consideration. The awards are made on the recommendation of the four respective departments, in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, alternating between the Departments of Geography and Anthropology in even-numbered Winter Sessions and the Department of Asian Studies and the Institute of Asian Research in odd-numbered Winter Sessions.

Award Recipients

  • 2015-2016

    Mr. Daniel Oliver Pieper

    Academic Programme

     Doctor of Philosophy in Asian Studies

  • 2015-2016

    Mr. Dana McCartney

    Academic Programme

    Masters of Research in Asia Pacific Policy Studies/Public Policy

  • 2014

    Ms Kamal Arora

    Academic Programme

    Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology

  • 2014

    Ms Genevieve Parente

    Academic Programme

    Doctor of Philosophy in Geography

Organizing Roles

  • Oct 2013

    Organizer

    Marie Curie Cancer Care Fundraiser, Edinburgh University

    “Raise More than the Dead this Halloween” Geography Fundraising Event with Ethnographic Documentary: There is Nothing Wrong with My Uncle.

  • Dec 2011

    Organizer

    Edinburgh University Geography Department’s Sick Kids Toy Drive.

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Media Coverage

Abbotsford News, August 27, 2017, ‘Grieving Youth Attend Horse Therapy Program, Abbotsford Hospice Society’. https://www.abbynews.com/community/grieving-youth-attend-horse-therapy-program/

Punjabi Patrika, January 20, 2017, ‘Supporting the Process of Life and Serving our Community since 1986′.

Abbotsford News, January 22, 2017, ‘Abbotsford Hospice Society Annouces Youth Services Manager’, http://www.abbynews.com/community/abbotsford-hospice-society-announces-youth-services-manager/

Scholarly Pursuits, Autumn 2014, ‘UBC Grad Establishes Travel Award for Arts Students’, The University of British Columbia.

Christian Today, ‘Death and the burden of funerals on the Church of Scotland’. February 3, 2014: [article link]

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Clinical Counselling
Dr. Lakhbir K. Jassal
Lakhbir specialises in the treatment of a wide range of mental health issues, with children, youth and adults, and greatly enjoys helping people manage & overcome complex psychological difficulties. Dr. Jassal works integratively, tailoring, her approach to suit each person on their unique journey by means of incorporating different psychoanalytical & therapeutic modalities on topics as diverse as: trauma; grief & loss; palliative/end-of-life care; relationship difficulties; anxiety; low-self esteem issues; self sabotaging behaviours; work/academic related stress; social phobia; sports and rehabilitation; life transitions and interpersonal issues. The modalities drawn upon include but are not limited to: CBT; Gestalt; Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy; Art & Play Therapy; Solution Focused; Acceptance & Commitment Therapy; Psychotherapy; and incorporates elements of Compassion Focused therapy in her work with clients. Lakhbir has provided therapy in a number of different global settings and has conducted research on mental health topics particularly in the realm of death — in recent years she has developed a fascination with neuroscience & the impact of alternative therapies on health & wellness. Moreover, Dr. Jassal has an ongoing fascination on how psychotherapy can enable more vitality, creativity, and thereby create healthy human beings. She strives to create a therapeutic relationship wherein clients feel empowered to navigate changes in order to live more happier and fulfilling lives.
Dr. Jassal has advanced certificate training in trauma, grief and loss, mindfulness and art & play therapy for children, youth and adults. Moreover, she has trained a number of students in the counselling field as well as physicians working with dying clients or in the words of the medical world ”patients”.
If you’re interested in working with Dr. Jassal please do not hesitate to get in touch: change@drlakhbirjassal.com.  Dr. Jassal is currently working at a lovely clinic with an amazing clientele in the Fraser Valley!

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