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Hey! I'm Dayna Starke (she/her)

I'm a Master of Counselling student completing my practicum at Mindbuffs.

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Spyro and Super Smash Bros

Volleyball and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Our Master of Counselling students are currently completing their graduate degrees. At Mindbuffs, our students offer affordable therapy to individuals, teams, and small groups. During their practicum, they are under the supervision of a Registered Psychologist at Mindbuffs so you get two brains working together instead of one!

Why book with a Master of Counselling student?

What I do

My areas of interest

Grief and Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Neurodiversity, 2SLGBTQIA+ Identities, Peak performance, Return to sport from injury

Populations I work with

Children (5+), Teens, Young Adults, Small Groups, and Teams

Interventions I use

Grief Recovery Method, CBT, Solution Focused, Client-Centred

Get to know me

Hi everyone, my name is Dayna (she/her pronouns)


Athletics has been a part of my life since I was a young child. I played sports intensively until I tore the ACL in my knee in high school. This caused me to consider my identity outside of athletics and drove me to rehab and rejoin athletics as soon as I was able to. Playing college-level volleyball for four years while being placed in a position of leadership in my senior years was a privilege but also came with significant pressure. When I retired from volleyball, I quickly fell in love with martial arts as another physical outlet. I trained more intensively in BJJ for several years, eventually earning my blue belt. During this time, I coached kids in BJJ programs and school programs and helped beginner adults feel confident with grappling on the mats. Although I consider myself ‘retired’ in the sport, I still like to attend a class or open mat every once in a while for nostalgia's sake! 


Not only do I have an athletic identity, but I also have a geek identity! My spouse collects retro gaming systems, which is how I learned that Mario Kart is by far my favourite retro game, even though I grew up with Spyro on the first PlayStation. I also am a master-level cosplayer and have been making competitive cosplays with my spouse for over 8 years. I am a lover of Anime - anything from old to new I will add to my watch list. I will say that with all the new generations, Charizard is still my favourite Pokémon. 


My past experience has been working with children with neurodiversity, and supporting the adults around them. I have worked with neurodiverse populations for more than 8 years, where I worked primarily on the power of building connections. My collective experience as an athlete, coach, and consultant has helped me understand the importance of establishing achievable goals. In addition, my unique lived experience as a minoritized identity supports my ability to establish deeper and more meaningful connections with those around me, and I want to help you do the same!



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  • Master of Counselling students may be covered by a health spending account or by certain insurance companies. Please check with your insurance company before booking.

  • Direct billing for Master of Counselling students is unavailable at this time.

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Team session


/per session

  • Includes a variety of introductory and in-depth sessions that can be customized for your team or group's individual needs.

  • Price includes the use of our team room in our Sherwood Park clinic. Additional travel fees may apply if your team wishes to hold the sessions at an alternate location.



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