Donetta Faye Cooper Hagel, who often goes by Daye, holds a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology, a second Master's in Anthropology, and a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Religious Studies. A certified Level Three Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of B.C., Donetta has 17 years of experience facilitating wilderness leadership and eco-therapy programs with children, youth, and adults.
Donetta is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (C.C.C.) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and before coming to Seahorse Counselling, was a full-time Clinical Counsellor with the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, serving Ahousaht, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ, Kyuquot/Checleseht, Ehattesaht, and Nuchatlaht First Nations. She has seven years of experience in the "helping field", including with mental health crisis lines, as a senior facilitator with Restorative Justice Victoria, and a clinical internship at Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health in Victoria.
Specific clinical orientations and training include Narrative Therapy, Eco-Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Expressive and Play Therapy as well as traditional land-based orientations and teachings.