About Dr. Darlene DeStefano

From a dynamic keynote speaker to an electrifying workshop presenter, Dr. Darlene DeStefano provides support, guidance, and counselling to groups, couples, and individuals. Her proven track record in the healing of emotions, relationships, depression, post traumatic stress, and anxiety is exhibited in the testimonials she has received and is demonstrated in the positive impact on the lives of those she has changed forever.

Darlene has devoted her life to caring. She incorporates positive psychology, natural medicine, complementary healing techniques, and spirituality into her innovative programs, keynote presentations and supports for people and families in emotional pain and crisis. Darlene has built these on decades of nursing in the areas of acute care, geriatrics, psychology, as well as her experiences and learnings during her management of an adult psychiatric residence. It was during her tenure in this management role that she began to see the potential and positive outcomes of her strategies to improved emotional, mental and physical health which led her toward continued program enhancement and approaches with a mind, body, spirit focus.

Sensing a spiritual calling and understanding the importance of spirituality in the healing process, Darlene was ordained as a metaphysical minister in the United States and a spiritualist and metaphysical minister in Canada. Within a ‘healing of the whole‘ methodology, Darlene works within a framework which honours all religions, spiritual paths, faiths and beliefs. Darlene has been told over and over again that her compassion and passion for program delivery, healing and presentation methods, have been fundamental to the positive impact on the lives of those her programs and services have touched.

With her passion for life and serving others, Darlene continues to approach her emotional and mental health supports, services, presentations and programs to meet emerging societal challenges. This allows her to develop and deliver integrated care, tools, techniques, guidance, and programs, as well as presentations, that are designed to assist people and families to transform their lives.

Darlene has a unique ability to apply her decades of nursing experience, her acute understanding of emotional and mental health challenges faced by families and individuals today, and her communication attributes to ensure her programs and approaches continue to heal, engage and inspire participants. Darlene can adapt her programs, presentations and supports as she approaches mental health and healing, by enabling people to discover their own vision of their best selves, relationships, personal growth and development, and attain success far exceeding what they ever thought was possible. She is a natural and passionate communicator and instills the values of life, love and laughter in those she empowers.

Whether individual or group counselling, coaching, mentoring, speaking, providing guidance, or developing curriculum, Darlene elevates the lives and creates positive change to enable people to believe in what is truly possible.

To experience how Dr. Darlene DeStefano can make a difference as a dynamic keynote speaker, workshop presenter, facilitator for personal healing or to obtain more information, contact Darlene by phone: 519-837-0507  by email: darlene@talkandgrow.ca



Darlene’s skills are reflected in her accomplishments, which include without limitation:

Keynotes, Guest Speaker, Trainer for various organizations including and not limited to: The Canadian Real Estate Association, Canadian International Metaphysical Ministers Conference, March of Dimes, Cancer Society, Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation, Merchants of Elliot Lake Ontario, Elliot Lake Retirement Community, Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation, CCAC (Community Care and Access Centres), Ontario, The Elliott Group, Community Living, Ontario Hydro, OPP, School for the Blind, School for the Deaf, numerous retirement centres, seniors centres, community groups and organizations.

Developing and delivering a successful program to reduce or arrest the symptoms of PTSD – with 4 out of 11 of in-person participants no longer meeting the provisional diagnosis for PTSD and others showing significantly marked improvements (2018); Radio show host ‘360 with Darlene’ about change – transformation and how to enhance your life (2016); Weekly Newspaper Columnist ‘360 with Darlene’ (2016); Authored a book entitled ‘Spirit Talks: Me & Mr E’ (2010); Voted by her peers for first place in the Dale Carnegie Public Speaking Program (2009); Received the ‘Outstanding Trainer Award’ from the County of Wellington (1998); developed and delivered enrichment experiences of travel for persons with mental and physical limitations (1996-2001); Published article on the word “Senior” in the Seniors Housing and Marketing News, USA. (1989); Awarded first place for ‘Impromptu Public Speaking’ with Prior Speaking (1987); Published article on the benefits of ‘Vitamin C’, OPEN Magazine, ON (2007).


Professional Qualifications – Certifications and Accreditations

Ph.D. Specializing in Pastoral Counselling Psychology, Masters in Metaphysics, Diploma Metaphysical Practitioner, Certification in Positive Psychology, Grief Recovery Method Specialist, Peer Support Training, Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management, EFT Tapping Level 1, Mental Health First Aid, CPR, Eagala Parts 1 and 2, Strategies for Resolving Post Traumatic Stress, Trauma Informed Care, Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner, Associate Metaphysician, Iridologist, Spiritual Healing -Mediumship -Prophecy, Mastering Mediumship, Reiki Master, Guided Imagery, Mindfulness Meditation, Public Speaking, Leadership & Supervisory Skills for Women, Financial Stock Market Trading, Mutual Funds, Life Insurance, Certified Professional Coach, and more.