What we're all about

What it's all about.

Making a difference.

Mental health and wellness have long been important social issues. Now more than ever, people want to live according to their health values and improve overall well-being and vitality. How we feel about the spaces we live and work in, directly impacts our ability to thrive in our daily lives. In other words, our environment plays a vital role in our wellness and energy. It's time we made wellness the focus of designing beautiful spaces.

This is where the psychology of design comes in; using evidenced-based psychology techniques and measurement tools to enhance clarity and optimize wellness, right from the beginning. The discovery process becomes not only efficient but enjoyable and exciting! Guiding clients to explore a holistic view of how their space can bring them closer to their values and enhance their happiness, becomes seamless with the right approaches and tools.

Mental health and wellness have long been important social issues. Now more than ever, people want to live according to their health values and improve overall well-being and vitality. How we feel about the spaces we live and work in, directly impacts our ability to thrive in our daily lives. In other words, our environment plays a vital role in our wellness and energy. It's time we made wellness the focus of designing beautiful spaces.

This is where the psychology of design comes in; using evidenced-based psychology techniques and measurement tools to enhance clarity and optimize wellness, right from the beginning. The discovery process becomes not only efficient but enjoyable and exciting! Guiding clients to explore a holistic view of how their space can bring them closer to their values and enhance their happiness, becomes seamless with the right approaches and tools.

Why it Matters.

I believe we need to empower each other with knowledge, clarity, and an individualized path toward designing our spaces for optimal wellness. We can all live with more balance and connection in our lives if we design our living and working spaces to cultivate a state of flow and wellness. We begin to achieve this reality when we prioritize uncovering our core values and beliefs and embedding that deeper understanding of ourselves into our communication, and by extension, the design process.
I believe we need to empower each other with knowledge, clarity, and an individualized path toward designing our spaces for optimal wellness. We can all live with more balance and connection in our lives if we design our living and working spaces to cultivate a state of flow and wellness. We begin to achieve this reality when we prioritize uncovering our core values and beliefs and embedding that deeper understanding of ourselves into our communication, and by extension, the design process.
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HAVEN

2024
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Dr. Bev Walpole, C. Psych. (she/her)

Dr. Bev is the founder and director of Dr. Bev Health and Clinical Psychology. She is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (License # 6672). Dr. Bev is licensed to work with children, adolescents and adults in the areas of health and clinical psychology.

Background
Dr. Bev's therapeutic style is engaging, authentic, and warm. She offers clients genuine positive regard so they know they are being heard. Clients are encouraged to be active collaborators in the therapeutic process with the intention of building insight, deeper self-awareness, and noticeable improvements in mental and physical well-being.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Bev recently taught as a sessional instructor at the University of Guelph. She provides supervision to psychology students in their final stages of Ph.D. work and enjoys supporting students in their development of proficiency in delivering evidence-based treatments. She has also provided engaging and comprehensive training in Motivational Interviewing through workshops, and consultation with organizations including Hamilton Health Services.

Dr. Bev completed both her Masters (2008) and Doctorate degrees (2013) in Clinical-Developmental Psychology at the University of Guelph. She trained at the Toronto Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and she completed her external residency at Eastern Health in St. John's Newfoundland. She worked for several years in the medical psychology program at BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver before moving back to Guelph and founding Haven - Wellness by Design!

Dr. Bev Walpole, C. Psych. (she/her)

Dr. Bev is the founder and director of Dr. Bev Health and Clinical Psychology. She is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (License # 6672). Dr. Bev is licensed to work with children, adolescents and adults in the areas of health and clinical psychology.

Background
Dr. Bev's therapeutic style is engaging, authentic, and warm. She offers clients genuine positive regard so they know they are being heard. Clients are encouraged to be active collaborators in the therapeutic process with the intention of building insight, deeper self-awareness, and noticeable improvements in mental and physical well-being.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Bev recently taught as a sessional instructor at the University of Guelph. She provides supervision to psychology students in their final stages of Ph.D. work and enjoys supporting students in their development of proficiency in delivering evidence-based treatments. She has also provided engaging and comprehensive training in Motivational Interviewing through workshops, and consultation with organizations including Hamilton Health Services.

Dr. Bev completed both her Masters (2008) and Doctorate degrees (2013) in Clinical-Developmental Psychology at the University of Guelph. She trained at the Toronto Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and she completed her external residency at Eastern Health in St. John's Newfoundland. She worked for several years in the medical psychology program at BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver before moving back to Guelph and founding Haven - Wellness by Design!

Our Haven Team

Our Haven Team

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Meet our designer, Chloe Levine

After travelling and teaching yoga for many years, Chloe settled in Guelph and became a professional home organizer. She noticed the remarkable shift in clients’ overall wellbeing just from the process of organizing their living / working spaces, and having a compassionate witness and guide through that process. It was then a natural pivot into the field of design, and Chloe obtained her diploma from the Interior Design Institute.

Chloe brings her intuition, knowledge and curiosity to each Haven project, and is most inspired when designing with the objectives of aesthetics, functionality and holistic health. Throughout the process, she will often ask: “what do you love? how do you use it? how does it feel?”

Meet our designer, Chloe Levine

Chloe began in the social sciences and has been teaching yoga for more than 10 years, in more than 10 countries! After working as a professional home organizer, Chloe realized her love of design and saw the tangible shifts in wellbeing that come from decluttering and elevating one’s space. She enrolled with the Interior Design Institute in 2020, and sees the Haven ethos as the perfect blend of her interests and skills. Chloe is based in Guelph, Ontario with her two young boys, and does design styling for a local home goods boutique when she’s not designing for Haven.

Fun fact: Chloe is also a birth doula and loves all things empowering women to live their best lives

Designing Wellness

Chloe’s personal design aesthetic is a blend of modern organic and boho, but more importantly, she loves when spaces and items are meaningful to the people who live in/with them. She believes in making conscious purchases, letting go of things that are not beautiful or useful, and up-cycling whenever possible in order to create a space that supports personal style, functionality and nervous system regulation, all while minimizing environmental impact!

When Chloe isn’t working on Haven projects, she is raising her two young boys, planning or attending community events, or teaching yoga downtown Guelph.

Designing Wellness

Chloe’s personal design aesthetic is a blend of modern organic and boho, but more importantly, she loves when spaces and items are meaningful to the people who live in/with them. She believes in making conscious purchases, letting go of things that are not beautiful or useful, and up-cycling whenever possible in order to create a space that supports personal style, functionality and nervous system regulation, all while minimizing environmental impact!

When Chloe isn’t working on Haven projects, she is raising her two young boys, planning or attending community events, or teaching yoga downtown Guelph.

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The Building Blocks of Haven

My own
little Haven

Growing up, I loved to play with the design of my spaces. I found the organization of furniture and how everything fit together to create flow and function a very satisfying and calming experience. 30 years later and I'm still fascinated by how the simple things around us fit together. Even my children’s lunchboxes get arranged with a considerable amount of psychological forethought!

My infatuation with space design was put to the test in 2018. My husband and I were living in what we thought was our dream home. Yes it was a rental, and yes it was basically a garage, but we loved our beautiful laneway home... Read More >
Growing up, I loved to play with the design of my spaces. I found the organization of furniture and how everything fit together to create flow and function a very satisfying and calming experience. 30 years later and I'm still fascinated by how the simple things around us fit together. Even my children’s lunchboxes get arranged with a considerable amount of psychological forethought!

My infatuation with space design was put to the test in 2018. My husband and I were living in what we thought was our dream home. Yes it was a rental, and yes it was basically a garage, but we loved our beautiful laneway home... Read More >

Growing up, I loved to play with the design of my spaces. I found the organization of furniture and how everything fit together to create flow and function a very satisfying and calming experience. 30 years later am I'm still fascinated by how the simple things around us fit together. Even my children’s lunchboxes get arranged with a considerable amount of psychological forethought.

My infatuation with the way things fit together was put to the test in 2018. My husband and I were living in what we thought was our dream home. Yes it was a rental, and yes it was basically a garage, but we loved our beautiful laneway home.

This modern and sleek home had this flowy Scandinavian vibe where everything felt cozy and tranquil. Our first two years there were pretty close to bliss. We had found our own little oasis, minutes from one of Canada's most beautiful beaches. Surrounded by beautiful Vancouver gardens, and within walking distance from work, it was perfect. Perfect for the two of us anyway.

In August 2018 our two baby boys were born. We welcomed our beautiful twin babies into our home; and said goodbye to sleep for the foreseeable future.

At 5 months in, we HAD to start sleep training. According to our expert sleep coach, the only way to train our kids to sleep was to separate them. The only way to do this was for one of us to sleep in the garage. We were beginning to accept that we had outgrown this beautiful space.

As time went on and the boys grew, they were sleeping well but still needed a quiet place to retreat to at bedtime. We all did. The lack of space, and privacy seemed to grow in sync with them. This made it especially difficult to have company. Connection is one of our core values and it was impossible to accommodate friends and family. Not even in the guestroom a.k.a the garage...

Despite my best efforts to Tetris this space into submission, it was all for not. It just wasn't built for a growing family, and it was time to go.

Reflecting on this beautiful laneway house, it was probably perfect for one or two, able-bodied people. That’s it. It was architecturally beautiful. Whoever designed hadn't considered how someone might grow and evolve in that space. Let's be honest, I've logged many a sleepless night wondering why homes aren't built with growth in mind. I came to see the disconnect between what people need, and what they get.

And that I'm in a unique position to challenge the status quo of how we design and build our homes. When we understand ourselves a little better, we can shape our surroundings to promote our well-being.

I'll always look back fondly on that little laneway home in Vancouver. It helped us start our family, and it helped me see a way I could have a profound impact on the lives of others like me. It set me on this journey, and I'll be forever grateful.

Dr. Bev | Psychology x Design

Life is like a game of Tetris,

(Hear me out...)
Like most kids growing in the 90s, I was obsessed my Gameboy.
Tetris was my go-to.


Find the most visually satisfying and functional solutions to puzzles was something I loved, and I was pretty good at it too. Fast forward 30 years later and I still love working with spaces to find the most aesthetically pleasing and functional way to design a space. Be it in my home, my office space, my children’s playroom, everywhere. Even my children’s lunchboxes receive a considerable amount of psychological insight into their arrangement. Just so that I can send them off with a yummy mid-day snack while the Tupperware containers fit together just so. Call it OCD, call it a gift, maybe it’s both!

The Next Level
The most extensive game of home design Tetris I ever played was in 2018 in Vancouver. Two years prior we moved into what we thought was our dream home. Yes it was a rental, and yes it was ostensibly a garage, but we loved our beautiful laneway home. It was a smaller house that had been built on a large lot, facing the main (much much bigger) house. However, we were so used to being disappointed by absolute dumps that cost a fortune, that when we found a one-bedroom, two-bath, multi-level laneway house that we could call our own, we felt like we had won the lottery. Of course there was a lot of competition for this rare gem in the Vancouver rental market, but I worked some magic and was able to win the home-owner over with my winning personality and promises that I would help her with her gardens.

Living the Dream
The first two years in this abode were pretty close to bliss. All our friends were in tiny one-bedroom condos in high-rise buildings and even higher-traffic areas. Somehow we had found an oasis 15 minutes from one of the most beautiful beaches in Canada. We were surrounded by beautiful Vancouver gardens, and I was able to walk to both my work locations. It was truly ideal. The home itself was modern and sleek. It had a Scandinavian vibe and everything felt so tranquil and flowy. We had an upper loft area that attached to our bedroom, which was a great additional space for a cozy reading nook and all my plants. The windows and views into the garden created a feeling of connection to nature where we could reach out and touch the cheery tree, or pick a plum from an overhanging branch. On the one hand, we were renters on a dusty laneway, but on the other hand we lived in a magical garden, where birds and flowers were our neighbours. We chose to look towards the birds.

A New Adventure
Then the most magical time of our entire Vancouver adventure began. In August 2018 our two baby boys were born (at the hospital where I worked, actually!) It was the most incredible time and we were delighted to welcome our beautiful twin babies back to our home. Looking back, those newborn days were actually pretty challenging.. sleep was at a premium, and no one seemed to be getting any. At 5 months in, we decided we HAD to start sleep training so that we could stay alive. My husband and one of the babies spent the majority of the night in the office/garage part of our house, where we moved a couch for my husband to sleep on while the baby to slept in his basinet away from his brother upstairs. This setup, according to our expert sleep coach, was the only way to train our kids to sleep. We needed to separate them but there was really nowhere to go except into the garage. We moved everything around to accommodate, but it just wasn’t working. No one wants to sleep in the garage! This was the first sign that we were beginning to outgrow this beautiful space.

Full House
As time went on and the boys grew, it became clear that time was closing in on us. The boys were now sleeping well and needed a quiet place to retreat to at bedtime. Unfortunately our only bedroom was attached to the only shower/bathtub, so after we would put the babies down in their cribs (which we moved into our room), we would sneak around and try not to wake them up if we needed a shower. We had also moved our bed to the loft landing, which was not at all private. We could see everyone/everything, and they could see us.

The End Game
The final round of Tetris began when we needed more family and friends to come and help us with the boys. We were struggling to do it all on our own in Vancouver without any family, so my sisters, my parents, even some friends came out to help us. Unfortunately we were very limited in where our guests could stay. We had the space, but the layout and setup just didn’t really accommodate. Ultimately we put a bed (i.e., mattress on the floor) in the garage and tried to spruce it up with a plant or two, but the jig was up. There was not enough room for guests to come and stay comfortably, and our two growing boys had completely taken over our one tiny bedroom. We had to go.

Looking Back
It is interesting to reflect on this laneway house and why it didn’t work for us. It was designed very specifically for 1-2, able-bodied people. That’s it. It did not accommodate babies, growing children or guests. Even more interesting is that the main bathroom and bedroom were upstairs. I can imagine that this would pose a challenge for anyone struggling with aging knees or mobility issues, so I don’t think it was designed for an older person either. Given that this was a brand-new build, and that this was a home that was architecturally beautiful and very well thought out, it boggles my mind that it would be designed without considering how we grow and evolve in our space. Why not?

A Blessing in Disguise
While we were somewhat forcefully thrust out of this nest by nature, this ended up being the biggest blessing in disguise. I’m so glad that the space outgrew us and forced us to look at moving back to Ontario to be closer to family. In the end, I will thank this beautiful Vancouver space and our time in the laneway house for setting us off on the right foot and helping us start our family. And I will send thanks for my own bedroom back! ☺

Five Questions

That will help you find
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