Breanne (Bre) Hiivala Cahoy

EcoWellness Career Consultant

Areas of Expertise

Self-esteem/self-worth/identity, career counseling, college student development, life transitions, quality of work-life, addiction and trauma, stress management/coping skills, spirituality, burnout, mindfulness, nature-based healing (Ecotherapy/Ecowellness), LGBTQIA2+ affirming, & BIPOC allied.





“To love a place is not enough. We must find ways to heal it.”

― Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass

My name is Bre (she/her), and I’m an Assistant Professor in a counseling program in the greater Twin Cities area. Before I started my faculty career, I worked as an Assistant Director of Career Development at Oregon State University. In addition, I’ve worked for an Employee Assistance Program and Sexual Assault Victims advocacy. I have over seven years of experience as a counselor and educator focused on career development, social justice, and reciprocal nature-based healing.

Why the work we do in partnership matters?

Michelle and I have been partnering on nature-based wellness consulting work since 2019. Michelle has a wildlife biology and conservation background, and I have experience in career counseling and education. We believe that people’s mental health and the planet’s health are interconnected.

We’re excited to blend concepts of conservation, regenerative leadership, and planetary wellbeing as we continue this partnership for many years to come. We hope collaboration between the nature conservancy and mental health communities multiply!

Favorite outdoor activities: Travel, hiking, kayaking, drawing, reading, yoga, and spending time with my family, friends, and dogs. My favorite hiking places are usually in the mountains.

𝐌𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐂𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬

My style combines mindfulness, ecological systems, narrative, and strengths-based consulting.

When we work together, we will focus on your self-defined goals. Every person (or group) comes to the relationship with innate wisdom and strength, so the path should be directed by you and supported by me. My goal is to collaborate with clients to identify strengths and a personal approach to holistic wellness.

Throughout the process, I encourage people to honor their narrative and whole self compassionately and mindfully.

I try to remain humble in my journey as a healer, a ball gathering moss, continually growing from the narratives provided by others throughout my years as an educator.

Diversity is to be celebrated, and the personal growth process should be rooted in mutual respect. Therefore, I seek to nurture an emotionally and physically safe environment for people of all identities and abilities.