Dr. Naida Hyde


Naida grew up in Toronto, earned a BSc in Nursing at University of Toronto and realized her vocation when she discovered her love of working with chronic women patients in the provincial mental hospital and teaching nursing students from all over the province.


She went on to get a MSc as a Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric Nursing from Boston College, and then taught on their Graduate faculty for two years before returning to Canada to get her PhD in Clinical Psychology at University of Windsor.


She moved to Vancouver in 1977 and worked as psychologist in the Richmond Heath Department and then as Senior Psychologist in the Vancouver Health Department. She started a private practice working with women trauma survivors, pioneering work in assisting women uncover repressed sexual abuse/incest memories. 


Dr. Hyde taught a succession of workshops in this area for a number of years through the Justice Institute of BC.

She then became Director of the Counselling Service at Simon Fraser University.

In 1992 she and her life partner Dr. Helga Jacobson, UBC anthropologist, developed and ran a women’s healing centre, RavenSpirit, outside Nelson BC, offering five-day workshops for women integrating shamanic healing and feminist psychotherapy.

Naida has continued to do shamanic soul retrieval work over the years.


At the age of 65, rather than retiring she was invited to work/volunteer in Lesotho, southern Africa helping girls and women with sexual violence and self empowerment. This work became her passion and she returned each year for six years, working six weeks each time. She has a number of ‘daughters’ in Lesotho whom she has helped educate and establish themselves as leaders in their chosen fields.


She has resided in Victoria for a decade and is in a new transformation looking for her next adventure.


She feels blessed to have met Tina Barnes and the Medicine Horses, understanding the deep impact of their healing work on traumatized humans.