What experience or background do you bring to your counselling and supervision practice that is uniquely yours?
Throughout my years in practice, something I hear a lot from clients is how surprised they were at how easy it is to talk to me, that they didn’t expect to laugh in session and that they feel like I am a real person.
What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?
Helping people realize their worth. We are all imperfect, but I can see how lovable my clients are right away. In therapy, we work together to slowly peel back all of the layers that have made it hard for clients to experience their worthiness. Eventually, they start to see glimmers of what I can see.
What is a personal challenge that you have overcome in your own life?
I developed a chronic pain condition about 15 years ago which, at first, completely derailed my wellness and the degree to which I could enjoy my life. My experience with this pain worsened, and it became increasingly difficult to keep a positive outlook on my life. From this, I started to experience extreme anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, and feelings of utter hopelessness. Over time though, I learned how to manage my symptoms. This started me on a path to understanding wellness in a way that I know would not have been possible had I not developed this condition. I began to realize how important it was to listen to and take care of my body, mind and spirit. I started freestyle dancing, practicing yoga, reading helpful books, and going to therapy. It took some time, and I had to remain diligent, but eventually I realized that this personal adversity was teaching me who I truly am, and what I value the most. I am so much more connected to my body now, and for that, I have to say, I am grateful.
What have you learned from your work?
That no matter who we are, where we come from, or what experiences have shaped us, we all struggle with self-worth, we are all deserving of being supported, and at the end of the day all we really want is to be seen and loved for who we are.