I can hardly believe I’m sitting down to write this blog post. While writing a blog isn’t new to me, I’m thrilled to be contributing to Roots in Wellness – as a blogger and a student! I’m the latest Masters in Counselling Psychology student to join the incredible Roots in Wellness team and I couldn’t be happier to be on board and ready to begin connecting with clients.
Everyone has a story. And if you’re reading this, chances are you might want to share yours. To be seen and heard, to be found and healed. I want to empower clients with their unique strength and courage to live an authentic life where they aren’t surviving – they’re thriving. And while the vision of a fulfilled life is different for everyone, my goal is to guide and support you to explore your life and awaken you to grow through what you’ve gone through.
Especially recently, I’ve heard from more and more people about how they are experiencing increased anxiety. The current state of the world gives reason enough to bring a flood of intense feelings. I want to help people who are experiencing anxiety, stress, trauma and depression. If you’ve been feeling angry, sad, anxious, lost, stressed, reactive, unmotivated or don’t find joy in the things you once loved, know that you aren’t alone. In a fast-paced world that has created a burnout culture, the question likely isn’t “are you feeling stressed or anxious?” Rather, “how stressed and anxious are you feeling?” I’m here if the time is right to put yourself first, stop living on autopilot, examine what will bring about meaningful change and take the steps you need to live a fulfilling life.
I encourage others to give a voice to their stories because I believe every story should be heard – and because I’ve experienced the healing power of expressing my own story. Although I have enjoyed a decade-long career in corporate communications, it was a life-changing event in 2013 that gave me the courage to pursue a profession in the mental health field – a dream that had long been on my mind. My health history provides me with a unique, intimate perspective into the trauma associated with a cancer diagnosis. I was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in my late twenties and it’s that experience that called me to follow my heart and my passion for connecting with women affected by cancer. Whether it be the pain of surgeries, fear of cancer treatments, the effects of a diagnosis in every facet of your life, or dating post-cancer, my hope is that you, too, can embrace life after cancer.
I’m a guest blogger for the incredible non-profit organization, Rethink Breast Cancer. To read a bit about my story, read my latest blog – An Unexpected Love Story – at this link: https://rethinkbreastcancer.com/an-unexpected-love-story/
Using a customized approach, I provide clients with a safe space and guide them through reaching their goals. I believe that the therapeutic relationship should be rooted in trust, compassion and empathy. My main therapeutic approaches are customized for each client and include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness techniques and narrative therapy. I offer online therapy from Hamilton, Ontario through an online video counselling platform. I am under the supervision of Kayleen Edwards, Registered Psychotherapist at Roots in Wellness.
Healing is possible. I would be honoured to take that journey with you and work together to explore your life, establish goals and bring about change that matters to you. Using the premise of accepting instead avoiding, and being mindful of your thoughts and feelings, you will experience the joy of living as your most authentic self. From unlearning unhelpful patterns to embracing self-compassion, I’ll support you in finding out who you truly are and the courage to embrace it.