I’d like to take this space to introduce myself and give you an idea of some of my experience, as well, a glimpse into who I am. For myself, whether it be personal or professional, when entering into relationships in my own life, I find it easier to build them when I know a little more about the other person.
I identify as cisgender female; my partner and I have been together for 25 years. Our relationship is wonderfully rewarding, but I wouldn’t be completely honouring our commitment to one another, if I didn’t acknowledge that it has come with a lot of work and many ups and downs!
Together, we have 3 beautiful children, 2 of whom are already adults [I really don’t know when that happened!]. We have learned so much about ourselves in the process of parenting our children through all of the developmental stages. Notably, we have been through the challenging times of the teenage years and are still in the thick of it with our youngest [They say…what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger]!
Personally, I have experienced many losses. These have showed up as complex trauma, serious health issues and multiple deaths of loved ones. These losses have been life altering and have shaped the person I am today [I say this from a place of responsibility, acknowledging the agency I have in my own life]. Through attending to my own stuff, I can say I have reauthored my own life from a place of suffering to a place of being healed and living joyfully, gratefully and fulfilled! [This didn’t come overnight and is still a work in progress!]
Professionally, I have worked on the front lines in Social Services from the time I completed my first undergrad, for about 15 years. I worked with individuals and families in Child Protection Services and Income Support Services in the province of Ontario.
Still within Social Services, I moved into the space of Policy, Training and Education for a couple of years. When I left this Social Service sector, I continued in the area of Adult Education in the Business sector, this took the form of coaching and leadership development. [I still do some of this today].
I have always been interested in business [I am one of those people who is an entrepreneur at the core and really struggle working for others—note there is a difference between working FOR others vs working WITH others—for me, the latter is easy and I prefer to work WITH]. Approximately 10 years ago I started my own business which was fun, exciting, a tonne of work and really successful! I sold it when my partner and I decided to move into a family business together [something we still have together today].
In 2017, I returned to school [again…I am a self-professed life time learner] to work on my Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology. I graduated in 2019 and started to work part-time for a non-profit domestic violence agency in Nova Scotia, both as their Fund Development and Communications Coordinator and as a Counselling Therapist. [I am still with them and really am PASSIONATE about this work].
In the beginning of 2020, I launched my private practice [this was a dream come true for me!] At this time, my practice operates on a part-time basis approximately 3 days a week.
I haven’t always shared so openly about myself; it is not something I find easy to do [somehow, I felt it left me feeling a little exposed] Perhaps you can relate? These days it’s easier, I have clarity on who I am, I am no longer ashamed of the events or the life experiences, instead, I see these as great teachers who have shaped who I am today.
I share openly with you here, for the purpose of showing my humanness and offering connection.
I will close with one of my favorite Brene Brown quotes.
“In order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen, really seen”
When you’re ready, I invite you to reach out and connect.
Take good care,
License and Province: RCT-C-020-003 Nova Scotia
Canadian Certified Counsellor