Like many people, I grew up in an environment where we didn’t talk about our struggles and emotions. From an early age, I learned to keep the difficult things inside and deal with my emotions on my own. Although I managed my day-to-day life, I secretly struggled with depression and anxiety, and always felt there was a barrier between how I was living and how I wanted to live. I kept my feelings private and didn’t know how to break through the barrier. In 1999 I became a crisis counsellor for the Northern Arctic Helpline and realized that I wasn’t the only one who had had this kind of experience. I realized that a lot of people felt the way I did and that so many of us kept our emotions inside. For the first time, I learned how good it felt, and how healing it could be, to have supportive people to reach out to and share struggles with.
Today, it is a privilege to help clients break free of their own barriers to live a more meaningful life. These barriers include anxiety, panic, depression, grief, and anger. I also work with individuals and couples who are having issues in their relationships; individuals who have experienced trauma; women who are experiencing postpartum depression; adult-children who are experiencing the aging of their own parents; people struggling with acute or chronic illness; and anyone who feels trapped by their own barriers and wants to regain control.
I have a special interest in helping clients discover self-compassion. All of us are connected by our imperfection and our suffering, yet we punish ourselves for experiencing those very things. Self-compassion removes that punishment, enabling true growth to occur.