My Journey…

I came to counselling as a second profession, in mid-life.  Why?

After many years of teaching French Immersion, I realized that I had shifted from wanting to impart knowledge and skills to youth, to wanting to accompany people as they struggle with big Life transitions and concerns.  I am truly honoured to be a witness to people’s journeys.

My world got bigger and bigger, as each person shared their experience with life, big decisions, identity and diversity, and as I struggled with some changes in my own life (death of a parent; loss of a significant relationship; cancer; aging well; and career change).  Through my own journey, and those of my clients, family, close friends and education, I have learned about identity, about

  • aging, with grace and spirit; understanding/ finding meaning in one’s life;
  • navigating middle age as a woman;
  • navigating cancer treatment;
  • going through marriage, separation and divorce;
  • managing grief and loss, anxiety, and depression;
  • navigating complex family relationships
  • thriving, with physical and/ or learning disabilities, 
  • supporting those who care for people with serious mental illness;
  • thriving in/ exploring one’s identity, including gender and sexual orientation;
  • being religious or ex-religious in a secular world;
  • living in Canada/born overseas; forging a new identity.

Do any of these resonate with you?

I draw inspiration from such authors as Brené Brown (The Gifts of Imperfection), Sue Johnson (Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love), Martin Seligman (Flourish Learned Optimism), Gordon Neufeld (Making Sense of Anxiety in Children and Youth), and Louann Brizendine (The Female Brain The Male Brain).