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).