MY HEALING JOURNEY & BACKGROUND
I came across BodyTalk while doing several weeks of research on natural health and healing. I was looking for a career change but knew I still wanted to work with people and to help them find healing on a more holistic level. In addition to this, I was burnt out mentally, emotionally and physically. I was stressed out, had very little energy to do anything and I had a very short fuse which led me to be reactionary to any changes in my life and environment. My husband and I also had some health issues that were not getting resolved to the degree that we wanted them to be. We had just moved and had several significant life changes within a short time and I felt like I needed to find some answers and to get to the root of the issues. I was grieving many losses we had experienced, but particularly the loss of my happy, joyful self. I hated who I had become as it wasn't the real me. I found a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner in Calgary, Alberta, and after chatting on the phone we scheduled my first distance BodyTalk session which was amazing! A huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I felt joy and a greater sense of wellbeing. After that, I was hooked! I decided to take a one day BodyTalk Access course to get some more tools to help myself and to see if I wanted to head in this direction as a possible career change. The course was great and within one to two weeks I noticed that approximately fifty percent of my stress, anger and low energy was gone! After that, I went on to take more courses and was certified as a BodyTalk Practitioner through the International BodyTalk Association. Since then my health has continued to improve. My relationships have improved. I have less pain in my body and I am my happy, joyful self again!
Prior to becoming a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, I worked for twenty years mainly in the non-profit sector in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I have had the opportunity to work with and form unique connections with the homeless, those struggling with addictions, mental illness, special needs and women exiting sexual exploitation. Assisting people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds while working in management positions as well as one to one with clients has been a common thread throughout my work in the non-profit sector. Many experienced significant hardships and much trauma. Being a part of their journey and seeing their growth and resilience as they took steps to let go of the past and move forward with their lives was very inspiring and life-changing.
During my time in the non-profit sector I completed a Professional Life Coaching Course through Erickson College in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I also received my certification as a Leading From Your Strengths Facilitator through Ministry Insights in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. I have used both trainings in my work (paid and volunteer) and conducted workshops to help individuals and teams understand themselves, those they work with and the value they have to offer. This assisted them in being more effective communicators and teammates, therefore becoming more efficient in their workplace. The combination of Life Coaching and the Leading From Your Strengths personality profiles has been a very useful tool for couples, relationships, teams and individuals.
I also spent close to ten years overseas volunteering and working with an organization called Youth With A Mission in Perth, Australia. During this time, I assisted with several leadership roles including teaching, training and leading teams of youth on field assignments within Australia, Africa and Asia.
Currently I reside in Calgary, Alberta, with my husband Daniel. I enjoy travel, singing and chocolate.