THIS JOURNEY STARTS WITHIN.
I have the best job in the world.
I get to make a difference in people’s lives through my mental health coaching, teaching, and speaking engagements. I also have the privilege of working with some amazing people developing peer support programs and services in the community as a Peer Coach.
Initially, this was not my game plan. Until 2010, I thought I would teach chemistry or work in a pharmaceutical company. Thankfully, I discovered, life had another plan, and through my mental health crisis I found my calling.
Possibly like you, in the beginning it took time for me to accept that there was a problem, to ask for help, and to find the right support. It also took time for me to let go of my old identity as someone with a mental illness once I was fully healthy and well.
Today, I struggle less within. I’m more focused, calm, and clear-minded than before. I’m also learning to stay true to myself, to be more loving and trusting of myself. It’s a great feeling – one I wish for you.
Of course, I didn’t get here alone. This kind of well-being and clarity is not something any of us can develop without the love and support of others. I’ve been blessed to have the support of my family, friends, spiritual counsellor, colleagues, community resources, and my loving partner along the way. Yes, it takes a village.
Now I share lessons I’ve learned with others, offer them support, and listen.
I’ve been coaching for over 5 years. Over that time I coached individuals recovering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and psychosis, experiences which I can relate to.
I’ve offered this support in my own practice and in a number of mental health organizations. Working alongside clinicians, I’ve developed an appreciation for both the peer and medical models. I believe both perspectives compliment one another, and together can offer the best possible support for individuals, especially after a mental health crisis.
In my coaching practice I encourage individuals to develop self-awareness and self-compassion, to recognize their strengths, gifts, and abilities, to improve their communication skills, and to create a life of meaning and purpose by stepping out of their comfort zone. I encourage and support them to develop their emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being, so they can feel fulfilled and thrive.
I think there are a lot of great resources out in the community to support individuals through mental health challenges, and a lot of great people doing great work in this field. But, I also know that not everyone is comfortable with reaching out for this support or that they are waiting to receive care.
If you feel you are going through these challenges alone or are feeling stuck, there could be another way, and you’re welcome to reach out.
If we connect I can share how I found clarity and share steps I took to create well-being in my life. I can also coach you to gain this for yourself by developing certain skills and practices. One’s that center on approaching your well-being from the inside.
Because, after all, this journey starts within.