"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."
~ e.e. Cummings
My journey towards wellness began ten years ago. I had just started to feel the consequences of a car accident, which left me in a great deal of physical pain. Up until that point, I had never fully understood the connection between physical health and mental health; I had never truly experienced the darkness that is depression; and I had never genuinely understood the impact of constantly giving to others and not to myself. It was one of those REAL wake-up calls that life sometimes smacks you with, and believe me, I never saw it coming!
It was in those darkest of days that I truly realized my strengths. I spent days, weeks, and months committed to physical (and emotional) rehabilitation. It was a constant dance of a few steps forward and a few steps back, and a daily practice of patience and perseverance. It was the toughest and most life-changing experience of my life, and as I looked myself in the mirror, I thought: if I’m going to be in pain for the rest of my life, then I better make sure that I’m happy. And I mean genuinely happy. It was through this journey that I began to realize what I was meant to do with my life – support and motivate others as they work towards becoming their best selves. The truth is, I know what it’s like to feel deep emotional pain and not know where to begin. I know it can seem incredibly daunting to do the work to pull yourself out of the darkness. But I also know that it can be done, and if I can do it, so can you. It is truly my deepest honour to accompany you along this journey and begin taking the first step towards happiness.
I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology; a Masters of Science degree in Family Relations and Human Development; and a Masters of Social Work degree, specializing in Mental Health. I am also a Registered Social Worker, regulated by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers, and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
My professional experience includes helping a diverse range of people in both the private and community sector for the last 15 years. I have worked with people from all walks of life and from all cultural backgrounds (including gender, age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, etc.).