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I started off as a teacher. Then I got my Master's in Counselling and became a school counsellor and then eventually opened my own counselling practice. Over the years, my counselling practice has shifted more and more to focus on supporting clients who have chronic pain.
First of all, I love to learn about chronic pain. It's fascinating. But more importantly, I have come to learn how difficult it is to find a health practitioner who actually understands what it's like to live with ongoing pain.
You don't need theoretical answers to your chronic pain problems, you need someone who "gets it' and who can help you pull yourself out of the hole you are in and finally make progress.
Our Chronic Pain Journey
(a very long story short)
I have had chronic migraines for 25+ years and my daughter, Greta, has had migraines and other diffuse pain non-stop for 5+ years. The decline for her happened over several years but, at one point, Greta was down to only taking 1 class a semester at school and was in bed all day every day. We were devastated, overwhelmed, exhausted, and no matter what we tried, we still could not bring her pain levels down.
After 4 years, we were finally referred to a pediatric pain clinic. That was when our journey to health began. They listened, understood, and helped us to understand chronic pain in a whole new way. We started to set weekly manageable goals to increase function and developed daily practices to ease her nervous system. And it started to work! How in the world was this helping when nothing else had ever made a difference? Progress was slow but consistent. It wasn't magic. But within a few weeks we started to notice a change and within a year Greta was back to attending school full-time!
Greta is not just another success story. You know those kinds of success stories that seem to work for other people but not for you? Effective pain management and increasing function are the principles taught at pain clinics worldwide because they are the most effective strategies for helping people to regain function and turn the volume down on pain, once it has become chronic. Understanding chronic pain, goal setting, easing your nervous system, pacing (to minimize flare-ups), and shifting perspective can help you to start living life again. Chronic pain counselling can provide the support, accountability, motivation and encouragement to help you to get there.
You are not alone. I can partner with you through this.
My Education & Credentials
Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology (Athabasca University, Canada)
Professional Teacher Education Program (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Trinity Western University, Canada)
Registered Clinical Counsellor (BC Association of Clinical Counsellors)
Professional Life Coach Certification (Transformation Academy, USA)
Teacher Certification (BC Teacher's Federation)
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain (Integrative Pain Science Institute, USA)
Pain Foundations Training (Pain BC, Canada)
Certified BodyTalk Practitioner (Canada)
Herbalist (Wild Rose College, Canada)
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