My goal is to help others feel the freedom gained when one’s voice is fully self expressed. Singing is one of the most healing, joyful and fun ways to break free and have what we want to say be heard and our feelings be acknowledged.
My own personal experience growing up was to “be seen but not heard”. As a sensitive person, I was shy. As an artist however, I had a lot I wanted to express and share. Like any proud child excited to show the adults around, time and time again I was met with lectures on getting my education and how hobbies would never make me money. I decided my talents weren’t appreciated and sadness grew into depression and anxiety. Instead of sharing my values I stayed silent for a very long time. For me it was like living in a cage. I am no longer that person. I am free and more alive than I ever knew possible.
After graduating from high school I was restless and set out to travel with little concern for my safety. Fortunately, along my travels I met a man who was skilled in Indigenous practices and psychotherapy. He seemed to recognize me more than I recognized myself. His mentorship changed my life forever. I remain deeply grateful for his patience and guidance. He stayed with me while I went back to the beginning and pieced my life back together and healed old wounds.
My interest in working with trauma lead me to earn a counselling certificate at Victoria’s Citizens Counselling Centre in 2005. I took every training course they would come to offer such as Brené Brown's Shame and Resilience course, Marshall Rosenberg's Non-Violent Communication and also earned the couples counselling certification. For the last 15 years I have continued my volunteer services there and currently run a private practice from home.
It was also in 2005 that I was diagnosed with Myotonic Dystrophy. A progressive and degenerative muscle wasting condition. To date there is no treatment and no cure for it. Had I listened to the doctors I would be in a wheel chair by now and have but a few decades left of my life. I truly believe that dedicating my life to well being, mine and others’ is the source of my health today. I have a multitude of doctors and specialists who remain mystified by my lack of progression. 5 years ago I stopped getting worse and started getting better.
In 2007 I graduated from the Trauma and Transformation program at Capacitar International. The practices there were aimed at alleviating traumatic stress and trapped cellular memory on a physical level. I believe trauma and healing occurs on all levels. There is no magic pill. We must be mindful of our bodies physically, mentally and spiritually.
Releasing the stagnation of things left unexpressed and the stress we reside in day in and day out is the best feeling in the world. There is no freedom like this and the magnificent power we have to heal ourselves is there for us to wield. Voices Unleashed is a wonderful way in which we can come together in support and find our path out of the dark and into the light. It is my deepest pleasure to help others find the freedom and healing. Come join us!