My personal experience growing up was to “be seen but not heard”. As a sensitive person, I quickly became shy and afraid of the world. I decided it was unsafe and a dangerous place to live. Like many, I was a confused teenager, but also prone to fits of rage. I didn’t know how to channel my feelings or my sensitivity. I left home young and after graduating from high school I set out to travelling and eventually made my way to the west coast. I was fortunate enough to meet a teacher who was skilled in Indigenous practices and psychotherapy. His mentorship changed my life forever.
Throughout my time travelling and playing music there was something occurring with my hands where they would start to cramp up and not release. Little did I know then that I was starting to exhibit the symptoms of Myotonic Dystrophy. I was diagnosed years later at age 26 with the progressive, degenerative muscle wasting condition. Never would I be as healthy as I am today were I not committed my health and well-being. The most healing thing for me has been to deal with my childhood trauma. Through finding my voice I was able to discover who I truly am and heal a lot of the tension and contraction in my body. Doctors are still as to what my secret is.
My interest in working with trauma lead me to earned a counselling certificate at Victoria’s Citizens Counselling Centre in 2005. Further programs offered at the centre afforded me Brené Brown's Shame and Resilience course, Marshall Rosenberg's Non-Violent Communication and couples counselling certification. For the last 15 years I have continued my volunteer services there and currently run a private practice from home.
In 2007 I graduated from the Trauma and Transformation program at Capacitar International. Practices are aimed at alleviating traumatic stress and trapped cellular memory on a physical level.
Most recently I completed a 2.5 day workshop with Dr. Gabor Maté aimed at health professionals called Compassion Inquiry. The course affirmed my philosophies and approach to trauma healing.
The last several years as a participant of the Landmark Forum and their leadership programs has allowed me to combine my love of music and groups to create Voices Unleashed.
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.