I started my education at Vancouver Island University, taking mostly psychology courses, and finishing up with an Associate of Arts Degree in 2009. In early 2013, I became a Registered Acupuncturist with the CTCMA, after completing my Diploma of Acupuncture, and soon after this, I completed my Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine diploma at Pacific Rim College. By 2016, after working with a lot of military members, as well as other people that were struggling, I knew I needed more counselling skills, so went back to school and became a Certified Hypnotherapist with the IMDHA and CACHE, after completing my education at the Horizon Center: School of Hypnotherapy.
When I was a kid, there were a few things that stood out to me;
- I struggled quite a bit from a young age; mostly internally
- I had very supportive parents. They threw me into all sorts of extra curricular activities from a young age – sports, piano, camps – you name it, I did it; especially if I showed an interest in it. They also provided me with any extra help I needed – counselors, doctors, therapists etc.
- Everyone needs help or guidance a long the way
By the time I got to junior high, my family pretty well revolved around Olympic freestyle wrestling. My sister and I were both involved for a long time, and my dad had coached before we were even interested. Practices several times a week, and during the winter we would compete on weekends. I found a community in the sport of wrestling that supported me through my school years. Coaches and friends that have lasted a lifetime – even a husband!
Through my early years, I had a lot of anxiety and a lot of pain, for many different reasons, but having the parents I did they started reaching out. Enter Hypnotherapy.
I started Hypnotherapy when I was about 12 years old. It helped give me the skills and tools to manage my anxiety. Skills that I now realize are difficult ones to master, even late in life. After a few sessions, I was able to calm myself, write tests, and get through each day without feeling overwhelmed. Now, I have very little anxiety to manage daily.
When I was 14, I started acupuncture for my hypermobile joints. I admit, I was scared of the pins, but I soon found out that acuPRESSURE was a lot more painful than the tiny pins. My acupuncturist kept me on the mats for an extra few years, until I had to stop wrestling, and start coaching, half way through high school.
At Vancouver Island University, I studied a lot of psychology. I wanted to help people. Mental health was what I was drawn to, but I also wanted to make people feel better, right away. Acupuncture was a natural progression for me. I like school, I like working with my hands, and like making people feel good by the time they leave my office. It works on the physical – pain and ailments, as well as the mental – alleviating insomnia, anxiety and depression – it is the perfect career for me. Hypnotherapy was always a stand out treatment for me, too. I believe this is what really gave me the skills to manage on my own. I learn the skills I needed, to get through tough times and difficult situations.
Combining these two amazing modalities has been an incredible experience. Often coined Hypnopuncture, the combination seems more powerful than the sum of its parts. People are more receptive, and progress through treatment faster – which means feeling better, even GOOD, sooner!
These days I spend most of my free time studying, and indoor rock climbing. I have never given up my love for learning, and try to expand my knowledge base as much as possible, for both my benefit, as well as for my clients. Through research and formal education, I am gaining the skills I need to help people with a variety of ailments, physical pain, mental pain, life obstacles; you name it, I will try to help! If I don’t know about it, I’ll do the research.
Rock climbing helps me to get out of my head. I spend too much time up there! I find that if I am not paying attention to the rocks in front of me, I won’t stay on the wall very long – which kind of defeats the purpose, don’t you think? It helps clear my head, move my body, and strengthen and support my joints, because rehabilitation is ongoing!