A Deeper Kind of Healing.
Reconnecting ourselves to our soul's purpose, mission and our own empowered intuition is the medicine of the future.
I am an intuitive coach, clinical hypnotherapist, retired naturopathic doctor, and founder of The SoulStrong Institute.
Through both my own personal journey as well as my experience as a naturopathic doctor, watching hundreds of healing journeys, I have realized without a shadow of doubt that healing on the level of soul is as important as mind and body. My work is centred around empowering each person to tap into their deeper wisdom, and find their own answers.
A 20 Year Quest through Mind Body Soul
It is evident, as standard medicine progresses, that we need an integrative, holistic, and deep, root cause approach to health. We need acute care yes, and we need medicine that starts at the root and corrects imbalances from this deep place. There is plenty of research coming out showing 'spirituality' as a key piece in remissions, healing and wellbeing. Humans need connectivity, and whole being approaches.
We now need a medical paradigm where we listen to symptoms, and re-interpret the human body as a wise and complex system rather that the sum of parts. We now need to move past isolated mind, body medical models, towards integrated mind-body and even soul models - where spirituality is brought into healing, body is believed to be an ally, rather than a machine to be controlled, or suppressed, and where the mind and mental health are at the forefront of treatment protocols.
This I knew before I became a doctor from my own journey.
A true quest to find the deepest levels of healing actually laid the foundation for my life’s work. I learned over time that the body can become a profound source of wisdom, connection, and healing. If you had told me when I was younger that I would one day be free from the physical and mental health imbalances, I would not have believed you! My life in a lot of ways was a build up of the most painful and difficult aspects of each of these, all leading me to learn and keep learning, then study and study some more.
I was born highly sensitive and uncomfortable in my body. This sense of discomfort and unease grew with me, and by the time I reached teenage years I believed the only way to relieve this unbearable discomfort was to shrink. To take my too-much and make it less. One by one, my passions were hijacked by restrictive exercise routines, and my love for elite soccer became yet another way to disguise and justify my goal of becoming smaller. Eventually, I found myself in the full throes of an eating disorder: binging, purging, restricting, and desperately willing my body to be different. I spent years in jails of my own making, disconnecting from my self, and squeezing myself until I lost sight of my mission and my desire to live. My rock bottom moment was becoming too sick to do certain things I loved. Rock bottom is a cold, damp, terrifying pit, but it’s also the birthplace of divine possibility. Only after hitting the base layer of the abyss, did I begin to claw my way back up.
I then began a 20 year quest of sorts, to study and find out as much as I could about healing, to hopefully create a ripple effect and help others.
I completed 8 years of post graduate traditional studies, first in psychology and nutrition at McGill University, and then naturopathic medicine at the Boucher Institute. I paralleled studies in meditation, and intuition, cellular healing and intention-based modalities. I wanted to know about all levels of healing. I spent time doing 30 day long meditation retreats, sitting and going within. All of it was challenging on so many levels, and all of it was driven by the thirst to become a true healer, an effective and intuitive coach, and a holistic, integrative, naturopathic doctor.
Throughout this challenging and expansive journey, I was slowly waking up to all of the ways I had been sleeping and all of the work that needed to be done. The more I learned, the more I knew that a true mind-body-soul approach needs to be brought to the forefront. At the same time, within myself, I was learning how to transform the energy of 'trying' & 'shrinking' into expansion, and use my struggle as a catapult to reach the highest places. I viewed the studies in psychology, nutrition, botanical medicine and the mind-body connection, gut healing, hormone balance etc in the same light - that the regular modalities are a kind of cement base, for healing, AND that also we need to move towards paradigms that are inclusive of OUR OWN KNOWINGNESS VIA OUR BODY. My whole being knew I had been collecting everything I learned from cadaver labs and food research, counselling courses, botanical studies etc - the brain, the gut, the mind, body, soul, TO BE ABLE TO ILLUMINATE TRANSFORMATION AND HEALING FOR OTHERS.
I now teach and mentor intuitive coaches in the SoulStrong coaching certification process, host retreats with SoulStrong, teach meditation, yoga, and offer private one on one healing (bodywork (massage, heat, essential oils, & acupressure)) and private sessions (intuitive hypnotherapy & coaching) Please see this page for services.
Previous certifications or additional experience:
• Founder of The SoulStrong Institute for Intuition
• Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist IPLA
• Naturopathic Doctorate, ND - 2010 Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.
• Transpersonal Hypnotherapy Certification - Level 1
• Acupuncture - ND Board Certification.
• Applied Kinesiology, Total Body Modification
• BC Prescribing Authority Cert. 2011
• Injection Therapies and Neural Therapy Level 1 and 2
• Intra-Venous Vitamin Infusions and Toxic Metal Chelation Training
• Mind Body Medicine & Coaching - Centre of MBS Medicine
• Yoga Teacher Training 200hr - Sacred Paths Yoga
• Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Training - McGill University
• NeuroModulation Technique, brain balancing, emotional freedom techniques, Levels 1,2,3 2011
• Lactation Consulting - 'Breastfeeding Specialist Certificate'
• BA Psychology & Human Nutrition - McGill University
• Neuropsychoendocrinology Research Team- McGill University
• Sexual Assault Group Facilitation - McGill University
• Eating Disorder Group Facilitation - McGill University
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