"There is nothing wrong with me. I have patterns to unlearn, new behaviours to embody and wounds to heal. But there is nothing wrong with the core of me and who I am. I am on learning generations of harm and remembering love. It takes time."
What Inspires My Work:
Without question, the most powerful and important mentors in my life and work are each person, family and couple that has crossed the threshold and provided me with the humbling opportunity to be a part of their intimate lives as we have walked together exploring aspects of their lives.
I have been to the most beautiful joys of life joys, through to the most tragic events and traumas of life, and everything in between. You have all been my greatest teachers about how to find your way in the face of life's challenges and tragedies. I am deeply humbled to be invited into your physical, emotional, soulful, spiritual quests and your rich discoveries, new abilities for expansion, and profound awareness as you find your ways to freedom and ways of stepping fully into your life.
Then, of course, there are all of my formal teachers from University where again I was so privileged to be in their presence and to receive their teachings integrated from their formal scholarship woven into their life experiences.
These amazing people ensured that they provided me with the solid foundations of my understanding of psychological, behavioural and neurological human experience. And I was invited to participate in a Health Prevention 2 year Post Doctoral program which changed everything for me. It introduced me to a world of research that was interested only in the stories of the human condition and how to weave that into our understanding of our lived experiences.
Initially, I was given the opportunity to study and practice my craft under Dr. Alan Vanderwall, then Director of Student Services at the University of Alberta. I cannot possibly articulate the numerous ways he mentored my clinical abilities from a heart and soul perspective. From him, I learned to integrate academic learning with my spirit.
He took me to the edge of much that I believed to be true, challenging me to go beyond traditional ways and to begin to discover myself in this process. He was loving and showed the depths of compassion.
— Maya Angelou