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I decided to name my private practice Brilliant Healing Systems, as a way of honouring the brilliance and inborn wisdom of each and every one of us and all the systems of our bodies. Further, it is in respect of the many healing practices I am fortunate enough to facilitate with and incorporate as a part of my life.
With the guidance of Michael Barden, the late Carol-Anne Bickerstaff and Dr. Gabor Maté, I began the work of becoming more human, more responsive and more compassionate. More recently I have been touched by the healing guidance of Sharon Stanley PhD and Bette Corsan. I am grateful to all my mentors and teachers, to the practitioners, clients, writers, artists, philosophers and professionals in the healing arts, my family and friends, to all who have shown me what I don’t know, to who all who have nurtured and continue to support my personal and professional growth. I was lucky to be lead to some generous mentors that showed me how my current issues were the effects of family trauma, early childhood experiences, unconscious expectations and learned behaviour. I needed a restart, a re-education and new possibilities to remember who, in essence, I already was. I needed a new relationship with myself and with life. In time, I returned to the land of my ancestors to touch the wound of historical trauma and there I found a depth of cultural richness that I now hold dear to my heart.
From an early age I was intuitively aware that when I fell ill, I had something to learn about myself. When I was in emotional or physical pain, there was a deeper message for me to attend to. My instincts kept telling me to observe my thoughts, feelings and sensations; how they affected my body, my mind and my life. And yet as I reached adolescence and adulthood, the more I searched for purpose the more I was losing touch with myself. How was this happening? What I learned was how to build an identity out of compensations. I was reacting to life and I couldn’t stop it. I was pretending to be happy when in fact I was not. My stories were taking over and I was less and less the person I wanted to be. And the unprocessed trauma in my body was shutting me down.
I eventually began to learn how the developing brain responds in utero and to the environment in early childhood. I was shown that transforming my relationship to family shifted all relationships in life. Through deep, dedicated and consistent somatic relational work, I experienced that the gentler I could be with myself, the better I functioned mentally, emotionally and physically. Through integrative work I became kinder. My choices matured and I began to transform myself and my life.
I am delighted to facilitate and guide the possibility of transformation for you. Please read on…
“Our Goal in every session is to have people walk back out into the world with a renewed sense of their own power and potential for creating a self of which they are truly proud.”
— Gordon Stokes and Daniel Whiteside, founders of Three In One Concepts