Feminine perspectives have always drawn me. As a mother to two young children, along with juggling a growing practice supporting people through equine co-facilitated therapy and coaching, I have come to experience and realize some of the unique challenges that women face in managing homes and beyond. I have also come to know that mothers are the cornerstone of most families.
My passion for mental health has grown and shifted over the past ten years including experience working in both inpatient and community mental health clinics, in primary health care including implementing a prenatal depression screening program, and in 2015 when we moved to Carstairs I opened the doors to equine co-facilitated work. My formal graduate level education as a Social Worker (graduated with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Calgary in 2011) has prepared me by always building on strengths and to work from a systems perspective. More recently, I have trained in the field of gestalt (a German word for “wholeness”).
Having experienced my own struggles with my mental health postpartum, and having supported others who were struggling, I truly believe that healthy and well mothers create healthier environments for families to grow. The research continues to show that the experiences in the first years of life can impact a person over their lifetime. Supporting women (and men too) to be the parent they have always wanted to be, or better yet, the person they want their children to grow to be, is one of the driving forces in my work. It is my belief that by mothers truly taking care of themselves and working through challenges in an environment of support they become more present and engaged parents, spouses, friends, co-workers, and community members. When we are kind and compassionate with ourselves, we can truly offer this to others. This is where the world changes.
We all need support from time to time, whether it be through friends, family, or more professional supports such as a therapist or counsellor.
Sometimes when we are struggling and require support, we may experience thoughts of harm either to ourselves or someone else. This may simply be a symptom of a serious mental health concern requiring urgent care. If you are experiencing thoughts of harm, including thoughts of suicide, contact 911 or visit your local emergency department immediately.