In 2003, after a traumatic workplace event, I learned first-hand how stressful events in our life can impact our body and mind, and result in uncomfortable, and sometimes even devastating, symptoms. It was approximately six months before I truly felt that “something was wrong”, I had an out-of-character outburst in a meeting, and thankfully had a person in my life at that time who gently told me that perhaps I needed to speak to someone.
This incident, gave me an opportunity to notice, and begin the process of healing the negative impact of stressful events I had experienced up to that point in my life. The journey was fraught with set-backs and pain, but if I had not pushed through, I would not be where I am today. I did not journey alone - teachers, mentors, family and friends have supported and encouraged me, for which I am eternally grateful.
As a paramedic, I have witnessed the beginning and the end of life, been a part of tough situations, and have managed many traumatic experiences. The support I received taught me that the journey through trauma cannot be done alone. As much as I wanted to believe that my own internal resources were enough to keep me healthy and help me manage the stress I experienced at work, I now know that we all need support.
For the past 15+ years, I have volunteered with a peer support team for first responders, and it is this work which ignited an aspiration to acquire the education and experience to work with clients who have experienced psychological trauma.
If you experience unwanted physical, mental or emotional symptoms due to life or work stressors, I may be able to help.