Catherine Lauber, MDiv, MA, RP, CCC
Canadian Certified Counsellor
Certified Sound Therapist
The stigma around mental health can be one of the greatest barriers to health and happiness that many people face. The Canadian Mental Health Association (www.ontario.cmha.ca) reports that individuals with mental illness are often faced with multiple, intersecting layers of discrimination which keeps them from reaching out for help.
As a professional in a highly stressful, fast paced job, I found myself trying to use the force of willpower alone, to push through some pretty serious health symptoms. I was tired all the time and I felt cranky, frustrated and overwhelmed. I could not concentrate on what I was doing and I lost my ability to plan and strategize (key components of my profession). Increased levels of anxiety, and then depression, were clear signs that my mental health needed a boost. But I felt ashamed for being weak, and I was afraid that others would judge me and treat me differently if I asked for help.
And in my efforts to find my own way through, I gathered information on the brain system of the human body. Did you know that an unhealthy gut will lead to an unhealthy mind? Neither did I….but I have since discovered that the gut has a brain which sends more signals to the cranial brain than vice versa. Fascinating! I then discovered that I had food sensitivities which, combined with a number of different, and highly stressful life situations, led me to experience depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Once I allowed myself the permission to admit that I was not OK, and to reach out for help, I discovered a holistic approach to regaining my health and my vitality. Counselling therapy was highly effective in treating the anxiety, depression and PTSD, combined with nutrition for a healthy brain, and some reiki to help support the whole system, I worked myself back to being the same happy, healthy woman that I always knew I was.
Professionally, I am now committed to helping others who may be struggling in similar ways. I have combined my previous theological training with advanced training in psychology and psychotherapy in order to provide you with a whole person approach to supporting you in reaching your health and wellness goals.
Gillian Inksetter, MA, RP
The first step toward feeling better is simply reaching out for help. That can certainly be scary, and many of us face more than one barrier to making the call.
Before starting my own healing journey, I was surviving, but just barely. I worked a variety of jobs, always seeking something that would fit better. I was tired, overwhelmed, irritable, and in physical pain all the time. This was so hard on the people around me, but for me, it was just my life. I had to keep going – I had a young child to provide for. This went on for decades, until one day it was just too much. I was trying to get ready for work and I just couldn’t move. My body wouldn’t let me continue going on the way I had been. I was sitting in my rocking chair, weeping, and I could not make myself get up.
Something needed to change. I had been managing everything on my own for so long, and never knew where to turn for help. I took a leap of faith and called a friend, and through that conversation I found the courage to start seeking support for myself. I worked through my trauma history and worked on my physical health, and as I did that, I developed some goals for myself for the first time in my life I found a purpose!
That renewed sense of purpose has led me to my work in psychotherapy, supporting your mental health and walking with you on your journey. I have advanced psychotherapy training in many areas, with over 30 of years of experience working with individuals of all ages, as well as couples and families. Through my own experience I have learned that we aren’t meant to deal with life’s hardships alone. Every person is as unique as their story, and I am here to hear yours.