Life is loss. Throughout my life, I have learned how to acquire things (career, home, partner), but not how to lose them. At the very least, I did not learn how to work through the grief that accompanied each and every loss. I realized this when I was studying transformational learning. We are learning and growing from our life experiences all the time.
My life experiences have included a lot of loss – loss of my dad (through separation then suicide), loss of trust & safety, loss of jobs.The biggest losses came in 2002. I lost my son Sam in January and my daughter Tess in September. I was 20-weeks’ pregnant when they died. I could not wrap my mind around it. How could this happen? Twice.
Even though I went on to have a baby the following year, I was torn between my sadness for the children I had lost and my joy for the child I had. Our culture does not leave a lot of room for this contradiction. But here I was feeling both sadness and joy – my heart was broken, my heart was full.
What I know for sure: I am not alone.
How I Can Help
Every single day people experience loss in some form. I knew from my first counselling class that I was being called to work with people just like me – people trying to manage day-to-day with a broken heart and the multitude of emotions that come with it – anger, sadness, numbness, anxiety, depression, relief.
My training as a counselling therapist and my professional development in grief recovery and trauma have been instrumental in helping me heal my heart. It’s work. It’s taking one step at a time. I know how to take those steps now and want to share my knowledge with you.
As a Narrative Therapist, I want to help you tell your story of loss. Stories are transformational. I want to help yours be a story of healing and hope.
Michelle holds both a Master of Education (Counselling) from Acadia University and a Master of Education (Adult Education) from Mount Saint Vincent University. She is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and is registered as a member of the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association. She is a Registered Counselling Therapist and a member of the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists.
Michelle is also a Grief Recovery Specialist trained and certified by the Grief Recovery Institute and is a Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapist trained through Daybreak Therapy and Training.