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junior recovery coach

What inspired you to work in this field?

I first considered the possibility of being a coach after my own treatment experience and having an opportunity to observe the work being done and the way in which lives were being saved in the program.

What motivated you to join the team?

I quickly fell in love with the people here and became a part of the family. I felt connected to myself and to the nature around me in a way that I'd not experienced in a long time, and when the opportunity presented itself for me to stay and train to become staff, I couldn't say no.

What unique qualities or experience do you bring to your role?

My approach to coaching is light-hearted, person-centered and structured on the basis that all of us are capable of overcoming any obstacle through doing the inner work needed for healing. I am open minded and awake in many aspects of my life, and flourish on the exchange of Life Force between people, Mama Nature and The Source.

What aspects of your job do you find most rewarding?

My favourite part about being a coach is getting to see the authentic person emerge, once the fear of holding onto their mask has fallen away and they allow their raw traits to come to life.

Memorable success story?

My favourite success story is my colleague, Moses. He and I were in treatment together and we have had the pleasure of watching one another grow into who we are today. He is proof that no matter how bad things may get, there is always a way out of it if you are willing to do what it takes.

What do you find challenging working in this field?

My biggest challenge thus far is having to draw a line with clients when it is time for them to apply the tools on their own. Wanting to continue to facilitate the recovery is a constant, but at some point each and every person has to get back onto their feet. It can also be difficult to detach my emotions and personal interests in a client in the event of a relapse and it is imperative to remember that the continuation of recovery and sobriety is solely upon the client's shoulders after leaving treatment.

What values or principles guide your approach to supporting the clients?

I stand firmly with the principles of self-actualization. I believe every person is capable of not only recognizing their shortfalls but are also naturally equipped to make the significant changes necessary in order to see the growth they envision for themselves. Walking with somebody through their existing inner world, rather than trying to redefine and recreate a new one is my key approach to promoting self-discovery.

What is your personal mission statement?

Every individual possesses an inherent light and potential. With proper guidance, they can overcome personal challenges and become beacons of strength for others.

I am a plant freak, a tree hugger and an animal lover. I love all that is a part of the natural world and I love working in the garden. I spend a lot of my time dedicating energy into ways that we can overcome Westernized living. Natural medicines and self-sustainable living concepts have always fascinated me and I am always looking for new ways to overcome the system.

Outside of work, what are some of your interests or hobbies?

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