My story with Christina starts so many years ago. Without divulging too much personal information, I want to share with you the impact this woman has had on my life.
To my friends, I describe my “therapy” sessions with Christina as time spent with a mom I have to pay for. She is a strong woman in my life that guides me the way every person wishes they had from a parental figure. I started with her as a child, struggling depression through my parents divorce, and reunited with her on a professional level as a young woman, still incredibly crippled from a broken home, but desperately seeking my way in this world.
As an adult, I struggled with the ability to feel. I was chasing a dream but simply doing circles because I had no idea what I felt or what I needed. Christina was an hour a week of experiencing my emotions. It was an hour of facing my truth, being honest with my reality and facing things in my world I couldn’t face on my own. She asked the hard questions, gave me guidance through my struggles, and showed me compassion and love when I couldn’t give that to myself.
It’s an ongoing struggle feeling okay with being me. I often find myself drifting into old, self-defeating habits. But because of the time I’ve had with her, I have the tools I need to deal with struggles. Now when I struggle I have the tools and understanding to be bigger than myself. She’s equipped me to be my best self. She’s taught me about loving myself and showing myself compassion, she’s taught me about self forgiveness and she’s taught me how to feel again. I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t have her as a leader, but I know I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Music by Kailee Duggan, Contact Email: Kaileed@live.ca