START SAYING 'NO' TO OTHERS SO YOU CAN SAY 'YES' TO YOURSELF

Hi, I'm Joelle! For a long time I put ALL of my energy into gaining approval from other people. I hid the sides of myself people didn’t always like. I was “nice” to the core. I was always striving to be perfect – terrified to make a mistake or disappoint people. But neglecting what my heart wanted, who I really was, caused me to seek comfort in food, encouraged me to spend a lot of money trying to keep up with others’ expectations, and created a huge amount of emotional discomfort and anxiety. I couldn’t stand to be left alone, I was constantly afraid of being abandoned, and I was exhausted from always trying to please people. But worst of all, I felt deeply lonely, unimportant, helpless and felt as though life was meaningless.

So what changed?

I got sick of it. I found my inner voice and started saying "no" to others so I could say "yes" to myself. And that is when my life began to change.

Through mindfulness, holistic psychotherapeutic techniques, and reflective journaling I was able to rediscover who I am and what I love – and it turns out I REALLY like that person. Every day I work to nurture that relationship, honour myself, and be as ME as possible and I ultimately help others do the same.

I am committed to helping others through the process of discovering their amazing self within and developing, nurturing and honouring that relationship. I am certified in Applied Mindfulness and the Foundations of Mindfulness from the University of Toronto. I also have my Masters in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, I am in the process of being approved as a Qualifying Member with the CRPO, and I am a Registered Member with the CCPA. I also have certificates in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and am working toward a certificate in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Furthermore, I am a qualified teacher with my Bachelor of Education from York University.