Hi, I’m Char, welcome to my site!
In 2007 I developed a panic disorder while in my 5th year of training to be a psychotherapist (no, the irony is not lost on me;)
By 2008, I’d had Compassion Fatigue for so long that I was burning out and ready to leave the career I had spent 6 years training in.
At the time I was a bit of a perfectionist – I took on too many responsibilities and struggled with saying “No”. I had been dealing with chronic stress for years and was very unhappy with my life, my health and how out of balance I felt.
So I spent the next few years researching and becoming trained in ways to help myself, and others, recovery from anxiety, panic disorder and Compassion Fatigue.
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Behavioral Health Therapy
Behavioral Health Psychology is one of the primary frameworks I use to help people recover. It helps you change your behaviors to recover/manage illness and to improve your quality of life. The main focus is on learning and implementing new strategies – I get to teach people these strategies and support them as they learn to implement them. I still do this in doctor’s offices in Alberta, Canada and I quite enjoy it!
I also offer online Behavioral Health Therapy to adults in Canada and the United States. Click Here to Learn More.
Behavioral Health Classes
I started teaching classes in doctor’s offices in 2013. The goal was to give stress/anxiety management strategies to as many people as possible. I still absolutely love teaching these classes.
Now I also offer them online to adults around the world. Click Here to Learn More.
Compassion Fatigue and Burnout
I taught my first workshop on Preventing Compassion Fatigue and Burnout in December, 2008.
Since then, my workshop has developed into individual coaching and an eight week online coaching program called Caring Safely™ with students from around the world. What an amazing group of people to connect with! Click Here to Learn More About the Coaching Program.
I also speak about Compassion Fatigue at events at the Municipal, Provincial and National level. Click Here to See Where I’ll be Next.
I Wrote a Book
Writing a book was on my bucket list since 2005. In 2015, I published my first book called 20 Quick Strategies to Help Patients and Clients Manage Stress.
I wrote the book because over the past 4 years, since I began working in doctor’s office with other health care professionals (nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, diabetes educators, respiratory educators, community support workers, doctors, medical students and social workers), I was being approached with the same question, “I have a patient who is pretty stressed, but won’t come see you (either because of time or stigma), can you show me a quick strategy to help her manage stress?”.
So I wrote a book with the 20 most common strategies I’ve used with people for over a decade. I included scripts, downloadable handouts and audio recording for relaxation strategies. Click Here to Learn More About the Book
You can find me….
Sharing articles about mental health, health care, compassion fatigue, mindfulness and emotional intelligence on my Facebook Page
Posting pictures of me putting Caring Safely into action on Instagram
Pinning articles and recipes on Pinterest
Writing bursts of inspiration and education on Twitter
If you have a specific question, please email me at email@example.com
I look forward to seeing you around!