HOW I ARRIVED IN THE COUNSELLING PROFESSION
Throughout my life, I have been the “go to” person. Family, friends and strangers would often share their troubles with me, instinctively knowing that they would not be judged. They knew that compassion and understanding would be offered, unconditionally. I have always considered it very humbling to hold this place of safety and comfort for others, and to likewise be trusted to honour and respect each unique soul who was willing to offer such intimate details of themselves.
As my life evolved, I made the decision to enhance my natural counselling skills through formal education. This lead me to earn a Diploma of Professional Counselling through the Vancouver College of Counsellor Training.
As amazing as the training was, I full acknowledge the powerful role that the “University of Life” has played in both my personal and professional development. For the entirety of my adult life, I’ve been surrounded by people with addictions. I have stood beside many who have fought with anxiety, depression and the feeling of never being “good enough”. Some were trying to find themselves, with no idea as to where to look. All faced the deepest of emotional pain, with only alcohol or other drugs to provide temporary relief.
Too often we hear the fatal result of this unintended self-harm. I have experienced several losses of this type myself, including one particularly beautiful soul. In grieving the pain of these losses, I learned to conquer the anxiety and depression that they generated.
I did not get through these challenging times alone. I was supported by others who saw the common threads that ran between us. They had the ability to relate to me through their own experiences.
While my story will not be identical to yours, I do know that there are similar elements that will help me to immerse myself into your unique experience.
Now, having shared a bit of my story, I welcome you to share your story with me.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE . . .
My parents frequently commented “variety is the spice of life” and I follow that adage as much as possible (however, some spices do upset my digestive tract) !!
As you may have guessed, I do attempt to find or create humour in my daily life. I believe it is important, in fact vital, to laugh. Laughter has pulled me through my darkest times, even when joy had been obliterated, and light was difficult to find.
I also LOVE to walk . . . even more so when my Grand-Dogter or other animals are involved. Walking lifts my spirit, clears my mind and improves my physical health.
On the geekier side of things, due to my bookkeeping background, I periodically serve as Treasurer on my Strata Council. I also run a Linux operating system on my computer . . . and I built this website!
If you are seeking a Beacon of Light to guide you through the storm
please click the “Contact” button, below.
I look forward to working with you!
Terry Mikalishen, RPC
I am a member in Good Standing with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA). As a registered practitioner (#3664) I follow the Code of Ethics and guidelines that govern all members. Additional information can be found at the CPCA website: https://www.cpca-rpc.ca/