There's no greater role than being a mother. Women are truly incredible; fierce and tender.
Growing up again alongside our children is sacred work.
Like so many moms, I believed it was my job to make everyone else happy until a fall down the stairs forced me to stop and begin my healing journey. The practices I teach to cultivate peace and find more joy are the ones I discovered on my own path to letting go of perfectionism and people-pleasing. The tools I share to rewire your brain, protect your energy and have crucial conversations are what I use to move from feeling anxious and overwhelmed, self-critical and afraid of change to experiencing an increasing sense of calm, self-compassion and courage as I embrace and express my authentic self.
Being in the helping profession is truly an honour and I know the toll this work can take. My passion for supporting helpers stems from my own journey with recovering from secondary trauma and burn out and my love of mentoring others in the field.
For the past twenty years, I have been blessed to journey with thousands of clients through individual and group counselling and am constantly in awe of the power of the human spirit to heal and thrive when provided with the right support and nurturing environment.
It's my greatest joy to make motherhood and being a helping professional easier and more fun by sharing insights and mind/body practices. Clients often say, they've been to therapy before but "you're different."
Do you have a silly side?
I laugh at the sound of my own laughter and love kitchen dance parties.
What's your happy place?
Water is mine and walking is my daily non-negotiable. I love to read, especially memoirs and write poetry and join in the fun instead of watching from the sidelines. Volunteering at our local school in the Strong Start to reading program brings me so much joy.
As a highly sensitive person, my two children are my greatest teachers and biggest triggers. Despite some rough patches, I've cultivated an equal and thriving partnership with my husband of 20 years and love empowering other couples with my Gottman Institute Articles.
In 2020, I was honoured to receive a Woman of Distinction award alongside incredible women in my local community and love being a part of community collaborations. WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER.
I acknowledge the land that I live and work on as the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabe and Neutrals Peoples. I am deeply committed to identifying my unconscious bias and using my privilege as a white, cis woman to uplift marginalized people and challenge systemic oppression. In addition to Truth and Reconciliation training, BIPOC specific VAW training and training to better serve LGBTQ2S, I mentored with an Indigenous Medicine Woman, Asha Frost and engage regularly in reading and crucial conversations about the impacts of racism, patriarchy and colonialism. I was honoured to be a part of Asha's launch team for her book "You are the Medicine" and for disability advocate Marjorie Aunos' book "Mom on Wheels."
Sara Casselman, ED, Sexual Assault Centre of Waterloo Region