- Toronto, ON, Canada
I work with women who feel deep within like they have been created to do something amazing, be it on a large or small scale. At the same time, their fears, self-doubts and anxieties lead them to believe that they are not enough – not good enough, not smart enough, not strong enough – and they often hold back out of fear. They believe that they are destined to a lifetime of having that empty feeling inside that comes from trying to convince themselves that they are content with just going through the motions and letting their anxiety take control.
Through writing, speaking and working with clients, I help women recognize their strengths, appreciate their self-worth, set goals and develop plans to achieve them. They realize that they are not alone and that there are other women experiencing similar challenges. They start paying more attention to the life they dream, and then they start taking consistent action to help bring them closer to that dream, all while recognizing that after putting in our best efforts, there is a Higher Power – G-d – running the show.
What makes me so passionate about this work?
I’ve experienced OCD in my life for about 20 years. I’ve shed many tears. I’ve felt embarrassed and ashamed. I’ve been frustrated and determined. I’ve had two steps forward, one step back, three steps sideways. I’ve been – and am – in therapy. I don’t have all the answers. I’m also not a therapist.
What I do have is an understanding of what OCD can be like, of the impact it can have both in day-to-day life and in setting and going after those big goals and dreams you have for yourself. I know what it’s like to dream really, really big all while feeling this thing inside that weighs you down, keeping you stuck and making you feel small. I’ve learned so much along the way – yes, about how to deal with OCD and anxiety specifically – but even more so about how to live life with positive, uplifting people, lessons and messages, about improving yourself as a person in general, about being compassionate and understanding towards others since we can never really know what lies beneath the surface for them and what challenges they are facing.
There are times where you just want to turn the volume down, but when it’s in our own minds and the thoughts seem to take on a life of their own, what can we do? Hide ourselves under the covers? Let life pass us by? Focus so much on the OCD thoughts and rituals that our gifts remain hidden and that we feel like we haven’t made a difference in this world?
That price is much too high.
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