My name is Lynn Gifford.
I am a counsellor, a former acute care nurse; a mother, and a grandmother. My personal values include integrity, compassion, ecology, humility, and social justice.
Supporting people to find purpose, place, and peace at home, at work, and in the world is the work of my heart.
I believe we all need a purpose and a place to belong, a sense of sanctuary within ourselves, our families, and in the world. Especially in times such as these when uncertainty and fear are so prevalent.
I provide counselling, health, and wellness services for people of all ages challenged with health issues, life-limiting illness, pain/suffering, grief /loss/bereavement, anxiety/depression, gender/identity issues, relationship conflict, life's transitions and difficult choices, developmental issues at work or home, or a loss of meaning,
or of purpose.
My education and my personal experiences with suffering have taught me how our thoughts and feelings are connected and how sometimes feelings can find their voice in our bodies through dis-comfort, dis-content., and dis-ease.
I prefer to approach health and happiness through an integrative and holistic lens and do not accept the bio-medical find-fix-it model of disease that can sometimes pathologize or objectify people.
Both western and eastern philosophies agree that it is possible to develop strategies to release emotional blockages and reach for those luminous places within our hearts and minds, and to live with more dignity, meaning, and community.
As an former ER nurse I have a special interest in supporting the development of sustainable pathways to healing from the impacts of operational stress injuries, trauma, and vicarious trauma experienced by front line human service providers, life-limiting disease, illness, grief/bereavement, intergenerational trauma, and the trauma of adverse childhood experiences to foster health, hope, healing, and happiness.
If you choose to work with me our partnership may feel pretty similar to sharing a cup of coffee with a trusted friend.
I will be fully present with you, listen deeply, invite you to focus on the present moment, your senses, feelings, thoughts, and gently guide you to navigate the change you are seeking.
People change when they are frustrated, dis-empowered, dis-content, or the gap between how they want things to be, and how they are, becomes too great.
Suffering is the gap between our craving and our satisfaction. My education, training, and experiences give me what I need to support you.
Our conversations may be about your fears, worry, difficult choices, hopelessness, anger, pain, illness, challenges accessing health care services, relationship conflict, grief, suffering, gender or identity conflict, or a loss of meaning and purpose at work or at home.
Totemism can be described as a system of beliefs in which humans are said to have kinship or a mystical relationship with a spirit-being, such as an animal or plant.
“when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Strategic resilience is resilience that is cultivated purposefully and intentionally using whole person resilience practices.
Spiritual well being is a sense of harmonious interconnectedness and belonging between self, others, nature, and the universe.
Sanctuary can be described as a place
of refuge or safety, a safe haven,
or the calm in the storm.
“The journey of a thousand miles
is begun with a single step”
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I humbly acknowledge that I live and work as a guest on the unceded, traditional territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish ), xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. As a white, cisgendered, heterosexual woman, I am committed to educating myself and investing in education about racial, systemic, discrimatory and social justice issues.
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