I was thinking you might like to know how all of this began…?
It was January and I was sitting in an auditorium listening to the morning speaker. I had no expectations for the hour and a half talk as I didn’t really know what the topic was all about. The speaker,Todd Ritchie (www.theanswermodel.com) started to talk about the brain and how it is hard-wired and how important safety and security are to the actual mechanisms of the brain. Of course I knew this on a counselling level, but I had never thought about it on a biological one.
I had attended previous workshops on the brain over the years so I had a baseline understanding, but what I hadn’t figured out was how to put the two concepts together — how to meld the biology of the brain with my counselling practice. Suddenly, I was sitting up and paying attention, trying to absorb as much as I could.
I went to a second session Todd was leading instead of attending the one I had signed up for, and I gathered more ideas on how to put what I had just learned into practice.
The next day in my office, I jumped in and began to work with my new tools, connecting the brain’s biology with my counselling skills. I stumbled around a bit, but at the end of the first session, what I saw in my first adolescent client’s face was hope. I was hooked!
As I worked with more clients —teenagers, adults and families — and consulted with Todd regularly, I also worked on myself. This new filter clarified where I had come from, how I got to where I was, and how to move forward and live the life I really wanted based on my values as opposed to my environment. This understanding has led to an amazing calm and a sense of joy that I cannot easily put into words.
And the ripple effect has been magical. My relationships with my husband, children, extended family and friends have grown to a level that I could not have imagined possible. It has been truly transformational.
With such positive results, among my clients and myself, I had to share my new understanding of the brain and how to break old habits and forge new connections. I started to bring my friends and family into the loop. The feedback was so positive and rewarding. Before long I began to get requests to walk and talk with friends, the friends of friends, and extended family.
I decided it was time to take my practice to the next level and create Walk and Talk.
And, here I am.