Helping you get in tune with your body, make changes, and feel better!
At Changes - Health Coaching & Counselling, I help and support adults struggling with their mental, emotional, and/or physical health. As primarily an AEDP therapist, I work with men struggling with anger, adults struggling with an eating disorder, and I work with adults that have experienced trauma. As a health coach, I help adults to make changes to their lifestyle so that their bodies and brain can heal and they can begin to feel better!
Joy Gawor, LCT-C, CCC, RHC
I'm Joy. That is me having fun on my slackline; attempting to walk it without the aid of the guideline!
Starting with my physical health journey, I learned the hard way that repair is much more difficult than prevention! Today, I focus my energy on paying attention to my body and making necessary changes to my lifestyle in order to prevent problems - I have made the choice to continuously manage my health. For many years, especially in my twenties, I was sick and miserable, both mentally and physically. From the time I can remember, I had signs and symptoms of inflammation. I believed that all of those signs and symptoms were a normal part of being human and so, I carried on feeling miserable. I had digestive issues, headaches, muscle pain, night seizures, brain fog, chemical sensitivities, painful menstrual cycles, anxiety, ear infections, mood swings, allergies, and that wasn’t all! I went from doctor to doctor, repeatedly being told that all of my tests were coming back normal! Luckily, I found and received the support I needed from a professional who taught me how to take my health into my own hands. "Your health your choice", he said to me, and that stuck with me! I finally realized that I had a choice in how I was feeling! I wasn't a victim to my body; I was sick by my own doing! I started respecting my body and making changes to my lifestyle. I also started going to counselling to get support during a time where so much change was occurring.
To my surprise, in a short time, I began to feel well, actually better than I had ever felt!
My past health problems fuelled my passion to help others to take control of their health and to make the necessary changes to feel better. My mission is to help you to heal your body and mind!
I made further changes to my lifestyle and I packed up and moved to Nunavut where I lived for 12 years. While teaching in Nunavut, I decided to take an education leave and get my Masters of Education in Counselling. During my time in Nunavut, I also became a Primal Health Coach.
I realized, from my own journey, in order for people to make necessary changes to feel better, that it is crucial for them to have both a knowledgeable and supportive person at their side to provide the help needed. Nobody should ever have to go through any type of change alone!
Fast forward a few years, when I started my journey with the type of psychotherapy called AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy). It instantly changed my life, actually it changed me, and therefore it changed how I was working with my clients in my practice. Throughout my life I believed that the "strong" way of being was by stuffing all of my emotions down and suppressing them. As I learned more and more about AEDP, I began to take the time to allow myself to feel my emotions and to start healing from things in my past. I encourage you to do the same! We are human, which means we all have a past, we have all struggled or are presently struggling, and we all have the same core emotions. You do not need to struggle alone!
Remember that whatever you are not changing, you are choosing so make the choice to reach out to me today and begin your journey of healing - emotionally, mentally, and physically!