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About Global Transition Resouces: My passion is to empower my expatriate clients to thrive in their new chosen culture. The questions I ask and insights that I have are informed by my experience as a counsellor, training in the coaching field and my cross-cultural experience. These experiences give me a framework to understand what my clients are experiencing and help me encourage them to move forward in order to thrive, not merely survive in their new and unfamiliar surroundings.My clients express appreciation for my insight and ability to help them formulate their own thoughts of how to move forward and experience me as a good listener.
Having transitioned between several cultures, both as a child and an adult, I am familiar with the rewards and challenges of living in several distinct worlds. As a child and adolescent I moved with my family between Africa and North America, attending boarding, international and public schools. As an adult I lived and raised a family in Latin America and North America. I see how my children’s experience as TCKs (third culture kids) have made them more open, compassionate, aware and interested in global issues and open to friendships regardless of race or cultural origin. While living in various countries in Latin America I related to nationals and expatriates as co-workers and as friends. My work as an expatriate was largely with volunteers and involved training youth to lead youth programs in the community, teaching adults to facilitate group discussions and leading seminars.
My husband and I have been married for 36 years, have two married adult children and have recently become grandparents. Our marriage is an example of how relationships improve and fulfill their potential as each partner grows personally and invests more into the relationship.
I value empowering others and celebrating their accomplishments, living authentically, hearing and being heard by a good friend, creating new memories with my children and grandchildren, being challenged spiritually through other’s stories of grace, laughing or being challenged to think deeply through a good book , movie or live theatre and enjoying the outdoors by taking an annual kayak trip in the breath-taking ocean inlets of British Columbia or doing a walk or hike along one of the rivers or lakes in this province.
My post graduate degrees (M.A., M.C.) include coursework in counselling psychology, cross-cultural communication, education, Christian spirituality and leadership. Since completing my counselling degree I have been conscientious about upgrading my skills in order to be the most effective I can. Seminars and courses include 68 hours of executive coach training, training to administer coaching tools to be used with personnel on overseas assignments, two intensive courses in couples work, treating trauma (Level 2 in EMDR) and various seminars on working with depression and anxiety.