Hi, my name is Carla and I'm a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Chronic Pain Coach and Certified Teacher. I live in Kelowna, British Columbia and work with clients virtually across Canada. I started out as a teacher, then got my Master's degree in Counselling and became a school counsellor, and eventually started my private counselling practice. Over the years I have shifted my practice to focus on chronic pain, not only because of the life experience, knowledge, and expertise I have gained in this area but because chronic pain is a fascinating topic to learn about! As we start talking about it, I am sure you will realize how fascinating it is too.
Our Chronic Pain Journey
(a very long story short)
I have had migraines for 25+ years. My daughter, Greta, has had migraines and other diffuse pain non-stop for 5+ years. The decline for her happened over several years but, within time, Greta was down to only taking 1 class a semester at school and was in bed all day every day. We were devastated, overwhelmed, exhausted, and no matter what we tried, we still could not bring her pain levels down.
Then, after 4 years, we were finally referred to a pediatric pain clinic. That was when our journey to health began. They listened, understood, and helped us to understand chronic pain in a whole new way. We started to set weekly manageable goals to increase function and developed daily practices to ease her nervous system. And it started to work! How in the world was this helping when nothing else had ever made a difference? Progress was slow but consistent. It wasn't magic. But within a few weeks we started to notice a change and within a year Greta was back to attending school full-time!
She still has pain but it is not so prominent. She has learned how to manage flare-ups and continue living well with chronic pain.
Greta is not just another success story (you know those kinds of success stories that seem to work for other people but not for you). What worked for Greta has also worked for me and for countless clients with chronic pain. They are the principles taught at pain clinics worldwide because they are the most effective strategies for helping people to regain function and turn the volume down on pain, once it has become chronic.
Understanding chronic pain, goal setting, easing your nervous system, pacing (to minimize flare-ups), and shifting perspective can help you to start living life again. Chronic pain counselling can provide the support, accountability, motivation and encouragement to help you to get there.
You are not alone. I can partner with you through this.
To learn more about how counselling can support you on your chronic pain journey...
My Education & Credentials
Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology (Athabasca University, Canada)
Professional Teacher Education Program (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Trinity Western University, Canada)
Registered Clinical Counsellor (BC Association of Clinical Counsellors)
Professional Life Coach Certification (Transformation Academy, USA)
Teacher Certification (BC Teacher's Federation)
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain (Integrative Pain Science Institute, USA)
Pain Foundations Training (Pain BC, Canada)
Certified BodyTalk Practitioner (Canada)
Herbalist (Wild Rose College, Canada)