The counsellors at Peak Resilience work from a human-first approach to counselling. We believe in the power of being real humans who are authentic and vulnerable - just like you. This led to our blog post series called "Getting to Know Your Counsellor", where we'll feature our counsellors answering questions so you can:
1) get to know us better, and
2) hopefully feel even more safe/comfortable when you come in for counselling.
Alright, let’s get going with Robyn!
Q: Why did you become a counsellor?
A: I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology years ago, but at that time I didn’t know what I wanted to do for a career. Shortly after finishing my degree, I started working as a Youth Outreach Worker, and that was when I started to consider the idea of becoming a Counsellor. I worked with some incredibly courageous youth that would come to me for help, and I wanted to honour that courage by seeking out education and training to learn how I could best support them. I then began my counselling training and continued to work with youth for several years. I really enjoyed creating and building connections with the youth I worked with, and truly value this focus on relationship building that is so important in counselling
Q: What is your favourite thing about being a counsellor?
A: The counselling process continues to inspire and surprise me, as I have had the privilege to witness the incredible awareness, compassion, and resilience that individuals have been able to uncover for themselves. It is a powerful thing to share a space with someone in which they are being their most vulnerable and authentic self, in which they feel safe giving a voice to their thoughts and feelings.
Q: What’s a big goal for you right now?
A: To have a daily meditation practice. Still working on it! I do practice mindfulness meditation, and will often bring this into my counselling work with clients. My goal is to do this daily, even if it is just for a few minutes. This can be hard sometimes as daily tasks, my dog, or my toddler can pull me away from finding these few minutes for myself. So on those days, I really try to give myself a big dose of self compassion, and encourage myself to keep at it. And also to try and find creative ways to practice mindfulness throughout my day. Practising mindfulness while brushing your teeth is interesting.
Q: How do you practice self-care?
A: I’ve learned that I need to be really mindful about how I spend my time. I can get really excited and have a number of different things on the go, but when that starts to feel like too much for me, I have to try and carve out space for me to have some down time. And that could be anything from getting to bed earlier, having a lazy morning on the weekend with my family, enjoying a cup of tea and a good book, or heading out into the forest with my dog.
Q: When do you feel more authentic/most alive?
A: When I’m swimming. Swimming has always been a big part of my life, and something I grew up doing with my family. Right now I’m at the pool twice a week with my swim club, which I love, but some days that can be hard if I’m feeling a bit tired or sluggish. And the butterfly stroke is hard! So, on those days, I try to just show up (Thank you Brené Brown), do what I can for that day, maybe struggle a bit, and then try to have a laugh about it with my swim mates in between sets.
Q: What are 3 fun facts about you?
A: 1) I have a twin sister
2) I worked as a Volunteer in Peru after I finished my Bachelor’s degree.
3) I love to dance…..to really cheesy pop hits from the 90’s/2000’s. If one of my fave songs comes on (ie. Backstreet Boys)…..well, just watch out.
Interested in knowing more about Robyn? You can check out her profile, watch her intro video, or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re still not sure who might be a good fit for you, you can also fill out our finding the right counsellor form - we'll match you with the best counsellor for you within 24 hours.