“The world breaks everyone, and afterward some are strong at the broken places.” – Hemingway
It seems like holding on to things keeps us strong, but sometimes it is letting go. Divorce can disrupt your sense of who you really are and how you could become that person. No one invites that kind of trouble. But uncertainty – and even personal failure – could be forcing you to open up opportunities for self-realization and growth.
I specialize in helping people find the meaning in suffering so they can use it to become happier, wiser and more resilient. As a trained philosophical counselor, I focus on how we make sense of our experiences and how we could improve our thinking to improve our lives. I am trained in helping people evaluate their priorities, explore their values and become more creative problem-solvers.
What you learn from right now – hard as it is – may be a crucial part of who you can be next. I can provide a comfortable, intelligent and non-judgmental space to discuss intimacy, conflict, addiction, resentment, grief, relief, dread, wonder and love.
I see individuals and couples in person in my Winnipeg-based practice, LifeWise Philosophical Counselling, in the Birch Wellness Center, 34 Carlton Ave. I also have an international clientele who I meet with via Skype. Sessions are 50 minutes and include email follow up discussion. Because everyone should be able to afford philosophical counsel, I operate using a sliding scale for payment tied to clients’ abilities to pay.
It may surprise you, but philosophers are really great to talk to if you are feeling stupid, weak or overwhelmed. Being annoyed, furious with the world, or even feeling like there isn’t even a right action one could take – these are all very respectable attitudes from a philosophical perspective.
Emily helps her clients on how to be thoughtfully aware of all this complexity without getting stuck and being miserable. That is a struggle worth taking seriously. She creates an environment that allows her clients to open up and engage in great conversations that can really help them do that.
Fear and anger, for example, can be very reasonable attitudes in some circumstances. Righteous indignation can be like a fire in the belly. But unfortunately these responses are often difficult to negotiate and navigate.
Often these emotions consume the person who holds onto them. Even if you are coping well and you can “handle it”, face it: excellent people can waste a lot of time being turned around, messed up, angry and afraid.
Emily provides philosophical counselling that offers a way out by promoting self-understanding, curiosity and courage. If you are feeling existential, destructive, eager for transformation even, consider this:
“The mind, once expanded by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson