Want to enrich your relationships and have the career you’ve dreamt about? Maybe the consequences of your “social drinking” are not very sociable anymore and you need to get help before your life gets derailed completely.
As you may have realized (otherwise you wouldn’t have dropped by) recovery is not just about simply putting down the drink, the drug, or the relationship. That’s mere abstinence and painful as hell- as you probably already know. You might as well pick-up or use some other kind of destructive behaviour like overeating and overspending- which is what you probably do. And this cycle is rough on your work-life, personal and family responsibilities and even puts a dent into your creativity. You feel like you’re not in control even though you desperately want to be.
You want to thrive, not just survive. You want to create healthy relationships with your loved ones and be truly fulfilled with your work. I know you want to make better choices for yourself, and express your emotions with confidence.
You know you can and DESERVE better. You just lack the right gear and support.
So let’s get focused, feel empowered and live this super-gratifying and resilient life even during the turbulent times.
I bring to the table a gigantic buffet of counselling and coaching experience combined with my own “in-the-trenches” recovery background to serve up an inspiring and transformational experience for you. I offer novel approaches to staying sober, envisioning opportunities, with practical easy-to-use tools and techniques that work for busy, professional and creative women like you. My programs will help you build resiliency and stay the course , encouraging you to take action you never dreamed was possible.
I started working with Ivy because I needed structure, focus and balance in my life after three years sober. I loved the 1-1 sessions, discussing how I implemented each module during the week and found new ways to move forward. Our work together allowed me to visualize my future, get clear on my goals, and take action instead of only wishing I could.
It was only after working with Ivy that I became aware of patterns that prevented me from living the kind of life I wanted and growing as a person. I learned to let go of certain behaviours or modify them to feel more complete. I am able to identify my triggers and become more select with my reactions.
After previous negative experiences with treatment and 12-step groups, I found it refreshing working with Ivy. The 1-1 sessions allowed me to speak honestly with someone rational, yet compassionate and both focused and understanding. I learned to trust again. Ivy helped me return to my former self by me to take my power back.
I am so very grateful to Ivy for being my coach and guiding me in to this amazing transformation. In the last three months, I have gone from hopeless to having a zest for my life, and excitement for each new day and gratitude for having committed to taking care of myself. My main focus was sobriety as I had tried multiple other avenues over the years and just kept failing and not sticking to my commitment. I have achieved so much more in these last three months than I had ever expected. I am such a better person, more confident, loving, kind and understanding as well. I look forward to my weekly sessions excited to share what new thing I learned this week or how much better I handled a difficult situation than I would have just a few short months ago. The modules that I receive each week to work on are my favorite. They really help keep me focused. I love my life now. I never thought I would be able to say that. This program is life changing and my heart is so grateful and so is my family. Thank you kindly, Wendy B.
After making a few minor changes suggested by Ivy, I have a better relationship with my family. I don’t play the blame game. And now I’m more confident at work which allowed me to apply and receive a new position. Ivy has a way of making you feel comfortable even when you are digging deep in an emotional pit.
Ivy was a terrific coach and guide- always centred and on the mark. Here insights helped me and my partner deal with some very difficult and stressful situations personally, spiritually and professionally. Her coaching was a wonderful, life-affirming experience.
I struggled with drugs and alcohol for over a decade, losing my family, friends and career. Today I’m living a sober life. I can say for certain I couldn’t have gotten this far without my work with Ivy. She helped me look at every aspect of myself in depth. Thanks for giving me back my life Ivy!
Kintsugi – also known as Kintsukuroi – is the ancient Japanese technique of repairing broken pottery with a special lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Beautiful seams of gold glint in the cracks of ceramic ware, giving a unique appearance to the piece.
This repair method celebrates each artifact’s unique history by emphasizing its fractures and breaks, instead of hiding or disguising them. Kintsugi often makes the repaired piece even more beautiful than it was originally, revitalizing it. “In recovery, doesn’t our “brokenness” make us more beautiful?”
Ivy has dedicated over 15 years of her career to the field of addiction treatment, working as a counselor, supervisor, group facilitator and clinical manager. She has experience in both the inpatient and outpatient environment. She has worked in a variety of treatment facilities including Edgewood Heath Network (Canada’s premier addiction treatment and mental health provider) and Chatsworth Pavilion (internationally known exclusive residential treatment centre).
Ivy had designed and delivered numerous programs and workshops on Relapse Prevention, Identifying Values and creating your vision, Finding the Career you love and Improving communication skills in recovery. She has thriving practice in Montreal, Canada but works online with many clients across Canada and the U.S.A.
She received her B.A. in Communications from McGill University and her M.A. in Human Systems Intervention from Concordia University. She has a certification in Use of Self, Group Facilitation and Appreciative Inquiry. Ivy is also a member of CACCF (Canadian Addiction Counselor Certification Federation).