A little bit of my story…
I sometimes introduce myself as YodaNinja. “Yoda on the outside, Ninja on the inside.” This is because outside, I seem calm and composed and when I speak (or write), what I say can be profound, perplexing… or a little of both. But my inner world is another story. Deep inside of me is a Ninja battleground where thoughts, emotions, ideas, and utter randomness all fight for my attention. Every once in a while, they actually cooperate and I have to say, I’m deadly. But then they go at it again… and “Everybody is Kung Fu fighting.”
Growing up, being a YodaNinja had it’s perks. I always had somewhere to go when things got crazy: at home, when my dad would drink (which was most of the time), when all that I could feel was the sadness, or the years when I felt that no one no one really gets me.
I’m a dad, a husband and a guy whose mind has a mind of it’s own. My recovery from my addiction to numbing myself (with pretty much anything I can get my hands on) is a lifelong journey. I live with depression, anxiety and adhd… and sometimes they don’t get along very well with my family, or with the rest of my life.
Professionaly, I make my living as a Counselling Therapist in Edmonton, Canada. I teach on addiction and psychopathology at City University, and I have a small counselling practice where I use superheroes and other geeky stuff to help people make peace with their own personal YodaNinjas.
This blog is part of my healing and writing keeps me grounded. I hope that something I have written may add a little bit to your journey.
Professionally, here are a few of my links
- I hold certifications as a Clinical Addiction Counsellor – with the The Canadian Addiction Counsellor Certification Federation, and Counselling Therapist with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
- My professional publications can be found here, at Academia.
- Formerly, I was writer and editor with the Good Men Project.
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