to let others down,
to save yourself.
You’re drained and exhausted from trying to keep up with the demands and requests of others in your life. Your fear of letting other people down keeps you saying "yes" to things you don’t want to do. You’re starting to feel resentful. When was the last time you looked forward to your day because it was filled with things you enjoy? You can’t even remember…
If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place.
Now, imagine you created a schedule for yourself that includes time for rest, relaxation, even fun! You smile and notice a sense of lightness, as you realize that you have created a life that balances your passion for helping others, and your own feelings, needs, and desires.
Hi! I’m Amy Pinnell! I am a Registered Social Worker and Counsellor.
Through my individual counselling services, I help people-pleasers and overachievers find ease and joy in their lives through mindful inner work.
As a recovering people-pleaser and overachiever myself, I understand the struggle of wanting to do it all while not letting a single person down. I also know the pain of becoming disconnected from myself in an attempt to achieve this standard.
I know from experience that by turning inward with curiosity and kindness we can learn how to tend to our own needs, discover where we need to set boundaries, and how to bring more joy into our lives.
Mindfulness and Self-Reflection
When we work together, our focus will be on gently and mindfully paying attention to your inner world. I will encourage you to be curious about your body sensations, feelings, thoughts, and impulses, to enhance your self-awareness. We will hold space for whatever arrives as all is welcome.
My priority is your sense of safety, so we slowly and gently explore childhood experiences, relationships, and life transitions with care. We will pause, ground, settle and practice self-kindness if ever things feel overwhelming.
I often incorporate breathing and grounding practices into sessions, especially at the beginning and end. These practices help to regulate the nervous system and keep us in the present moment.
My in-session work often includes exploring and expanding on your capacity for self-compassion. Self-compassion includes mindfulness, a sense of common humanity, and self-kindness which are all tools that we can learn through practice. I believe self-compassion is an important skill that can aid in healing.
I might be the right therapist for you if...
... you are looking to build a stronger connection with your own inner knowing and find your voice
... you struggle with a low sense of self-worth and want to learn how to be self-compassionate
... you find yourself wanting more from your life, but fear is holding you back from making a change
... you are in recovery from a substance use addiction and want support as you continue your personal growth
... you are wanting relief from trauma-related symptoms and to feel more grounded and secure
... you put other's needs ahead of your own, and you want to start taking care of YOU
While I have experience working with all genders, I am particularly passionate about helping women to find and use their voices, empower themselves, and treat themselves with kindness and care. I believe that by increasing your ability for self-trust, you will be able to identify your needs and respond with compassion