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Spiritual & Life Coaching 

With Terry & Amber 

If you’re like us you’ve felt curious about spirit for quite some time. 

Maybe you’ve felt a pull or a draw to learn more but you’re not quite sure where to start or who and what to trust. 

Maybe you feel both confused and impoverished by the lack of spiritual education and practice in our modern society. We feel this too. 

Maybe you’re wondering:

  • How do I connect to spirit?

  • Did my own ancestors hold spiritual practices? 

  • How do I learn spiritual practices and make sure I don’t culturally appropriate other’s?

Maybe you’re also wondering:

How could I possibly fit one more thing in my life!?...

And yet maybe there is a part of you that craves deeper, more meaningful connection, less chaos and less resistance. 

Maybe there is a part that wonders if you took care of your spiritual health if other aspects of your life would benefit too (physical, mental, emotional).

If you find yourself repeating old patterns that you know aren't good for you and yet you can't seem to stop, we want to let you know that healing is possible.

If you find yourself not being able to take rest, or set boundaries, we know how hard this is to maintain and to change it. If you find yourself closed off to both pain and pleasure, you are not alone. 

We believe that taking the time to work on your healing can actually be easier than putting it off.  

What do we mean by this? 

Being stuck in old patterns that are causing you and/or the ones you love harm is actually really draining and hard. Trying to bury, avoid or minimize trauma and pain is actually exhausting. 

We know that behaviors of: 

  • lashing out at people

  • denying our own needs

  • people pleasing 

  • excessive working, scrolling, shopping and/or eating

  • frequently using addictive substances 

actually trigger a shame spiral later, which is extremely painful and drains both your energy and your time.    

We also know that: 

  • not being able to take appropriate rest

  • perfectionism 

  • being terrified to rock the boat/have hard yet honest conversations with people 

  • having crippling self doubt 

  • feeling anxiety at the thought of social interactions 

  • having great difficulty adapting to change 

  • always needing outside stimulation (tv, phone, music, people) 

  • always needing external validation (for others to affirm our basic goodness)

  • being terrified your friends and loved ones will suddenly stop loving you and abandon you if they heard and understood your inner world  

  • feeling uncomfortable accepting compliments 

  • being afraid to feel good about your life or say things are going good

  • being scared to ask for or work toward what you want most in life

  • always agreeing with what others want 

  • suffering from insomnia 

…is actually SO hard and so exhausting.

We believe that while healing can be hard work, not healing is actually just as hard, sometimes maybe even harder. We believe that by taking the time now to work with ourselves, we can come to live a much fuller, more vibrant life and that we are worth it. You are worth it. You deserve healing.


Fàilte oribh | Welcome

Amber and Terry bring their diverse skill sets, eclectic life experiences and deep curiosity to each and every one-on-one session. 
Sessions are $100 (sliding scale available) and last between 1 - 2.5 hours
“We welcome all genders, races and multiracial individuals, sexual orientations, abilities, cultures, religions, ages, social classes, shapes, and sizes to our space. If you are looking for guidance or seeking healing we welcome you. Your liberation is our liberation is your liberation."
We strongly believe that healing involves body, mind and spirit. Therefore, we will look at these parts of you individually as well as part of a whole as we talk and get to know one another. 
There is no magic pill. There is no one thing that will bring you to liberation from suffering and align your life as it was meant to be. There is no easy path. There is no one to “save” you. That being said, we want to be your ally, your cheerleader, your helper should you be ready and willing to receive support.

Amber is most excited to work with: 

  • Chronic pain

  • Victims of any sexual assault including incest

  • Inner critic relief (from that voice that tells you you aren't good enough)

  • Reparenting your inner child 

  • Reclaiming/healing cultural ancestry

  • Community support system building

  • Searching for purpose in life 

  • PTSD

  • Depression & Anxiety

  • Unexpressed grief 

  • Complacency/hopelessness

  • Codependency in family dynamics including abusive relationships romantic or otherwise


"We live in an era with too few medicine women. The ones that are around aren't recognized as such - the old ones ignored and the young ones not fostered in their growth. And yet we live in a time where so much medicine is needed. I see Amber as this, a young medicine woman, an elder in training. Amber has such a capacity for depth of feeling and an immense sensitivity. She picks up on things that most people miss and is willing, in uncommon fashion, to speak of the elephant in the room that everyone else has been too willing to ignore. The past years have seen Ambers commitment to her own yoga practice, her health and well being, and to learning the ways of healing, community building and conflict transformation. I see a lot of people talking about these things. I see her living them out. Anyone who gets to work with Amber is lucky indeed." - Tad Hargrave, Founder of 
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She has a wise and open-hearted approach that I have seen her transform places of pain and stuckness into places of growth.” - Joyce MacDonald, Baddeck, Cape Breton

Sessions:

One-on-one sessions happen in Amber's South Bar home and she is occasionally willing to travel to you. The initial session starts out with smudging and talking and can involve any or all of the following (depending on your own comfort levels and what arises):

  • Meditation

  • Prayer/sound/singing

  • Nervous system reset

  • Somatic/body movement 

  • Hands-on touch

  • Breathing and movement techniques

  • Shamanic tools/helpers and sacred elements such as: a drum, rattle, feather, stones, water, earth, fire, smoke (plants including tobacco)

  • Homework 

A little bit about me...

I have experienced various forms of sexual assault throughout my life; minor and severe. I have suffered from chronic pain since I was three years old, I had TMJ and PTSD. I previously abused alcohol, marijuana and sexual relationships to cope. I had severe abandonment issues from a very young age resulting in many codependent and abusive relationships.

All this to say I know suffering, deeply and intimately. I have travelled the globe in search of myself and healing. I have worked hard on my own healing and likely will for the rest of my days. Here in my home, Unama'ki | Cape Breton Island, I have been blessed in building an incredible support system for myself that consists of some truly amazing people including the young, ancient and astoundingly wise shaman Nova Porrierthe extremely talented and deeply compassionate Emily Bushell who leads me in EMDR therapy, the gentle and wise Alan Sloan who leads me through Internal Family Systemsas well as massage therapists and a chiropractic Dr. at Island Chiropractic & Family Wellness. Beyond these helpers I've had the great privilege of being mentored by the deeply loving and wise healer Shilpa Jain in California as well as the generous and brave Tad Hargrave in Edmonton who have shown me how to gather my community for communal healing and growth. I lean on my soul sister Shannon MacMullin who not only collaborates with me on amazing Gaelic Nova Scotian projects, she also showers me with compassionate loving wisdom and friendship on the daily. In addition, my support team includes so many more amazing people both locally and internationally.

“I found that Amber brings to each session an array of what I would call 'healing tools' and a wide knowledge of expertise to support a person to sit and openly examine the life experiences and range of emotions that they wish to address. She guides in a sensitive, respectful and fun manner through allowing for whatever arises to be in the present in a non-judgemental, compassionate manner. If you are looking for a life coach or excavator to journey a bit with she is very much worthy of spending time with.” - Gráinne Ní Fhoighil, Ireland


Terry is most excited to work with: 

  • Searching for a deeper purpose in life

  • Living your best life 

  • Living with anxiety, depression, PTSD (you or a loved one)

  • Learning self-compassion

  • Community/support system building

  • Boundary setting in relationships (romantic, family and community): figuring out what you need

  • Working with habitual patterns

  • Motherhood and family, joys and challenges

  • Building a spiritual practice

A little bit about me…

Like many people I have experienced the trauma of relationship breakdown, death of family and friends, addictions, sexual assault and, through my work, witnessing the trauma of others living through war, violence and dictatorship. My partner suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and this experience, which is ongoing, has changed my personal and family life in ways I never imagined. It has given me insight into what living with a mental illness can mean not only for the person with the illness but for their family and friends. I have worked with the everyday challenges seeing how healing can occur and how learning from trauma can be transformative, not only making us stronger and more resilient but actually helping us to be better people.

My Approach: 

Many of us come to our spirituality at points of crisis in our lives. Things aren’t working or feel broken in our personal relationships or at work and we sense that our usual responses and reactions either are not helping the situation or are making it worse. Often our search begins or deepens after deep loss or grief and, for some, a feeling of emptiness (not the good kind!). For others the journey begins with a hunger to find deeper meaning to life and our individual place in it. Whatever brought you here, I hope you will trust it is exactly where you are meant to be. If you are seeking to bring a more spiritual dimension to your life, are struggling to figure out what you believe or how you can more effectively live your beliefs, our sessions can provide a space for you to safely and intentionally explore these questions. My aim is to help you to better understand your mind/heart, to find your own authentic path and to live your best life.

While I am a Buddhist at heart, I come at my spirituality from a place of deep respect for other traditions and practices and a desire to promote understanding between them. For me, the primary question is around the values we hold and how we practice them in the world. I have always been interested in creating spaces for conversations between people of different spiritualities, faith and humanist traditions to identify and build common understandings that promote compassion, social justice and respect for the earth and all living beings.

I was trained in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition by teachers who are committed to bringing compassion into our daily lives. My primary teacher is American Tibetan Buddhist, Pema Chödrön. She is an ordained nun, disciple of the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche who brought Buddhism to the West. While there are many variants of Buddhism, the root teachings are common to all traditions. I have been trained in the lineage of “warriorship” rooted in a belief that true bravery comes from living an authentic life from a place of compassion for all living beings and a deep respect for the earth. On this path we train to know our own minds and hearts as a starting point to being able to act skillfully, compassionately and authentically in the world. It is with this orientation that I approach my work in life and spiritual guidance.

Sessions:

After our initial session, I recommend a minimum of six one-hour sessions in order to really engage with the work but you have the option to do fewer or ongoing or as needed sessions according to what fits with your life. We will begin with a two-hour meeting in order to go into some depth about your questions and to discuss how the process will work. 

“Terry teaches, befriends, challenges, shares and empowers. She gently reminds us of the essential and unending interconnectivity of all living beings on this earth – and our need to speak up and live a life that upholds equity and harmony for all.” - Norma-Jean McPhee, Journalist and Community Educator

“Terry's principles aren't just abstractions; she carries them into everyday life, into all her interactions with the people with whom she interacts. Her principles are seamless, they apply to everyone equally - and that is, in my experience, a rare quality, but one that I treasure.” - Kirby Evans, artist and philosopher

“Terry has opened my mind in many ways, firstly as a student, then as an activist and now as a dear friend. She will always seek out innovative approaches to change, and connects the dots (and people) to make things happen. Terry is a force and anyone who has the opportunity would be so lucky to work with her.” - Rebecca MacDonald, grass roots advocate and social justice activist