In so many aspects of your life, you have it all.
In fact others see as you really "having it together".
You're the one that others turn to for help.
But you have fears and personal concerns that you feel are holding you back from expressing love for yourself, your work, and important people in your life.
My name is Maedean Yvonne Myers (BFA, MC, RCC). For years I coped with debilitating fears, so I am especially passionate about supporting folks through their own rough patches. Whether you have just gone through a breakup and are looking for ways to reconnect with yourself or are feeling anxious about particular people or situations, I have some insight into what you might be experiencing: inability to concentrate, racing thoughts, feeling like your mind is cycling through the same worries, sweaty palms... As hard as it is to believe right now with everything you are experiencing, we can transform your fears into strengths.
I was born overseas in Wuerzburg, Germany and lived on military bases most of my early life. I value my multi-cultural African-American/German heritage and embrace diversity. Throughout my life I have been drawn to people and their stories. This passion manifested itself in my work as a performer for over 15 years. Now my passion comes through my work as a counsellor and speech/ drama arts instructor. My work with you will involve creating the story you want to be living. You are the protagonist of your story on a journey of greater personal awareness, inner peace, and deep respect for your person.
I also strive to be an ally to the LGBTIA community. I have experience working with persons from diverse non-heterosexual, ethnic, and relationship backgrounds through my volunteer experience at Qmunity. I am dedicated to providing a warm, affirming atmosphere to support all persons on the profound journey to self-hood.
Before completing my Masters degree at the City University of Seattle I completed a year of training at Vancouver Community College's Counselling Skills program. I love working with youth. I have volunteered as a Homework mentor at the Boys and Girls Club and am a speech/drama arts instructor for teens and children. I truly get deep satisfaction seeing creative folks find success, and served as a coach for Women in Film and Video's Flash Forward program. I have completed additional training in Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Compassion Cultivation, Queer Competency, Self Esteem for Women, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. I am a member of the International Leadership Association and strive to model a growth oriented approach to living.
I believe in empowering you to discover how you can build on your own unique skills/talents/abilities and creatively re-purpose them to overcome difficulty. I will strive to support you through unconditional acceptance, validation of your experience, and compassion to encourage you to develop your way of coping effectively with the challenges in your life. In our work together, the specific tools I may use come from Solution Focused, Narrative, Cognitive Behavioral, Person Centered, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Gestalt approaches.
I think therapy can be exciting and even joyful when the energy of two people is directed towards exploration and solution building.
After working together, you will feel empowered to handle your stress,worries, and fears effectively and start a new story; one in which you have greater inner peace in your daily life.