“Don’t focus on the sick side of a person. Instead, focus on what is well, build upon its foundation, and enhance it.”
John developed a love and passion for helping people thrive from an early age. As he watched his parents care for young women who were marginalized by society, he learned to recognize the hidden challenges in peoples’ lives, as well as to focus on the human side of a person’s life rather than the discord… John personally knows what it means to go through life challenges and grief. Between 2006 and 2009 he lost both of his parents and two clients he was working with. In December 2009 he hit rock bottom somewhere in the middle of a ferry crossing. It was after midnight, he had thoughts about suicide before, but he never acted upon them, this time though, he went outside, took his coat off and looked down at the black water. A thought came to his mind that said, John, what if you change your mind half way down, then what? And then he looked at the horizon and saw the lights of Vancouver, and thought, that is a long way to swim. He knew that he had to find another way out of his current state of mind. This journey forced John to re-invent himself. After coming on the other side he has been able to support others more than ever.
With the help of his life experiences and skills as a Life Coach, John has created workshops and coaching programs focusing on De-stress and Personal Development.
John’s Knowledge and Experience Highlights:
Licensed Life Skills Coach - Human Relations and Family Counselling (LSC)
Associate Practitioner Operant Effective Counselling (APOEC)
Non Violence Crisis Intervention Training (NVCI)
Creator of the When Factor Process
Creator of Stress Relief & Self-care Strategies Program; Stress Factors at Work; Self-care & After care; Trauma in the Workplace; Care-taker vs Care-giver; Stress Management vs Self-care; and the Pain Game program
Coached people with Mental Health, Concurrent Disorders, High Functioning Autism, (HFA), Acquired Brain Injury, (ABI), and Drug & Alcohol Addictions.
John lives in Gold river with his beloved wife Kathleen and loves being outdoors in nature. They enjoy taking small hikes, discovering new plants and gathering wild edibles such as plants and mushrooms. John also has a creative side – before becoming a life coach, he made jewellery as a silversmith and designed theme gardens as a landscaper.
Specializes in Stress Relief & Self-care Strategies; has developed many unique practical workshops; an awesome experienced group facilitator.
Coached couples on improving relationship.
Facilitated Grief Management training at a palliative care facility.
Worked with people with developmental disabilities for organizations in the Lower Mainland and in the Fraser Valley. Supported patients at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam. For 2 years provided 24/7 home care and day programs to two young men with concurrent disabilities, mental illness and developmental delays.
Trained and volunteered as a Citizen Escort for Corrections Canada at Mission Minimum Institution; coached life skills programs at the Step by Step Recovery Centre in Surrey.
Professional Experience: Over 17 years
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