778 400 2249

liberate your imagination

mentoring

show up more fully in your work without losing heart

 

offering

1:1 mentoring

you deserve to be held and supported with the depth of care you offer to your clients. 

mentoring is a longer container in which to explore your relationship to carework and implement embodied rhythms and intuitive rituals so you can show up fully in your work without burning out. personalized support to grow and expand your business while staying true to your values.

For careworkers with an active caseload, working within Canada.

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$150 per session

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3 month comittment

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virtual meetings

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ongoing support

“the great healer archetype carries wisdom, goodness, knowing, caregiving, and all other things associated with a healer. so, it is good to be generous and kind and helpful like the great healer archetype. but only to a point. beyond that, it exerts a hindering influence on our lives. women’s ‘heal everything, fix everything’ compulsion is a major entrapment constructed by the requirements placed upon us by our own cultures, mainly pressures to prove that we are not just standing around taking up space and enjoying ourselves, but that we have redeemable value…”

Clarissa pinkola Estés

we might be a good fit if

this sounds like you –

  • you love working with your clients, but struggle to imagine yourself as a business owner
  • you came to this work with passion and drive, but lately you’ve felt overwhelmed, exhausted or even burnt out
  • you worry that your sense of self worth is enmeshed with what you can provide to others
  • you feel like you’d benefit from some guidance to take your skills to the next level
  • you’re transitioning to private practice and miss the support of working with a team
  • you want your values to shine through your offerings
  • you know your work is important, but you feel nervous about increased visibility or taking up space
  • you know you would benefit from implementing routines, rhythm, and rituals to support your well being
  • you desire specific, individualized feedback and critique on your work
  • you’re spiritual or intuitive but you’re unsure of how to bring these aspects of yourself into your work
  • you’re seeking a mentor who has been in the non profit and community organizing realm and ‘gets it’

why you might choose

mentoring

you deserve to build a business that is sustainable and thriving, where your values shine through your offerings and your depth of experience is reflected in everything you share.

you deserve the depth of care and support you offer to your clients.

i dream of a world where carework is recognized and celebrated. where carework is understood as essential, necessary, and important.

where i live, in North America, we live inside of a an overculture that doesn’t value carework.

a culture where things like the labour of parenting, providing emotional support, caring for elders, the disabled, the sick and the dying, is hidden away and privatized. more often than not this work is unpaid or poorly compensated. even within our supposedly radical activist spaces, the work of childcare, or preparing meals, of lending a compassionate ear, is often seen as less important than other forms of activism like direct action or organizing.

so of course, when we are so deeply embedded within this culture that we can’t even see the work that we’re doing as labour we struggle to imagine ourselves as holding power or providing something of value. 

and yet, without this ongoing invisibilized work force, the day to day machinations of capitalism would grind to a halt. it’s important to recognize that this erasure of feminized forms of labour isn’t an accident. in fact, this erasure, this devaluation of domestic labour and carework was actually necessary in order for the widespread advancement of capitalism to occur.

our current system is built on the unpaid labour of millions of parents who support the development of the next generation of workers. on women who do a double shift of parenting while caring for their aging parents. on folks who  provide support throughout their communities and work places.

so when we choose to provide this labour for money, we generally expect and accept that it won’t be lucrative. that it will be thankless. that we won’t be seen or recognized for our work. that’s just the nature of the job, we say.

and so it makes sense that when we decide to transition from doing this work for other people, leaving behind the non profit industrial complex or working for the government to do our own thing we don’t think of ourselves as business owners

and what happens when we don’t recognize our own power, when we downplay our skills and th services provide? 

we undercharge. we don’t hold our boundaries. we don’t advocate for our work. we feel uncomfortable selling or promoting our services because we’ve conflated commerce with the exploitative labour practices of capitalism. 

we’re so used to being unseen, underpaid, and overworked that we carry these patterns into our business. 

and, because so many of us entangle our identities and sense of self with what we’re able to provide to others, when we burn out, when our businesses aren’t busy and thriving, we think it’s a personal failing

we don’t see that the cards were stacked against us the entire time

it’s time to do things differently. 

you deserve the same depth of care and support that you offer your clients, and, it’s just as important for you to build a business and a life for yourself that is sustainable. 

i spent 15 years working in the non profit sector before transitioning to private practice so i know first hand how difficult it can be to unhook ourselves from the cultural narrative that tells us that our work isn’t important, or valuable. the lies that would have us believe that we don’t deserve to be adequately compensated for what we do. that in choosing a life of carework, we should accept a life of struggle and low wages too.

when we hold anti-capitalist values it can be easy to fall into a trap of thinking that earning enough money or advocating for our work is wrong or unethical. we conflate commerce with capitalism and we fail to see that there are ways of doing business that align with our values. and in fact, keeping ourselves small, downplaying our accomplishments or our skills, undercharging for our services, actually replicates the harmful systems that we were hoping that our businesses might free us from in the first place. 

i offer mentoring because i want better for you.  i want to see your values shine through your offerings. i want to hear you speak confidently about your skills and the value you provide for your clients.

i want you to receive the depth of care, attention and support that you give to others, and, i want you to feel empowered to advocate for your work and build a life that not only sustains you but allows you to thrive. 

because we need you.
because your work is meaningful, important, and timely. 

i am passionate about creating a future where carework is recognized and valued as the culture making and world-building practice it is. i know that so many of us have incredible gifts to offer and share, but we so often get stuck when it comes time to take up space and bring attention to what we can offer. 

i’m here to help you to do things differently. by sharing with you what i’ve learned through nearly two decades of working with clients, through years of studying care work and the relationship between feminized labour and capitalism. through training in copywriting, business and marketing. from everything i’ve learned from my own mistakes, my own exhaustion, my own learning about how to stay committed to this work in a culture that doesn’t see or value what we do.

are you ready to join me?

 

the details

we meet bi-weekly, for a season. somewhere around 3 months. this provides us enough time to dig deep into the work and support you in making changes. between sessions, i am available by email and voice notes.

we meet virtually, so you can join the calls from anywhere. at this time, i am able to provide mentoring to folks who reside in Canada most of the time.

the container

we’ll start by identifying the values that will guide our work and setting goals to help you get the most out of our time together. together, we’ll work experientially to create a solid foundation for your business and your body of work. this isn’t just business coaching or help with your marketing copy (although we’ll definitely do some of that). we’re also going to dig deep into your relationship to the work, finding the places where you can untangle the limiting beliefs and cultural narratives that are keeping you from creating your best work.

office

The Queer Care Collective
888 Fort Street, 2nd Floor
Victoria, BC V8G 1H8

Phone

(778) 400 – 2249

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