We hear you.

You’re tired of replaying the same stories about your health and feeling stuck.

You’re doing your best to live brave but it doesn’t always go as planned.

You feel alone in your struggles and hide your story because you are afriad it will define you.

You want to show up fully in your life and you are seeking a new perspective.

Join us for a 2-session introduction to Rising Strong™ for Health, an experiential program based on Brené Brown’s research on vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness.

When we are brave enough often enough, we will fall. Rising Strong™ is about what it takes to get back up.  Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and the clearest path to a wholehearted life. The Rising Strong™ process can transform how you tell your stories of struggle (most importantly, to yourself).

If you are balancing a busy life and a health condition, such as mild depression, chronic pain, a digestive condition, fibromyalgia, auto-immune or other conditions impacting your ability to fully engage in your life, this group may be a great fit. Learn how getting curious about our stories can help us write daring new endings, improve our well-being and show up more fully in our lives.

Through education (including videos from Brené Brown), discussion, creative exercises, and connecting with others who understand the challenges of living with an ongoing health condition, together we will explore:

  • The reckoning, rumble and revolution of the Rising Strong™ process for overcoming mistakes and downfalls
  • Why we all create stories to make sense of our lives
  • The power of getting curious about our emotions and stories of struggle
  • Ways that people offload hurt and how it can impact health
  • Ways that the body and mind respond when hooked by difficult emotions
  • Day to day practices for managing stress and improving emotional well-being
  • How to identify key learnings about who we are and how we engage with others
  • How to write a daring new ending to your stories of difficulty

“Our sense of worthiness – that critical piece that gives us access to love and belonging – lives inside our story.” ~ Brené Brown

This group may be for you if:

  • You want to learn more about how emotions relate to our overall health
  • You prefer a more condensed time frame for learning or need to travel to attend
  • You are familiar with Brené Brown’s research and would like support to explore the Rising Strong™ concepts
  • You have never heard of Brené Brown, but the description of this course is calling out to you

This is not a good time to enrol in this group if:

  • You are not able to commit to two consecutive (Sat and Sun) 5-hour sessions (with 1/2 hour break for lunch)
  • You have not received medical consultation for your health condition(s)

Program Details

What: Two group sessions, held Saturday and Sunday, plus one individual pre-group intake session and a post-group follow-up phone call. Includes a Rising Strong™ workbook, curriculum handouts, and permission to be yourself (and snacks – please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions!). Please also bring your own bag lunch. Fridge and kettle available.

When: October 14 and 15, 2017. Saturday and Sunday, 9:00am – 2:30pm

Where: Oak and Broadway, The Centre for Creative Counselling, Vancouver BC

Pricing: $280 (Note: pay by e-transfer for an additional $10 discount). Final registration deadline Sept. 28/17 *held over*.  If we can find a time to book your individual session prior to the group it’s not too late to register! Contact karen@karengilbert.ca to make arrangements.

Class size limited to 10 people. Register now to reserve your spot!


Your Facilitators

Karen Gilbert, OT CDWF

Karen Gilbert OT, CDWF

Karen is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator who works with individuals who are managing a busy life and a health condition. Her aim is to help you to develop a practical “toolkit” of strategies that allow you to experience more meaning in your life despite health challenges. Through the Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ curriculums, she supports group participants to build resilience and practice courage and wholeheartedness. She has been an occupational therapist for twenty-one years with a focus on outpatient care. Karen is passionate about the interplay between our physical, emotional, and social well-being and empowering people with invisible health conditions to maintain a sense of worth and identity during vulnerable times.

“I work collaboratively with people to come up with practical solutions that allow you to engage more fully in your life. My role is to support you to develop new knowledge and skills, and to apply and integrate them into the day-to-day in order to achieve your goals. Knowing what gets in the way of doing the things that are meaningful to you is key. I believe that each of us is ultimately the expert on our own body and life, and that our worth is not defined by our physical or cognitive ability. Connection with others, empathy, and the therapeutic relationship can be powerfully healing experiences. It is always a privilege and an honour to hear someone’s story.” ~ Karen Gilbert

Crystal Johnson MSc, MCP, RSLP, RCC

Crystal Johnson MSc, MCP, RSLP, RCC

Crystal is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Speech Language Pathologist in Vancouver with over 10 years of health care experience. She has worked in various public health services and she is a type 1 diabetic herself. As such, she recognizes the hidden toll of health management from both a provider and a consumer perspective. There are often unrecognized emotional effects including anxiety, depression, anger, grief and adjustment difficulties. Contending with health challenges can make a person feel helpless and disempowered; it can seem almost impossible to feel hopeful for the future and to “think positive”. These undesirable feelings then permeate other life circumstances and relationships.

In her counselling work, Crystal works with clients to gently acknowledge the pain of the situation and to process the difficult experiences. Clients gain skills to recognize the losses they are experiencing and they learn to harness their own strengths to move forward in their journey. While the distress may not abate completely, clients make peace with their experiences, build confidence in their ability to cope effectively and even begin to thrive in the midst of the storm. Crystal brings this open and hopeful attitude to her group work where she believes strongly in the power of shared experiences and learning. She looks forward to walking beside you in your journey as you begin to find your voice and share your beautiful story.

Yes! Sign me up for Rising Strong™! What do I do next?

Step 1: Please submit payment via Paypal “Pay Now” button below (includes credit card option) or by e-transfer to receive an additional $10 reduction ( $270 e-transfer to karen@karengilbert.ca).

Step 2: Once your payment is received, we will contact you to complete registration paperwork and schedule your pre-group individual intake session. We want to ensure this group is a good fit for you. Should you decide after your individual session that this is not a fit, you will receive a full refund.

(Note: If you haven’t received a reply within 48 hours, please check your junk mail folder. Adding karen@karengilbert.ca to your address list prior to submitting payment by either method, particularly if you use hotmail, may be helpful)

For further information, please contact karen@karengilbert.ca

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The Centre for Creative Counselling,
201-1037 West Broadway (near Oak),
Vancouver BC, Canada

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