We hear you.

You’re tired of juggling the demands of a busy life and a health condition and feeling like your results don’t reflect your effort.

You hide your story because it is too difficult to keep explaining it to people who don’t understand.

You want to be more present in your relationships and your life and are seeking new perspective.

Join us for this experiential program based on the research of Brené Brown. Discover how our vulnerabilities can be a doorway to a resilient life with courage, compassion and connection.

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.

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

  • Be more compassionate with yourself
  • Apply day to day practices that will help you to cultivate more calm, authenticity, joy and meaning
  • Create a realistic action plan to meet your goals (and recognize what gets in the way)
  • Step away from the isolation of shame and fear and build resilience
  • Live more wholeheartedly by embracing your story and loving yourself throughout the process

“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we will ever do.” ~ Brené Brown

This group may be for you if:

  • You have an ongoing health condition and want support to put new wholehearted living practices into action
  • You prefer to integrate new learnings over time and are motivated by a weekly or bi-weekly format
  • You are familiar with Brené Brown’s research and are excited to have the chance to experience it
  • 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 tolerate a 4-hour session (with breaks)
  • You are not able to commit to five Saturday sessions (four + one group follow-up) (or 9 evening sessions if this option is chosen)
  • You have not received medical consultation for your health condition(s)

Program Details

What: Four 4-hour Saturday group sessions (or eight 2-hour evening sessions), plus two individual sessions (pre & post group), and a one-month group follow-up session to support you to integrate new learnings into your life. Includes a Daring Greatly™ workbook, curriculum binder, and permission to be yourself (and snacks – please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions!)

When: Please call or e-mail karen@karengilbert.ca to pre-register for the next ‘Wholeheartded Living with a Health Condition’ Daring Way™ program. Pre-registered participants will be contacted and dates set once we have a sufficient number of people to hold a group. Please indicate your preference for evening or Saturday sessions when pre-registering.

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

Pricing: $TBA. (Note: pay by e-transfer for an additional $15 discount).

Class size limited to 6 people. Pre-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.

To be notified of the next Daring Way™ Group session, sign up for updates below.

Karen Gilbert Occupational Therapy and Consulting
Located at
The Centre for Creative Counselling,
201-1037 West Broadway (near Oak),
Vancouver BC, Canada



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