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Consultancy to Include Gender Diverse People

Consultancy to Include Gender Diverse People

Consultancy Session to Include Gender Diverse People

Providing inclusive services for gender diverse people goes far beyond using the right pronouns or claiming to be a queer ally. Many cis gender mental health professional aren’t aware about the systemic oppression transgender, non-binary or other gender diverse people face in their daily lives. Many cis-spaces aren’t safe for gender diverse people. During this consultancy session, you can explore how to make your counselling or coaching services more inclusive for gender-diverse people and learn to navigate your cis-privilege healthily.

What will you get out of it?

Participating in a consultancy session, you will:

  • Be empowered to provide more respectful services to gender-diverse clients
  • Get answers to questions you don’t dare to ask your clients
  • Discover the pitfalls when working with a gender-diverse person
  • Become comfortable with navigating your cis-privilege healthily
  • Learn from Natalie’s wealth of lived experience as well as their work with transgender and non-binary clients.

Cost of the consultancy session

The cost of a consultancy session is CAD 150 (+GST). The duration is 60 min. If you are interested in booking one, please send a message to Natalie at natalie@nataliejovanic.com.

Social Justice Support

BIPOC gender diverse people face double discrimination which puts them at higher risk for mental health issues. They also face more systemic barriers due to their race and their gender identity in finding appropriate mental health support. If you are a BIPOC helping professional, please accept the consultancy session at a discounted price of CAD 95 (+GST).

Further Resources

Download the free guide White Privilege 101.

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Mentoring program for White Privilege

White privilege

Mentoring Program to Navigate White Privilege Healthily

This mentoring program is for you if you are a white coach, counsellor and social worker. Unfortunately, the coaching and counselling field hardly focuses on privilege and power. However, psychological safety isn’t distributed equitably in our society. The more privilege an individual has, the safer they are. Unfortunately, our privilege also blindfolds us. Therefore, we may unconsciously harm BIPOC clients. This program supports you in breaking the cycle of systemic violence.

As a result of the program, you will integrate anti-racist practice into your professional life and learn to navigate your white privilege without harming BIPOC clients. Choose to break the cycle of oppression today.

What will you get out of it?

Attending this program, you will:

    • Understand how social power dynamics impact you in your role as a leader and mental health professional
    • Understand systemic barriers for BIPOC clients that prevent BIPOC clients from participating in mental health services and workshops
    • Discover how the dynamics of systemic racism influence psychological safety
    • Break free from white fragility and white silence
    • Learn to navigate white privilege healthily
    • Work through any obstacles to practice anti-racism effectively.
    • Have an integrated approach to navigating white privilege in your professional role.
    • Using your professional power to promote social justice
    • Conducting research based on an intersectional lens (optional)

Participating in the program, you will have a safe space to lean into uncomfortable conversation. The program is trauma-informed. The duration of the program is six months and consists of a monthly 1.5 hr mentoring call, homework, and email support when needed.

Cost of the Mentoring Program “White Privilege”

The cost of the program is CAD 895 (+GST).

Please send a message to Natalie at natalie@nataliejovanic.com to set up a free consultation.

Natalie (they/them) works mainly with clients from marginalized communities such as BIPOC people and gender diverse people. They started their journey in anti-racist practice when they were an adolescent and has integrated anti-racist and anti-oppressive practice into their counselling services.

Natalie also designs and facilitates for anti-racist and anti-oppressive practice for people with privilege on an organizational level and offers mentoring services for white health care professionals to take care of their white privilege. Their collaborations include organizations like the Calgary Foundation. They were also a guest in the podcast “Native Calgarian,” hosted by Michelle Robinson, an Indigenous activist. 

Further Resources

Download the free guidelines – How to navigate white privilege constructively.

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Accountability Circle – White Privilege

White Privilege for Mental Health Professionals

Do you want to break the cycle of oppression and systemic racism as a white mental health professional?

If so, this monthly accountability circle is for you. By participating in this circle, you will work towards navigating your white privilege as mental health professional healthily.

Unfortunately, anti-racist practice is not an obligation in the mental health industry. Whether you are a coach, counsellor, or therapist, many of us have never learned how we can navigate our white privilege healthily in our relationships with clients. However, our unawareness impacts our clients negatively and even be harmful to our clients. The time to change this is now. Committing to practicing anti-racism and taking care of our white privilege, is the only way how we can break the cycle of systemic violence against BIPOC people.

In this group, we can do our work without unnecessarily burdening BIPOC people and support each other to deepen our anti-racist practice. We can learn from each other and support each other.

What will you get out of it?

  • Have a safe space to dismantle white supremacy and colonization within yourself and your services
  • Learn to confidently navigate your white privilege if you work with BIPOC clients and reduce harm to BIPOC clients
  • Discover how you can manage uncomfortable conversations about white supremacy and systemic racism.
  • Be empowered to use your voice to stand up for social justice

How can you participate?

The accountability circle meets every third Tuesday of the month. The meeting starts at 5:30 pm PT/ 6:30 pm MT/ 8:30 pm ET and takes 75 min. Participation requires at least a 6-months commitment. The cost for a 6-months are CAD 275 (+ GST). If you are interested in participating, please send a message at natalie@nataliejovanic.com.

Social Justice Support

If you are a transgender helping professional, or a student in the mental health field, please accept the discounted price of CAD 185 (+GST) for the 6-months program.

Further Resources

Download the guide White Privilege 101.

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White Privilege 101

White Privilege

Do you want to take care of your white privilege but don’t know how?

Many white people want to contribute to anti-racist change but feel insecure about where to start. Let’s face it, nobody has taught us in school how we could navigate our white privilege healthily. We lack positive role models who show us how to engage in social justice meaningfully. We can’t practice anti-racism or decolonization the same way as Black people or Indigenous people due to our white privilege. Furthermore, we may have unconscious blocks due to our social conditioning that prevent us from contributing to social justice.

Practicing anti-racism and social justice as a white person is a transformative journey. It is the only pathway to breaking the intergenerational cycle of systemic violence. Our unawareness often leads to toxic relationship dynamics with BIPOC people. If we don’t do anything, we stay part of the problem. White people can become part of the solution by learning to navigate their privilege healthily. 

White Privilege 101 – Guidelines to Navigate White Privilege Healthily

These guidelines get you started on this journey. Reading them, you will:

  • Understand important terminology of anti-racist practice
  • Discover socially conditioned behaviours that block white people from engaging constructively in anti-racist practice
  • Find out about healthy and unhealthy behaviours concerning navigating privilege
  • Explore reflections to deepen your journey in anti-racism
  • Create a concrete plan for your future journey in anti-racist practice

How much longer do you want to wait?

A little bit about me

I have been on the journey to dismantle the dynamics of white supremacy since I was an adolescent. The dynamics of oppression that we face in our society are deeply connected with the culture of white supremacy which is the shadow of our world for centuries. When I became a mental health professional, I started to integrate anti-oppressive and anti-racist practices into my services. Over the last decade, I had very intimate conversations about systemic racism with Black people, People of Colour, and Indigenous people. They taught me a lot about my privilege as a settler and a white individual. They also showed me how little is changing over the years because white people don’t change. I deeply believe that now is time to break the cycle of systemic violence.

I hope that “White Privilege 101” supports you in navigating your white privilege healthily.

If you want to learn more, I invite you to check out the podcast Native Calgarian hosted by Michelle Robinson, an Indigenous activist. I was a guest on the episodes “Anti-oppression, racism, the roles of settlers and colonialism” and “Canada doesn’t meet the bar on oppression.” I also wrote an article about the importance of dismantling white supremacy.

Take your next step to contribute to social justice. Download “White Privilege 101” now.

Manage Toxic Relationships Effectively – Workbook

Manage Toxic Relationships Effectively

Do you know how to navigate toxic relationships?

Unfortunately, toxic relationships are a constant part of our reality, whether it is in romantic relationships, friendships, at work or within families. While toxic dynamics are painful, we can learn how to navigate them effectively.

I don’t know about you, but knowing them saved me from a lot of struggle some years ago. Let me tell you my story: I was happily in love. I had recently started to date a new person. I had met my partner six months ago during a meditation retreat. We both loved to hike and enjoyed dancing. I did not have any worries because it seemed like our relationship was going in a good direction.

One weekend in September, I flew to a friend’s wedding. I spoke to her about my new partner. She told me that she had never seen me so happy. When I returned home, my partner picked me up from the airport. He looked angry. In the car, he started yelling at me. He accused me of not loving him enough because I dared to leave him for the weekend. I set boundaries with him which he ignored. I recognized the warning signs of toxic relationships.

Over next weeks, his jealousy got worse. When one argument stopped, a new began. He blamed me that I worked too much. He got angry when I wanted to see my friends – trying to isolate the partner is another of the warning sign for a toxic relationship. I suddenly felt in a constant fight. After a week, my inner voice told me to leave him. And so I did. Once again, my knowledge about toxic relationships had supported me in making a the best choice for myself.

Empower yourself to navigate toxic relationships effectively

Unhealthy relationships are often hard to spot, but they can happen to anybody. Maybe it is a romantic relationship, a sibling or at work. Toxic relationships are part of today’s society. In the beginning, they may be hard to spot because the dynamics maybe very subtle. However, unhealthy relationships can impact our physical and emotional well-being negatively. Unfortunately, many of us never learned to identify them or navigate them effectively.

Download the workbook “Manage Toxic Relationships Effectively”

Downloading the free workbook “Manage Toxic Relationships Effectively”, you will get the information you need to identify and manage unhealthy behaviour in relationships. After reading it, you’ll:

  • Name 7 toxic dynamics in relationships
  • Understand the most common manipulative tactics
  • Identify 6 principles to navigate toxic dynamics effectively
  • Describe how to put these strategies into action with behaviours that are easy to implement
  • As a result, you will feel happier and more positive in your life, and you will be empowered to choose people that are good for you.

Get the workbook “Manage Toxic Relationships Effectively” today and transform your life today.

You want more information?

Check out the podcast “Smart Relationships Moves” where you get honest insights about relationships that support you in being empowered in your life.

You are interested in working with me? Check out your options.

Online Counselling Group To Manage Toxic Relationships Effectively

Counselling Group Toxic Relationships

This online counselling group is for people in toxic relationships. It supports them to manage toxic relationships effectively.

Is this You?

The following participants have benefitted from attending the group:

Many people were currently in a toxic relationship and wanted to break free from the toxic dynamics. In particular, they had an emotionally abusive relationship with a romantic partner, a sibling, or a parent. Furthermore, a lot of participants co-parented with a toxic ex-partner. In contrast, other participants had already ended a toxic relationship. They wanted to heal and empower themselves so that they won’t enter a toxic relationship again.

Does this resonate with you? Find out what you can get out of the group.

What will you get out of the counselling group for toxic relationships?

Participating in this online counselling group, you will:

  • LEARN TO DISCERN between healthy and toxic behaviours in relationships
  • INCREASE your awareness about unhealthy dynamics in your relationship
  • APPLY strategies to address toxic and emotionally violent dynamics
  • GAIN skills to have healthy behaviours in relationships

The group will give you a non-judgmental and safe space to share your experiences. This group runs on a biweekly basis on Tuesdays at 7 pm MDT. The duration is between 1.5 hours. The group uses zoom as a tool for video conferencing.

Costs

One group session costs CAD 40.

Request a free discovery session (via phone)

I am offering a free discovery session so that we can get to know each other better and answer any questions. If you are interested in working with me, please request a free discovery session by filling out the following form. I am looking forward to hearing from you:

About Natalie

Natalie is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor, Shiatsu Therapist, and Author of A Brave, True Story. They provide trauma-informed services that integrate EMDR which is recognized as the leading trauma-resolution method. Natalie also hosts the podcast Smart Relationship Moves. They are registered with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada and the Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta.

Do you want further information?.

Smart Relationship MovesCheck out the podcast Smart Relationships Moves that provides you with honest insights about relationships and supports you in being empowered in your relationships.

Get the free guide “Warning Signs of Toxic Relationships.”

Counselling for Anxiety (online or in-person)

Counselling for anxiety

Counselling for Anxiety

Anxiety can show up on many occasions: for some people it is at their workplace or during a job interview. Other people feel anxious in social situations, while finding a partner or making new friends. Some people experience constant worries about the future. While a certain level of anxiety is natural, it becomes problematic if it is holding us back to live our lives to the fullest.

Does anxiety cause you distress?

While a certain level of anxiety is natural, anxiety can sometimes control our lives and cause significant distress. Some people feel so anxious that they avoid certain situations. However, this avoidance can have the opposite effect and increase anxiety. In worse cases, anxiety can provoke a panic attack. How does anxiety affect your life?

When can it be useful to seek counselling for anxiety?

You may consider finding new ways to deal with anxiety if you experience anxiety that reduces your quality of life or prevents you from achieving your goals. Furthermore, you may notice that you avoid certain situations because of your anxiety or that it is getting worse. While it might be hard for you to imagine right now, you can learn to manage your anxiety in a better way and improve your quality of life.

How can counselling for anxiety support you?

We are unique individuals and some strategies may work for you, others won’t. Through counselling for anxiety, you will find your individual strategies to deal with anxiety and improve your quality of living.

In our collaboration, you will:

  • Learn new strategies to manage your anxiety and experiment with them to find those that work well for you. 
  • Learn breathing and awareness techniques that support you in being present.
  • Increase your understanding of anxiety as part of the process of overcoming it.
  • Expand your social skills.

Cost of Counselling Sessions

Counselling sessions are provided either in-person or online via video. The price for an in-person session is CAD 110 (+GST). The cost for a video session is CAD 85 (+GST). A sliding scale price is available on request.

Free discovery session (via phone)

I am offering a free discovery session so that we can get to know each other better and answer any questions. If you are interested in working with me, please request a free discovery session by filling out the following form. I am looking forward to hearing from you:

About Natalie

Natalie Jovanic – as a Counsellor, Systemic Coach, and Facilitator – specializes in working with diverse clients who have experienced trauma or adverse childhood experiences. Natalie is passionate about supporting their clients to transform their lives and experience more joy and fulfillment. Many of Natalie’s clients belong to marginalized communities such as sexually or gender-diverse people or BIPOC people. Their services are trauma-informed and integrate EMDR, recognized as the leading trauma-resolution method, as well as anti-oppressive/anti-racist practices.

Additionally, Natalie provides workshops, mentoring and consultancy services around power and privilege for organizations and mental health professionals. The training covers topics like navigating white privilege healthily, creating a respectful culture for gender and sexually diverse people, and anti-oppressive practices.

Natalie is also the author of A Brave, True Story and hosts the podcast Smart Relationship Moves. They are registered with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada and the Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta.

Online Counselling for Toxic Relationships

Online counselling for toxic relationships

Online counselling for toxic relationships

Counselling could be beneficial for you if one of these cases resonates with you: Some of my clients are in a toxic relationship and want to explore more empowering strategies. This includes not only romantic relationships but also relationships with siblings, parents or with a manager. Apart from this, other clients coparent with a toxic ex-partner and want new strategies to navigate this.

Toxic relationships are often exhausting and confusing. If you want to break the toxic dynamics, you can choose to learn strategies to deal with them effectively through online counselling for toxic relationships. Through the process, you will gain clarity and learn the skills necessary to respond to a toxic relationship in an empowered way.

What will you get out of our collaboration?

Through our collaboration, you will:

  • LEARN TO DISCERN between healthy and toxic behaviours in relationships
  • INCREASE YOUR AWARENESS about unhealthy dynamics in your relationship
  • APPLY STRATEGIES to address unhealthy dynamics
  • LEARN SKILLS to have healthy behaviours in relationships
  • HEAL UNCONSCIOUS WOUNDS that block you from having healthy relationships
  • RELEASE painful emotions
  • INCREASE your self-confidence

As a result, you will be empowered to make choices that are for your best.

Costs for online counselling for toxic relationships

The regular price is CA$75 per video counselling session. A sliding scale pricing is available to make counselling accessible for people with different income levels.

Free discovery session (via phone)

I am offering a free discovery session so that we can get to know each other better and answer any questions. If you are interested in working with me, please request a free discovery session by filling out the following form. I am looking forward to hearing from you:

About Natalie

Natalie Jovanic is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor, Shiatsu Therapist, and Author of A Brave, True Story. They provide trauma-informed services that integrate EMDR which is recognized as the leading trauma-resolution method. Natalie is registered with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada and the Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta.

Counselling Group For Survivors of Childhood Abuse

Counselling Group Childhood Abuse

Are you an Adult Survivor of Childhood Abuse?

Growing up with childhood abuse is a painful and difficult experience. Shame and stigma may make it hard to talk about what happened to you as a child. Maybe you even feel hopeless that live will ever get better.

However, there is hope. You can start your healing journey and you do not have to do it alone. Group counselling is powerful because you realize that you are not alone. It also helps you to relate to others in a healthier way.

Counselling Group for Survivors of Childhood Abuse

I invite to join my counselling group for survivors of childhood abuse. The group gives you a safe space to talk about your experiences.

Participating in this group, you will:

  • Create awareness about your emotions and expressing them
  • Deal with difficult emotions like shame, anger, guilt, or sadness
  • Integrate the traumatic experience
  • Re-connecting with your inner child
  • Find self-esteem and self-empowerment

As a result, you will experience a higher degree of joy and inner peace in your life.

The group starts on Monday, April 20 at 6.30 pm. The schedule is as follows: April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, and May 25, 2020. Each session starts at 6.30 pm and lasts for 2 hours.

The group is open to all gender identities. It uses safer and accountable space guidelines.

Early Bird* for all sessions: $300

*available until March 31, 2020

Request your free Discovery Session

I am offering a free discovery session so that we can get to know each other better and answer any questions. If you are interested in working with me, please request a free discovery session by filling out the following form. I am looking forward to hearing from you:

 

Counselling

Relationship Counselling (Online or in-person)

Relationship Counselling

Is your relationship at a difficult spot right now? Or are you and your partner stuck in a vicious cycle of negativity? If we have grown up in a dysfunctional family, we may never have learned healthy behaviour in relationships. As adults, we repeat the patterns we have learned as children. However, you can break the cycle.

Relationship counselling supports you and your partner in finding healthy ways of dealing with recurring conflicts or toxic behaviours.

Through relationship counselling, you and your partner can:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your partner
  • Unlearn behaviours that perpetuate negativity
  • Learn healthy ways to communicate with each other
  • Handle your conflicts in a more respectful way
  • Experience a higher degree of closeness and connection

Cost of Counselling Sessions

Counselling sessions are provided either in-person or online via video. The price for an in-person relationship session is CAD 125 (+GST). The cost for a video session is CAD 95 (+GST). A sliding scale price is available on request.

Free Discovery Session

I am offering a free discovery session so that we can get to know each other better and answer any questions. If you are interested in working with me, please request a free discovery session by filling out the following form. I am looking forward to hearing from you:

About Natalie

Natalie Jovanic – as a Counsellor, Systemic Coach, and Facilitator – specializes in working with diverse clients who have experienced trauma or adverse childhood experiences. Natalie is passionate about supporting their clients to transform their lives and experience more joy and fulfillment. Many of Natalie’s clients belong to marginalized communities such as sexually or gender-diverse people or BIPOC people. Their services are trauma-informed and integrate EMDR, recognized as the leading trauma-resolution method, as well as anti-oppressive/anti-racist practices.

Additionally, Natalie provides workshops, mentoring and consultancy services around power and privilege for organizations and mental health professionals. The training covers topics like navigating white privilege healthily, creating a respectful culture for gender and sexually diverse people, and anti-oppressive practices.

Natalie is also the author of A Brave, True Story and hosts the podcast Smart Relationship Moves. They are registered with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada and the Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta.