Hi, I’m Serena. I have spent much of my life working on my own healing. I have Endometriosis and its cousin, Adenomyosis, which are chronic pelvic diseases. Endo can be managed in various ways but is incurable. It creates symptoms such as painful sex, extremely painful and heavy periods, daily debilitating pain, infertility, exhaustion and more. Many with this disease deal with mental health challenges, such as depression and anxiety due to being in chronic pain.
Living with this disease and possessing an insatiable curiosity about mind-body psychology means I am always learning a lot about the complex interplay of mind, body, emotions in daily life. I have benefited from the help of both holistic and conventional medicine, which have given me quality of life (read more about my healing journey in my blog). I encourage clients to listen to their inner knowing and experience of what’s best for themselves. I believe empowerment comes from having choice and ownership of our own bodies, and from having our voice be heard and validated. I strive to meet people where they are at and offer an empathetic listening ear and realistic, personalized support.
I am also a mom and partner. My loved ones are always number one in my life. Everything I do is dedicated to my daughter and the generations to come after. Equally important are my ancestors, who made it possible for me to be here and who continually inspire me and guide me in my work. I enjoy remembering the ‘old ways’ in which our ancestors lived in intimate relationship with the land and with each other in pre-colonial structures. My heritage is a mix of French, Metis, Ojibway, Scottish, English & Welsh. I grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and have lived my entire adult life in Ontario, mainly Toronto. I have a growing relationship with the land I live on and its people. I share Indigenous worldviews and goals of self-determination. I follow the Earth-based practices of both my Indigenous and European ancestors. Spiritually, I identify as a Witch. I like to adapt the old ways to modern daily life so that they are accessible. I respect and welcome all personal belief systems and delight in meeting new people and working with the diverse population of Toronto. As someone who helps facilitate healing for others, I am committed to my own healing. I do my best to practice critical self-reflection on my personal biases, privilege, de-colonization and do my best to be as compassionate, self-aware yet authentic human being as I can. I am a work in progress and live to learn!
I am grateful to be living in this city of Tkaronto- (in Mohawk meaning ‘Trees standing in water’) on this land of the Mississaugas of the Credit, Anishinaabe, Chippewa, Haudenosaunee and Wendat nations. In this ‘Dish With One Spoon’ treaty territory, I respect this agreement that acknowledges that we must take care of and protect this land, our Mother who sustains us and care for and protect each other. We must share our resources equitably. We are all connected.