About Me

 

 

I have practiced for the past 11 years as a social worker, counsellor and yoga teacher in the areas of trauma, violence against women, mental health and substance use. My work has involved direct clinical assessment and counselling, program development, and trainings within diverse settings.  At the core of my practice is the belief that safe relational connection is vital for recovery, healing and growth.

As a yoga teacher, I have taught in both mainstream studios and addiction and mental health treatment programs.  I developed and taught 2 first of their kind yoga programs for adults and youth in inpatient concurrent disorder treatment units, and in collaboration with an organization called Yoga Outreach, deliver trainings throughout British Columbia to yoga teachers and helping professionals on providing trauma-sensitive yoga classes to students/clients who are marginalized.

I've completed additional training in Ayurveda and herbalism, and integrate these perspectives into my work at times to create more holistic approaches to mind-body wellness. In addition to being connected to and influenced by each other, these approaches emphasize our dynamic relationship with the natural world. 

Trauma recovery depends on the ability to regulate and restore balance in the mind, body and nervous system.  The experience of feeling safe in one's body and safe in the presence of others are central in healing.  My approach to counselling, yoga, and teaching emphasizes these principles. I look forward to working with you. 

 

A bit more about me: I'm a movement and DIY enthusiast who loves growing my own food and herbal medicine, concocting healing remedies of all sorts, spending time outside with human and animal loved ones, and trying endlessly to simplify my life. 

 

 

For a full list of my training and credentials click here. 

Leslie Wilkin, MSW RSW RYT

Nanaimo, BC, Canada

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