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Leslie Wilkin

MSW RSW RCC RYT

For over a decade, I have practiced as a social worker, counsellor and yoga teacher in the areas of trauma, violence against women, mental health and substance use. I found my way to this work through activism, and my experience has involved direct clinical assessment and counselling, program development, group facilitation and professional training. At the core of my practice is the belief that safe relational connection is vital for recovery, healing and growth.

I hold both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Social Work and have completed advanced training in the areas of PTSD, relational/attachment trauma, somatic (body-based) therapy and anxiety disorders. My diverse experience includes community outreach, crisis intervention, inpatient mental health, and outpatient therapy settings.

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As a yoga teacher, I have developed and taught classes in mental health and addictions programs, and am an established trainer in the area of trauma-sensitive yoga. I am an inspired student of permaculture, herbalism, and Ayurveda and draw deeply on the healing resources of nature. I view our experiences through the lens of systems and relationships: we are all shaped by systems of power and oppression, our relationships to other people and ourselves, and our sense of place and connection to the natural environment

A bit more about me: I am of Irish & British ancestry, living as a settler on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw people (Nanaimo BC). I’m a movement and DIY enthusiast who loves growing my own food and medicine, racing around outside with human and animal loved ones, and trying endlessly to simplify my life.