HOW I WENT FROM BREAKDOWN TO BREAKTHROUGH

“I’m such a failure”. Those are the exact words I wrote down inside my journal as I reflected on how much my life had so effortlessly fallen apart in a months time. I felt defeated.

I never could have imagined that this breakdown would turn into my greatest breakthrough. I realized for the first time that I was so tired of “being strong” and “having it all together.” I was exhausted, and tired of pretending that everything was fine when it wasn’t.

SO WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?

I turned my breakdown, into a breakthrough. I realized that I had been focusing so much on helping other people conquer their demons and make peace with their pasts, that I had unconsciously dismissed my own.

It all started when I was quite young. My Birth Mother abandoned me, so I was adopted at a young age and bullied to the point of social isolation. This lead my parents to switch schools, I still found myself as a bit of an outcast again, making a few close friends, but never truly feeling completely connected to anyone.

Fast forward to my teen years, I endured a lot of pain, suffering and loss. A good friend of mine died in a horrific car accident when I was in grade 10, I had an ex-boyfriend that suicided after I had just graduated grade 12, a friend that attempted suicide, and I was sexually assaulted in the freshman year of College.

I felt so much pain from the people around me, and all I wanted was to relieve some of the suffering of other’s.

Naturally, I became a Social Worker, specializing in Mental Health & Mental Illness, and it wasn’t for another 6 years that I began being consciously aware of how much pain and hurt of my OWN that I had suppressed over the years of helping other people.

HEALING IS FEELING

I had went back to school to advance my career in mental health by becoming an RN, but between lockdowns, online school, working in a hospital with constant Covid cases, I was burnt out. Nothing seemed to be going right and I just couldn’t seem to stay above the water any longer.

I realized one morning that I couldn’t fight this battle on my own anymore. So I started seeking guidance from therapists, social workers, mindset coaches and my Doctor. I was then diagnosed with Anxiety and Depression… I was shocked! But that’s when I began my journey of healing.

 

Within months, I reclaimed my life. I realized that I had been living a life that wasn’t aligned with my authentic self, and that’s what had been causing the manifestations of anxiety and depression. For years I was so fearful to be myself due to my childhood traumas, that I was constantly putting on a facade, an armour to protect myself from other’s… and this was unconsciously blocking me from connecting.

 

I had built up walls around myself to protect me from getting hurt, without realizing that it was the walls in the first place that were actually hurting me the most. I had to learn how to break down the walls that I had struggled to keep for so many years… and when I did this, everything changed.

 

It took time, but I started feeling like I was walking on a lighter flame. It was like I shed these invisible anchors that were holding me down, and I began to heal.

Now my life’s mission is dedicated to help other’s transform their lives holistically, from the inside out in the same way that I have done with mine. My hope is to guide those seeking direction by pointing them back to the answers that live inside their own hearts and connecting them to their inner compass so that they can awaken the strength within.

KAYLA MCTAGGART Bio

KAYLA MCTAGGART IS A COUNSELLOR, PROFESSIONAL MINDSET COACH, PODCASTER, INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER, AND PUBLISHED WRITER.

Kayla has 7 years of experience as a Case Worker working in In-Patient mental health as a Counsellor, and has gathered a comprehensive understanding of the complexity of a wide range of Mental Health challenges and Mental Illnesses over the years in her profession, specializing in Anxiety and Depression.

She is a published writer for Thought Catalog and has been featured in media outlets such as Medium and Tiny Buddha. As founder of Audacious Curiosity Coaching, Kayla works with anxious women to help them reclaim their lives and help them live on their OWN terms.

Kayla adds a very crucial role to the Mindset Coaching space as she is both a Counsellor and Mindset Coach with 7 years of experience specializing in Anxiety and Depression. Kayla has also had many years of lived experience with Anxiety, and this allows her clients to receive expedited personal growth and healing from her not only being professionally educated in these areas, but also having first hand experience of what it’s like to struggle with Anxiety and how to overcome it.

As Kayla bridges the gap between Therapy and Mindset Coaching, this allows her clients to receive explosive personal growth and development in only a fraction of the time that it takes in traditional therapy, and receive long-lasting results from her Transformational Services and Programs.

MY WORK COMBINES THE MOST EFFECTIVE MODALITIES AVAILABLE TO CREATE TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE FOR MY CLIENTS.

✓  Psychodynamic Therapy
✓  Behavioural Therapy (Rational Emotive, Cognitive, Exposure & Behavioural Activation)
✓  Holistic Psychology

✓  Trauma-Informed Therapy
✓  Motivational Interviewing
✓  Narrative Therapy
✓  Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

I ALSO SUPPORT MY CLIENTS WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF CERTIFICATIONS TO ENSURE MY CLIENTS RECEIVE THE MOST HOLISTIC, PATIENT-CENTERED CARE POSSIBLE.

✓  Social Worker Diploma (Fully Licensed & Registered through OCSWSSW)
✓  Professional Mindset Coach Certification – Fully Accredited by CPDSA
✓  CBT Practitioner Certification (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)  – Fully Accredited by CTAA
✓  REBT Practitioner Certification (Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy) – Fully Accredited by CPDSA

Hypnotherapy Practitioner – Fully Accredited by ABH and iGhyp
Neuroplasticity Diploma – Fully Accredited by CTAA
Stress and Anxiety Management Certification – Fully Accredited by IAOTH
EMDR Practitioner Certification – Fully Accredited
ASIST Certification (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training))

WHAT INSURANCE AGENCIES COVER YOUR FEES?

Below is a list of our known Insurance Agencies that cover fees from our services. If your insurer is on this list, this means that we have clients whose fees are currently insured by these companies, so yours will be as well.

If your insurer is not on this list, this doesn’t necessarily mean that our services are not covered by your insurer. As we offer services to a wide range of Countries, these are just a handful of insurers that currently cover fees associated with our services. If you insurer is not on this list, simply send an inquiry to your insurance agency inquiring about the amount of your yearly coverage for Private Practice Counsellors/Social Workers.

My Favorite Things

• HIKING
• MEDITATING
• BON FIRES + DEEP TALKS
• ICECREAM
• SUNSET WALKS
• PUPPY KISSES
• COLLECTING PLANTS

 

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