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Lean in counseling available to Interlakers

 by Twyla Siple, Interlake Spectator

Sarah Pinsent has been practising counselling for more than 10 years and recently opened her new business in Gimli on April 1.

Sarah Pinsent has been practising counselling for more than 10 years and recently opened her new business in Gimli on April 1.

A Winnipeg Beach resident opened a counselling business in the RM of Gimli last month.
Sarah Pinsent, a former community mental health and palliative care worker for the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, opened her new business on April 1.
“After working at St Boniface Hospital for the past few years, it was time to focus my career closer to home,” Pinsent told The Interlake Spectator on May 19.
“My social work career began in Dauphin, Man., in 2004 where I worked in the areas of mental health and domestic violence before moving back to the Interlake in 2009. I worked in the areas of palliative care and community mental health for the Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authority up until 2015,” she explained.
With a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Manitoba and a Masters of Social Work from Dalhousie University, Pinsent said her inspiration comes from every day events and people.
“I want everyone to achieve their potential, achieve a sense of personal well-being and purpose and to live their best life.  These values are what inspire me to be a counsellor,” she said. “It is a natural extension of who I am and allows me to practice my clinical skills on my own terms, following my values and ethics.”
Pinsent noted that one of her heros is Brené Brown, whom according to Wikipedia, is a research professor at the University of Houston who has spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of four number one New York Times bestsellers. Brown’s TED talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 30 million views.
“I appreciate the research and teachings of Brene Brown, Pinsent said. “I also have an extraordinary mentor, a former social work instructor, Oleksandr Kondrashov whose humanism and global social work outreach are life changing to those around him.  I am inspired and driven to reach the vision of the late Jack Layton, Former Leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party.”
Lean in
To “Lean In” to discomfort, means to embrace the discomfort that paves the road to transforming the way you think and talk to yourself, according to her website.  
As you may have experienced, this pain interferes with your relationships, family, social and professional lives.  When we learn to “Lean In” to the pain, distress and discomfort, we in turn, also “Lean In” to our joy, she explains in her online profile.
“I feel very fortunate that I am able to provide therapeutic counselling services out of my Gimli office and am very happy to reconnect with the people in the Interlake,” Pinsent added. “I have been welcoming children, adolescents and adults of all ages in my new space.”
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