“2016, as for many others, was a hell of a year for me.
I faced a health crisis, job crisis, personal crisis, as well as the probable end to my marriage of 12 years. In the midst of the year, I was struggling to make sense of what I should do next — should I stay with my partner and father of my kids, or was it time to go? To make matters more complicated, I was never out of love with my partner. We were both at a point of a mid-life crisis and we now had the added complexity of an affair partner to contend with. The situation was complicated, ever-changing and really, really painful.
I stumbled across Catherine via Instagram and when we had our first call I knew she was going to help me navigate this crisis and come out stronger.
Over the course of four months, she helped me analyze the relationship, but more importantly, she helped me look at patterns within my self to truly heal some deep-rooted wounds. Like many of us, I had a timeline I was comfortable with to get to a decision about our future.
As time went on and my work with Catherine deepened, I was able to see that the relationship crisis was in many ways a true gift for me. I learned, faced and healed many wounds from childhood that I likely would have ignored and I found an internal sense of strength and power that I had never fully tapped into before.
Since working with Catherine, my emotional intelligence and control have dramatically improved, I am a more patient and calm parent, I have met more health and wellness goals than I ever thought I was capable of achieving and I am actually happier than I was before the affair happened.
We are still wading through the muddy waters of a complicated situation, but I feel fully capable of living in the ambiguity for longer. I am clear on what I want in a relationship and how I want to feel about myself. And I am comfortable that I will not sacrifice those desires. In some ways, a more drawn out experience in making me learn more about myself and I am working on cultivating faith that it is in my best interest to keep on, keeping on.
Catherine has been an extreme source of inspiration, cheerleading, and belief in me when I could hardly believe in myself. She balances compassion and realism perfectly and always knows when to tell me like it is or to give me words of gentle encouragement and comfort.
I can honestly say that I don’t think 2017 would feel so good if I hadn’t gone through this experience with Catherine. I look forward to seeing what will come as an I look to rebuild this relationship from the place of the “new me”. – Karen