My name is Karin and I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself. I am in my mid-thirties and I live in Canberra, Australia. I originally grew up in Switzerland but met my husband who is Australian while travelling in Canada. So love brought me to the nation’s capital. 🙂
I have my own counselling practice, Snowdrop, here in Curtin but also offer online sessions. I am passionate about helping people to find their way to work through life’s challenges. I specialise in grief counselling and mental health support and my third area of work is supporting people who care for a loved one with a disability (respite and self care strategies).
I came to counselling through a personal tragedy.
As it happens in a marriage, hubby and I had talked about having children for a while and in 2011, it happened. I fell pregnant in May – very unexpectedly. I was shocked. We wanted children but that fast? I felt very confused. I was anxious, stressed and really unsure if this was a good time to have a baby. I really struggled with the fact I was pregnant and didn’t feel all those happy feelings I was supposed to feel when finding out the good news.
But before I could make up my mind, the decision was made for me – we were not supposed to have this baby. I suffered a missed miscarriage, which means my body wasn’t able to abort my tiny little bean by itself. I had to go to hospital for a D&C, which took place on 1 July 2011.
After that, I fell into a deep, dark hole. Life made no sense to me; I couldn’t see how I could keep on living with a piece of my heart and soul missing. I blamed myself and was convinced I caused the miscarriage by originally not wanting the baby. It has been a long journey for me but I take one step at a time. Some days are good, some are not.
This website, my blog on here and more importantly, my book ‘How to survive a miscarriage – a guide for women, their partners, friends and families’ are a direct result of my loss and my healing journey. Get your copy of the book via the link in the ‘Get the book’ section.
As I went along in my grief journey, I realised that I wanted to help others not only through my writing but through counselling as well. I studied for a Diploma in Counselling in 2015 and 2016 and finished my course in August 2016. Soon, my idea for an online grief counselling practice was born.
Now I am happy to offer my services through my practice, Snowdrop, to bereaved families near and far. I offer counselling via Skype, email, phone and FB chat (or other social medial channels). I also offer face to face counselling in my practice in Curtin, ACT as well as ‘mobile’ counselling which means I can come to you if you live in the Canberra region. For more info, head over to my ‘Counseling’ section and have a read.
While my own pregnancy loss started my counselling career, I don’t stop at grief counselling. I am also very passionate about mental health support and ending the stigma towards mental illness. For example, I have been working with women who suffer from post natal or pre natal depression and offer my services to anyone struggling with a mental illness, such as depression or anxiety, and look forward to working with you through your tough times. It is not always easy and mental illness presents itself with many challenges. But it won’t stop uf from living life to the fullest. We take each day as it comes and I’m ready to provide anyone with the guidcance they need to tackle life one day at a time.
I look forward to hearing from you.