Hi! I’m Suzanne.
Officially, I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, life coach, and consultant in Vancouver, BC (which is why you may notice some weird spellings here. I use lots of extra “u”s and refuse to spell “cheque” as “check”).
I hold a Master’s degree in Counselling and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I am the founder and author of Insight Instigators.
I made up the nerdy titles of Insight Instigator and Emotional Strategist because I am so passionate about discussing and teaching the tools of emotional intelligence and self-awareness. I love love love talking to people about HOW they are able to overcome obstacles and thrive.
But prior to becoming a counsellor, I spent many years in the corporate world contemplating the existential meaning of billable hours and tax reorganizations — until I realized that fulfilment wouldn’t come from doing something that wasn’t fulfilling. Yes, for all my maturity and insight, I was kind of slow…
So I decided to become a therapist — the life-long dream which I had crammed down for over 20 years in favour of stability and comfort. Sound familiar to anyone?
When I eventually threw caution to the wind, I realized that big life changes often require determination, commitment, time, and patience. I was willing to do this, but was a bit naïve about the process. I had made big changes before, and they were hard, but never this hard.
Of course, as soon as I decided to make a huge change for the better, the Universe sensed this and decided to have a great big garage sale on nearly everything I held dear. Might as well get rid of everything that isn’t working, right? I realized that all of the structures on which I had previously built my life had been as sturdy as the old card table kept in Grandma’s attic for 40 years. I had to get rid of all that I knew about myself and start again — this time intending to rebuild something solid and magical, yet still without any guarantees of safety.
There ended up being a lot of loss, grief, fear, uncertainty, frustration, failure, and a few tantrums with lots of curse words thrown in for effect.
It was a complete reorganization of my life and belief systems. I had to re-evaluate who I considered myself to be, and what I really desired.
Even though I didn’t feel like much of a heroine, I would later recognize this process as the Call to Adventure within the Hero’s Journey, described by Joseph Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Sometimes I desperately wanted to refuse the Call. And when I accepted it, I found that the Road of Trials is a tough mother.
I now know from personal experience that getting through the Hero’s Journey can be done (and maybe with some humour and grace thrown in). I am honoured to now guide and witness the incredible personal transformations of my clients, but I know how freaking hard it can be to make the changes that matter.
It all starts with a little insight
This website was borne because I recognized that, in these turbulent societal times, we all need to understand our own inner worlds — regardless of what is going on externally. We can each thrive and be healthy even when circumstances are difficult and uncertain. Everyone is worthy and deserving of happiness, love, compassion, and to live in alignment with one’s heart and soul. The Hero’s Journey is open for anyone who heeds the invitation. But not all of us are able to get the help we need, or make all the changes we need all at once.
What is the Quest?
My personal quest is to help you develop your insight muscles. But I realize that you have tons of your own wisdom to pass on to others as well. I would love to create a community of wise old souls who want to sit on the porch swing and chat about life with anyone who passes by.
Are you up for it?
Connect with Me
I want to hear from you! Here’s how to connect: