Sadly, captivity sees many mammals exhibit stress in the form of repetitive behaviour patterns. Behaviours and "bad" habits which, if left untreated can see them fall deeper into stress and declining health. You only need conjure the image of the beautiful polar bear or the majestic killer whale in exhibition to understand.
As humans, we are similar in many ways. We can feel captive and trapped as a result of stress, poor health, unhappiness, repeating bad habits and behaviours, and feelings of being stuck somewhere we don't belong. We damage our health and allow happiness, vitality and our lives to slip away in keeping ourselves in this place. In my early career at a marine science and research facility in Newfoundland, I loved sharing this knowledge about animal health and behaviour and especially engaging the public and interest groups in this way to share my work and research - and especially seeing the "a-ha" moments on faces in making these connections between behaviour and psychological and physical health and wellbeing.
Over the years, I became really good at public engagement and consultation. I supported this with a Masters degree in 2001. My career segued into public consultation and engagement work for government in the UK and European Union, and later back home in the Federal Government of Canada. I stayed a public engagement and consultation career path for nearly 20 years, with 12 of those in European and Canadian governments combined.
A deeply rewarding professional experience in this area has been my work with Aboriginal people, exploring ways to work together, to conserve, indeed - to heal. Here, I felt the connectedness of our health relative to my engagement work the most richly. Sadly, this too often seems to happen in a system somewhat resistant to it - to such essential effort and critical need to heal in our "modern" world.
My strong government experience in consultation and public engagement has served me well in my deliberate and focused return to healthcare, and to promote healing - a decision I made following my own health challenge in 2012. It was during this time that a "missing link" in our healthcare experience became very vivid - and my personal reaction to it a calling back to where my earliest career began. A full-circle journey back to learning to become a health and healing professional. Where my professional healthcare training in the UK ended, Duke Integrative Medicine stepped in.
I completed training at Duke Integrative Medicine as an integrated health coach in January 2014, operating a private coaching practice ever since. My clients move and inspire me everyday in how they have opened up to coaching, and how it has transformed their lives.
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The Link - health & leadership consulting
Duke Integrative Medicine & U.S National Board of Health & Wellness Coaching certified
Andrea Carew, B.Sc., M.M.S., IHC
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Andrea's coaching is international in reach.
- Clinical Instructor - Dalhousie University School of
- Member of the Health Faculty - Atlantic Contemplative
- Regular Coach Mentor at Duke Integrative Medicine for
students in the integrative health coach professional