This week we had a cozy chat with Tasha Pelletier, the entrepreneur and expert behind Free to Bee Me Counselling and Therapy Services.
Tasha is a truly extraordinary human. She has her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Texas, Arlington where she specialized in Mental Health and Substance Abuse. She is trained in Theraplay, EMDR, Play therapy techniques, and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.
Tasha will be teaching our Playtime with Parents series this fall on Saturdays. It’s a great way for moms with toddlers and newborns to get ahead of the sibling rivalry, strengthen your bond, and nurture your child’s developing mind.
We asked Tasha about resilience and perseverance, and what led her to this point in her life. Here’s what she said.
Q: WHAT IS FREE TO BEE ME?
Tasha: It’s a counselling service for children, teens, adults, and families. People are always feeling like they need to fit society’s norms and ideals of how we should act, think, feel, and behave. But we should be free to be ourselves, free of mental health problems and emotional struggles.
Q: WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO THIS WORK?
Tasha: I have devoted my life to helping others. I love helping people with their relationships. I’m First Nations and I see the inter-generational trauma in my family, on reserves and in child welfare. Often, when people are struggling, it goes back to parenting and childhood experiences. Parenting skills are huge with my practice.
Q: WHAT KEY MOMENTS IN YOUR LIFE LED YOU TO THIS POINT?
Tasha: My upbringing, family trauma, my experience working in child welfare. I asked, why is this all happening? So many children in care, unhealthy parents. How can I get involved to change that? There are so many recommendations for people to get counselling or mental health services but it’s hard because resources are so limited.
Q: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS?
Tasha: Just do it. There are so many fears that stop us from pursuing our dreams. If we were to stay and let fear control us, we limit ourselves and our abilities.
Q: HOW DO YOU PRACTICE SELF-CARE IN YOUR OWN LIFE?
Tasha: I’m always reading. I love learning. It makes me feel accomplished so that I can help more people. Things I do to pump myself up, I’m very silly. I like to be goofy. Sometimes I just need to laugh, be with my friends. Going outside. I had to get a dog!
Q: WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY TO PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING?
Tasha: Don’t be scared to reach out for help. You might not realize it’s a problem until it takes control of you. And it could be that you just need the smallest amount of support to move forward.
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