I've been right where you are.

"I also know it can get better.

Let me show you how.

You are more powerful and capable than you know."

 

"If I can do it, so can you. There is nothing special about me. I am just a few steps further down the path."

 

Believe me, I know what you are thinking.

 

"I can't imagine my life without alcohol."
"Why will this time be any different."
"What if I fail?"
"How do I even start?"

My journey began over 30 years ago.

When I entered the recovery world to treat alcohol addiction over thirty years ago, my twelve-year-old son was experiencing many difficulties. I found it challenging to find the support we needed. Not only that, I was appalled at how I was treated for asking.

This lit a fire in my belly and set me on my path. At that moment, I vowed I would do what I could to make a difference for my son and other women and children. (And voilà! I didn’t realize it, but my purpose was born).

So, what’s changed for women in recovery or women out in the world facing addiction?

Change is slow to come.

Out of this recognized need, I created GendHer®.

It is not easy, but it is worth it.

I will hold your hand every step of the way.

To this day, addiction is still treated as a moral failing rather than a health problem, even though medical experts worldwide agree that addiction is a disease of the brain. And notwithstanding all the time that has passed since I commenced my path to recovery, women today face many of the same structural and personal struggles that I met 30 years ago.

You can read on to learn about some of my accomplishments.

If you have found yourself here, you will most likely be interested in my signature product -- GendHer®. GendHer® is a program for women and mothers who wish to quit drinking or using addictively and transform their lives.

That is where I give you everything I have got; information I believe is vital for women and mothers seeking a joyful recovery journey.

Learn from my mistakes.

You ARE ready.

You can do this. I can help you. With GendHer® you will be free and your life will be yours to live. Learn about the program that has changed so many lives and can change yours too.

You don't have to do this alone.

Learn from my time and experience to reach your goals faster.

I have over two decades of experience as an advisor, stakeholder, and educator. Through my various roles, I have gained many insights that support women to heal and transform their lives. Mothers and pregnant women addicted to substances are among the most isolated, shamed, and stigmatized women in our society. I have focused much of my work on that complex area. This includes co-creator of Moms Mentoring Moms, a program for impoverished mothers at risk of losing their children to government care. I was also involved in developing the ground-breaking BC project that created the FASD Key Worker program. There are now over 30 Key Workers in the province of BC. I have given umpteenth number of keynote presentations and workshops at international conferences, seminars, and symposiums over the years on women’s addiction and stigma.

My story has been featured in the Knowledge Network When the Children Grow Up documentary, and published in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Highs and Lows: Canadian Perspectives on Women and Substance Use by Nancy Poole and Lorraine Greaves, and Drink by Ann Dowsett Johnston. Personal interests include creating, gardening, mornings, spring, writing, hiking, and decorating. I can sometimes be a bit of a health nut, though I occasionally eat cheezies for breakfast. (Hawkins -- is there any other kind?). I am a romantic and believe in love and miracles. I also believe in the collective power of women. Not so much as a feminist but in a ‘bedrock of society’ kind of way. In an empowering, accepting, supportive, compassionate, passionate, conscious-raising, community-based, evolutionary sort of way. My greatest accomplishment is my sobriety and breaking the cycle of addiction in my family. My passion is working with women to make a difference. My dream is to help women build a life so glorious; they no longer desire to go back to their old one. This is what jazzes me up. This is what I eat, dream, and sleep. This is what shapes, inspires, and guides my work.

 

Janet has a dual certification for Professional Recovery Coaches at Fowler International Academy of Coaching Professionals and the Institute of the International Association of Professional Recovery Coaches (IAPRC). IAPRC is a division of the NET Institute Centre for Addiction and Recovery Education and is aligned with the definitions and competencies of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). 

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