Hi, my name is Monique Koven, and I am a certified trauma recovery and resilience coach. I have worked for over 25 years as a social worker.
As a survivor of repetitive childhood trauma, I know what it's like feel unsafe in your own body and believe that things will never change. I was first diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. I tried over 15 therapeutic modalities, but nothing helped. I lived for decades with chronic anxiety, fear, and distressing daily PTSD symptoms such as flashbacks, disassociation, and triggering. I felt broken. I felt helpless. I felt hopeless.
ALL VERY FAMILIAR FEELINGS. Waking up with feelings of dread at the thought of a new day and then living it in constant anxiety. Every. Single. Day. I was finally properly diagnosed with Chronic PTSD, also known as Complex Trauma.
I was told that trauma and anxiety were going to be with me for the long haul, and that I would have to learn coping strategies to manage my symptoms. I believed it. Why wouldn’t I? All I had ever known was fear. Until... everything changed.
I no longer live with the symptoms of chronic PTSD and and am experiencing the kind of freedom I always wished for. One where I could feel SAFE in my own body and life.
I am sharing my passion with others that recovery IS possible.
Trauma is not a life sentence. You do not have to live in the same feelings of your trauma over and over again. Change is possible because we were designed to thrive and not just SURVIVE this life.
Professional Work Experience & Training
*I have worked as a social worker for over 25 years obtaining my B.S.W degree from McGill University in Montreal
*Professional social work experience in mental health and geriatrics and facilitating groups with survivors of Genocidal Trauma.
*Conducted workshops and spoken on various topics such as Anxiety, Resilience and Trauma.
* Practitioner certification training with The Attachment and Trauma Treatment Center For Healing, St. Catharine`s, Ontario.
*Trauma Recovery certification with The International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaching.
*Certified Coach Training Program with Dr. Amy Johnson
*Congress Attachment and Neurobiology of Healing, 2017 New York
*Complex Trauma Symposium -McGill University 2018
*Podcast Host-Freedom from CPTSD and Anxiety (link in media section)