ABOUT BLOSSOMING FROM WITHIN
Blossoming from Within provides trauma survivors the tools, resources, and support to help them re-integrate back into their communities through participating in programs and/or volunteer opportunities.
Ever since 2014, our Founder, April, knew she wanted to make a difference and help others in the mental health field when she noticed a lack of resources for adults and communities. It was a fire that burned deep inside of her over the years.
Flash forward to July 2021 when April registered for the Trauma Recovery Coaching Certification course through the IAOTRC. It was then, through her own self-healing journey and using her own background in recreation, April knew what she wanted to create to help communities support trauma survivors.
In August 2021, Blossoming from Within was born. In August 2022, April expanded the services to include more ways to support trauma survivors in their journeys.
Blossoming from Within works with those who are 18+
Certified Trauma Recovery Coach
I am a coach with lived experienced in multiple and complex traumas. My recovery and healing work range from abuses such as bullying to assault and medical trauma.
It was through working in various municipal and community recreation departments, my own experiences, and self-healing journey, I noticed the lack of resources and support available for trauma survivors at a community level.
As a coach, my goal is to be a peer and mentor to my clients as we work together in developing leisure coping skills, new activities to explore for their healing journeys, and re-integrate them back into their communities.
I hold a Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Services with Major in Community Recreation (Brock, 2014), and a Diploma in Recreation and Leisure Services (Algonquin, 2011). I am a Certified Trauma Recovery Coach through the International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaches (2022).
My passions lie within building awareness, helping others, being a voice for other survivors, and bridging gaps.
Certified Recreation Therapist
Hello! I’m Katie Carter. I have a bachelor degree in Recreation and Leisure, majoring in Therapeutic Recreation, and have been a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for 8 years. I help women accomplish their unique wellbeing goals through purposeful participation in recreation activities.
I enjoy exploring new leisure activities to support my wellbeing and learning new skills that help me feel rejuvenated. When I need to connect with my inner self, I opt for hiking, lake days, therapeutic art, and time engaging with my dogs through play.
Mindfulness is an ongoing skill I’m working on to help me focus and become more present in day to day life. Mindfulness is cultivating awareness within and around yourself. Practicing mindfulness can increase our ability to regulate our emotions, help us understand ourselves deeper, and help drive desired change within our lives.
During our sessions I will guide you through mindful and creative hands-on activities to build leisure resources and skills you can apply in your daily life.
I am passionate about therapeutic recreation because it has helped me in more ways than one. I have been able to transform my own life from a place of emotional dysregulation and low self-worth, to one where I have the tools to help myself navigate through life’s winding journey.
April's in-house therapy cats who may pop on during a video call.