Why I do what I do.
From breakdowns to breakthroughs...
Hey man. My name is Dustin, and I'm a Professional Counsellor for the new breed of men.
People often ask me what exactly I do. The short answer is that I assist men like you in discovering what is real, true, and authentic within yourself so you can finally feel happy, fulfilled, and like you have a purpose in this world.
As men, we've been expected to show up in a certain way our whole lives. Hold our feelings inside. Be the leader. Man up. Tough it out.
When we ask for help, we're told we're "pussies” or "weak." When our mental health suffers, we're told to get our shit together and shake it off.
It's no wonder the male suicide rate is 3 to 4 times that of women.
So many of us are struggling on the inside and never share that struggle with anyone. We suffer in silence. That is not the way forward my friend. It serves no one.
Over the years, I've dealt with my own mental health struggles, hopelessness, suicidal thoughts, feelings of worthlessness, self-sabotage, and feeling like an absolute failure.
At first, sharing these painful struggles made me feel weak. But as I learned to proactively express myself and share what was happening on the inside, I felt heard. I felt liberated. I felt free.
My fears around being less "manly" for opening up were busted. In sharing my struggle, I found true strength.
Now it's my mission to help other men make the same breakthroughs and mindset shifts that literally saved my life.
It's time to go on a journey to discover what is real, true, and authentic within yourself—to honour that truth and find the courage to live from it.
This journey isn't easy. But you don’t have to do it alone. Through my unique approach to counselling that is action-focused, encouraging, and supportive, I'll walk beside you as you uncover who you truly are.
I've got your back, brother…
From the outside in, I've had a picture-perfect life. I have an amazing family, awesome friends, an exciting career, and all the opportunities a man could ask for.
But for most of my life, my "inside world" was far from ideal. I was fighting a war that no one else could see. Every day was a new battle.
Living with severe anxiety and depression meant that I spent many days hidden and terrified to face the world. Growing up, I would pretend to be sick, so I wouldn't have to go to school. I missed many fun and exciting opportunities because of crippling fear and low self-confidence.
As I got older, I decided that hiding how I felt was the best thing to do. I didn't want to worry those closest to me. I wanted to project an image of confidence, success, and control to the world. Some days, I succeeded. Others, not so much.
I felt like there was something fundamentally wrong with me. Other people didn't seem to have these kinds of struggles.
During my darkest days, when my inner critic was constantly shouting, "YOU ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH," I was forced to choose. I could continue struggling … or, I could find a way to feel better.
Somehow, in some way, I would find a way to feel the way I deserved to feel: confident, passionate, driven, and happy.
I embarked on a full-scale quest for healing and personal growth that continues to this day. Part of this quest was finally having the courage to fully open up to my friends and family about my struggles. The support they have provided has been incredible and something I cherish!
I've worked with numerous therapists and coaches on my mental and emotional health. I sought training in both coaching and counselling, and now I am passionate about helping other men improve their lives.
Once I decided to do whatever it took to get through my own shit, my life began to transform. Slowly but surely, I moved from barely surviving to truly thriving.
Are my days and life perfect? Hell no, not even close!
Some days are a massive struggle filled with overwhelm, anxiety, and depression. Still, I have developed a powerful arsenal of tools, strategies, and skills that help me live my full potential and keep me moving forward, DESPITE what life throws in my direction.
If we want to transform the world, we must first transform ourselves. And that begins with breaking out of the narrative that says "real men don't share their struggles."
When you choose to stop suffering in silence and commit to doing what it takes to become your best self, you will make a positive impact on your life and the lives of those closest to you. It's a ripple effect.
In reflecting on my journey over the years, I can see that my darkest days were a blessing in disguise. Without the mental and emotional struggles I dealt with over the years, I would never have uncovered within myself the knowledge, compassion, and transformational strategies I can now share with you.
My clients experience amazing successes and breakthroughs in their inner and outer worlds. They stop sabotaging themselves. They clarify their visions for their lives and careers. They feel calmer. They cultivate powerful daily routines. They improve their mental health and daily coping strategies.
But most of all, they show up for their friends, families, spouses, partners, and most importantly, for themselves as the powerful, caring, compassionate men they are capable of being.
It's time to create your transformation. I'd be honored to help you get there.
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