My name is Els Cardinaels, I'm 36 years old and I live and work in Antwerp.
I took several trainings/educations in therapeutic counselling. My work with people is also based on and inspired by my own life experience.
Growing up in a difficult family situation, I dealt with a lot of grief, guilt, confusion, loneliness and self blame, resulting in feelings of depression from a very young age on.
Throughout my teens up to my mid twenties I just stumbled through life pretending that everything was ok, trying to fit in and live up to the expectations of family and surroundings.
But on the inside I felt like dying. I saw no future for myself, couldn't stop blaming myself, felt tired and useless. I sabotaged most of the changes I got. Life was nothing but a heavy burden. But the worst of it all was that I was too afraid and ashamed to talk to anybody about it.
When the situation became unbearable for me, I went into therapy and started a process of healing.
In this process I discovered who I really was inside and what was truly important to me. I started to 'live' and enjoy again. I learned to love myself and encourage myself. By resolving the emotional baggage from the past, I felt energized and free.
I now feel a sense of joy and peace inside of me, that is always there to rely on even when life presents me with challenges.
It's my desire and passion to share what I've learned and help people through their own process.
Please feel free to contact me with your question by mail or by phone. firstname.lastname@example.org - +32 496 28 58 78.