(and yes, that includes "Sober")
I'm Zander Townend, and I've lived a roller-coaster life: from military school, to when I was a down-and-out, depressed and suicidal, living-on-the-street addict.
Then in 1982, I started my journey of recovery. I took two years to get my first day truly clean. I have been able to claim and maintain a "Clean and Sober date" since June of 1984. That's when I started working on learning how to "Live Clean" - which is more than "just" not using.
I've always had a passion for helping others. This led me to pursue training in many different techniques and modalities (in addition to my "natural nerdiness"). I started working as an Alcohol and Addictions counsellor* in 1990.
Since then, I added study, practice and teaching of Acupressure, Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine bodywork techniques, Meditation, Medical Qigong Therapy, Personality Type, and Conversational Intelligence.
In 2015, I developed and started offering a unique training and coaching program for executives, leaders, and entrepreneurs. I designed it to help people develop and apply their Emotional Intelligence for greater success with business and personal relationships. I've adapted and refined that program to the needs of the Recovery Community, especially for those in Advanced Recovery (folks with 4 years or more).
My mission and purpose is to help anyone seeking freedom from the causes and impacts of addiction, for themselves or family members.
There are many "roads to recovery". While I'm deeply associated and familiar with 12 Step programs, I'm also mindful that they aren't for everyone. Some people need different tools, different techniques, and different perspectives. That's where the full scope of my Recovery Coaching services comes into play.
If you have been or you are:
... Then I'm here to help.
* I'm Canadian, so you'll notice I spell words like "counsellor" the Canadian way
Too often, we felt and thought that we've had to do it all alone - that it's not safe or possible for us to ask for, or receive, the kind of help we really need.
We lived inside loneliness,
hopelessness and despair...
Now, it's time to make a better choice.
To be heard, I think, is a rare gift in life. Not simply listened to, but truly heard and considered.
Often in our work together I’ve found myself uncertain as to what I’m trying to say, or of what’s truly bothering me.
This is, I think, when Alexander is at his best. A blend of exacting questions and insightful metaphor pulls the issue into focus and what follows is always an opportunity to explore myself more deeply - safely and without fear of judgement.
His guidance has had a profound influence in my journey of self discovery, revealing to me, finally, the true potential I hold within.
One of the most remarkable aspects of Zander’s method is his ‘whole person” approach to problem solving and treatment. Zander uses a wide repertoire of techniques, a number of which I was totally unfamiliar with and very skeptical of in the beginning.
As a chronic disbeliever, on more than one occasion I had to reconcile my skepticism with the positive results I achieved following our sessions. In the end, I developed not so much a faith in the specific methods and techniques which he used as much as a total and unwavering faith in Zander as a practitioner.
Zander, has given me a new lease on life.
One short year ago, I was emotionally despairing, in constant pain; chaos reigned both internally and externally. I had such complex health and mental health issues that other professionals had given up. Though I had made many heroic efforts over fifteen years, I had finally arrived at the sad conclusion that nothing worthwhile in life was attainable—for me.
From our first meeting, Zander offered me validation and tools. He encouraged me to believe that there was a way out of the misery. He never gave up on me, even when I gave up on myself. Patiently, consistently, generously, Zander worked with me in beginning a healing journey which I didn't yet quite believe was possible.
With gentle skill, Zander was able to be flexible as I rapidly changed tracks, which was often at first. I became able to laugh about what a slippery, reluctant, albeit hungry, student I was — Zander never judged, only guided me back to my highest self.
Zander taught me daily practices which have changed my life for the better and which increasingly serve me. Today, I am functioning (almost unbelievably) well, enjoying life, painfree. And I am sometimes even happy for no reason!
To help us know what the
best options are,
I offer a free, no obligation
"Insight and Strategy Session"
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