Angela Croft MSW, RSW
Clinical Social Worker
Certified Life Coach & True Purpose Coach
Certified Generational Healing ™ Practitioner & Spiritual Guide
Angela received her undergraduate degree in Psychology as well as her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto, and she has been practicing as a therapist since 1997.
She has extensive training and experience in the domain of trauma and healing and believes that every experience, including life’s most difficult challenges, offer us the opportunity to heal, grow, and expand our capacity to express more fully who we are and what we are here to do in the world.
Her focus is in supporting women to navigate challenging life transitions and/or heal from trauma so they can free themselves from limiting patterns and start experiencing greater peace, purpose, joy, and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives.
Knowing that healing requires us to honor body, mind, spirit, and soul, Angela’s approach is deeply integrative and holistic. She supports her clients to address the emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, and relationship aspects of their lives that need healing and balancing, so they can move forward with the clarity, energy, strength, and confidence they need to reclaim their inner spark and create a life they love.
Her clients consistently appreciate the compassionate, relaxed, non-judgmental atmosphere of her counseling and coaching style, as well as her sense of humor and optimism. Angela creates a warm and dynamic environment that inspires, challenges, uplifts, and illuminates…and enables her clients to once again reconnect with possibilities and potential they thought had been lost.
Women come to Angela for support around issues such as:
- Losing a sense of meaning, direction, and purpose in life & work
- Recovering from physical and/or emotional trauma to self or loved one
- Adjusting to illness and injury
- Working through losses such as separation/divorce, children leaving home, and death of a loved one
- Feeling a nagging sense that there’s a “next level” or something more at the core of who they are that is wanting to emerge and be expressed, but they’re not sure what that is or how to bring it forward
Experience and Training
Angela draws upon an extensive knowledge base, a vast repertoire of tools, and a keen intuitive ability. She has a deep passion for integrative health and is trained in a variety of modalities that address healing at the level of mind, body, and spirit and are rooted in both ancient wisdom and leading-edge research and neuroscience. She is trained in evidence-based modalities such as Trauma Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy and Emotional Freedom Technique. She also holds a diploma in Shiatsu therapy as well as Level One training in CranioSacral Therapy.
Angela began her education in Shamanic practices over twenty years ago and acquired her foundational skills from The Institute for Shamanic Studies (ISS), founded by the renowned anthropologist, author, and practitioner Michael Harner. As a passionate life-long student and believer in the importance of honing one’s craft, Angela continues to evolve her skills through ongoing training with the Institute and has also trained as a Generational Healing ™ practitioner, which is a Shamanic modality that heals the negative and limiting effects of intergenerational trauma.
As an advocate for and practitioner of integrative health and wellbeing, Angela is also passionate about sharing the latest research on integrative practices, which she does directly with her clients and also through public speaking and presenting. Angela recently co-presented on The Power of Mindful Intent at the 2016 Ontario Brain Injury Association Conference in Toronto.
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Coaching & Counseling TherapyDo You Need Therapy or Life Coaching?
Why I use both therapy and life coaching.
People have many options when it comes to getting effective help in making positive changes in their life. It can be confusing to figure out what kind of help you need. I bring my expertise in both Coaching and Therapy to provide a well-rounded process to healing and growth.
Shamanic TreatmentsYour Ancestors' Past Emotional Pain is Stored Within Your DNA
Generational Healing ™
Scientists now understand how the genetics of your ancestors affect your physical, emotional and mental behavior and patterns. Trauma experienced by earlier generations can influence the structure of our genes, making them more likely to “switch on” negative responses to stress and trauma.
A Few Fun Facts About Me…
I look a lot younger than I am…I have a practice of letting some of my more mature clients know I’m in my forties, so they don’t worry that they’re working with a new graduate. I can instantly see the relief (and shock!) when I do so.
I adore being out in nature –it restores, heals and inspires me at a deep cellular level.
I exercise as much for the health of my mind as for my body.
I love to bounce and groove on my mini trampoline- it ‘s a great way to re-set my energy and headspace.
I love to read, write, and dance- they each clarify and renew my spirit in different ways.
My husband is a professional musician and visual artist… We met when I signed up for guitar lessons almost twenty years ago and he was my teacher. Best decision I ever made.
After my husband transitioned to playing guitar in musical theater orchestras, we had the amazing good fortune to travel across North America for over three years with the National Broadway tour of “Mamma Mia”. You learn a lot about yourself and each other while on the road, experiencing incredible new people and places, and living without the usual comforts of home. Best self-development program ever.
When I trained as a Shiatsu therapist over twenty years ago, learning to meditate was a core aspect of the curriculum and it changed my life profoundly.
Despite being born with a disability and being told I would never be a dancer, I continued to dance and defied the odds when I auditioned for and was accepted into a university level dance program. I took a break from my undergraduate studies in psychology to immerse myself in the world of dance and this ultimately led to a path of completing my undergrad in psychology and beginning my studies in the profound connection between body, mind, and spirit. Lesson: never settle for the limits that others impose if everything within tells you to keep going!
When I was first introduced to Shamanic practices it felt like I was coming home to a way of being within myself and in the world that made deep sense to me, and I loved how powerful it was in helping to heal old wounds.
I’ve had a life-long attraction to loud, fast-moving things like racecars and fighter jets!
Paleo cooking and principles changed my life and I love finding creative new recipes and restaurants.
“Learning to fly” by Tom Petty is one of my all-time favorite songs- it gets me every time.