You may be asking yourself "who is Tehani?" Good question. For starters I am a realist. That being said I believe in miracles, hope and hard work. I believe that impossible is a state of mind not a dimension of reality. I believe that I am more than just the sum of my experiences. So I invite you to meet me. Till then, here is a little about my experiences that may give you a better picture of who I am.
Here goes... I have a background of varied experiences and training. I spent the first 19 years of my life in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada (just outside Toronto). I then studied pre-med and clinical laboratory science at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan for several years. I completed a Bachelor of Technology degree in Aviation Flight and a Minor in Business Administration. From there I received my Master of Social Work degree in 2004 from Washington University in St. Louis, earned my clinical license and have been practicing clinical social work ever since. I have worked in many different settings: school, hospital, and government agency. My work has focused on children, youth and families facing severe anxiety, depression, hospitalization and other mental health concerns.
So what brought me to this point? In 2008, after years of pain, I was diagnosed with endometriosis. In 2009, I underwent the usual treatments: laproscopy and hormone therapy. It seemed to help but there was one nagging pain that did not go away. In fact that pain was soon accompanied by stiffness and then lower & upper back, neck, shoulder and chest pain and many other symptoms. In 2010 after many medical tests, my diagnosis is pointing toward fibromyalgia. Nothing that the doctor was suggesting seemed to help my pain for very long, and I was determined that I would not live in pain for the rest of my life.
This has led me on a quest for alternative ways of managing my symptoms including, chiropractor, massage, accutherapy and herbal therapy. But I was not satisfied with symptom management, I wanted healing. I have come to realize that the mind and body are so intricately connected that it takes a whole person approach to address any concern or even improve existing wellness. Like a tangled ball of string our physical, mental, spiritual and relational health are tightly connected. My firm belief is that "by improving one we impact all." The information that I have discovered through the process of reading, taking classes and learning about natural and holistic wellness I am excited to share with you.
My path to wellness has been an amazing journey! I can't wait to partner with you on yours.