Junie Swadron is an author, psychotherapist, speaker, workshop facilitator, and professional writing coach. She has spent the last twenty years guiding thousands of students in writing and sharing their life stories through a deep and powerful process that completely transformed how they experienced their life journey.
She has worked extensively with therapy and the arts since 1989. Junie has an innate ability to tune into the root cause of a situation and bring awareness and clarity to her clients in order for them to make sense of their lives and heal their pain. Junie moved from Toronto in 1998 where she was a clinical member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists, certified life skills coach, and worked in private practice as well as at a well-known drug and alcohol facility.
Since her move to BC she has happily added “published playwright” to her resume with the success of her play “Madness, Masks and Miracles”, a play to dispel myths and stigmas about mental illness, and has worked as a mental health worker in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side.
Junie sees the therapeutic process and the creative process as one. “It is about accessing a special place within us where serenity, love, courage and truth reside. It is from this place that we begin to know our true spirit. It is from this place we begin to heal.”
What makes Junie an extraordinary healer is she knows “both sides of the couch.” Junie was diagnosed with manic-depressive illness at age 19, and has lived with its disturbing challenges for over thirty years. Her personal experiences have taught her coping strategies for choosing health and wellness again and again. She likes to say, “My illness keeps me humble, grateful, and resourceful.” She brings to her clients great compassion and joy knowing that underneath all the labels, judgments and fear, we are all doing our very best. In a sentence, Junie offers hope to what often feels inconsolable, along with take-home tools that bring peace of mind, strength and joy back into the lives of her clients.
One of the most important messages that Junie delivers is about being true to oneself—about finding your voice no matter what. No matter when and how you may have lost it. And then learn to use your voice in ways that honour who you are. Dare to speak your truth. Be willing to stand tall now. You matter. So much. So very much. Be brave. Be bold. Be true.
Your Authentic Voice – The Only Tool That Will Set You Free
You fall down; you get up.
You fall down again. You get up—again and then again.
Soon you won’t be falling down as often.
But you must do it. You must get up. You have to or else you will die—a sorrowful death of the spirit.
It’s not starting over. It’s a brand new start…brand new courage…brand new beginnings, every time.
It’s not how far we have to go…it’s not even how far we’ve come. It’s what is in front of us right now.
And will we love ourselves enough to take action.
That’s our only concern.
Is our next step taking a mental health day? Is it placing your hand in a pallet of colours and finger painting all over the page?
Or is it picking up a pen and paper and writing from this prompt: What matters now is…
And you write. You write without stopping. You don’t care about spelling, punctuation or grammar. You just write. You write into your authentic voice until it comes tearing out from under the barricades out into the fresh air, still tentative perhaps… but you stay with it…(remember, you fall, you get up).
On the page, you are now reaching beyond the surface words, the hiding, the pretending…and you say it all. Into the privacy of your journal…no holding back. You write fear-ward. It’s your key to authenticity—to freedom. It’s okay. You are safe. Just write until you have said everything that matters now.
And it is here that the sweet whisperings of your soul meet you on the page and something shifts. You strengthen. You begin to stand taller and one day you will notice that your voice on the page has become your voice in the world.
Hear Junie Swadron interviewed by and Lynn Thompson, journalist for Living on Purpose in which June shares her personal story of challenge, hope, transformation and empowerment. The first one interview is a 5-minute excerpt of the full interview below it. To learn more about Lynn Thompson and Living on Purpose, click the last link.
Junie’s book, “Re-Write Your Life, A Transformational Guide to Writing and Healing the Stories of Our Lives is based on her 10-week Writing Series: Sacred Stories, Celebrating Your Life Journey and is now available for purchase on this website.
Junie currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia and enjoys her humble home by the sea.
Re-Write Your Life: A Transformational Guide to Writing and Healing the Stories of Our Lives is a unique guided experience that empowers you to let go of old resentments, hurts and regrets and make peace with your past. As a result you will be become happier, have more peace in your life, and will, perhaps for the first time, begin to fully accept and appreciate every story you have ever lived.
How do we do this? We do it by re-writing our stories. Find out more