Tamika Schilbe photoAs a professional counselor with 25 years experience supporting over 1000 individuals, families and groups, it is my pleasure and privilege to support you on your journey.

I live in British Columbia, Canada. I love trees, community, traveling, writing, children, honesty, silly jokes, random acts of kindness, walking at sunrise, deep listeners, and the feeling of being trusted.

This is my personal site, but I’m the Social Work Field Education Coordinator at the University of the Fraser Valley in BC, and Co-Founder of DevaTree School of Yoga in Canada.

When I began incorporating yoga and Eastern philosophies into my Western approach to therapy, clients started getting better faster. People practice yoga for many different reasons. For me, it has little to do with getting bendy and everything to do with presence, self-worth, and compassion. In this fast moving world, my meditative practices are an anchor. They always bring me back to my heart, where the deepest truths live.

My philosophy is that life is better when we speak our truth. Where, when, and how we speak it is different for everyone—because truth can be scary sometimes.

Sometimes dealing with “truth-aches” goes smoothly, and other times honesty is frightening—or misunderstood by those who don’t want it to be true.

Dishonesty is hugely distracting and diverts energy away from our goals and dreams. Yet even the most healthy, successful people need support facing difficult truths.

In my adult life, honesty has been the way I step forward when I’m stuck. But for as many times as I’ve stepped forward in my truth, I’ve avoided it too. I’ve exaggerated my abilities when I didn’t think I was good enough, or downplayed them to make someone else feel better. And I’ve hurt people close to me by not sharing the full truth of a situation. I’ve discovered that dishonesty is a good teacher too. For me this path is about practice, not perfection. There are always new layers, new discoveries, and even new skills to hone. I am forever a student of this process.

Honesty takes great courage and dedication. To practice skillfully, it also requires compassion for all involved.

One thing I know for sure—the world needs your heartfelt truth. I’m here to help you share it.

I’d love for you to come on this journey with me by subscribing to my newsletter. I’ll only write when I have something valuable to share. Or come on hikes with me via Instagram—nature is so unapologetically honest. I enjoy reading your comments and communicating back whenever possible.

Until Soon,

Tamika