Maureen has been where you are and has come out the other side stronger!
Maureen on the Reframe Your Life Podcast:
When Mental Health Issues Hit Home
"This week our focus is on mental health. Our guest, Maureen Towns, shares her painful story of the journey she found herself on when three of her children began to exhibit mental health issues in their teens. Maureen dealt with a mother’s worst fears for her children. Maureen saw her children struggle with addictions, homelessness, and self-harming behaviours. She witnessed one of her sons having a psychotic break. It took several years to get her children diagnosed and to start getting the help they all needed."
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Maureen Towns BScN, MA is a relationship mentor with over 25 years of nursing experience in both public and private health care across Canada. After experiencing mental illness and addiction with her own children, she founded Maureen Towns Consulting to help families struggling to care for their own loved ones. Her work with parents inspires them to rediscover themselves within chaotic and challenging situations.
After growing up in an abusive, alcoholic home and raising her children through their mental health issues, Maureen discovered a more authentic way of living after learning resilience, detachment, self-care, and communication. In the years following her family’s challenges, Maureen has camped on a beach in Thailand, slept under the stars on a remote Philippine Island, sailed and snorkeled in the Andaman Sea, became a dive master in Roatan and dove with sharks in the Red Sea.
Born in Ontario, Maureen currently resides in Calgary, Alberta. She can most often be found hiking in the Rocky Mountains, doing CrossFit with her son, Sam, biking with her son, Ben, or just hanging out with her daughters, Sydney and Ally.
Maureen, I want to sincerely thank you - from the bottom of my heart - for all of the incredible support and guidance you've shared with me over the past two months. While this has been a very challenging year for me, meeting you and being invited into your group program is definitely a highlight of my year. You have been absolutely instrumental in helping me to change how I feel about my situation for the better, and have enabled me to approach these challenging issues with a fresh and confident lens. I will be forever grateful for the steady foundation that you have shown me in the face of such uncertain terrain.
Before I joined Maureen in her program, I sabotaged my self worth, blamed myself for the way my children made decisions, and continually tried to help them by fixing them. I felt trapped, and burdened with guilt and I started to avoid my children.
After the program, I feel more equipped and confident that that I have a path for both them and for me. I have released myself of a huge burden and communication with one of my children has opened up which is allowing myself to have a relationship with my granddaughter. I have some balance back and know how to support my kids and also fulfill my own life.
I would highly recommend Maureen Towns to anyone whose children have issues with mental health and addiction, and who want to learn how to re-claim their lives. I was nervous, but each session, I felt thankful that I had enrolled. I was not alone.
I came to Maureen’s program with fair amount of knowledge from many other sources. What I really needed was help to apply that knowledge… especially in the heat of the moment. I learned a ton from Maureen’s real-life examples and the excellent tools and resources she provided. The opportunities she created for participants to model using the tools were invaluable. I’d recommend Maureen’s class, especially for those who are in the early stages of understanding mental illness and addiction.
I wanted to obtain more clarity and learn how to effectively give the right energy to the important relationships in my life. Maureen taught me how to be supportive without becoming consumed. She is very knowledgeable and was very effective. She is professional, non-biased, an effective communicator and leader and has a warm personality which makes her easy to talk to.
Maureen took the time to meet with me and get to know me, learned about my values, motivations and how I develop relationships with others. She spent time asking wonderful, meaningful questions to allow me to come to a place where I could make better decisions for myself. Maureen has a keen sense of intuition and the gift of clearly seeing paths of opportunity for people where they may not see them on their own. She is an enthusiastic mentor and uses her keen sense of humour to bring fun and laughter to conversations that could otherwise be very difficult.
~ Great presentation. Love the interaction with the audience. Inspired me to be more open-minded and not pre-judge. Amazing energy.
~ It's good to have someone articulate what we...are experiencing!! Lots of good quotes to take to the future. Great presentation!
~ Keep the humour rolling! Key questions were so helpful in changing my perspective, and in a gentle way.
~ It is important to engage your audience, which you did right from the get go! I like your energy. It was excellent.
~ LOVED IT - you are fun and engaging. You are very passionate which is inspiring - Thank You!