Wellness Community Member: Lucy Snider, Psychosexual and Relationship Psychotherapist

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Let me introduce myself:  I’m Lucy Snider, a Psychosexual and Relationship Psychotherapist and Sexual Health Educator. I’m originally from Edinburgh, Scotland but spent 11 years living in London, England and moved to Kelowna, BC earlier this year. I’ve been working in the field of mental health for about 10 years and the field of sexual health for 8 years
This is what wellness means to me: Wellness for me is a sense of overall balance and well-being in your life. It’s about being in tune with your body and mind, recognizing what your needs are and taking steps to getting your needs met. Of course this is easier said than done and unfortunately society can still often stigmatize “self-care” as “selfish” and it takes practice, but we’re so much more able to feel capable in all areas of our lives when we’re able to address our own needs
I contribute to the wellness community by: Back in London I was working in a sexual health clinic as a sexual health adviser and psychosexual therapist, providing support, information and education around all aspects of sexual health as well as support and treatment for sexual dysfunctions. I also worked as a psychosexual and relationship therapist for a charity providing therapy for a wide range of clients. Since moving to Kelowna I have started my own practice, BC Sexual Wellness, where I offer specialist psychotherapy for individuals and couples experiencing sexual and relationship issues. I also volunteer at Options for Sexual Health, a BC sexual health charity
One item I can’t live without: Blankets! I love being warm and cosy!
My favourite self care practice:  Yoga and exercise are important to me, but so is remembering to keep a balance and resting when I need to. I love taking long, hot, bubble baths to relax
How I keep my wellness simplified: I like to try to remember that acts of self care don’t have to be big, small acts are just as important. I try to manage a few small acts every day, such as having a hot drink or spending time looking at nature
This is what motivates me:  My clients are huge motivator for me. I’m inspired every day by the strength I see in my clients. People speaking openly about their struggles reminds me we’re all human and we all have a story. It helps me to maintain empathy for myself and others and I’m always grateful for that
Learn more about me at:
Check out my website at www.bcsexualwellness.com
Twitter: _sexualwellness
Instagram: sexualwellness
Linked In: lucysnider
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