Hello, I'm Angela Poch and I am a certified life coach and counsellor. I've been trained in stress management, grief recovery, depression & anxiety, plant-based nutrition, and spiritual faith-based therapy. I work with individuals who are functioning, or barely functioning, and desire to deal with negative emotions, poor relationships, bad habits, or personal growth. I'm usually available 6 days a week with as little as 24 hour notice. While I am located in the East Kootenays of beautiful British Columbia, I do sessions online from anywhere in Canada or the USA.
Many of us do NOT fit into any particular mold and I'm no different. I'm a Christian who loves science, analytical but compassionate, I have a vegan heart but leather furniture, I think like a guy but love like a girl. If anyone understands we are unique, and even dichotomous, it's me! You can learn about my journey below. Through my walk with God and life experiences I've found I can relate to just about anyone. I'll do my best to provide a safe place to share whatever is on your mind and work with you to find solutions that are effective. A few of my certificates include:
My journey to becoming a life coach and counsellor as a career started a couple decades ago, when I started researching health and wellness due to my own health. I battle with IBS and a friend directed me to book called the Ministry of Healing. This book written by Ellen White and promoted my my church, has an integrative approach to health it really focuses a lot on mental wellness but also diet exercise for sharing those kind of lifestyle principles. Following that book really improved my health tremendously and started me on the path to becoming a nutritionist in 2007. I even did some cooking shows on a TV network called 3ABN.
As I embraced the plant food diet, and other lifestyle choices, and started teaching others about it, I noticed many of who follow this plan often neglected the most talked about and most important part of the book. In fact about 75% of the book. And that part is our mental health. The mind is extremely powerful and more more research is proving this. If you’d like to learn more, I recommend the book “When your body says no” by Dr. Gabor Mate. In any case, I pursued learning more about health.
After struggling with depression in 2006, I learned about cognitive behaviour therapy and Dr. David Burns through Dr. Neil Nedley's depression recovery program. Dr. Nedley's program is great for an integrative wellness approach, and it completely cured my depression and I've helped others through running that program in the community, but I still wanted to learn more to be able to help those who have very specific issues. So I took the Nutritional Counselling program by Darlene Blaney, PhD. As I did research for the health and wellness courses I produced (see www.BodyMindHealthCoach.com) I became increasingly aware that the mind body connection was very real and documented in the scientific community.
In 2016 I did several more courses on life and health coaching. I was encouraged to peruse counseling by several friends and even a few peers and clients. Thus I took my diploma in applied psychology and counselling. I really feel there is a need for qualified counsellors and life coaches who can guide people to greater emotional stability and mental wellness through the integrative approach that is supported by the Bible and science. That’s my goal, to reach people who are struggling, that want to work with someone who understands the Adventist perspective, but also for those who are not Adventist so whoever you are, I'd love to meet you!