About Michelle Metta
What you may not know is I’ve been through my share of struggle, chaos and poor life choices…
At 16, I was sexually assaulted. I also rolled a truck, flying out the windshield.
At 17, I was skipping school and drinking on the couch at home watching movies, while my mom was at work.
From 16 – 24, I struggled with disordered eating. From extreme starvation to binging and purging, I did it all.
From 16 – 27, I black-out drank. I couldn’t just have one drink. I’d wake up not knowing where I was, how I got there, or who these people were. Talk about dangerous.
The breaking point was a trip to Vegas with work. We went out partying and my boss, my cousin’s husband, had to bring my limp body back to the hotel. I had no idea what had happened.
My wake-up moment was the next morning when my cousin pleaded, “Michelle, do you realize how dangerous this is? Anything can happen to you.”
I could see how worried and upset she was. The thought of losing or disappointing her was heart-wrenching.
On top of all of this, I should mention I have a genetic lung disease, Cystic Fibrosis, that has plagued me since birth. My whole life has centered around daily lung treatments, medication, doctor’s appointments, hospitalizations and more. All my life, I was told I’m going to die young.
Why do I share all of this?
To show you that no matter what’s happened in your past, you can heal and turn your life around.
I started in therapy, and that helped me begin to get my disordered eating under control. But something was missing. I was still engaging in self-sabotaging behaviours and attracting really dysfunctional, toxic relationships.
The saving grace for me was Buddhism and mindfulness.
I had my first glimpse of it in university but got fully immersed at the Thai Temple when I studied to become a certified Buddhist meditation teacher. I took the training so seriously that I cultivated a daily meditation practice and gave up drinking. It changed my life.
That’s when I realized the power of mindfulness and meditation. I never touched alcohol again and have meditated regularly since.
As I continued daily practice, things shifted. My focus and concentration improved a lot. My intuition grew. And my negative self-talk silenced almost completely. I become more compassionate of myself and others – to the point that I could actually forgive. This paved the way to attracting the most amazing, supportive man – my now-husband and the first healthy relationship I’d ever known.
It’s amazing what you can attract when you are no longer stuck in self-sabotage or negative self-talk.
Next came a classroom teaching job. I showed up to the interview super calm and chill (no doubt from all of my meditating), letting them know I wanted to teach mindfulness. I rocked that interview and they said YES! The mindfulness was a hit in my classroom of teens with special needs and youth at-risk. Soon, together with another colleague, we were introducing a mindfulness curriculum to all junior high students. Yoga for the high school students came next. Truly, it was a dream job!
But then The Universe had other plans. Have you noticed how this works?
Each year I taught, I kept getting sick with pneumonia that further compromised my lung function. When a complication landed me in the hospital for three-and-a-half weeks, my doctors told me I had to choose: teaching or my life.
I chose life.
My heart knew I had to leave teaching…even though my mind fought it at first. Ultimately, I couldn’t argue with reality any longer. And intuitively, I knew that coaching was my next thing. It’s what I had already started training on…to ultimately coach people to be happier, peaceful and free from suffering.
As I began coaching, I noticed some patterns. Most clients coming to me were struggling with body image, relationship challenges and self-sabotaging behaviours – all things I’d dealt with. All connected to trauma.
Because of my own journey, I could hold space for these beautiful clients and give them a level of healing they’d never known. Trauma in all its forms didn’t scare me. In fact, I dove deeper into understanding the roots of trauma and how important it is to go into the body and use its wisdom to heal.
Today this is my area of expertise.
I’ve taken numerous trauma trainings from leading experts in the field and weave this into my coaching.
My certification includes…
- Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy (Hakomi Institute).
- Somatic Experiencing Therapy (Somatic Experiencing International).
- Brainspotting Therapy (Pacific Counselling & Trauma Centre).
- Family Constellation Therapy (Jack Blackwell).
- Forward-Facing Trauma Therapy (Forward-Facing Institute).
- Trauma Recovery Practitioner (Taking Flight International Corporation).
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (Canadian Mental Health Association).
- Non-Violent Communication (Seed of Peace).
- Body-Centered Coaching (Marlena Field)
- Life Coaching & Spiritual Coaching (Life Purpose Institute).
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Mindfulness Institute).
- Buddhist Meditation Teacher (Willpower Institute).
- Hatha Yoga Instructor (Sacred Seed Yoga & Ayurveda School).
- Bachelor of Secondary Education (University of Alberta).
As you can see, I love learning, developing and refining my skills. I’m just so fascinated by the unconscious mind and how it rules our actions until we become aware. Bringing this to my clients has been life-changing.
There is nothing that can’t be healed with awareness, loving compassion and allowing the body to do its magic.
I can’t wait to explore what’s possible for you!
Working with Michelle has enriched my life in ways that no words could ever do justice!
“When I first began working with Michelle, I was preparing for the birth of my second child. After having a traumatic birth with my daughter three years ago, I suffered from extreme postpartum health anxiety and depression. I was so nervous to repeat this with my second child. From our introductory call onwards, I felt uplifted and comforted by her calm, holistic approach to my concerns. She inspired me to take up my stagnant spiritual practice, which in turn changed my life remarkably. The mindfulness tools Michelle provided me helped me face the birth of my son with renewed strength and courage, while making my healing process smoother than I could ever have imagined. Her beautifully radiant and supportive presence inspired me to reach outside of my comfort zone and dig deep into the root causes of my anxiety. I would encourage anyone searching for mindfulness to work with Michelle. Her compassion, integrity and wisdom make her a truly shining gift in this chaotic world.”