Meet Bronwyn Katdaré, M.A., B.S. (Hons), CHC, CSCC, CHT, Author
Gen X Women's Freedom and Reconnection Coach
Welcome! I'm so glad you're here!
I'm always improving my recovery from chronic stress, doubt, and people-pleasing. I was exhausted, underemployed, invisible, unfulfilled, and wearing a smile while dying on the inside. I was tired of marking time in the wrong relationships, wrong career, and wrong lifestyle for me. I was ready to be me, and to be all in.
Over the past two decades, I've curated and crafted a unique blend of metaphysical and healing arts with health science, depth psychology, coaching, and hypnotherapy that helped with my own body, mind, and soul struggles AND IT WILL WORK FOR YOU, TOO!
Together, we'll transform your health - body, mind, and soul - and explore embedded patterns of limitations to get you out of the cycle. Along the way, different energetic and soul healing modalities are used to clear anything standing in the way of the healthy, happy, and thriving future you deserve!
So, if you're ready to STOP saying, "I Used to Be Fun" and truly make your life EXTRAORDINARY, you're in the right place.
The great things about stories are that they can be edited or completely rewritten. Read about my trauma, stress, and burn out story here, and how that story propelled me into the world of Coaching and Healing.
My Journey: I've had a keen interest in physical fitness and in what I ate since childhood. By the age of 10, I became a vegetarian because I loved animals and never wanted to see them hurt, and later transitioned into a gluten- and grain-free whole-food plant-based vegan lifestyle due to health and environmental reasons. I was a cheerleader for over a decade, ran distance track, and participated in, as well as led, military science expeditions. I was an athlete!
I grew up the child of an alcoholic father and an emotionally neglectful, difficult mother. After decades of enduring and suppressing emotional and psychological abuse and trauma from childhood and sexual assault in my teen years, I was left submissive, untrusting, introverted, and fearful of everyone and everything.
Surprisingly, I also had a strong will and an attitude of fierce independence. I attribute this to both growing up too fast and to my connection with the spirit world, animals, and nature. My earliest memory of Shamanic initiation came at age 3 during a dream dismemberment. I had always heard animals speak and had a special connection with a tree in my backyard. I had spirit friends who both played with me and protected me. I saw an apparition of my father shortly after he passed away, when I was just 8 years old.
During my junior year of college, I experienced my first of several deep spiritual emergencies from academic pressures, having a romantic relationship with a cheater, and sharing an apartment with a psychologically abusive roommate. I literally lost my way. One day while walking across campus, I couldn’t remember where I was going, how to get to my car, or, really, where I was or what year it was. I experienced a stress-induced physical health crisis (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) that halted my planned Army career as well as my major in Kinesiology (Exercise Science). After losing my military-based scholarship due to my health status, I gained 20 lbs in a weekend and another 20 on top of it, numbed out, transferred colleges, and grasped every educational opportunity I could find that might make me feel whole again - make me feel worthy again - because I had always felt rewarded by learning.
During grad school, my anxiety and depression were at an all-time high and I started experiencing episodes of dissociation from parts of my body. This usually happened in high-stress situations. The tipping point came when someone I trusted held a gun to my head and led me through a harrowing night. I just didn’t have the tools to process this in addition to everything I had been through in my life.
It was at this time, that a dear friend introduced me to Reiki as a way to temper stress and anxiety. As emotional blocks were diminishing from the Reiki, I started to see the world in full color and started to “feel” where I had protected myself with numbness. I became a Reiki Master and continued my journey into Shamanism.
This discussion would not be complete without bringing up my eating habits. Although I was vegan, gluten-free, and a teetotaler, I used to have a wicked sweet-tooth! Sugar was my addiction. Sugar was my drug of choice. It was my energy booster. My friend. My misery. I did not love myself; in fact, I loathed myself. Sugar helped me feel good. It helped me feel less lonely when I was in a relationship with someone who was never around physically or emotionally. Ironically, sugar gave me the crash I needed in order to sleep. It was never what I really needed and, eventually, I started not to get “high” from sugar anymore so I plummeted.
The effects of emotional trauma, stress, and toxins accumulated and settled into my body, wreaking havoc with my hormones and my microbiome ("the gut"). The autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto's thyroiditis) left me up and down and clouded with brain fog. I was diagnosed with chronic anxiety and PTSD, seasonal affective disorder and depression, leaky gut (from food sensitivities and sugar), overactive bladder (from stress), atherosclerosis (from stress), arthritis (from food sensitivities and stress), and malabsorption of nutrients leading to malnutrition (from leaky gut). I was a mess!
I had enough and decided to take back the power over my own health. Why weren't doctors addressing the underlying CAUSE?! Simply, my dear, it's not what they're trained to do. Intuitively, I understood that I could heal myself by really listening to the messages - the SYMPTOMS - my body had given me. I believe that symptoms are a cry for help because somewhere within you, needs are not being met. These needs could be physical, mental, or spiritual, but the fact is, they are not being met.
My body was well-adapted at holding the score until I went on a dogged pursuit of breaking through the trauma-energy blocking my path to health and freedom. This final episode resulted in having a heart attack at a young age. That heart attack was my beacon on a foggy night. In an instant, the blocks were literally gone!
I don't want you to continue living your wounds. I am conscious living proof of how my unique curation of tools can transform your life! They each helped me weather the toughest storms, the fears, the ugly thoughts about myself and brought me the strength – the power - to kick sugar addiction once and for all; to connect with, trust, and act on my intuition; and for the first time, to hold a sense of peace deep within myself. The Cardiologist said if not for my lifestyle, the heart attack would have been so much worse and I would not have been able to bounce back as quickly and with as little intervention as I did.
I was inspired and empowered to change my story and I am here to help you change yours!
As a coach, I put the POWER back in YOUR hands.
You've read a little about what I've overcome. Are you curious about how Freedom and Reconnection Coaching can help you? Take the next step and become a success story!
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