Marilyn Folk, BScN, Vice President, Anxiety Consultant/Coach
Marilyn specializes in personal coaching for:
- Anxiety Disorder
- Health and medical anxieties/fears
- Interpersonal relationships
- Child development, Parenting issues
- Esteem building
Marilyn experienced the following symptoms:
- Anxiety, fear
- Body aches, pains, stiffness
- Body temperature fluctuations
- Deja vu
- Floating sensation
- Flu-like symptoms
- Ground/floor moving
- Heart palpitations
- Muscle twitching
- Obsessive thinking
- Panic attacks
- Pulsing sound in the ear(s)
- Racing heart
- Sleep problems
- Stomach problems
- Trembing, shaking
Marilyn Folk has personal experience with anxiety disorder. Beginning at an early age, she experienced abnormal fears, isolation, and the differentness that so many anxious personalities experience. This caused her to distrust people and to view the world as a dangerous place. This fearful approach to life contributed to the development of a generalized anxiety disorder that grew worse as she got older.
For many years, Marilyn experienced a wide range of intermittent and persistent anxiety symptoms including dizziness, a feeling of unreality, gastro-intestinal distress, chronic gastritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, lactose intolerance, an inability to relax, a feeling that the floor was moving, panic attacks, impending doom, hot and cold sweats, nervousness, agitation, depression, insomnia, and many more. In her early forties, her condition grew worse, eventually culminating in a nervous breakdown.
Marilyn then received Christian counselling and was prescribed numerous medications for her symptoms and anxiety including an antidepressant. While the medications helped to reduce the gastro-intestinal symptoms, they weren't eliminated.
Using a natural approach to recovery, Marilyn began to understand her condition, learned tools and strategies to reverse her condition, and implemented changes in her life. Over the course of her recovery, she successfully came off of her multiple medications and now enjoys normal and medication-free health.
Marilyn's professional background includes, graduating from the University of Alberta School of Nursing diploma program in 1986, and graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 1999. Additionally, she attended Taylor University College and Seminary where she received an award in the category of theology, philosophy, and ethics.
The practicums for her nursing degree included experience working with women and their children who were residing in shelters for victims of domestic violence, and working with pregnant women and their families in acute poverty who were often in abusive relationships.
During the spring and summer breaks, Marilyn worked in group homes that fostered behaviorally challenged children who were often suffering from the effects of abuse and ineffective parenting. Upon graduation, she provided specialized services in her home, as a foster parent to an adolescent male who had severe emotional and behavioral problems.
In 1996, Marilyn established a private counselling practice. Marilyn has experience working with women in abusive relationships; adolescent and adult survivors of childhood abuse and sexual abuse; children and adolescents experiening anxiety, depression, grief, stress, and sleep problems; troubled children and their parents whose marriages had terminated; adolescents experiencing difficulties transitioning the developmental stage into adulthood; individuals experiencing spiritual challenges; and families, providing information, support, and encouragement for the development of effective parenting skills.
In 2002, as a registered nurse, Marilyn worked as a team member with mental health care professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and so on) who provided assessment services and related counselling to children and their families in a children's mental health program at a major hospital. As a part of the program, Marilyn provided observation and documentation for the diagnoses of disorders such as Tourette's Syndrome, Autism, Aspergers, Munchausen by Proxy, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Childhood Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anorexia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Psychosis. Additionally, Marilyn offered parent teaching and strategy planning to the parents of difficult children.
Marilyn and Jim Folk currently live in Calgary, Canada.
Marilyn has 18 years experience as a counselor and personal coach.
I just wanted to thank you, Jim and Marilyn. I owe the quality of my life to you guys. It's been about 5 years now and I have remained healthy from anxiety 'illness'. I know I will never have another panic attack, chronic insomnia, muscle twitching and a laundry list of others things I was experiencing when I first reached out to you guys.
You guys must get this all of the time. However, I am another success story for you guys. I just wanted you two to know that I think of you often and will never forget or stop being grateful for what you did for me personally and my family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I wanted to let you know how wonderful I think you are. I am very thankful for all the great tools and strategies I've gained from you and anxietycentre.com over the last year. But mostly I appreciated the warmth in your voice that was always there during our conversations. I never thought it was possible to talk about such personal issues with someone and have them take such a non-judgemental stance, and for that I thank you. You treated me very kindly and with great respect.
I've not only learned great ways to manage my anxiety but I also learned valuable lessons about how to treat people and how I should be treated. You are a one of a kind, and truly blessed and loved. Thank you for all you have done for me.
For the first time in years, I am experiencing a level of peace and contentment I never thought possible. Since meeting with Marilyn, the change in my thoughts and actions has been huge. I get teary everytime I reflect on where I was, even a year ago, compared to where I am today!
I am truly grateful to my coach in providing me with the tools to send me on my way to recovery. Hopefully I am now in the later stages of my journey. Without the guidance and encouragement of my coach I would not have got this far. Thank you so very much.
Thank you very much. I am surely finding my coaching sessions very helpful. I don't know what I would have done if I did not stumble upon your wonderful website. Marilyn has been such a wonderful blessing to my life.
Thank you so much,
Just thought that I would drop you a note to let you know that I am doing good…still working on my full recovery but doing very well. I continue to remember your statement to me that I am on my last leg of recovery and that it can sometimes take a while.
I would like to thank you for everything that you have done for me Marilyn. I would have never achieved my recovery without your help. Your insight into the whole anxiety issue is just amazing! You have really helped me understand why and how it all happens and what I have to do to recover. I no longer think that I am victim of a serious illness or physical injury!!
I will keep in touch.
God bless you and your family,
I wanted to let you know how much
your work with me has helped and how much I value it and
appreciate it. I would be nowhere without your expertise,
time, patience and help. My life is so much more enjoyable
thanks to you. I wake up everyday looking forward to it instead
of dreading it. In general I am so much more happy! God blessed
me by sending you. You and the AnxietyCentre are the true
answer to anxiety recovery. Keep up the great work, you really
are helping people.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated May 2015.