Marilyn Folk, BScN, Vice President, Anxiety Consultant/Coach
Marilyn specializes in personal coaching for:
- Anxiety Disorder
- Dying, Death anxieties/fears
- 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.
Testimonies - click on the link for the complete testimonial.
"Marilyn, Folk, thank you for all you have done for me." - T.M., Canada
"Thank you very much, Marilyn Folk." - J.M., UK
"Marilyn has been a blessing to my life." - M.W., USA
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder coach, counselor, or therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated September 3, 2018.