Noel Holdsworth is a curious observer of life with a passion for finding answers to questions that haunted her for the first half of her life. She was exposed to many emotional disruptive experiences (trauma) during that time, which proved to be the foundation for the gift(s) she has found in life. It is that gift that drives her to be the voice of hope to those who cannot find it on their own. And it was the catalyst for discovering many of the answers she feels compelled to write and speak about (mainly that there is no such thing as hopeless, that there is a gift in all things, all things are as they are supposed to be, nothing is really as it seems, and that together all things are possible).
Her credentials and titles have crossed many boundaries: healer, shaman, nurse, speaker, ordained minister, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist and doctor of natural health. Her CV reflects years of experience and professional accomplishments in those areas. However, it has been her time as a “certified trauma specialist” that has given her the courage to share what many think is not realistic: that anyone can recover from anything in their past, no matter how severe. Those partnerships and the healing that ensued from those relationships are what give her the credibility to speak about healing and hope.
She actively supports both traditional healthcare and the use of many holistic modalities. Her philosophy of healing is grounded evidenced based logic, but is fueled by the power of “the relationship” a practitioner has with their client.
Noel has had to defend her position and philosophy to all three communities she represents: spiritual, mental health and the medical models. She has learned from experience that treating the body (traditional medical model), treating the mind (traditional psychotherapy), or treating the soul (spiritual / religious) as separate entities has definite benefit, but the joining together of all three on an equal plane promotes longevity and sustained healing potential. She has worked very hard to establish credibility with all three and has found the most success integrating them with her clients.
Noel believes that a big part of life is about establishing relationships that offer hope, options and independence and foster connections. She believes there is a tribe for everyone, but the best tribes are those that support healing and sustain hope. Noel believes that those relationships can be formed through activities, hobbies, social media, networking or reading stories of real people doing the same things. They can be personal relationships, professional relationships or community relationships. But it is that individual experience in a group that has more meaning than things, tasks or titles.
Noel resists the label “writer” or even “author”, but refers to be called a story teller. She loves to talk about the healing she sees everyday, and feels it is her life's mission to be in the business of hope, love and healing.
She has self published, “If you stand in the middle you won’t fall down” which only fueled her desire to tell a bigger story to a larger audience.
Noel’s observation of the mind-body connection in traditional healthcare as a critical care nurse, an oncology nurse and an emergency department nurse drove her to go back to school to learn about it. But when she began the practice of treating the body with a mind-body approach in psychiatry, it was pretty obvious that there was a third connection. Some individuals got better with just psychotherapy, and some got better with just psychopharmacological intervention. But when those two approaches were combined the statistics almost doubled. And then when a spiritual component was added, the outcome seemed to ease near or into miraculous. The proof was in her patients, and the science of it was more in the knowing then in the learning of it. What was even more convincing were those patients who would have never thought about actively pursing a spiritual journey, who initially only wanted a “pill” to fix it, began to change because of the hope, and because of the relationship. Some were able to get off disability, get off their medications and leave therapy for a happy productive, "healed”, recovered life. Others found they no longer needed to just survive, but could move forward into a new individualized aware awake spiritual journey. But almost all would leave the office with some hope that there were some possibilities for them.
Ever since she started seeing those changes in people she has been talking about it, writing about it, and sharing it with whoever will listen. What she read about and heard about from all of her tribal counterparts was proved solid in the experiences of her patients. She has provided education to healthcare professionals on the mind-body-spirit connection and has now written “Finding the Tribe: All things are possible” in their honor.
Noel is a nurse and a practitioner who is a story teller, and wants to share those experiences of hope and healing of real people with real hope and real healing. She wants the reader and her audience to know that if you Find your tribe: Together All Things are Possible! And she wants her nursing tribe to know that one person CAN make a difference.
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