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More about lucija

Transforming Fear into Love 

After graduating high school early, I decided to travel to the war torn Croatia to teach Bosnian refugee children during the war.  In 1998 I returned to the Balkans to conducted academic field work and research in Sarajevo, Bosnia for my thesis on War Art.  I graduated from York University in 1999 with a degree in Cultural Studies of the Fine Arts and pursued a life in the visual art world exhibiting my sculptural installations and photographic work. 

In 2006 I made a radical career change and began working for the Canada Border Services Agency as an Inland Immigration Officer.  I experienced repeated traumas during my years serving my country as I travelled the world returning people with violent criminal histories to their countries of origin, conducting investigations, arrests, and organizing complicated deportations for criminals around the globe.

I developed Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in August 2012 as a result of a culmination of work related traumas.  Living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has been an excruciating and constant battle.  My PTSD eventually gave way to Rheumatoid Arthritis, and my understanding of the mind/body connection amplified as I struggled to gain control of the thoughts which were now manifesting into dangerous physical symptoms.  

Since developing PTSD, I have embarked on a dedicated path to recovery.  Along the way I discovered many effective techniques for reducing the duration and intensity of the PTSD triggers, while devising strategies to prolong the time between those triggered states of intense fear and anxiety.

It seems that everything in my life has lead me to this project.   I have decided to dedicated myself to PTSD education, prevention and solutions. I launched my PTSD Alchemy channel on YouTube with educational videos for PTSD sufferers, along with their loved ones in May 2017. I have traversed through a vast community of alternative and conventional healers throughout my healing process and am excited to share 

My YouTube videos and blog are made with the intention to shine a light into the darkness experienced by those suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety, avoidance, dissociation and the physical fallout of such high levels of stress.  If you have any questions, or would like to have a subject discussed in an upcoming YouTube episode, feel free to contact me. Hang in gets so much better!! xo

Certifications and Qualifications

  • Diagnosed with cPTSD in 2012

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

  • Reiki Level II

  • Bio Energy Healing

  • Conflict Arbitration

  • Race and Ethnic Awareness

  • Sexual Harassment Education and Prevention

  • Applied Suicide Intervention  

  • Group Crisis Intervention

  • Advanced EAP Referral Agent Training

  • BFA York University Cultural Studies of the Fine Arts

Healing Modalities that Helped

  • Psychoanalysis

  • Network Chiropractic

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

  • Reiki 

  • Bio Energy 

  • Structural Integration

  • Iridology

  • Acupuncture

  • Holistic Nutrition, Supplementation and Homeopathic solutions 

  • QHHT Hypnotherapy 

  • Massage

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