Meet Karen

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My name is Karen Lanser. I earned a Master of Social Work degree and have been working in a private practice in my own community as a counsellor, therapist and integrative life coach.  I am the founder of Miracles! Your Center for Well-Being Inc., and am committed to providing a variety of services intended to support others in making peace with their pasts and finding the gifts in the people, circumstances and/or situations they might be blaming for their unhappiness.

I was an only child who grew up on welfare in a home that had been fractured by my father’s alcoholism and my mother’s prescription drug abuse, mental health issues, and physical disability. I ended up in foster care a few times and yet, through it all, somehow clung to my childhood dream of getting her PhD in Psychology and supporting others in overcoming the wounds of their childhoods.

It didn’t happen quite as I had envisioned! This dream was derailed for nearly a quarter century while I struggled to be the ‘perfect’ wife, mother, daughter, friend, volunteer and employee. I spent countless years of my life pleasing, perfecting, performing and proving myself. While it might have looked like I “had it all” from the outside, regardless of my achievements and accomplishments, I still felt empty on the inside. Despite my best efforts, I found myself calling a therapist rather than being a therapist!

Although I had acquired an impressive library of self help books, it was only after I discovered the writings of Debbie Ford and attended The Shadow Process that my life really turned around! Within the space of that profound support, I learned how to honor my own feelings and listen to my own heart. Amazingly, the more I focused on healing myself, the more my daughters, marriage and health began to thrive! I even resurrected my educational dreams and earned my graduate degree.

Most remarkably, however, the work founded by Debbie Ford provided me with the foundational tools that I needed to successfully bridge the gap between who I was and who I always wanted to be! I was so inspired by the shifts I made in my own life that I became a certified integrative life coach myself in 2002 and continue to be involved with The Ford Institute for Transformational Training (TFI). I am proud to be a Certified ‘Integrative Leader’ with TFI and am trained in a number of different models including:

As a recovering perfectionist and people – pleaser, I have found that my experiences of being the devoted wife and self-sacrificing mother have fostered an exceptional appreciation for other women who feel they are being “selfish” if they don’t put everyone else first. I believe I bring a powerful, compassionate and encouraging perspective to conversations related to primary relationship issues, mid-life concerns, social justice and spiritual well-being. Ultimately, I fervently believe that the joys in our lives are not determined by having the ‘right’ circumstances, but rather by having the ‘right’ perspective from which to interpret our circumstances.

In keeping with her childhood dreams, I remain relentlessly committed to inspiring and supporting others in savoring and enjoying the moments of life’s journey rather than merely enduring them! As part of my ongoing commitment, I have also been trained in two  of the most effective interventions for healing and processing trauma … EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy).

Please feel free to contact me at 1-403-317-1117 or via email at if you have any questions and/or would like to know more about making your own dreams a reality!

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Colleen Banning
    Aug 17, 2013 @ 17:44:33

    Karen, you’re an inspiration to me, love your honesty and openness! My daughter Amber has always loved your family and I will always appreciate how much you and your family have supported her too.

    Much of what you’ve said could be my own life story. I’ve learned more from my three girls about living as they have from me.
    Love your website! And love fresh ground pepper!



    • Karen Lanser
      Aug 17, 2013 @ 18:02:00

      Awe … thank you Colleen. Your words touch my heart and bring tears to my eyes. Oh my … and how our family loves your (our) Amber! Thank you so very much for taking the time to connect here! ♡



  2. The Presents of Presence
    Jul 13, 2015 @ 09:31:53

    I love all of your blogs! This is a great ‘Meet Karen’ post. You are really special and I’m happy we’ve connected. Your blogs are so chock full of positivity! I bet your clients are so grateful for your inner wisdom.

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  3. Sherri Gallant
    Jan 05, 2016 @ 16:22:24

    Hello, my dear friend. I found your blog by accident today and I have been immersed in it since. I am deeply touched.; in fact, you’ve moved me to tears. I love who you’ve become and what you are doing …. how your life has played out since the days when we first met, nearly 40 years ago. The pearls you are giving from your heart and from your wisdom are enriching people’s lives, I am certain. I just wanted to let you know I was here, visiting and enjoying. God bless.



    • Karen Lanser
      Jan 05, 2016 @ 16:48:33

      Oh my gosh … what a wonderful blessing to ‘see’ you here! Thank you for your kind and encouraging words … it touches me deeply to hear that my sharing was meaningful to you. Thank you for letting me know you stopped by … I hope you will stop by again! Big hugs to you Sherri … and … may the warm wonders of joy and delight be abundant for you and yours in the coming year! 💚💛💜



  4. Miriam
    May 23, 2016 @ 19:42:57

    Hi Karen, I thought I’d already commented on this page but obviously not. Just wanted to let you know I love your bio page. Your enthusiasm for life and gratitude for what you have and do shines through. So glad we’ve connected and I look forward to reading more of your wonderful posts and getting to know you more through our respective blogs. Cheers again! 🙂

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  5. Robin Tajiri
    May 27, 2016 @ 08:52:51

    I’m so happy, grateful and blessed that you are my friend ❤️

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  6. my one life. today
    Jun 21, 2016 @ 05:52:54

    We had such a fascinating exchange yesterday that I came back to read up more on yours. I now understand even better why my blog posts resonated so much with you. It’s a bit scary weird how similar the patterns are that we have developed, and it appears because of similar stories. Every childhood is different and, thankfully, I did not have to suffer a parent’s alcoholism or foster homes. I do know what it feels like not to have a safe home, parents that are strong and reliable and caring, even though they might have tried. Mental illness, suicide, and suicide attempts are also part of my family’s story. I’m a bit less of a pleaser, though certainly not a revolutionary either. But I certainly am a perfectionist (also recovering now) and a die-hard performer. It’s cost me dearly, my marriage, my job satisfaction, and sometimes also my health. What I find, and what I also see reflected in your blog, is that it’s one thing to realize how we work, what our coping mechanisms are, and a totally different thing to change them, let alone live without a new coping mechanism, trust in life, that is. The part in the middle, you know, when you know what’s going on but you can’t figure out to save your life what and how else to do, that’s one of the most disgusting feelings I know. I also feel running helps, and gardening, and drinking tea from beautiful ceramic tea cups (I love the Japanese Hagi Yaki ones). And self-care. Above all else. I feel you have come such a long way, doing similar things. That’s very inspiring and gives me a lot of hope. Oh, and, you don’t seem fake at all when you’re writing. It’s very admirably authentic, vulnerable to the core, and touching my heart. All the very best for your journey.

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    • Karen Lanser
      Jun 21, 2016 @ 06:19:06

      I, too, was struck by the instant connection I felt in our exchange … and … as I met your heart through your words. And I so deeply agree … traversing the part in the middle … knowing where you can’t live but having no sense of how to exist on a different plane …. Arghhhhhh. Absolutely awful. I finally found the bridge from where I was to where I wanted to be when I discovered the work of Debbie Ford. Her book, The Dark Side of the Light Chasers was the catalyst for my liberation from the patterns of my past. I truly have come such a long way … and … am so grateful to have the new tools I picked up as I challenged all the pain filled ‘stories’ I was carrying from my past.

      It sounds like your path has been full of prickles as well. It’s seems like we’ve both been determined to find the blessings in our challenges. And … I am committed to claiming them. I am also tickled to share this space with you and I look forward to getting to know you better! I would love to know your name, if you don’t mind. With warmest smiles, Karen 😊

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      • my one life. today
        Jun 21, 2016 @ 06:26:48

        I read about Debbie Ford on your blog and already marked her work as a must-read. I sure wish it will have a similar effect on me. I’ve been doing so much work already, and I really have come a long way already. I feel I’m very, ver close to either a break-down or a break-through, hopefully the latter…
        I have decided to write my blog anonymously, for the time being. Part of my job duties not to be too public with my opinions in my real name. But I’ll let you know through your contact form 🙂

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  7. thecoffeebeanbrain
    Oct 24, 2016 @ 03:18:53

    Glad to find (and follow) your blog Karen! 🙂



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