Nice to meet you.
My name is Fatima Tajah Olson. I am a registered counsellor in British Columbia and a confidence/ self-empowerment /self-love coach.
I have an MA in counselling/Psychology from Yorkville University.
I was born and raised in Lilongwe, Malawi (Southern East Africa). I was brought up in the poor slums of the city in a two-room shack, living with my single mother, cousin, aunt and four uncles! We didn’t have much, but I had a somewhat great chaotic childhood which I am grateful for.
Eventually, I was adopted by my step-Canadian father, which is how I landed in Canada. I currently live in BC, but you may find me chasing the sun and beaches in the tropics!
I am certified in Yin Yoga and mindfulness meditation. I am a former African dance performer and instructor.
I have a BA in Fine Arts from Emily Carr University (Vancouver, BC). Art has been my therapy tool through my transition to North America and is a part of my daily life. I also use it as part of my volunteer work, helping orphans in poor villages and clinics to help express themselves back in my country.
Like most women, I struggled with low self-esteem and confidence most of my life. On the outside, you could never tell, as I have always been a vibrant person. My twenties were based on clubs, being out all the time, and having a good time. Almost like I was always searching for something.I never really had much guidance, yet I always had this big vision for my future, but fear, self-doubt, and low confidence held me back for many years.
Here I am now. With the skills I learned, I created my pathway to make things happen for myself. I realized I could not move forward if I did not have a healthy relationship with myself. So, I had to work on myself. I had to start by accepting myself and practicing self-love/compassion. Once I figured that out, the road seemed a little clearer. I stopped focusing on society’s standards of what a woman should be like or look like.
I have faced many challenges throughout my journey, especially transitioning to a new life and culture. I struggled with so much self-hate as a black woman.
Self-care and self-love will make you see life in such a different positive way! I have learned to love myself and am here to guide you to feel the same about yourself.
“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it isn’t open.”