Marina Brooks is a certified Trainer and Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and holds certificates in Mental and Emotional Release® and Hypnosis from the Association for Integrative Psychology. Marina is also certified as a Ballroom & Latin Dance Teacher by the Canadian Dancesport Federation, and as a Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach from the Coaching Association of Canada. With over a decade of experience in teaching and coaching Marina has an extensive background of taking complex concepts and guiding her students, trainees and clients to achieving a mastery level of understanding and execution. She is a Speaker and an Empowerment and Breakthrough Coach and co-founder of Brooks Empowerment Academy along with her husband Kip.
In her own words…
My true belief is that life is meant to be lived fully with passion, joy and excitement. I believe the relationship we have with ourselves is the core foundation for our happiness in life and has a direct effect on all other relationships and areas of our lives.
I also believe that we carry within us the ability to heal ourselves, mentally, emotionally and physically – naturally, safely and permanently.
I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to share my message, bring awareness to the important subject of mental and emotional health, and empowering others to choose to create a great life for themselves.
I am passionate about helping people step into their own power and find their own true authentic voice as they choose to break old patterns of negative thinking, unsupportive behavior and emotional baggage and trauma.
I didn’t always have this positive and loving outlook on life. In fact, it’s the journey through depression and some of the lowest points in life that brought me to this destination and has changed the course of my life completely.
As a child I was very quiet, serious and rarely smiled. In my early teens I was extremely shy, to the point I would sit in the back of the classroom petrified that the teacher would ask me to answer a question or read something out loud. I simply wanted to be invisible, which eventually lead to being diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder.
In my mid-teens I was ripped out of my familiar environment and a very close tight-knit group of friends, and moved (for the second time in my life) half-way across the world to a whole new continent, where I had to learn a new language, adapt to a new culture and try to fit in again. My new life in North America lead me to the feeling of being “different”, misunderstood, and not accepted, which of course eventually spun into a full blown depression, with yet another medical diagnosis.
In my early school years I was regularly one of the top students in the class with grades in the mid to high 90s. After moving my grades dropped to the 60s and 70s range (and below) and I was no longer the “star student”. In my attempt at post-secondary education I bounced from program to program, failing class after class, never feeling fulfilled or passionate about what I was studying, and certainly not seeing a bright future of a career.
I was lost and confused, I had no idea who I was or who I wanted to become, and as I sank deeper and deeper into depression, with the pain becoming more and more unbearable, much like over 40 million Americas I was put on anti-depressants, and like in most cases my dose was routinely increased due to a “lack of improvement”.
Not only was I doing poorly in my education, and therefore in career and finance, and not only was I experiencing major difficulty and a massive amount of emotional pain in the area of romance and intimate relationships, I had challenges connecting with my family – more specifically my dad, and I had close to no recognition of any sort of connection to a higher power, spirit or God.
For quite some time my physical body held together strongly, I’ve been physically active from a very young age as dance has always been a big part of my life, and coming from the Soviet Union we never picked up the habit of consuming processed or junk food in our home, mostly because it wasn’t available. I was in good shape and would rarely get sick.
Little did I know at the time, that all the mental and emotional strained I had been under for all those years was growing a well deep inside me, and soon enough even my physical would body give in.
Before my mid-30s I have already experienced major emotional pain and mental turmoil in just about every area of my life. I hit a financial low point, came close to bankruptcy and nearly lost my house. Thinking I have found my passion in career instead I ended up watching my business come crashing down only a few years after opening the doors. My family moved across the continent for the third time leaving me with my at-the-time 18-month-old son from a loveless relationship with a man I was clearly not destined to be with, and no help or support around.
My heart had been broken so badly from abusive toxic relationships that I was sure I am doomed to a life of settling and that I’ll never experience that “Fairytale” kind of true love. I could not hear my own heart, my own truth, and became so disconnected from my intuition that I was having difficulties making decisions about my life.
And then… one unforgettable trip to visit my parents in California, my body finally broke down and went into paralysis where I spent a week in bed unable to move or sleep because of massive pain.
I have now been on the personal discovery and development journey for well over a decade. Every twist and turn in the form of the challenges I mentioned above has thought me great lessons about myself and who I want to be – although at the beginning it was more like who I knew I didn’t want to be.
When I heard my psychiatrist in university tell me that depression cannot be cured, that it is a mental illness that one can only learn to live with and regulate through the use of drugs and forever-on-going therapy, I remember hearing a voice inside saying “this can’t be what life is about!” However faint that voice may had been at the time it grew louder and louder as time went on.
Eventually I began seeking out alternative therapists and trying out different, non-conventional treatment techniques. Each new therapist, coach and mentor I met gave me new tools and eventually I began seeing a shift in my life and how I was feeling as I began to put those tools to use.
The more success I was having, and the more I shed the label of Depression and Social Anxiety, the more I wanted to reach out and help others who were living through similar experiences as I had been.
As my toolbox grew and became filled with amazing incredible tools and techniques I began taking note of what was working for me and how I could better organize them into a system. This is where, along with my now husband, we developed our Signature 5-Step Breakthrough Coaching System and I am so thrilled to have it out in the world now making a massive impact and changing people’s lives!
I overcame all odds when it seemed clear to me, and almost everyone else around me, that moving to the U.S. was not a possibility. When I finally made the decision to put my tools of faith and trust in myself and my higher power to work I manifested that which I had been dreaming of for years.
When I found Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and especially when I experienced Mental and Emotional Release® in the context of a Breakthrough Session, my life literally changed.
My very first Breakthrough session was in the area of Relationships, and boy did I get serious about doing the work that followed and stayed focused on and committed to my goals!
Only a few short months afterwards I met my soulmate, the man I had clearly described in my vision of the ideal relationship, and a few more short months later we were married, moved into a beautiful new house, and I found myself surrounded by love and joy and my heart overflowing with gratitude.
Probably one of the most significant shifts that occurred in my life was finding my true calling, my passion, my purpose in life.
That shy girl who hid in the back of the classroom praying to be unnoticed became a certified Teacher, Master Practitioner, Trainer and a Speaker. It now lifts me up and lights a fire in my soul when I get the opportunity to stand up in front of a group of people and share my story and my message of hope and the choice we all have, inspiring others to step into their own power and cause a major shift in their own lives.
I now live in a beautiful house with my husband and our three amazing brilliant children. I have the family, home and marriage I have always dreamed of. And I couldn’t possibly be more passionate and excited about the work I do and the impact it has on the people I get the opportunity to work with.
Just like I was able to turn my life around, it is my purpose in life to help as many of you as I possibly can to step into your own power, find your own truth, and create the life you desire, the life you have always dreamed of using the very same tools and techniques that helped me achieve my outcomes.