About you & me
Becoming Fully Present
when you know how to be with yourself
You know what happens when you finally know how to be with yourself gently?
When you begin gracefully carrying the emotional burden of entrepreneurship?
Hi, I’m Shula.
My name is Shulamit Ber Levtov.
You can call me Shula for short. My pronouns are she and her.
I am an entrepreneur, but I came to business ownership after I had a solid foundation as a professional in the mental health arena.
Just like you, I know what it is like to have sleepless nights over your business. I’ve also experienced chronic stress and trauma many times.
And I’m here to help.
In addition to being an entrepreneur and a masters-level social worker and psychotherapist with 22+ years of professional practice under my belt, I’ve had my own mental health journey.
Since my teens, I’ve experienced depression. I’ve been suicidal twice. I’ve been a single mum who received welfare. I’ve stayed in a domestic violence shelter with my toddler daughter.
In the summer of 2002 I had meningitis.
There was a 24-hour period where I wasn’t sure I was going to live.
While I did recover physically, my mental health was profoundly affected. I went down a path of risky and dangerous behaviour, engaging in trauma-related “acting out.” I didn’t have the tools I needed, as a trauma survivor, to cope.
This quite literally blew up my entire life.
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did. In that moment, it hit me that I was the problem, and asked for help. I was referred to a therapist who fortunately happened to be trauma-trained (and began attending a 12-step family group). It was just what I needed.
Where so many years of therapy hadn’t helped me, this time, with the right therapist, it changed my life.
Now, for more than 22 years, I have been working in the field of mental health and personal growth, and have logged thousands of hours helping hundreds of women (and men) recover their resilience after experiencing stress and trauma. I've been an entrepreneur for more than 27 years, and in 2017, founded an award-winning holistic stress and trauma clinic in Kemptville, Ontario.
I have a Masters in Counselling and Spirituality and I'm a registered social worker. Furthermore, I am a
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a certified resilience coach.
If you want to know about my intersections and my approach to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, you can read about that here.
To paraphrase Michael Stone, what makes us great healers is not that we are healed, but that we know how to be our with our woundedness.
I know how to be with my own woundedness, to not only function effectively in the face of challenges, but to care for myself and to thrive.
Working with me, you can learn to do that as well.
The shit will still hit the fan.
That’s running a business.
You can manage your mindset.
You can work with your emotions instead of having them run the show.
You can be gentle with yourself (for real this time, so that you can actually feel it).
And, learning to do so will create results for you AND your clients.
Here’s how you can work with me.
I'm the Entrepreneurs' Therapist and co-founder of the Business Therapy Centre.
Using coaching, somatic and therapeutic tools, I work with women business owners who want to develop, implement and be accountable for their mental health plan so they can connect head and heart, set the foundation for sustainable success, and show up fully as their CEO-self in their businesses.
In addition to the qualifications mentioned above, I'm a certified trainer in both Focusing and Nonviolent Communication, a certified Trauma of Money facilitator, certified in the Tapas Acupressure Technique, a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher (retired), and an award-winning entrepreneur. I was a certified translator, have a diploma in broadcasting, was a writer-broadcaster and producer for CBC radio and once owned the only Steadicam east of Toronto.
When I'm not meeting with clients, writing my book, or resting, I am learning to sing bluegrass and old-timey style or knitting while listening to audiobooks. My two favourite literary genres are feminist sci-fi and contemporary romance—especially with characters and authors who are LGBTQI2S++, Black, Indigenous and of the global majority. I'm an enthusiastic newbie knitter (but honestly it’s just an excuse to buy yarn), and I love a good knit-along or song-along.