Madison Kolla | registered Acupuncturist
I feel very lucky to work, live and play in the traditional and still occupied territory of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples - the Songhees, Esquimalt - and WSÁNEĆ First Nations.
I became an acupuncturist because I wanted to help people in the areas that the western healthcare system misses entirely. My childhood was shaped by parental struggles with trauma, chronic pain and mental illness; and a traumatic hospitalisation of my own at a young age. I knew there must be a way to support people with less potential harm.
I graduated from Pacific Rim College in June 2012 at the top of my class. I have since completed additional training with Master Acupuncturists, with MDs that specialise in chronic pain and trauma, and with many well-respected Yogis.
I have given thousands of treatments in community acupuncture clinics and have worked one-on-one with people requiring more individualised care. I've also performed auricular acupuncture in various settings such as medical detox facilities, harm reduction programs, and in post-correctional reintegration.
I have a strong interest and experience in the use of acupuncture for treating mental health challenges and trauma. I have lived experience of mania, psychosis, post-traumatic stress and clinical depression, as well as postpartum anxiety and depression. My experiences of mental illness and extreme states continue to facilitate self-discovery, and I am passionate about sharing what I've learned in recovery and integration.
I enjoy incorporating an element of inquiry in my work with people. I appreciate how acupuncture plants us firmly in our bodies, and encourages us to connect with ourselves in the present moment. Asking where we tend to disconnect can provide powerful insight as well. I hope to empower clients to take responsibility for their own health and well-being and to connect to a part of themselves that is always innately capable of wholeness.
I continue to learn and grow in my own practices of acupuncture, yoga, writing, self-discovery and parenting. I look forward to working and exploring with you.