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#1 Bestselling Author

Catherine O’Kane MA, RCC, RCS is a counsellor, facilitator, and gifted public speaker with decades of experience. She and her husband Duane O’Kane co-authored the #1 best-selling book REAL: The Power of Authentic Connection, which reveals how to be fully alive through authentic, vulnerable relationships. They own a company called Clearmind International Institute Inc., which offers therapeutic personal development workshops to the public as well as a counsellor training program that runs both locally and online. Together, they have helped thousands of people throughout North America and Europe correct the self-limiting beliefs and feelings that are at the root of our dilemmas.


Catherine is fascinated with the border between psychology and spirituality.  A near-death experience in 1994 dramatically impacted her view of her own existence and fundamentally influenced her perspective on love, the human psyche, and relationships. The transformational loving force she powerfully experienced remains the foundation for all her work.


Catherine was recently awarded “Leader of the Year 2019” by the Women of Worth WOW Worldwide for her outstanding contribution as a role model for women in leadership. She practices what she preaches in all her relationships (including her marriage) and shares her struggles and wisdom with vulnerability, passion, and humour.

Emotional Intelligence:

Mental Health Matters



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Chapter Title: Overfunctioning

“Help is the sunny side of control. Stop helping so much. Don’t get your help and goodness all over everybody.”

~Anne Lamott, from her 2017 TED Talk “12 Truths I Learned from Life and Writing”

The time has come for this groundbreaking book on Emotional Intelligence to arrive.  It challenges the status quo, and breaks the stigma that surrounds mental health.

You will step into a personal conversation with these 15 courageous authors who have uncovered their souls to give you hope.  Their stories may break your heart and steal the very breath from your lungs, but they will also inspire you to see that triumph over adversity is always possible.

"When it comes to business, relationships, and being truly happy, emotional intelligence is the secret sauce to everything that matters.  This book is a game-changer and inside these pages are invitations to witness what ‘doing the work’ looks like. May they inspire you to do the same."

~Beth Hanishewski - Master Coach. International Speaker. Igniter. 

The resilience of the human spirit shines throughout this book. Whether it’s grief, loss, depression, anxiety, illness, abuse, or any stressor affecting you or someone you love, these stories will take you by the hand and show you how to not just survive, but thrive.  You are not alone.

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