Today we’d like to introduce you to Kiyomi LaFleur.
Hi Kiyomi, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My journey in mental and spiritual health started in the year of 2006. I started experiencing symptoms of OCD/Anxiety and panic disorder specifically something called Relationship OCD which drew me to the field of mental health. A couple of years later, I was working as a social worker working in mental health facilities.
I saw an extreme lack of education and awareness of alternative health in the western medical system and was appalled to see how clients and patients were treated in facilities. In these facilities, I noticed a huge emphasis on an individual being “broken” and treating clients and patients as though there was something wrong with them.
Although the Western mental health system has great strengths, I saw its shortcomings and how patients were appallingly treated and I was inspired to make a change. Throughout that time, I was getting my yoga therapy and mindfulness teacher training and started understanding the power of holistic, alternative mental health.
Instead of seeing a client as broken and something to “medicate” (even if medication has its power), I found root causes, underlying trauma that was creating the symptoms that we call “broken” and “wrong”. There was something powerful here, something we were severely overlooking as a society to create more of a “broken” system.
During that time, I was still experiencing Relationship OCD/Relationship Anxiety and felt called to spread awareness on something that felt stigmatized and unknown. I started a YouTube channel in 2017 after working for 10 years in mental health and started gaining a big following.
People secretly messaged me, expressing they felt seen for the first time asking for help and in that time, I recognized the great need to be working in this field, which is where Awaken into Love started. Awaken into Love is a holistic and alternative mental health practice and educational platform for people who experience Relationship OCD/Relationship Anxiety but are tired of the “broken” symptom-based, diseased, and disordered model.
Over the 4 years since my first youtube video, we’ve had over 4,000 course members from all around the world, worked personally with hundreds of people in coaching, and have over a million views on YouTube.
I am very passionate about spreading awareness and education on Relationship OCD/Relationship Anxiety but in the context of a holistic, empowered approach. Perhaps there is not something “wrong” with us, but something within asking us to go deeper into our psyche and souls for deeper transformation, healing, and empowerment.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It definitely has not been smooth. I’ve used so much of my past suffering of Relationship OCD/Relationship Anxiety to transform and create this platform which has been extremely powerful, but my suffering has gotten me here. This has been a blessing, but it has definitely been a hard ride to get to the place to bring inspiration and motivation to others.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am the Founder and Creator of Awaken into Love, an online community for people who experience Relationship OCD/Relationship Anxiety. With over a million views on YouTube and over 1,000+ course and community members, I dedicate my life to raising awareness on Relationship OCD, anxiety, and relationships.
I’ve experienced debilitating Relationship OCD, Hypochondria, panic disorder, and general anxiety for years, and used to suffer with every thought, emotion, and feeling possible. Once I overcame ROCD, I knew that I needed to be an expert in this field to help others. My background is in Social Work, Yoga therapy, and Mindfulness-based work. I’ve been working in the mental health profession for over 6 years.
After years of extensive research, education, therapy, and coaching, I’ve become an expert on Relationship OCD/Relationship Anxiety. My mission in life is to continue being a Relationship OCD advocate and continue to educate people from all around the world on finding freedom from ROCD in a holistic and empowering model. We are not broken, diseased or disordered… something within is asking for deeper love, transformation, and awakening, if only we become lovingly curious.
We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up.
I have so many, but there’s one in specific where I was outside in the snow as a child (about 10) looking up at the stars. It was quiet and still, and I was in awe of the universe. At that moment I felt there was something greater, more expansive than me and I felt an unconditional force of love, awe, and curiosity that has never left me.
- ROCD/RA Course – $39.99
- Inner Circle – $99.99
- Coaching – $250/session
- Website: awakenintolove.com
- Instagram: @withawakenintolove
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/withawakenintolove