About BBoldLife

Skills-Based Anxiety Management

"From fear to trust"

As a group facilitator and certified CCF coach practitioner, I utilize my training and life experience to offer a facilitation style that honours the group's individuals as the experts in their own lives and work. I believe that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole. In order to create a supportive individual or group setting, BBold nurture an environment of:

  • Optimism
  • Inclusion
  • Group learning
  • Safety
  • Support

About Arto

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BBold was founded by Arto Tienaho who was born in Haida Gwaii, then completed grade school in Kitimat. Arto left the north to train for a career as an aircraft mechanic. He then worked in aviation for over 20 years, before eventually transitioning into mental health by working for AnxietyBC. This change in direction was a result of his own personal story of a lifetime of clinical anxiety and mild depression. After receiving cognitive behavioural therapy at UBC, Arto was asked to be a facilitator and supervisor in a peer-based program for adults with panic disorder where he trained and volunteered for 3 years. Arto worked his way up to Executive Director and led the effort to raise awareness of anxiety disorders and promote evidence-based treatment options for the population of British Columbia for six years. During this time, Arto answered thousands of inquiries and gained a valuable perspective of the needs across the province. While there are several providers for initial anxiety treatments, Arto found that there were no ongoing skills-based groups for people to connect with. This is an identified gap and presents an opportunity to provide something new to the community. Arto is a Certified Coach Practitioner, is actively involved in the Toastmasters organization, volunteers on the steering committee of Canadian Mental Health, BC divisions national workplace mental health conference (BLC), and has recently completed a research training program with the Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network.