(Qualifications and longer About version below!)
First thing – I love moving my body, the colours of an intense sunset, creating raw chocolate delights, and making whole food recipes to the Beatles tunes with a glass of red
Second thing – I am not defined by what happens to me. I am defined by what I do after it happens to me = attitude and mindset.
Childhood – a tumultuous early life that led to years of living inside my head, fantasizing about being a character in my favourite movies, abusing my body and wishing I was someone other than who I actually was.
The journey – I’ve lived and worked in 5 states of Australia, battled an 18 year eating disorder and came out trumps, nursed and watched my mother die from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, lost countless family and friends in tragic accidents and preventable illnesses, felt overcome and beaten by life’s many challenges and heartbreaks, got back up and fought for my independence to resolutely commit to myself first, and finally opened my heart to forgiveness, possibility, love and abundance, after clamping it shut for so many years.
Now – I’ve come into my own beautiful head space, created a life so much better than a 2 hour movie, and couldn’t imagine being anyone other than who I truly, fiercely and passionately am – my beautiful body included.
I’ve lived a life of soul-searching, personal discovery and self-empowerment amidst a tonne of pain, disillusionment and fear. It’s my past, and I’m grateful. It taught me how to be real and never give up believing you can change your life and turn things around.
Key lessons for me were to stay connected, be grateful and live in the NOW.
But my biggest insights were never to live a life of compromise – never to ignore your own needs or put yourself last; to never think well of others while only poorly of yourself.
I learnt those lessons the hard way, and I now passionately impart that wisdom and whole-hearted worth onto each and every client I work with.
Before I embraced my strengths and talents, I chased many different pathways and ideas, (see qualifications below) but in the end they all merged and I realised I was always on the right path for me.
Trusting yourself is HUGE.
I have a knack for making people stop and think – to consider themselves, their lives and beliefs from a different perspective – one that often makes all the difference. I love that!
Working with me is an exploration into yourself, to unravel and explain the essential connection between your mindset, mood, health, food, stress, weight and emotions to truly love your self, appreciate your body and embrace your life.
My passion and drive is propelled by my own past experience with bulimia nervosa, food addiction, negative beliefs, and resulting hormonal and metabolic imbalances (constant bloating, belching and poor digestion sucks!).
I am now fully recovered and love to eat, make food, think about it and create with it (especially dark raw chocolate and whole, natural, living foods!).
I’m a formidable force, yet I’m filled with compassion, empathy and personal experience, so I’ll instinctively know when to push you and when to offer you a hug (I love hugs!).
I am a passionate and inspiring Holistic Counsellor, Mind-Body Wellness Coach, Meditation Therapist, Health, Whole Food & Lifestyle Coach, and Eating Disorder Recovery Specialist focusing on the healing connection of mind/body (holistic) nutrition, eating psychology, mental programming, stress, meditation, real food healing, and moving from dieting and restriction to whole-self love and nourishment.
With 20 years of experience, personal insight and professional development in health, fitness, nutrition, biopsychology, counselling, coaching, meditation and wellness, I’m fully equipped and confident in my strengths to help YOU overcome the emotional roller-coaster we constantly put ourselves through in our drive to be perfect!
Disordered eating is a symptom of unresolved emotions, unfulfilled needs/wants/desires/cravings, unmanaged stress and old sub-conscious beliefs that create our trusty self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviours (our sub-conscious tries to keep us “safe” in our programmed reality, but really it keeps us stuck).
I navigated my own mental programming, challenged it, turned it around and made my life a daily creation.
As Louise Hay says, What you think, you create.
I LOVE working with clients to share knowledge, ignite passion, and empower them to achieve and maintain a life of meaning, purpose and passion through self-awareness, personal empowerment and confidence to match!
“You’ve always had the power, my Dear! You’ve had it all along” – Glinda, the Good Witch.
Cheers to you and a life of whole-self nourishment, self-empowerment, and real food freedom!
I work with clients in-person and online via Phone and Skype. And I LOVE it!
- Advanced Diploma in Meditation Therapy, Holistic Counselling and Human Development
- Advanced Diploma Life Coaching
- Postgraduate Certificate in Management of Depression and Anxiety
- Postgraduate Certificate in Meditation for Weight Management
- Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Holistic Counselling
- Postgraduate Certificate in Corporate Stress Management
- Postgraduate Certificate in Trigger Point Therapy
- Postgraduate Certificate in Elemental Movement Meditation
- Postgraduate Certificate in Inner Child Therapy
- Postgraduate Certificate in Meditation for Children
- Diploma Freelance Journalism
- Diploma of Justice (270 hours)
- Certificate of Food Psychology
- Certificate of Accredited Nutrition
- Certificate Wellness Coaching (Levels 1 & 2)
- Certificate Law of Attraction Practitioner
- Certificate Advanced Boxing for Fitness Trainer
- Certificate Advanced Kick-boxing Instructor
- Certificate Lifeline Crisis Counselling
- Certificate 4 Training and Assessment
- Certificate 3 & 4 Fitness (Master Personal Trainer, Fitness/Gym Instructor)
- Certificate 3 Sports Massage Therapy Practitioner (Clinical Procedures, Sports, Trigger Point & Aromatherapy)
- Fitness Australia
- Inner Voyage Holistic Human Development & Meditation Teacher’s College
- Australian Institute for Complimentary Therapists
- Australian Meditation Teachers Association
A longer and slightly more dramatic version if you’re up for it…
Life throughout my mid teens and twenties revolved around bulimia nervosa, emotional eating, food addiction, depression, perfectionism, people-pleasing, self-hatred and self-doubt. I hated myself and felt disgusted with my body. I craved understanding and acceptance but could never give either to myself.
I lived with a judgemental inner critic that blow by blow diminished my self-esteem and validity. I couldn’t see a way out of my head but always believed in a more fulfilling and purposeful life for myself.
The unhappy soul in me was never satisfied – my needs were ignored and certainly not fulfilled. I was constantly searching for something – anything – to take away the pain and feel safe, valid, significant and loved.
It wasn’t until the moment I realised I was the “key” that I began to unlock the answers within.
Instead of blaming everything and everyone around me for what they’d done and how it made me feel, I realised that it wasn’t about them – it was about me! I was so focused on the world outside of me and what I couldn’t control that I hadn’t realised my true potential within.
It took a balmy night on the top of a red Uluru sand dune for the Universe to speak and my heart to listen. But it was my soul that answered. I suddenly realised that I had the power. I did deserve a life of happiness, health and fulfilment. And it was my responsibility to make it happen.
So I did!
I started meditating, exercising, learning to enjoy my own company. I read, watched, studied and questioned. I learned about personal growth & development, natural & living foods, wealth & success, health & fitness, metabolism & hormones, mindset & affirmations.
I finally learnt to make myself important enough to take better care of ‘me’.
I embarked on a journey of self-love and acceptance. I challenged limited thinking and self-serving beliefs. I wrote down goals and visualised their fruition. I began to be grateful and see what I COULD control in my life.
My focus shifted from outside to inward. My mindset changed from blame to acceptance. The woman in mirror was becoming clearer and stronger. I began to see what others had all along: a generous, compassionate, loving and kind young woman with so much to offer the world. I started to believe in myself and what I could achieve.
And so began the next stage of my recovery.
For many years now I’ve been inspired by the teachings of a wide variety of experts such as Dr Herbert Benson, Louise L Hay, Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Bob Proctor, Dr Mercola, Dr Rick Hanson, Tom Venuto, Marc David, Dr Lissa Rankin, Lama Surya Das, Stuart Wilde, Dr Spencer Johnson, M Scott Peck, John Gabriel, Dan Millman, Paulo Coelho, Maxwell Maltz, Henry David Thoreau, Esther & Jerry Hicks, Dr Wayne Dyer, Dr Sherrill Sellman, David Wolfe, Kris Carr and Yuri Elkaim to name merely a few.
Throughout my own journey I have strived to give back. In my twenties I worked as a Weight Loss Counsellor and Lifeline Telephone Crisis Counsellor. I became involved with the Queensland Eating Disorder Association offering counselling support for other sufferers and their carers. I became a contributing writer for their monthly newsletter, Through The Looking Glass, and have since published many articles for various print and online media, including a major feature in Runners World magazine.
My most personal publication will be the in-the-moment account of my recovery, documenting the highs, lows and hilarity of my own journey to freedom.
The ultimate freedom throughout all of this is proudly affirming that, “I am Recovered!”.
Using various therapies, strategies and techniques alongside my natural instinct, I guide individuals in developing greater self-awareness to understand and manage stress effectively, change their mindset, create a more balanced life, and most importantly, replace limiting beliefs with a proactive, positive and realistic mindset determined to change your attitude towards yourself, eating and your life.
Helping others who struggle with stress and eating issues, body image and self-esteem is my true passion. I use both personal and professional experience to help you define, plan and achieve your goals with empathy, knowledge, skill and constant support. I’ll give you my warmth, generosity, strength and enthusiasm to inspire you to reclaim your identity, own your actions and take control of your life.
I am excited to work with you!