I live with chronic pain and have had to deal with many challenges in life (haven't we all) but despite everything, or maybe because of everything, I learnt how to live a life of value, one that brings joy to me as well as others. That doesn't mean I have all the answers or don't ever have down days but on the whole I know how to make the most out of life, how to see opportunities in challenges.
I was born in England but moved to Australia over 30 years ago. My home is in Canberra, the bush capital of Australia. It's a lovely mixture of a city and the country. I live with my husband Greg and our gorgeous Millie, a King Charles Cavalier (much loved and oh so slightly spoilt. You can see her below happily watching the fish in the sea at the South Coast of NSW).
I have fabulous grown up children both in Canberra and in Melbourne, and family in England, Spain and the USA. One good thing about having an international family is getting to visit them all and enjoying the different cultures (not to mention the food!).
My passion is to help people see where they are at, find who they want to be and where they want to go, discover how to get there, and support them along the way. Sometimes the journey is a tough one but knowing someone is in your corner really helps.
I have many years experience working with individuals. I work at a chronic pain and rehabilitation clinic in Canberra where I see chronic pain patients as well as private clients who come for help for many different reasons such as infertility, depression, anxiety, stress etc. I also see clients over Skype from all over the world.
I am also experienced in working with groups, large and small. I have been a Mindfulness practitioner and facilitator for many years and run programs that combine Mindfulness and other highly effective strategies. These are always targeted to the specific audience with whom I am working with.
As an experienced guest speaker, I love the opportunity to share my message and journey at conferences, workshops, group or workplace events, and I am told I give a good interview on the radio or in print media. People in Australia say they love listening to my quirky English accent and light-hearted way of speaking, and can relate to what I say. (And strangely enough people in England, Europe and the USA think I have a great Australian accent!!)
Clinical counsellor registered with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Association of Australia (PACFA)
Clinical hypnotherapist registered with the Australian Hypnotherapist Association (AHA)
Full membership with Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association (ANZICA)
Member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)
Member of the Australian Pain Society (APS)
Registered with State Insurance Regulatory Scheme (SIRA)
Post graduate diploma degree in counselling - University of Canberra
Post graduate certificate degree in management - University of Wollongong
Diploma of hypnotherapy - Academy of Advanced Changework
Mental Health Practitioner Course - University Canberra
Trained and highly experienced in:
Of course my qualifications and professional experience enable me to help others.
But it's my own life journey, both the good and not so good times, that really enable me to effectively help others.
That's because I understand.
That's because I have empathy.
That's because I have had to apply
my knowledge and skills to myself.
That's because I've been there.
Maybe what I've been through isn't the same as you, but I know how to get through tough times, and how to enjoy the good times more.
I can help you get through challenges and find the opportunities to have the life you want.
You wont regret reaching out to me.
I will get back to you as soon as possible.
The journey begins with one step.