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DOES MY STORY SOUND FAMILIAR?
Stuck in a Crisis
In 2006, I found myself in the admin job from hell.
My chronic stress led into anxiety.
Matters came to a head one day when my partner marched me to the GP. Luckily, my GP was an Integrative GP so she looked at all of my lifestyle factors: sleep, nutrition, exercise, home environment, genetic and environmental factors, and stress. She told me that in Chinese medicine they think that you have two batteries. You have your everyday battery called “Chi”, and “Jing” which is your long term battery. When you have none of the short-term battery left, you start eating into the long-term one. I had completely used up all my long-term battery. I had no energy left. I needed to put more energy back in that tank. So I gave up the job, took a month off to rest, changed my diet, went back to yoga, and started to recover. It was in Laos in SE Asia where I experienced the magic of Laos massage and it had such a calming effect on my nervous system that I decided to study massage. Eventually this became a business. When I treated clients they would always offload their problems onto me. I’d hear the tension in their voices and feel it in their backs. I’d relax their muscles and their mind in the hour that they were there, but next fortnight they’d be back with the same aches and pains. I realised that their mind was stronger than my thumb. I realised I needed to explore the body-mind connection further.
In 2012 a friend introduced me to Body Psychotherapy.
There’s still a lot of stigma around going to see a mental health professional. Some people don’t understand why I work with the body as well, they just want to talk. But it’s my goal in life to educate as many people as I can about the mind-body link so that when they feel anxious or depressed, they think about moving and breathing first, instead of reaching for a pill or a glass of wine.
To this day I continue to learn new modalities and attend professional trainings because I’m still curious about this body-mind link. We still don’t know all the answers, but neuroscience is now backing up what body-oriented therapists have been saying for years.
My qualifications include:
Master of Mental Health (Psychotherapy) – University of Queensland (Dec 2018)
Advanced Clinical Skills in Somatics and Dance-Movement Therapy (2020)
Diploma of Integrated Somatic Psychotherapy (2015) and Advanced Diploma (2019)
Compassion-Focussed Therapy (2019)
Personalised Integrative Therapy (2018)
Embodied Couples Work – Level 1 (2018)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety and Depression (2017)
Yoga Nidra Teacher Training (2018)
Cert IV in Training and Assessment (2016)
Nia Blue Belt (somatic movement therapy) (2016)
I am a Clinical Professional member of PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia) (membership no’ 23732) and a Provisional Professional member of DTAA (Dance Therapy Association of Australia)
From my previous careers:
Masters of Environmental Management – University of Queensland
Graduate Certificate in Sustainability – Murdoch University
Bachelor of Arts (Modern Languages) – Manchester University, UK
Diploma of Remedial Massage – QAcademy
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