What is your area of expertise?
My main expertise is in the broad area of stress management. In our frenetic 21st century lives, many people suffer stress unnecessarily. In particular, people worry about the incessant chatter of their mind and just want it to be still.
I’m passionate about showing clients how to learn new skills to make their lives less stressed and happier. I do this by helping them shift their mindset with coaching, hypnotherapy and mindfulness training.
What areas do you specialise in or treat?
I see people for the everyday problems of 21st century living. This includes smoking, drinking, weight management, sleep disturbances, anxiety and other strong emotions, lack of life balance, acute & chronic pain, relationship problems. Mostly, these issues may have a basis in feeling stressed and not managing it well. So as well as treating the symptoms I train people to manage stress itself more skilfully.
As my background is in Science I only use evidence-based tools so that clients can be confident that whatever I teach them has been tried and tested, researched and evaluated, and found to work.
What led you to Elevate?
I have always believed that holistic healthcare is the most effective way to treat illness or maintain wellness and I like the concept of cross referral between practitioners with similar values. In the end, the big winner is the client.
What are your core beliefs about wellness and health?
Wellness is not a “one size fits all” and at the end of the day we each need to feel we are doing the best we can to maintain our best possible self, whatever that may look like. This includes both improving what we can and learning acceptance for what we can’t. This is why a holistic, compassionate and non-judgmental approach to health is so important.
What mistakes do patients make?
Good health is an active collaboration between an individual and their health practitioners. Some clients would like to have an expert “fix” their problem. But there’s only so much a practitioner can do without the client’s active cooperation. If, for example, weight is contributor to poor sleep and poor focus at work, the client needs to take responsibility for actively working towards weight loss. Even with hypnosis there may be “homework” for the client to do between sessions to accelerate the process.
What key health lessons do you like to impart to patients?
Our mind is most important tool for good health. How we perceive our world impacts on our experience. It’s not just about always seeing the glass as half full. Sometimes it really is nearly empty, and that’s when we need to find the resources, both internal and external that will help us get back on our feet and keep going. Mindfulness helps us develop these resources, teaches us to be self-compassionate when times are tough and directs our attention to what is good in our life.
The most important lesson is how to skilfully acknowledge the difficulties we face and then turn our attention to our strengths, as this is where solutions come from.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I love to hear that I’ve changed someone’s life. Of course I haven’t done that at all, but I’ve shown them skills that they can use to change their own life. I like to make my clients feel empowered and this empowerment comes from helping them get runs on the board, successes that they didn’t realise they could achieve.
Tell us a little about your credentials
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry, with Honours in Immunology from the University of NSW. I also have a Masters in Public Health (UNSW). For my research project I developed a primary prevention program for youth suicide based on positive self-concept and shifting the mindset. I later adapted this program into my current Mindfulness course for adults & teens, “Mindfulness Skills for Life Balance”.
In addition, I’ve studied Positive Psychology at the University of Sydney, have an Advanced Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy, a certificate in Wellness Coaching and more than 30 years experience in meditative practices.