I come from a fairly eclectic history of having been there, done that and have a fairly comprehensive T-shirt collection stashed away as a result!
From a variety of administrative work, computer programming, crafting, healing, running my small business and then back to the corporate world, the University of Life led me back to school in my late forties to study psychology. I qualified from SACAP and started my own practice as a counsellor and life coach.
I subsequently added a hypnotherapy certification to that which was followed by a certification as a doula (birth coach). I now also train and mentor Mama Bamba doulas as well.
I have been in practice for the past 10 years working with adults, adolescents and couples.
Having grown through my own major depressive episode, I was really called to work in the counselling and life coaching field. I have a special interest in life skills and proactive mental healing. I bring my box of tools into my sessions, help my clients understand how to use them and then they choose the ones that work for them. We talk, assess feedback and then adjust where necessary. My main tool is hypnotherapy, as this is non-invasive and short circuits some of the talk therapy by working directly with the unconscious mind. Belief systems, habitual behaviours and emotional wobbles can be shifted appropriately. My goal is that people understand accountability and finish therapy empowered and taking responsibility for their lives.
Areas I focus on are:
My other passion is birth. I see this time in a parent’s life as being sacred and really beautiful. My job as a doula is to ensure that the parents have the best possible birthing experience, be it through natural birth in the delivery room or at home, or belly birthing in the operating theatre. The role of the doula is one of emotional, physical, mental and informational support. This spans from before the birth, during the birth and after the birth as well.