Who am I to help you?
I am fiercely committed to guiding women to achieve reduced symptoms of stress and trauma.....and facilitate their return to a balanced and connected state of mind/body/soul, so they can have the life/business of their dreams....and enjoy living a calm and peaceful life filled with the things they love. I help them rediscover their spirit which often is lost in the trauma. I also help them to unleash their full potential in business.
I have 10 years of working with amazing clients with trauma symptoms such as life limiting illnesses, depression, addiction, eating issues, suicidality, insomnia, abusive relationships and the list goes on. Under my care these women (and some men) have been able to achieve remarkable success.
My mission is to help women understand the trauma that has not been processed which has either manifested as a symptom such as those mentioned above or may be experienced as reactions to life situations. My commitment is to facilitate their growth through the trauma.
My path to become a Gestalt Psychotherapist has been unfolding since early childhood where I spent most of that time living in fear. I have had my own journey supporting close family members with their cancer experience. My first encounter was in November 1988 when my second daughter was diagnosed with tumours on her retinas (Bilateral retinoblastoma) at the age of 6 months. Due to the disease and treatment my daughter became totally blind at the age of 3. I basically functioned on autopilot for many years and my life was again consumed by fear and trauma (which I didn't know as trauma at the time).
It was during my Gestalt studies that I began to understand the impact of trauma and how it had affected me. This gave me great insight and the path to healing was becoming clearer by the moment. Then my husband, diagnosed in December 2013 with squamous cell carcinoma in the lymph nodes of the neck. The difference this time was that I felt empowered by knowledge and skills that supported me to help my husband with his cancer. (Both daughter and husband are well). A comprehensive case study on the treatment I gave my husband complementary to his chosen treatment of radiotherapy was written and can be accessed under the resources tab.
I know what it is like to be in a minority group and having to fight to be heard. I called on my resilience and survived. Not only survived, I have thrived.
Now after being committed to my own trauma therapy and recovery I work to help others grow through their trauma. I have experienced being stuck yet wanting to make long lasting changes to my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and I have wanted to improve the health of my family. I have been consumed by the diagnosis of cancer in my baby and then my husband and sat in isolation while wrestling with surviving these life challenges. I have avoided connecting with the trauma and shock of hearing a diagnosis of cancer, AND I have experienced going from Diagnosis To Peace! These lived experiences along with the education that I have attained is what informs me when supporting you with your trauma or life challenge.
I am passionate about the service I provide and feel blessed to be able to do the work my heart desires.