Coach, Counsellor & Mentor
Welcome to my corner of the internet, where the coffee is hot and anything is possible!
People often describe me as kind, firm and insightful.
Truth be known, I'm many things. I'm a wife, mother, friend, colleague and entrepreneur to name a few. I'm also a Leadership Coach and Psychotherapist.
I LOVE what I do and I honestly believe that this is what I am meant to be doing!
It wasn't always like this. I started my career working by focusing on earning a living. I followed my nose and did the jobs I thought would be interesting and fun. I started in a magazine, followed by a retail head office, and then investment banking before leaving London and moving to Sydney, Australia. In Sydney I worked in tech, professional services and investment banking. It took me a while to realise, (sometimes I can be stubborn), that those moments of job satisfaction were short lived.
Added responsibilities, a new project or a new organisation wasn't going to be enough any more. I needed a REAL change.
I took 6 months out. In that time I realised my family needed me to have a more flexible schedule AND I no longer wanted to be an employee again.
I started my coaching practice six years ago to support stressed professionals who were struggling to get noticed in their own organisations. I helped them uncover their natural strengths, build self esteem and effectively manage their energy so they could have weekends that felt fun and exciting rather than drained and filled with worry about the week ahead.
As my coaching practice grew, I found myself becoming fascinated by the decisions and situations clients found themselves in. Many of my clients were struggling to make decisions. Their desire to make the 'right' one, or their fear of upsetting someone with their decisions often prevented them from making one at all. Sound familiar? It is to me.
I can often be heard saying I'm a perfectionist in recovery!
It was this fascination with clients and my own situation that led me to further my studies and complete my Masters in Counselling & Applied Psychotherapy.
As a therapist I continue to talk about my work in terms of stress, as I believe it is the differentiator between average and outstanding performance - daily grind and enjoyment from life. Since moving into the therapy-world I am also acutely aware of how it can underpin maladaptive and self-sabotage behaviours.
Today, I aim to provide a space (physical and online) where professionals can safely take off their masks, openly talk about their struggles and dreams, and consider alternative ways to achieve their goals, without judgement.
Clients can be assured that I'll be looking out for them as they navigate their challenge.
As a middle child I'm rarely surprised by what I hear, so no topic is off the table.
I understand the household juggle and the daily negotiations that come with being in a dual income family with school age children. Without local family support, the need to have the right supports in place, and the ability to work as a team is incredibly important, for everyone's sanity.
Looking back on my career, I would have benefitted from working with someone like me. If I had of had a cheerleader in my corner, with no vested interests, who helped me understand myself better and taught me how to listen to my inner wisdom, I could have started to enjoy my life at a much earlier age!
Today I appreciate the trust clients have for me and the work we do together. I am humbled by their courage and their achievements as a result of working with me.
Qualifications and Professional Memberships
- Masters of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy (Jansen Newman Institute)
- Bachelors of Social Science, Industrial Psychology (University of Cape Town)
- Postgraduate Diploma in HR (Thames Valley University), CIPD
- Organisational Coach Level 2 (IECL)
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MTIA), MBSR Level 1
- Mindful Self-Compassion (UC San Diego School of Medicine), MSC Level 1
- Couples and Addiction Recovery, a Gottman Approach (Dr Robert Navarra, PESI)
- SMART group facilitator, SMART Recovery Australia
- Variety of accreditations for leadership assessment and personal development tools
- Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
- Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
- Australasian Sleep Association (ASA)
- Australasian Centre for Eating Disorders (ACFED)
- National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC)
- SMART Recovery Australia
- Mental Health Practitioner Network Co-Coordinator St Leonards (MHPN)