Why do I do this work?
I've discovered that when effective belief-shifting strategies are used, inside a safe, trusting, healing space, happiness and freedom emerge naturally.
I always feel blessed and grateful to be present with another person, as we explore what is difficult. Gently and compassionately, we unravel the blocks and tangles. Clarity and peace arises.
My goal is to optimise your non-physical wellbeing, even when there is dis-ease. Of course, your potential for physical healing is also greater, when you are happy too.
I got into healing work early on. In my early twenties I completed a three-year Shiatsu training (Japanese Acupressure Massage) and spent many years as a full-time Shiatsu practitioner and teacher. With a focus on natural health, I began healing myself too.
I learnt about nourishing food. Eventually this lead to co-authoring two popular New Zealand cookbooks with my husband, Real Fresh Food, and Real Fresh Gluten Free Food, which sold over 8000 copies. We taught healthy food cooking and raw food classes. We thoroughly explored different diets; vegetarian, raw, macrobiotic, and paleo.
You see, I had a significant health issue, and I wanted to heal it naturally (if possible). I met my wonderful husband Roger when I was 26. Eventually we wanted babies. But babies didn't come.
I'd struggled with menstrual irregularities for years. Now I wanted to get pregnant, it had a new label. Infertility. I tried every healing modality under the sun. I spent a lot of money. I cried sometimes. We were willing to try IVF and were enrolled in the adoption programme, and then by some miracle, I conceived. Was it the acupuncture, or more meat, or the relaxed summer? I don't know. I do know that the healing support I received made me feel good in myself.
I had babies. Two Lovely boys. After the mammoth journey to conception, I thought motherhood would be an instant love-affair. It was not. My baby slipped out and the super-organised control freak in me went off the deep end. That postnatal twilight zone were the darkest days of my life.
So I understand trauma from the inside. PND introduced me to real anxiety and despair. When I became pregnant again, I couldn’t talk about it without crying. I was terrified of the sleeplessness, the exhaustion, and haunted by guilt that I hadn’t bonded instantly with my baby.
I knew I had to clear the slate before baby number two. So I dug deep and I got help. I used the same powerful trauma healing techniques that work magic for my own clients. They worked. I moved on. I relaxed more. I became a mother again.
Infertility and postnatal depression taught me a big lesson. Somewhere in your life, being a woman may come with extra complications. For one woman it may be endometriosis. For another, repeated miscarriage or a nightmare invasive birth. These experiences can be painfully hard. They are handled best with extra loving care. What I've personally learnt, is that these big whammy experiences can also grow compassion; towards self, towards all women, and towards all beings.
Over the years I've trained in modalities that support women's emotional health and heal trauma. These include EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Matrix reimprinting and HypnoBirthing. I've studied meditation and mindfulness for years, attending multiple silent retreats, learning about the human mind and happiness. I have extensive experience in supporting women to reframe painful memories.
Usually I live at the top of the South Island in Nelson, New Zealand. I enjoy biking, restorative yoga, walking in the mountains, playing guitar, and reading. For two years however, I'm living in Kyoto, Japan, having an amazing adventure with my family.
Thankfully, I can do my work anywhere, and I just love connecting with women like you from all over the world.