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About Me

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Welcome to New Start Counselling and Psychotherapy. It fills me with immense pride to introduce this venture, born from my deep-rooted passion for empowering women in nurturing their mental well-being. I am truly thrilled to have the opportunity to support other women through diagnoses like mine as well as the myriad of changes that life brings. Whether you're adjusting to an empty nest, navigating the challenges of raising children or teenagers, transitioning into retirement, or relationship issues, you can navigate these changes with your mental health strong.

Drawing from my personal journey, I bring a wealth of lived experience to my Counselling practice.

My past

My teenage years were marked by profound challenges as I grappled with the repercussions of childhood trauma while transitioning into adulthood. As I head into my Motivational Speaking venture my talk asks the age old question 'What advice would I give my younger self', it is an amazing chance for reflection as well allows me to have immense empathy for the young woman that I was. 

Parenting

As a single mother to twin teenage girls, I intimately comprehend the complexities of single parenthood and parenting through the teen years—a journey marked by both trials and triumphs. Through my experiences, I've gained invaluable insights into the true essence of resilience. I've learned firsthand the significance of self-care and nurturing, not only for myself but also for my daughters. With a deep understanding of the unique struggles faced by adolescent girls, I am wholeheartedly dedicated to guiding them (and you) towards strong relationships, mental strength and independence (very important for parents as well).

Empty Nesting

More recently, I've navigated the bittersweet transition of becoming an empty nester, recognising firsthand the inherent grief in such life changes. What a ride that was and how unexpected the depth of my grief but i did navigate it and have some great strategies for other parents, even well before you children leave home. 

MS diagnosis

Following my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2020, I embarked on a profound journey of personal transformation, navigating the intricate paths of this significant life shift that has left me with a permanent disability. Through this journey, I have emerged with a renewed perspective that profoundly influences my approach to Counselling and mental health.

These experiences have been my greatest teachers, surpassing any classroom lecture. I intimately understand the struggles of mental health firsthand, but I also know the resilience that lies within. It's a transformative journey, and I find immense fulfillment in guiding others through their own mental health challenges as a Counsellor. Furthermore, I am branching out into motivational speaking, 'Diagnosis to Drummer: How to stay mentally strong through life's challenges' is my  platform to inspire and empower others on their journeys of resilience and self-discovery.

You'll find my counselling space nestled within a welcoming space in Seaton, SA.  I'm confident you'll find it conducive to healing and growth. I will also be expanding my online counselling services to ensure accessibility to a wider audience. 

 I find joy in playing drums (hence the title of my book), reading, meditation, walks with my dogs, tending my garden (especially my roses), crafting candles, and spending time with loved ones.

Learn more about my counselling services and how I can support you.

Specialty areas:

  • MS Diagnoses

  • Chronic Health Conditions

  • Parenting through the teen years

  • Parenting

  • Life Transitions

  • Empty Nesters

  • Relationship Changes


 

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