Training and Qualifications
Masters of Narrative Therapy and Community Work (University of Melbourne)
Personal Training Performance Coaching, Level 1&2 (Clean Health Fitness Institute)
Nutrition Coaching, Level 1&2 (Clean Health Fitness Institute)
Bachelor of Professional Communications (RMIT University)
Mental Health First Aid Officer (MHFA Australia)
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (LivingWorks)
Writing as Therapy (The School of Life)
Experiencing burn out and discovering narrative therapy
After years of juggling multiple jobs, internships, studies, freelance gigs and fitness goals (including competing in body building), I burnt out. I thought, "fair enough, there's only so much the human body and mind can handle". Nevertheless, I was still frustrated by my 'limits': the chronic fatigue-like symptoms that lingered for almost three years. I wanted to overcome these limits, and I felt like a failure for never fully recovering.
I began to think there was something wrong with me and turned to ideas like the law of attraction, cognitive behavioural therapy and positive psychology, which claim that we can change our lives by changing our minds. I applied these ideas but very soon began to blame myself for not having a mind that could pull me out of hardship.
It was only when I let go of finding 'solutions' that I saw huge improvements in my health. It didn't begin with diet, exercise or mindset training. It began with looking at the narratives that informed the way I lived my life and shaped how I saw myself.
I reassessed the expectations I'd set myself and realised, actually, external forces had set them for me. Beginning to notice the crippling power of social expectations and dominant narratives, I questioned everything I took for granted. It was during this time that I stumbled across narrative therapy.
I completed my Masters in Narrative Therapy and Community Work specialising in social expectations - hosting conversations with people that help them diminish the power that cultural, familial, gendered, marginalising narratives can have on us.
While I believe food and exercises are paramount to good health, I also believe that in order to make significant lifestyle changes we need to start with the narrative, otherwise change will never stick.