Advanced Diploma Clinical Hypnotherapy & Strategic Psychotherapy & NLP
Dip. Mindfulness-based Core Process Psychotherapy
Dip. Health & Ayurveda (Yoga Teacher)
Mindfulness-based Relationship Training (H.E.A.R.T)
Fertility Hypnobirthing and Natural Birth Consultant
Energy Healing & Reiki Master
Registered Nurse (Oncology & Palliative Care Nurse & Pain Management)
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- Stress, & anxiety
- Fears and phobias
- Releasing and healing trauma
- Unwanted habits, addictions and compulsions
- Fertility, pregnancy & birthing
- Cancer & life-threatening illness
- Life & business coaching
- Mindfulness and personal development
Unique approach to health & well-being
There are many paths to healing. Trust the wise self will guide you towards the right person, and/or technique for you.
Heather uses a range of mind-body healing techniques including:
- Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy
- Energy Medicine & Healing
Heather has a professional background of 17 years in public health as an Oncology and Heamatology nurse specialist. Having spent many years (since the 1980’s) on her own personal healing journey and training in Energy Healing, Mindfulness, Yoga, and Psychotherapy practices, Heather provides a truly holistic system encompassing your physical, mental and spiritual needs.
Heather will work with you to set goals, and develop a plan of solution focused healing with a range of mind-body therapies.
Clinical Hypnotherapy & Strategic Psychotherapy
You know how we can all get stuck in unhelpful subconscious habits?
Well, Heather can help you retrain your brain to do something different.
Using the latest brain research in neuroplasticiy, Heather helps you reach realistic goals by changing the way you think, feel and behave with Mindfulness-based therapy, Hypnotherapy and Brainspotting. Heather has trained with Dr Micheal Yapko and Bill O’Hanlan from the USA amongst other Australian teachers.
Hypnotherapy, NLP and counselling is a solution focused short term therapy. In 3-12 sessions you can make changes which improve your life. Hypnotherapy will integrate your sub conscious and conscious thinking to change limiting beliefs, or habits and challenge your negative sabotaging strategies. Heather will often combine hypnosis with mindful based counselling.
- Quit Smoking
- Fertility and birthing
- Raising confidence and self esteem
- Anxiety and fears
- Personal development
- Releasing habits, addictions and compulsions
- Life changes and transitions
- Chronic pain & some chronic health issues
Hypnotically Enhanced Neuroplasticity
*Hypnosis is an exceptional, highly focused state of relaxed attention where the hypnotherapist can access the automatic, unconscious part of the brain.
The experience is not unlike meditation except instead of emptying the mind the hypnotherapist is using hypnotic techniques to reprogram the mind
*Hypnosis enables us to consider the suggestions offered, to question long held ideas, concepts, and beliefs in a way that frees us from our usual conscious restraints and limitations.
Hypnosis and hypnotic techniques temporarily suspend the critical judging mind, so our neural system can be re-organized in a way that is consistent with how we want to be now, as opposed how we were.
Brainspotting uses eye positioning (focusing on one sopt) paired with mindful somatic experiencing to locate and process emotionally charged material by staying with it.
Any life event which causes significant physical and/or emotional injury and distress, in which the person powerfully experiences being overwhelmed, helpless, or trapped, can become a trapped traumatic experience. Emotional material or trauma is stored or frozen in the body, brainspotting can locate and assist the client to process this through activating the body’s healing response.
The therapist is attuned to the client, as the client is encouraged to be mindful of and focused on the body. Often words are unnecessary to treat an issue as the memories are stored in the emotional or limbic brain.
- Healing traumatic memories/events
- Inner child work
- Anxiety, fears, phobia’s
- Performance enhancement
- Chronic pain
Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy & Counselling
Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy is a very gentle way of exploring our inner world, in a co-creative way. Mindfulness is used during the session and helps support the client to be present and witness what is happening in a compassionate way. Both client and therapist are held in the present moment working with what arises, in an atmosphere of curiosity, and acceptance.
In this state we can exploring the core processes (thinking, feeling, and moving, internal and external sensing) which allows us to discover the core material and belief’s which shapes our lives. This therapy is a powerful tool for transformation, working with the body, breath, and sound, and discovering creative ways to change beliefs and behaviour that hold us back.
- Self discovery and personal development
- Becoming unstuck
- Anxiety, fear, panic attacks
- Integrating and resolving trauma experiences
- Improving relationships
- Healing childhood wounds
- Grief & loss
- Life changes and transitions
Mindfulness-based Relationships Counselling
In relationships we are challenged to step out of our personal limitations and grow. When wounding stems from relationships with others, repair may also come through healing our relationships with others…
Despite our longing for deeper connection in our relationships, many people find themselves stuck in familiar patterns and lost as to how to overcome these difficulties. This can happen not only in our romantic relationships, but also in other relationships that are important to us, such as with friends, parents, children, co-workers, and neighbours.
The key ingredients that create and sustain a deeply fulfilling relationship:
Take responsibility. Responsibility is the willingness to take ownership over any “baggage” that we bring to our relationships—most of our core wounds, and fears. When we chose to take responsibility for our part in arguments and misunderstandings, we create an space for something different to emerge.
A willingness to be vulnerable. Vulnerability is the courage to open so that we may be seen. We can chose to love and respect ourselves enough to share all of ourselves with our partner, even the parts that we think are unlovable. When we give the gift of vulnerability to our partner, we are opening the space for them to share their vulnerability with us as well. It is only then that we can love each other fully for who we truly are.
Listen deeply to each other. Listening is the gift of our full presence, with an open heart and without judgment or fixing. Often we are listening to form a response. We often want to help by being solution orientated. However, our emotional experiences are not problems, they are simply experiences. Therefore, we suggest listening to your partner’s experiences without trying to fix them.
Form a commitment to each other. Commitment is the conscious choice to be in the relationship. At times it will stir stuff up—it will make you look deeply at yourself and it will ask you to evolve.
Sustaining a conscious relationship requires that both participants choose to be there. I believe there is no shame in choosing to end a relationship when you find that you are both growing in different directions. A conscious relationship is journey not a destination.
Heather can assist you to navigate these challenges and offer an opportunity to find a way out of the loop. Heather can help couples or individuals focus on and study how he or she experiences these inner and outer conflicts. By focusing on the present moment feelings, sensations, thoughts and belief patterns in mindfulness, we can explore the deeper layers contained in each experience. Through acceptance of ourselves we can be more accepting of others. Heather has trained in Hakomi Embodied and Aware Relationships Training (H.E.A.R.T) with Dr Halko Weiss and Dr Karen Baikie.
Energy Medicine, Shamanic Healing & Spiritual Counselling
The healer bridges the realms of heaven and earth to assist you with unresolved emotional states and dis-ease is held within your energy consciousness system, physical and emotional bodies and deep within your brain. The healing vibration resonates to the “core “ of the stuck emotion or blockage, acting like a (harmonic) key which helps to unlock the trauma or emotion held within, bringing healing and transformation with feelings of lightness, peace and joy to your life.
Support and nurture yourself during major life changes, periods of transformation and spiritual growth using Energetic Therapies.
Heather intuitively uses a range of techniques including;
- Energetic Healing / Reiki / Spiritual or Shamanic Healing (all forms of ‘hands on’ healing either on the physical body or in the auric energy field)
- Chakra assessment – cleansing and balancing
- Breath work (pranayama)
- Sound healing baths including use of rattles, drumming, Tibetan bowls, chimes and music
- Mandala oils & Aura Soma
- Smudging (sage cleansing) letting go and incense balancing
- Bach Flower Remedies
- Crystal healing
- Journeying and creative visualisation healing
- Spiritual counselling & mentoring
Working with the five senses in energy healing and can restore emotional and mental well-being. Treatments are often relaxing and re- energising to balance body, mind and spirit.
Fertility Hypnobirthing and Natural Birth
How stress affects conception
When we are under stress, our body reacts with fight flight or freeze response. Hypnosis and relaxation is a good antidote to stress. Self hypnosis is easy to learn and everyone is capable of relaxing and hypnotizing themselves. If there is no medical issues then becoming pregnant and birthing is a natural process that your body understands how to do. Unfortunately the modern world can be a stressful environment, or the pressure to become pregnant causes more stress. A continued flush of stress hormones tells our body: this is not a safe time to create a baby or give birth. Stress hormones like cortisol have a direct impact on our reproductive system, if the stress response is activated often the body has little time to return to normal, resulting in continued and prolonged levels of cortisol associated with chronic stress.
Chronic stress has been shown to:
Hypnosis can help you remove subconscious blockages that hold you back.
What the mind can perceive the body believes.
Relaxation and visualization assist with physical and emotional problems which stop you conceiving, and carrying a healthy baby.
Natural Birth & Hypnosis
Hypnotherapy is widely used for childbirth to eliminate the Fear-Tension-Pain syndrome. Self hypnosis is easy to learn and everyone is capable of relaxing and hypnotizing themselves. Birthing is a natural process that your body understands how to do. Unfortunately we have recently turned birthing into a medical procedure and women are now in fear, anticipating the worst.
Hypnotherapy uses deep relaxation and the power of visualisation and suggestion to enhance your pregnancy and birth experience. Hypnosis is a natural state which uses the subconscious mind to overcome fear and pain. The subconscious is responsible for regulating all your bodily functions including your heart rate, hormone production as well as the emotions. Hypnosis can help you to deal with, and overcome fear and anxiety and to increase self confidence and trust in your body’s natural ability to birth.
Why use Hypnosis for birth?
- reduces the need for pain killers
- shortens labour
- reduces tiredness and exhaustion
- improves oxygen levels to mum and baby
- speeds recovery
- assists with the natural birth process
- learn relaxation and visualization
- learn breathing techniques for labour
- avoid medical complications
Heather previously worked for over 17 years as a Registered Nurse in Heamatology, Oncology and Pain management and Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist in Sydney and the UK. In 2003 after more than 20 years personal practice in yoga and meditation, Heather decided to train as a Yoga Teacher and worked across the Northern Beaches. After launching Labour TENS and TENS Pain Relief, Heather also continued to study in natural therapies. Eventually combining both the TENS business and her personal practice into one place -the Lotus Centre firstly in Freshwater, and now Brookvale. After more training in Clinical Hypnotherapy & NLP, Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness-based Relationships Therapy Heather has expanded her practice and is now focusing on individual and couples therapy.
Heather remains passionate about mindfulness-based therapies, and healing. Drawing from personal experience and professional training to offer compassionate companionship, and guidance to all fellow travellers on the spiritual path, or path to healing and well-being.
Heather has training in Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy, MbCBT, Clinical Hypnosis & NLP, Psychodrama, Brainspotting, EFT, Energy Healing & Reiki, Yoga Therapy & Pranayama, Ayurveda, and Meditation.
To book a consultation or to discuss your needs please call Heather on 0405821880