Helping mission-driven people get on with the business of transforming lives in a stress-filled world - even when they're overworked, overwhelmed, or burning out.
Are you mission-minded? A helper, healer or change-maker? Do you work to make a difference in the world around you? Then welcome! This is a place for those who serve their local or broader communities, who want to stress less, live more and serve well, even when those communities are facing crisis or trauma. So if:
you love serving others and making a difference in their lives
you want to be more calm, focused, and effective (instead of on edge or checked out);
you want to help your people become more resilient under pressure (and less likely to get overwhelmed or burn out);
some significant event is happening (making you or your team lose sleep or time or focus); and/or
you want some effective, practical, no-woo-woo tools so you can build resilience, master stress, and thrive across life, work and mission..
This is what you'll get! Read on, or check out my services then contact me. You're my people and my job is to enable you to keep going and serving and transforming lives. I'm here for you - let me know what you need.
You're not alone, and we can do something about it.
It can be difficult to live and work well - even feel well - when you've been living in a pressure-cooker of circumstances. When you're expected to be in charge of everything and everyone; all-knowing and all-hands-on; able to drop everything at the drop of a hat to do what everyone else wants now…
But you're tired. Can't quite focus. Don't feel like yourself anymore. Some days, there's this acidic burn pushing up from your gut to your eyes. Or the critic in your head is frantically listing off everything that you've got to do (or everything you might do wrong), you're still losing track of things, you feel completely stuck, or you're not sure how you're going to keep going!
This is stress. It can be triggered by emotional issues, financial worries, trauma, conflict, work demands, illness, spiritual overload, professional dramas, systemic changes, and collective and global pressures and crises.
No matter where we come from or what we do for a living, stress happens to all of us and affects all of us. It distracts us, drains us, makes us cranky or numb, and moves us away from the people and things that actually matter.
But what if things could be different?
Every year, more than 30% of the Australian workforce experiences significant stress, and more than 70% of those people will not get enough support. (And that's before the bushfires and pandemic trauma hit!)
But there is hope, here:
If you and/or your group is stressed and you haven't done anything about it - you're not alone!
You can do something about it - and the ROI on strategies like these varies between 250 and 500%!
You can create peace in the short term, and in the long term,
You can be free to get on with the business of transforming lives. (And maybe even your own!)
I work with individuals and groups, both online and face-to-face (physical distancing permitting), in your space and/or in mine, for as long or short a time as you need.
My job is to come alongside you so that, together, we discover what will help you:
turn the dial down on stress and chaos and busyness and paralysis
become more relaxed and focused,
be equipped to move and work calmly through all the demands,
harness your gifts, resources, and abilities,
reconnect with what really matters, and
learn how to master stress and burnout, rather than having them master you.
Does this sound like what you're after? Contact me to book something in - you don't have to go through it alone.
In a chronically busy and expensive world, it's really hard to justify the time and expense of coaching or supervision. But given the state of things... can you afford not to?
I know this has been on your mind for a while, and that you'll get around to dealing with this eventually! But please consider:
1. If you/ your colleagues have been living with this for more than two weeks, it's unlikely to resolve without some specific action. While you are best placed to make that action, I'm guessing you've ended up here because you're not sure what that should be.
2. Stress takes our time, energy and focus away from the moment - and right now, this moment, is the only time we ever have to act. So when we get consumed by stress or stuck inside our heads, that's another moment gone and we can never, ever get it back. That's hours, days - maybe even years - of potential lost.
So absolutely keep everything going - but remember that for every moment stress consumes, it's gone. So how about we keep that time and make it count?
So why me?
I started my career in 2004 in clinical psychology, helping people manage a huge range of stressors - emotional distress, relationship struggles, work challenges and changes, parenting issues, chronic pain and illness, and the search for meaning and purpose in the midst of stress and suffering.
Then I had kids, developed a stress-based illness myself, discovered coaching - and was completely won over by how coaching builds people up, inspiring and empowering them to grow using everything they have (even the resources and strengths they don't yet realise they have)!
Now I'm a registered psychologist, professional supervisor, certified trauma professional, coach, trainer, and speaker, focused on helping folks in nonprofit, social enterprise and faith-sector settings build resilience, master stress, and prevent burnout. I build warm and encouraging relationships with my clients with their needs front and centre; drawing on my background in health, neuroscience, coaching, psychology, theology, spirituality and ministry; so they can stress less, live more and work well.
I'm also the founder of the Paraclete Initiative, coming alongside church and parachurch leaders and organisations with faith-honouring tools and strategies, so they can throw off whatever hinders and be free to love and serve God and others more meaningfully and sustainably.
My clients and I work across the issues at home and work, identifying the triggers and pressures, collaborating and developing specific strategies and solutions for the specific challenges affecting their lives, workplaces and organisations. We fine-tune their skills, equipping them with new perspectives, tools, hope, and direction so that they can hang on and do what matters, when it matters, for the people who matter... and thrive.