Tell us a little bit about yourself and your current job?
I am from Melbourne; however, I spent 22 years living in London building my clinical hypnotherapist practice. My partner Ian, myself and our triplet boys aged 5 ½ called Ollie, Finn and Hugh moved back to Melbourne last year.
During my time in London, I became known as ‘The Taboo’ Therapist because I wanted to tackle issues that people felt too embarrassed to admit to i.e. drinking too much alcohol, anxiety and low self esteem.
What is your goal/ what are you passionate about?
My goal is to help those who are in a negative state realise their true potential. Everyone has the ability to improve their relationship with themselves, they just need to know how and I am talking not just about adults but children too.
I am passionate about helping children reduce their anxiety and self questioning which is on the increase and am launching a program about this very soon. Statistically 1 in 7 families have a child with mental health issues and this is seriously concerning.
Children are brilliant hypnotic subjects because they are predominately in the unconscious mind state until the age of around 14, which is where all emotional learning takes place. They can create healthy changes very easily.
What are the most challenging things about your life?
Being an entrepreneur I have made some in hindsight poor decisions that have cost me financially, as I have trusting nature. I’m still learning on the job at 52 but it’s part of the fun and the ride. I wouldn’t change anything.
One of the most courageous parts of my work life was self publishing my first book The Drink Less Mind when every publishing house in the UK rejected me. It was a big financial risk but I knew drinkers needed another avenue from simply quitting but there wasn’t anywhere for them to go. Five years later, three of those publishing houses wanted to buy my book idea but by that stage I had built my own network.
What are the most rewarding things and what achievement/goal are you most proud of achieving to date?
Being single for most of my life and when in a relationship not attracting a man who was good for my self-esteem, I made a decision at the age of 41 to quit men and not bother anymore!
During this time I discovered I could have children after being diagnosed with a rare womb condition. So my parents kindly offered to buy some Danish sperm through an agency and I decided to go it alone as a single parent.
Bizarrely, in the nick of time, one of my friends introduced to me a new guy in the office called Ian and we have been together ever since and fortunately he was happy to be a father. So the Danish sperm went out the window for the fresh stuff!
People often say my biggest achievement must be having my triplet sons, and yet while this is true, my big surprise was to fall in love with Ian who is good for my self-esteem. He doesn’t want me to be this perfect domesticated goddess. In fact, Ian does most of the house work!
How do you find balance?
I am fortunate that I work from home most of the time and Ian joint shares my on-line business responsibilities.
I had a very busy clinic in London but it was at a cost of working late nights and quality of life. So when we decided to move to Melbourne, it was with the agreement to myself that I semi-retired from the coal face of therapy and become more entrepreneurial with my on-line self help products.
It’s great because I can take time off when I want and decide to work late if I chose once the kids have gone to bed.
The one thing I promised myself was once the boys started school in February this year, was to get fit. Being an older mum, I want to be as strong and live as long as possible, so I joined the local gym. I also do Pilates twice a week and this time is non-negotiable and I love it!
Do you have any mentors or people who inspired you to follow your dream?
I have always admired Oprah Winfrey for what she has achieved not just for herself but what she has put back into the world.
My parents have always been non-judgmental and have been amazingly supportive to me. They are both entrepreneurs, so they get my thinking and understand my drive and determination.
What is inspiring you at the moment (reading/ watching/learning)?
I don’t really have time to read much, however, I am learning copywriting skills and find it absolutely fascinating what motivates people to do what, why, when and how much or not. The book I am reading at the moment is called The Art of Persuasion. The social experiments are really insightful and surprising in their results. It really makes you think about how much little free choice we really have or not!
Do you have a message for women over 40?
Say the word ‘No’ more when you know you want to say it and stop feeling guilty about everything. It’s been proven assertive people are well respected and admired.
Don’t let your history become your future. Everybody can improve the quality of their life with the right tools. It’s been proven that the mind is durable and pliable to change and through hypnosis amazing things can happen.
What does the future hold for you?
Personally, I want my kids to grow up being as non-judgmental as possible. I always say to them being kind is the most important quality to have. I want to be as present with them as I can without being a helicopter parent!
Professionally, my goal is to become one of the biggest publishers of self help products. It’s in my blood to help people but now I can see my 22 years as a therapist can help a wider audience by becoming more virtual than in person.
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