“I literally come from salt water people. My tribe lives along the coast and children learn to swim before they can walk. When I'm feeling overwhelmed or sad, I call my mother and the first thing she says is: 'Go to the beach Faith, the ocean can heal anything'”.
I moved to Australia for love over 26 years ago. After losing a much-wanted pregnancy, I fell into a deep depression where I was abusing alcohol to medicate my grief. After committing to rehab and many years of personal development, I discovered that the core of my problem was a deep sense of self-loathing and a belief that I was unlovable and unworthy.
I threw myself into 12-step recovery and worked with a number of spiritual teachers. I also embraced various philosophies and went deeper into my practice of meditation and yoga. Through it all, I came to a place of self-love and self-acceptance.
I am passionate about guiding others back to a loving place where, with courage, they begin to discover lost hope and gain the strength to put the broken pieces back together again.
When people first come to me, they have a deep sense of hopelessness. I want them to know that even though they have no hope at that moment, my job is to hold onto hope for them until they are strong enough to embody it for themselves.
My clients describe me as a practical and grounded healer and counsellor. My three-year adventure into a social science degree has impacted my practice, bringing a balance to my naturally intuitive nature. I am passionate about helping my clients to find their inner strength and to integrate it into their work, relationships and passions.
I travel to London twice a year where I run group meditations, and am also available for one-on-one sessions with London-based clients during this time.
Bachelor Degree in Social Science (BASS), majoring in counselling
A fully accredited Ignite Your Spirit Therapists (IYS) energy healer
Cert. IV in Training & Assessment
Specialist in addiction counselling
Accredited Aboriginal Mental Health Assessor
Qualitative researcher on the mental health impact of racism
Trauma-informed and strength-based approach
Member of ACA (the Australian Counselling Association ) Level 2
Member of International Institute of Complementary Therapists since 2015
Senior Meditation Teacher of MAA (Meditation Association of Australia) since 2018
Qualifications and professional memberships
Trauma-Informed Care and Practice (TICP) is a strengths-based framework that is sensitive and responsive to the impact of trauma by creating physical, psychological, and emotional safety. It also gives survivors the chance to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.
Using a Trauma-Informed Approach, I can recognise the signs and symptoms of trauma in my clients and integrate this knowledge into their treatment plan. This helps me to ensure that my clients are not re-traumatised during the therapeutic process.
Work with me
I have been seeing clients for counselling, energy healing and mindfulness coaching since 2013. One-on-one sessions are conducted face-to-face in my Sydney practice or via Skype or FaceTime.
I also hold regular healing meditations in Sydney and London. Sessions can be tailored to suit the needs of the group, and may include:
meditation for anxiety
using mindfulness tools for mental well-being
creating a safe space for cross-cultural groups to address issues of racial awareness and unconscious bias.
One on one
What motivates me
As a woman without children, I believe my purpose is to offer support and nurturing to those who have lost their way. I have a fierce belief that everyone has a purpose and that everyone can heal. I do not believe for a moment that I can fix anyone but rather that my role is to walk alongside my clients on their journey to wholeness.
Who I work with
Most of my clients are successful, talented intelligent women who have spent the last decade or two building a life, creating businesses or careers, and/or raising children. It’s as if one day they looked up and wondered how the hell they got here. They looked over at their partner and wondered what they were thinking when they chose them. Or they never married and are now wondering how they are going to find meaning in their remaining years.
What will be their legacy? These women are usually mentally, emotionally and spiritually exhausted. They have been so busy running everyone else’s lives it’s like suddenly they’ve woken up and thought why?
How you can work with me
I offer one-on-one 50 minute counselling, energy healing or mindfulness coaching face to face in my Sydney-based practice, or via Skype or Facetime.
You can also join one of my group events, which include healing meditations and workshops.
"Faith is an amazing therapist. Her gentle, empathetic approach allowed me to build trust very quickly. Her ability to hold the group's vulnerability during her healing workshop was also very nurturing. I can't wait to work with her with my own wellness community. An incredible woman!"
June Allen, racial wellness educator