Hi There, welcome. I am so happy the universe brought you here. My name is Jacqueline and I am dedicated to helping people lead happier, more peaceful lives through the practices of mindfulness, meditation, yoga, holistic wellness and positive psychology.
I believe my Dharma (life purpose) is to help others lead a fulfilled happy life. A life where mind, body and spirit are in harmonious balance.
About me, I grew up on the Gold Coast where I still live with my beautiful little family. I have worked in the welfare and wellness industry for the past ten years and absolutely love it.
My three passions are:
- Helping people achieve inner peace, and
- Raising awareness for mental health
I have studied and obtained qualifications in Psychology, Behaviour Management, Counselling, Community Welfare, Youth Work, and Community Management. I am a certified Holistic Wellness Coach; qualified Yoga Teacher and I am studying a Masters of Counselling with my research component based on Mindfulness.
I currently coach clients one on one and my blog is dedicated to emotional and physical wellbeing. .
Why I am so passionate about mental health.
When I became pregnant with my little girl it was a happy time and I was so excited to become a mother. After the first few weeks however I became very unwell and was bed ridden with nausea gravidarum.
Following this I had a scare and nearly lost my daughter. This kicked in severe antenatal anxiety and if that wasn’t enough, after the birth of my daughter I began to suffer from Post Natal Depression. Fortunately, due to my inner work and professional training, I quickly recognised it for what it was. Seeking help, I put a program in place to effectively deal with it.
I can only imagine how difficult it must be for someone without that awareness and who was afraid to speak out about what they were feeling. Believe me, Perinatal Depression is no small issue. It came close to costing me my relationship with my daughter and my husband, and made me seriously consider my value in this life. It took almost 12 months to overcome. It was hard work and it was terrifying.
Having emerged from the other end, I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I am passionate about breaking the stigma society has placed on mental illness and depression in its various forms.
Recent statistics show that in any given year almost 30% of adults will suffer from a recognised psychiatric disorder. Alarmingly, one in two people will seriously consider suicide. I have personally lost friends to suicide, as many have, and this motivates me to help people as much as possible.
My recovery can be attributed to a holistic approach to healing including yoga, meditation and mindfulness, a healthy, wholefood-based diet, exercise, and of course therapy.
It is my mission to provide this same holistic healing approach to others, as I understand the overwhelming benefits. While I don’t claim to have all of the answers, I am committed to finding them together.