Co-creator of programs, Change-maker
After graduating from high school I was gifted the opportunity to help those experiencing more complex challenges than my own. For ten years I assisted individuals who had no speech to communicate, participate in the life they chose. Inspired by the individuals I worked with, I pursued training in methods to aid their efforts to communicate. I was moved to understand more about why life was challenging for them and what more I could do to empower them. Learning to understand my challenges in the process. Like many young Australians I travelled abroad. While living and working in the United Kingdom I furthered my experience working in inclusive education, person centred supports, peer and self advocacy, assistive technology and alternative communication methods. This is where I learned of the HANDLE approach, and in 2006 become a Certified HANDLE Screener. I moved back to Australia and then went on to become a Certified HANDLE Practitioner in 2008. I love living in Australia and as Co-Director of Compassionate Therapy and Training Centre I enjoy educating and empowering individuals in the Asia Pacific region to not only understand and accept themselves but to be able to become happier. Activities that nurture and nourish my soul and health include photography, camping, walking, reading, meditation, weightlifting, mountain biking, bush walking, gardening, sewing, and watching the local wildlife in my garden. I enjoy travelling and learning new things. I shop local wherever possible, supporting organic, sustainable and local makers, producers and services. All of my life experiences, including parenting a rescue greyhound, my HANDLE journey, eating ethically and Zen awareness practices, have guided the current support I provide at Compassionate Therapy.