In life Rachael has hiked all over the world, worked in the corporate and community sectors, volunteered in Australia and abroad (and continues to volunteer in Australia). She has recovered from an eating disorder, been married for 13 years and is still in love. Rachael has given birth twice and is currently raising 2 beautiful boys. She has loves gardening and growing some of her families food and loves her choir.
Through much of this Rachael has had a yoga and meditation practice – it has changed and become a lot more flexible since having children yet it has remained something that both gives her peace as well as a way to grow and receive guidance.
Rachael also finds peace and connection in nature. Outdoor activities including walking, climbing, gardening, riding and mountainbiking as well as simply being outdoors and in nature have always been been part of her life. It is to nature she retreats when she needs to step out of the ordinary. Stepping away, taking time to simply be or at least to leave all the ‘things’ behind is something she recommends everyone does on a regular basis.
Rachael has been teaching meditation and leading retreats since 2006 and counselling since 2010. Rachael loves this work as it combines her love of nature and people, and always finds that she continues to learn and grow as part of this journey. She hopes that you will join her on one of her next journeys.
Rachael loves learning and is always taking numerous long and short courses to improve her knowledge so she can grow and so she can help you grow!
Rachael holds the following:
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy level 1, Training for the Treatment of Trauma.
- Graduate Diploma in Community Counselling;
- Certificate in Ego State Therapy;
- Diploma in Meditation Teaching;
- Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation;
- Honours Degree in Environmental Science;
She has also completed numerous short courses and workshops.
Connections and affiliations:
Rachael is an involved member of her community, both as an individual and a professional.
Rachael is a volunteer helpline telephone counsellor and community educator with the Australian Breastfeeding Association.
She helps out with reading at her children’s school.
Rachael is a Victorian Regional Representative for the Australian Association of Bush Adventure therapy (AABAT).
A Member of the Parkville Toastmasters Group
Rachael is an Associate member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) .