Firstly, you're in safe hands. My formal qualifications include a Graduate Diploma in Counselling which I obtained from the Australian College of Applied Psychology in 2010 and a Bachelor of Education from the Melbourne College of Advanced Education (now Melbourne University) in 1985.
For 16 years I volunteered as a Telephone Crisis Supporter on the phones at Lifeline. I also spent 6 years as a Supervisor-on-Call.
Although Run It Past Me isn't a crisis service, I've also completed the Mental Health First Aid workshop and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and can offer support if you, a family member or friend are having thoughts of suicide.
Work-experience-wise, I was also extremely fortunate to have been employed by Lifeline Northern Rivers as their Mentoring and Support Officer from 2009 until August 2015. My role was to supervise the 70+ (wonderful!) volunteers, making sure they were happy and following Lifeline procedures.
My other exploits include spending twelve months in the magnificent north woods of Minnesota as an AFS “foreign exchange student”. Then, from 1993-1997 I lived in Connecticut, just up the road from New York City as an expat wife. To make the most of my time there, I trained as a yoga teacher in Massachusetts (Kripalu) and studied oil painting with a Chinese master (Christopher Zhang) amongst others.
A short time after returning from the USA to my hometown of Melbourne, I visited the beautiful Byron Shire and fell instantly in love with the local “tribe”, the magnificent natural environment and the community-minded culture. I have lived in Bangalow with my husband Pete for more than 15 years.
"You're literally a life-saver!" C.B., QLD
There's no doubt that my work experience, life experience, traditional graduate and post-graduate education and “front line” experience at Lifeline have provided me with an invaluable foundation.
But I want you to know that I’ve discovered a simple, "big picture" understanding that underpins all mental wellbeing. Known as the Principles Based Model (PBM, or the Three Principles) it's been called the "future of psychology" and when "seen" by my clients, the positive results are profound and permanent.
It's an absolute privilege working with couples and individuals from my office here in Bangalow. Why not take the first step towards living your best life?
“Thank you for the support Sandy, it's been a turning point. We're finding it a lot easier to communicate and getting along better than ever!”
J. T., NSW