How I fell in love with sleep
When I realised that living a full and vibrant life isn't just about what I do during the day, but equally how well I sleep at night — everything changed for me.
I regained my health after many years of struggle, along with renewed enthusiasm for life. Then helping others to sleep well became my greatest passion.
That was 20 years ago, and I’ve been helping people regain healthy sleeping patterns ever since.
While I trained in natural medicine and stress reduction methods my initial source of inspiration came from lived experience.
At 23, after completing a degree at Sydney University I was working as a designer in film and theatre.
I was winning professionally, but loosing on the wellness front.
From sleepless to sleep super star
Lack of sleep had been an issue for 11 years and I was stressed 24/7. I found myself on the verge of a breakdown.
Then it happened.
I collapsed one day and woke up in hospital.
After being diagnosed with two autoimmune diseases and offered life-long medication, I realised I needed radical change.
I made a radical choice.
I committed to healing and coming back to life. I studied several forms of natural medicine and took a deep dive into myself — into the unknown places I’d been too afraid to go.
After four years of intensive study and self-inquiry, I regained my health and to my utter relief, I’d built the capacity to quiet racing thoughts and calm overwhelming emotions.
I'd eradicated one autoimmune condition and was managing the other — all without medication. I now had the knowledge to maintain my new found health plus a degree in Botanical medicine, and qualifications in Hypnosis, The Sedona method counselling, practical stress management, Oki (Japanese) yoga and Zen bodywork.
Quality sleep had transformed my life.
I was experiencing more personal wellness than ever before and I wanted to share what I’d discovered with others.
Leading a sleep revolution
I began teaching children and teenagers in schools and was soon working with people of all ages across all sectors.
My first private practice was in Sydney, Australia then Geneva, Switzerland, then Nelson, New Zealand.
During the first decade of working with individuals, I observed what worked for my clients and formalised Holistic Sleep Therapy.
I now have a private practice in northern NSW and travel throughout Australia facilitating group workshops.
My approach is practical, encouraging, and focused on initiating immediate improvement and establishing sustained change.
I'm also the founder and director of The Sleep & Dream Foundation—a charity that assists troubled children and families to sleep well. Use the link below if you want to know more.
We all have a natural ability to sleep well. But in this modern world of disruptive technology, workplace and social demands, and lack of quality downtime, many of us need to re-learn how to get the quality sleep we need to thrive.
That's where I come in. I’m the beginning of your Sleep Revolution, and soon you’ll be in love with sleep too.