Certified Eating Disorder Recover Coach
Let’s Get Personal:
I was always a very anxious child. From the age of 7 to 11, I developed multiple Obsessive Compulsive Disorders like hand washing and touching/movement rituals which completely controlled all my thoughts and behaviours.
I was an early developer and due to these early hormonal changes, put on a bit of weight at the age of 12. I clearly remember after one of my dancing concerts, a friends mother commenting that I had “Thunder Thighs”. That comment absolutely crushed all my self-esteem and my self-worth soon became based on my weight rather than who I was as a person.
I started dieting at the age of 12 and due to my obsessive nature, took it too far and at 13 was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa and was admitted into my first treatment facility.
Over the next 4 years I was treated multiple times however kept relapsing. Nothing seemed to work and I had lost all desire and hope for a better life. So much focus was placed on improving my weight but no one taught me how to eat again, how to stop fearing food and how to start living a normal life. I had completely forgotten what normal looked like. I felt very alone, like no one understood what I was going through.
I remember the fear of never thinking I could get better but worse of all, the fear of not wanting to get better. I felt that this was what my life was going to be like forever.
My last hospital admission was at age 17 however it still took a significant number of years for me to recover. My relationship with food and my body still required significant healing.
Although my weight was restored to normal, I was still engaging in behaviours that were sabotaging my recovery. I realised that to live a normal happy life, I had to break free from ALL my eating disorder behaviours and started working on strategies to make permanent changes in my life. I learned to reach out to others and turn to people rather than my eating disorder. I didn't have to do this alone. I was loved. I was supported.
I finally found peace and learned to love myself again.
I was finally free.
I live on the beautiful Gold Coast, QLD Australia with my husband Nathan and our 10 year old son Jackson.
I have a newly found appreciation for life and try to enjoy every second of it. I feel so grateful to have a healthy mind and body which allows me to experience all that life has to offer.
I spend a lot of my free time with family and friends - surfing, playing at the
beach and hiking in nature. I have a “creative flair“ - I love making (and eating) chocolate desserts, creating extravagant birthday cakes, and enjoy drawing with my son. I have a huge passion for travel and am blessed that I get to share this with my family as we seek out new adventures all over the world.
I still value so many things that helped me through my recovery, things that deepen my sense of spirituality and connection with the world - yoga, meditation, journaling, walking along the beach, watching the sun rise, listening to music, and reading.
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*An eating disorder coach is not a licenced mental health professional, thus cannot provide medical, nutritional or psychological advice. Eating disorder coaching is not a replacement for psychotherapy or eating disorder treatment.