Growing up in rural Australia, there were parts of my life that were idyllic and there were parts of my life that were challenging.
As a woman I learned other's needs were primary
Particularly as a woman, I learned early on, that the needs of other were primary. Emotions, unless positive, were generally neglected or admonished. It was important to be polite and to ensure others were comfortable. I was afraid to express myself for fear of reprisal. There was deep shame in seeking help and speaking to another about my struggles felt near impossible.
Experiencing significant levels of anxiety, I first sought therapy in my 20’s. It was confronting and uncomfortable and I was not convinced talking to someone would help. I terminated the engagement earlier than I should have. Some years later after a significant period of ill-health and a further mental collapse, I was ready to make some changes. It was through the combination of - therapy, reflective practice, body work, my connection to nature, and a deeply loving relationship, that gradually my being began to settle.
This journey led me back to myself and I concluded this was something I wanted to support others in experiencing too. I returned to study as a mature age student and discovered I loved the field.
As a psychotherapist, I support others to find ease in their self-experience
These days in my role as a psychotherapist, I work to support others to find ease in their self-experience. For many of my clients, it is a long and challenging journey. It is also a journey that is personally familiar.
Key therapeutic practices
Key therapeutic practices that I invite clients to engage with are often around:
- present moment experience
- reflection and being with the subconscious
- developing language for experience and tools for expression
- connecting with self through the senses and the body
- compassion for self and other
- meeting our self-experience with self-care
- developing a sense of self in relationship with the broader world
My life today
Today, I am lucky to be a part of a family that includes my kind and generous husband, three beautiful children and our family dog named Molly. I still attend therapy, write a journal, meditate, love flowers and time in nature, plus I engage regularly in a variety of body-work practices. When I am not doing these things, I work part-time as a psychotherapist and as the founder of The Calm Store.
My offering of The Calm Store is both for you and for me.
A place of permission
I wish for The Calm Store to be a place of permission and gradual unfolding towards ease where we find space to care for self and the world.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
I hope you for you, you can find a moment for self-care today.
Love Sarah xx