My approach to supporting you, and our community comes from my own experiences of feeling completely lost, alone & confused at various times in my career. And like many of you, I was *this* close to completely dropping out of the profession, believing that if I was a "better" Dietitian, people would do what I thought they "should" be doing.
*Sigh* I know…many of us have been there.
Fortunately for me, I stumbled upon the Non-Diet Approach & Health At Every Size (R) along my path. And over the last 20 years, I’ve committed thousands of hours (& lots of PD budget!) studying humans, paradigms, philosophies & practices. I’ve sought training, support and supervision from colleagues whose work I have most deeply admired, and worked in clinical eating disorders, elite high performance sport, private practice & tertiary education. My longer-term interest in mindfulness-based practice took me in the direction of yoga, and I've been teaching for more than 2 years now, gathering more insight into my own practice as a professional, and life as a human.
People often ask me: ”But how did you get here?" The truth? Despite my perfectionistic tendencies, I didn’t wait to "get it right" before putting my work, and my voice into the world. I learned to lean into the (many) moments of discomfort from a place of curiosity rather than fear. I infused mindfulness and self-compassion throughout my work for many years to build an active personal practice. And I became passionate about building community, developing meaningful collaborations & sharing our collective messages around food and body peace.
That’s when I figured out that my passion and purpose is supporting colleagues like you. This is what really lights my fire: to help you build more skills and confidence in bringing the Non-Diet Approach, Mindfulness & body-inclusive healing messages to the world. Through my live and online trainings, individual & group supervision, and teaching Masters level Dietetics courses here in my home city of Melbourne, I found what I was meant to do.
While I don't take myself too seriously, and I do say "sh*t," amongst other colourful language quite a bit, doing good work in the world is what really matters to me. I know it does to you too.
It's an incredible privilege to walk alongside you all, thank you for being here.