Billie will be taking a temporary leave of Bowen for 2017 to focus on other clinical developments. She will be available for Yoga Therapy and Mentoring and appointments can be booked via the reception.
Reception: 9482 4325.
Please watch this space for details of when she returns to Bowen practice. If you need a referral please email Billie on firstname.lastname@example.org
Billie has been actively working as a health practitioner since 2003 and together with her sister, Pip, opened Kundalini House in 2006 with the shared vision to create a space where they could both work together, and with others, to help people feel supported on their journey of self-discovery and optimal health.
She began her studies in natural medicine in her early twenties when she concluded that she was too young to be experiencing back pain and felt strongly that she could become a better version of herself if she healed her mind and body.
Her realisation that the body and mind had an innate ability to heal itself with basic attention fuelled her drive to continue her studies. She is a qualified Kinesiologist, Bowen Therapist and is a Kundalini Yoga Teacher and teacher trainer. Billie loves to listen and work directly with the body helping to restore balance plus working directly with the mind and emotions and the psychology of living a life that is meaningful and connected to your own source of happiness.
In her sessions she weaves together her studies of Kinesioloy, Bowen and Yoga Therapy to guide her clients towards better health and a greater awareness of the patterns, habits and behaviours that create dis-ease; stress and trauma.
Area’s Billie loves to work with, but not limited to, are:
- Back & neck pain; TMJ dysfunction
- Anxiety and depression
- Life direction & focus
- Trauma Recovery
- Relationships & communication
- Yoga Therapy
Billie also teaches Kundalini Yoga for the Recovery of Childhood Trauma courses. Click here for more info
BHSc (CM), DipHSc (Acu), DipCCM, CMRB, ATMS
Pip has been practicing Chinese Medicine for over 15 years, finishing her Bachelor of Health Science Acupuncture at the end of 2001 with an internship in Nanning, China. She spent 3 years working in Ireland and 6 months in Malawi, Africa before returning home. She knew she wanted to work in a team environment where clients could be supported to heal in a safe and professional space. So in 2006, with her sister Billie. she opened Kundalini House.
She has since completed a post-graduate course in Canonical Chinese Medicine, which specialises in the application of Clinical Herbal medicine. Pip decided she was going to study Chinese Medicine while sitting on top of a mountain in the Himalayas. After struggling with depression since she was a teenager, she travelled extensively looking for a way to truly heal herself. After having an extraordinary experience with a Tibetan doctor in India, she decided to study the next best thing, Chinese Medicine. She returned to Melbourne where she was lucky enough to meet an Acupuncturist and Qi Gong master, where she finally found her path to real health.
This experience has shaped her interest in clinic and she enjoys helping people with mental/emotional problems such as anxiety, depression or history of trauma. She also has an interest in fertility and pregnancy and is a mother of two beautiful children. She enjoys the diversity of general practice and sees a wide range of problems during clinic.
DPsych (Clinical), PostGradDip (Psych) GradDip (Psych), MAPS, ACPA
Alla completed her undergraduate training in psychology at the University of Melbourne, and her doctoral training in clinical psychology at Monash University. Prior to studying psychology, Alla studied linguistics, and worked as a journalist and lecturer in Ukraine.
She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA), and is endorsed for the practice of clinical psychology by the Psychology Board of Australia.
- DPsych (Clinical), Monash University, PostGradDip and GradDip in Psychology, Melbourne University
- Member of Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
- Member of The Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA)
Alla has always been fascinated by human nature. Alla came from a country with many problems and extensive history of unrest, wars, and traumas, which affected people’s life over generations. Alla has always been interested in how you can heal from trauma and grow.
Alla believes difficult emotions and distress are a normal part of life, and we need to learn to be with and learn from these experiences. She believes well-being comes with awareness, with gentle holding of your pain, with seeing common nature of your painful experiences and those of other people, and with learning to become a good parent to yourself. Alla believes well-being also comes from pushing yourself gently towards expanding your life, getting outside of your comfort zone, and learning to be vulnerable with yourself and others.
Alla is passionate about understanding human nature, the human mind, how we experience our emotions, how we connect with others, and what stands on the way of our growth or helps us to heal. She enjoys getting to know my clients and constantly advancing my knowledge in a psychology field – and in other related areas too! Alla enjoys exploring the world, travelling, meeting people from different countries and understanding how they live. She loves nature, dancing, swimming, diving, and skiing and taking pictures of the natural world and people.
Areas of interest/specialty:
- Anxiety disorders
- Depressive disorders
- Emotional problems
- Immigrants mental health and adjustment
To book an appointment:
Call Alla Demutska: 0423 931 504
Or the clinic: 9482 4325
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Holistic Living Coach
Anna practices as a qualified holistic living coach. She holds a Diploma in Holistic Living Coaching and Advanced Certificate in Holistic Communications – both qualifications are from the Holistic Living Training Institute, an approved training provider of the International Institute of Complementary Therapies (IICT).
A few years back, like many of us in our 40s, Anna experienced a midlife/career crisis, and painfully but thankfully discovered that life success for her was no longer a ladder of titles and status, but a growing tree of heart connections and shared humanity. With this acceptance came a renewed life perspective and Anna found her true calling in Holistic Living Coaching, which she realises is the perfect total sum of who she is, the life she lived and the lessons she learnt.
Anna is passionate about imparting the wisdom of holistic living – by supporting all parts of us – mind, body, spirit and emotions – in our everyday life, holistic balance is experienced and our full potential in love, career, health, happiness and inner peace are attained. Through her daily holistic living practice Anna has witnessed her life transform and her true self emerged, and has now made it her life purpose to help others live with greater happiness.
When Anna is not coaching she enjoys all the other good things in life – travelling, cooking, boogie boarding, catching up with friends & family, and spending time with her wife and fur child at their beautiful home in Collingwood.
Call Anna on 0435 750 907 or email email@example.com
To find out more, visit www.holisticlivingcoach.com.au
Body Centred Therapist
Anna has been working as a Body Centred Therapist for over 8 years. Her training has included, Body Transformation (postural integration), counselling, working with trauma, group facilitation, doula Training (birth support), birth education, rebirthing (breathwork) and hypnosis.
Anna came to this work after the birth of her twin boys in 2001. Having had a background in both the corporate and the spiritual worlds her interests and skills came together when she discovered her passion for birth. This sent her on a journey of first becoming a doula (birth attendant), which led her to a deep trust in the body and it’s instinctive capacity to not only birth a baby, but to integrate all life experiences (including traumatic experiences) into a fully connected sense of being alive.
Anna has combined all of her skills into Body Centred Therapy which is a unique blend of somatic therapy and counselling.
Anna’s particular strength and skills lie in enabling people to learn how to deeply connect with their body, to listen to their body and psyche’s messages with deep compassion. She believes that when we are connected to ourselves in a loving way, we connect with nature and others in a loving way. From here love, healing and change are natural outcomes.
Book a treatment by contacting Anna – 0408 954 120 –firstname.lastname@example.org or call the clinic – 9482 4325. www.annapapadakis.com.au
I often describe myself as having one foot in both worlds.
My therapy training and experience within the psychiatric system along side my interest in spirituality, nature, community and holistic health give me a unique and well informed perspective. This allows me to safely support even my most unwell clients to explore and discover their own path to wellness.
I am a trauma informed, arts based psychotherapist. I have twenty years therapeutic experience in the fields of adult and adolescent mental health, addictions, trauma therapy and generalist counselling. In recent years I have begun providing professional supervision and training for individuals and groups.
I have a Masters degree in creative Arts Therapy, have undertaken extensive study in Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Relationships Therapy and have been practising mindfulness meditation since 1996. I am a qualified EMDR practitioner (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and have trained with current world leaders in Trauma Therapy, Janina Fisher, Babette Rothschild and Bessel Van Der Kolk. I am currently the coordinator of both the ACT and Arts Therapy day programs at Melbourne’s largest private psychiatric hospital and provide individual therapy to participants of the hospitals specialist trauma treatment program.
In my work I strive to avoid giving advice or making interpretations of the experiences of the people who consult with me. I instead walk beside people facilitating skilful explorations designed to help them make their own meanings and find their own answers, whilst supporting the development of skills to increase emotional stability and ensure a safe therapeutic experience.
I welcome people experiencing a wide range of psychological, emotional and interpersonal difficulties including those who have experienced complex childhood trauma and hardship.
I have a great deal of experience working with both adults and adolescents experiencing problems related to depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress and unhelpful addictive and eating behaviours.
For more information on Annie’s therapies, please see below:
To book an appointment:
Call Annie Sloss on: 0403 973 368
Or the clinic: 03 9482 4325
Hello Kundalini House Family. I am delighted to join the tribe. Already I have heard so many stories from friends about how much they love this place, and they also work, practice and teach yoga here! Friends everywhere! It’s like a second home I didn’t know I had. Thank you Pip, Billie and team for welcoming me so fully.
Who am I and what do I do?
I am an ‘Essence Coach’ assisting you to
- Go beyond your mind to awaken to your own essential nature
- Clear lethagy to awaken your bodies natural wisdom and vitality
- Go beyond force and control to access your natural creative power
I have been working with thousands of people for over a decade and I bring this experience to get right to the core of where you really are (not where you think you are) and where your real growth edge is. Then from this we create a training plan that maps a grounded path for your growth.
I have founded the Essence School, the Activation Program and I also run a year long Warriors of Love program. I run retreats in Melbourne and am the author or several books around the same theme. My work is a grounded approach to holistic living, giving people a framework to both honour their spirit and their power to take real action in their lives.
How does it work?
Essence coaching is a very unique modality in that it centres around making connection to your own deep essential nature then bringing that forward for your own awakening, healing and creative expression. It involves talking, meditations and embodiment exercises that help unify your body, heart and mind. I work with the Essence Work ™ model that I have created over the last decade that provides a map for how the conscious and unconscious work in dynamic flow with your essence. When you align these three you will find deep, real growth happens effortlessly.
Is it for me?
I find that most people get an inner ‘yes’ if its time to work with me. I work mostly with people with a rich connection to their own spirit who are yearning to live this spirit more fully in their bodies and their lives. If you feel a resonance through what you have read then the next step is to book in a single session and we will take it from there.
How do I book a session?
To book in for an Essence Reading click on the link below. We will explore your challenges and dreams and how this essence work may serve your path.
The Activation School
What we embody, we create
Arion works at Kundalini House every Wednesday.
t. 0434 140 154.
Diploma Remedial Massage, Cert III Fitness
I have been a massage therapist for over 5 years and have worked in a range of different clinics throughout Melbourne. I have completed a Diploma of Remedial Massage, Certificate III in Fitness and have worked as a Gym instructor in Japan and have a keen interest in Sports Massage.
My massage techniques have a Thai Massage and Japanese Shiatsu influence, where I incorporate stretching and use different techniques to release muscular tension. My previous experience working in gyms has enabled me to see remedial massage in a different light, by looking at the body from a sports practitioner perspective. This allows me to understand the root cause of common injuries and gives me a deeper appreciation of the condition.
Looking at the body in a holistic way allows me to establish a sense of empathy when treating clients. Becoming a massage therapist has enabled me to experience a connection with my clients that I could not achieve in any other situation. Over the years, I have witnessed clients improve and felt that this is a truly enlightening experience. It still amazes me that the support I give people can make a difference in people’s lives and I’m proud of that feeling every day.
I specialise in the following techniques: Deep Tissue Massage, Remedial Massage, Reflexology, Pregnancy Massage, Traditional Thai Massage, Shiatsu Massage, Sports Massage and Relaxation Massage.
I try to always encourage clients to focus on stretching and mobility exercises as they will help the body recover from strenuous exercise and prevent injuries.
Beth is a qualified Naturopath, combining intuitive healing with Medical Herbalism, Nutrition, Pathology, Iridology and Flower Essences forming a degree in Health Sciences and is currently completing a Diploma in Neuroenergetic Kinesiology.
Beth is passionate about combining an in-depth understanding of how our body functions and how this is a constant response to how we process emotions, memories, lifestyle, food, environmental factors and inherited genetic patterns. Beth believes that by using the above health tools, Naturopathy can enable us to make an incredibly positive impact on how we feel and move through each day.
Beth has travelled extensively, working in diverse fields and cultures; witnessing that she was constantly repeating the same emotional responses in particular situations and how her health overtime began to dictate how she was living. It was through studying Naturopathy and now Kinesiology that she has a deeper understanding about why this is so and how to support, nourish and change these cycles in the body and mind.
“We are more than our blood and tissue with a mechanical heart; we are a culmination of our love, our pain, our knowledge and our experiences. How this is expressed symptomatically in our body is the tip of the iceburg”.
Beth has experience in working with a wide range of health problems that range from incessant colds to complex autoimmune, hormonal and digestive conditions. Beth is passionate about respecting and understanding each person’s unique health picture, from all ages and backgrounds.
Remedial Massage Therapist
Dip Remedial Massage, Grad Dip Counselling BArts Youth Studies, Cert IV Disability Studies.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Youth Studies) and a Graduate Diploma in Counselling, I was drawn to finding a range of strategies to promote wellness in people, particularly those who have experienced complex issues e.g. trauma; mental health issues. This led me to completing a Diploma in Remedial Massage at Victoria Polytechnic and embarking on extending my skill set with a particular passion for those who experience trauma or complex issues.
I have had the privilege of working with young people for approximately ten years. This included, but was not limited to, those experiencing trauma and a variety of projects related to same sex attracted, sex and gender diverse community.
I felt as though my time in the role of a Case Worker and that of a Counsellor had come to an end. I intuitively dived into the Diploma of Remedial Massage with little knowledge and grieved the career I felt I was completely leaving behind. Fortunately, the more I studied, interacted with clients and surrounded myself with mentors, I progressively realised how profoundly our mind, emotions and spirituality are connected to our physical bodies. I strongly believe that massage can be exceptionally therapeutic.
I am interested in the way our emotions manifest physically, and using holistic methods in releasing this effectively, in an attempt to restore equilibrium and activate a parasympathetic response.
I am passionate about creating an accessible, inclusive and safe space for massage therapy. My experiences of working with survivors of abuse, people experiencing mental health issues and people who are culturally and linguistically diverse enable me to adapt and provide an inclusive and safe environment for remedial and relaxation treatments.
I continue to remain passionate about community development and adequate access to safe and inclusive services. My hobbies include Yin yoga, meditation, my animal family and everything music whether listening or playing.
B.App Science (Osteopathy), Masters of Health Science (Osteopathy)
I graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Clinical Science and a Masters of Osteopathy in 2010. Since then I have engaged in continuing education focusing on treating the uro-genital system, functional movement patterns and mentoring under faculty teaching Osteopathy in the Cranial Field and Rule of the Artery.
My pathway into Osteopathy was serendipitous. As a very sporty highschool graduate I was fascinated by people, their bodies, and how they use them, but unsure what to do about it. Osteopathy presented itself to me by way of some friends who were studying it at the time and I enrolled later that year.
While the combination of seriously in-depth anatomy, bio-chemistry, and physiology peaked my intellectual interest, it was the philosophy, the caring holistic approach to allowing people to heal that really sucked me in.
I regularly see people of all ages and professions. People often present with the more familiar complaints of low back pain, neck pain, headache and migraine, as well as sporting injuries.
I also see a lot of people present with “Visceral” complaints such as asthma, digestive issues, period pain and pregnancy care. The holistic approach that I take allows us to identify underlying issues that can overwhelm the bodies healing capacity and lead to dysfunction.
I focus a lot on the effects that short term and long term stress and trauma can have on a person. Through lifestyle coaching, guided practices and hands on manual therapy I help people to come a place of balance and integration in their bodies and lives.
Dip. Clinical Hypno
Jane Johnston studied a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and has been practicing for over a decade. Jane wrote a thesis on the Science behind Meditation, while studying Yoga Teaching and she has also studied and practiced Buddhist Meditation, Transcendental meditation, Guided meditation, Kundalini meditation and has an interest in Mindfulness practices and many forms of relaxation therapy. Jane has also studied and worked with Guided Breath work practices and Yoga Nidra.
After teaching Hatha, Kundalini Yoga and meditation for several years and enjoying teaching deep relaxation therapy and stress management techniques Jane came to study the modality Clinical Hypnotherapy.
Jane works with scripts and the guiding principles of the Australian Clinical Hypnotherapy Association and from Maggie Wilde and Dr Rick Collingwood PHD, two of Australia’s leading and internationally renowned Hypnotherapists. Jane also studied the Mongan method of Hypno-birthing and teaches the simple, effective practice of Breathing, Self Relaxation, Visualisation and Endorphin triggers for a safe comfortable birthing experience. She has helped dozens of couples feel more empowered, confident and enjoy a more comfortable and healthy birth.
Jane has successfully worked with many corporate groups, including Ligeti Partners Lawyers, Sparky Helmore, ACCC and the N.A.B bank. She has looked after a wide variety of presenting conditions including stress related conditions, depression, anxiety, weight loss, smoking, fears and phobias. Clinical hypnotherapy was a natural evolution from teaching Yoga, Meditation and relaxation therapies.
Jane’s philosophy is that the storage of memory, behaviour patterns and belief systems is holistic in our mind and body. We can open, connect and invite change with the deep mind/body relaxation of Hypnotherapy. Here habits, unwanted behaviours, and fears can be released and new patterns and positive changes made for better health and happiness. Her warmth, compassion and motivational success encourages people to easily create positive healthy change and fully realise their potential.
With a warm and healing energy, Jane is deeply compassionate and committed to empowering her clients to improve their lives and discover their inner potential. Whatever it is you try to change through your own positive affirmation can be powerfully enhanced, magnified and multiplied through Hypnotherapy so you see results quickly.
To book an appointment with Jane, please call 0417 545 475.
BHSc (Chinese Med), Dip. Shiatsu, Dip CCM, CMRB
The seed for Jason’s journey into Chinese Medicine began over a decade ago, whilst meditating on a Mexican beach. He exploration began through studying shiatsu whilst living in the Netherlands. This course was delivered in Dutch, thus encouraging him to focus on the tactile aspects of the practice, which has influenced his style of practice. On returning to Australia he pursued formal qualifications completing a Bachelor in Health Science (Chinese Medicine) along with Diplomas in Tuina, Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies. Jason has pursued postgraduate studies in a family lineage of classical herbal medicine, graduating with a Diploma in Canonical Chinese Medicine. He has also explored different styles of acupuncture practice, with a focus on gentle Japanese styles of needling. Alongside his practice and studies, Jason also lectures in Oriental Medicine practice, theory and diagnosis at the Australian Shiatsu College.
Jason believes that the body has an innate ability to heal, and as such leaves clues to what it needs around the body. He searches for these subtle visual and textural messages, which reflect the underlying imbalances preventing your body from returning to a state of wellness. As such he has become passionate about developing the skills of a palpation-based approach to treatment, examining the pulse, abdomen and acupuncture channels to establish a diagnosis and determine treatment.
Jason’s philosophy in clinic is that the best place to work with restoring one’s health is through the digestive system. Through improving the ability of your body to receive nourishment, this empowers it to restore health and order. As such his interest in clinic is in treating digestive disorders, along with chronic immune complaints and pain from old and new injuries. His experience in clinic covers a wide range of health issues throughout the spectrum of the human body.
Jodie Leigh Cicaji
Jodie Leigh Cicaji
Jodie is an experienced and caring psychologist with a warm and client-centered interpersonal style. She supports clients to explore and understand new ways to work through their personal challenges in a collaborative, holistic and solution-focused manner.
With a background in Educational psychology, psychotherapy and classical yoga, Jodie works with modalities that best suit client needs and preferred learning styles. Jodie has had extensive training in Mindfulness-Based therapies, Emotion-Focussed therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural therapy and Expressive Therapy.
Jodie sees younger and older adults, as well as children and adolescents. She has experience in working in various settings in both the Private and Public sectors, including schools, the university and TAFE system, and private practice
She provides treatment for concerns with:
- Anxiety, worry and panic
- Chronic stress, burn out and lethargy
- Adjustment to life changes and transitions
- Grief and loss, existential issues, and the transpersonal
- Study, learning and academic progress concerns
Jodie is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a Clinical Supervisor of trainee psychologists. She is able to provide rebates with a GP-endorsed Mental Health Care Plan.
To book an appointment:
Call Alla Demutska: 0423 931 504
Or the clinic: 9482 4325
Dip. Remedial Massage, Cert. Aromatherapy, Dip. Spa & Beauty, Reiki I & II
Luisa was in the corporate world when life changed and she needed to find a career that allowed for flexibility to care for her family. So she completed a Diploma in Remedial Massage at Nature Care College in Sydney. This started a rewarding transition from the corporate world into a heart centred therapy career at a beautiful Wellness clinic in Sydney, where she built a loyal client base.
Her philosophy on health has been that the mind affects the body, so when the mind is out of balance you need to take steps to find it again. This could be by cultivating a life with activities that bring inner contentment. Luisa finds this with whole foods, nourishing meals and moving the body. She enjoys exploring varied therapies until she finds the one that works for her.
Luisa is passionate about Yoga, meditation for mind-body wellness, nature, volunteering in the community and providing Therapeutic treatments that make a difference.
Luisa offers a nurturing intuitive practice that includes the whole body. Her flowing treatments assist in reducing stress and the pattern of holding within the body, allowing for a deeply relaxing and therapeutic effect.
Luisa has also studied, Lomi Lomi Nui in Maui Hawaii, Hot Stone Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Intuitive Balinese Massage and continues to learn.
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HSc Osteo, BAppSc Osteo
As a teenager, I suffered a back injury after a bad fall. As I did not seek appropriate treatment, it progressively worsened. It was at this point that I was referred off to an osteopath who, by combining their holistic approach and a wealth of knowledge, was able to assist me in overcoming this injury. This revolutionised the view I had on alternative health medicine.
After five years of rigorous study, I have completed a double degree of Health and Applied Science, Osteopathy, graduating from RMIT University in 2017. I am also qualified in yoga teaching, myofascial dry needling and cupping techniques and am currently in the process of completing a course to enhance my knowledge and treatment of the obstetrical patient.
During my hours in the student clinic, it became increasingly evident how passionate I was about the combination of different interventions to assist in the prevention of injury. This led me to travel to Japan to study yoga and return with the tools that I sought after to complement my osteopathic practice. These modalities combined now allow me to structure a comprehensive treatment and management plan.
My interest in the areas of women’s and children’s health, overcoming chronic pain, sporting injuries and general stress associated musculoskeletal complaints were further emphasised during my placement and observational hours of practitioners’ interstate.
Sessions with me consist of thorough examination, locating and isolating the source of one’s pain, which guide a personalised treatment. A combination of controlled breathing, direct and indirect techniques will be used to build an appropriate treatment protocol.
In my spare time I enjoy practising and teaching yoga and mindfulness meditation, travelling, cycling and hiking with friends, and further developing my practice by reading and researching the most current body of evidence.
BHSc (Chinese Med)
Miriam’s journey along the path of Chinese Medicine began as a teenager, when she stumbled over this sophisticated wholistic health system, for a research project. Ever since, Miriam has dedicated her life’s direction and study towards growing her knowledge in this field.
She has achieved a Bachelor of Health Science in Chinese Medicine, is heavily involved in completing her Diploma in Classical Chinese Medicine with the Institute of East Asian Medicine (ICEAM) and is undertaking further training in Classical Acupuncture with the Institute of NeiJing Research (INR). Miriam is also listed as a practitioner trained in the Facial Enhancement Acupuncture system (FEA) (Cosmetic Acupuncture).
Miriam has a warm and caring nature that she brings to each consultation, which is felt by each of her clients. She is passionate about educating her clients on how their bodies are communicating imbalances. And has keen interests in helping her clients work towards:
- Improving digestive health
- Menstrual health and pre-pregnancy care
- Learning diet therapy principles and beneficial lifestyle changes
- Healthy pregnancies and birth preparation
- Improved facial complexion and appearance with Facial Enhancement Acupuncture techniques (Cosmetic Acupuncture)
BTCM (SITCM), DipCCM, Adv.Cert.InternalMedAcu (China), CMBA, ANTA
Nicola graduated from the 5-year full time Bachelor course at the Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has undertaken official internships with two of Sydney’s most renowned physicians. She has spent 4 years as an intern of Daniel Deng and 3 years as an intern of David White, which has provided her with valuable experience in treating a vast array of conditions. As part of her studies Nicola spent time as an intern in the Guangzhou City Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China where she trained in the dermatology, paediatrics, gynaecology, oncology and internal medicine departments.
From a young age Nicola has had an interest in how plant medicine and massage worked to heal the body and would spend her spare time reading about anatomy and herbal medicine. Nicola discovered Traditional Chinese Medicine while living and working in the Netherlands. She took the leap and enrolled for the first semester and during the first lecture found herself passionately enthralled wanting to know more. Nicola realised it was the system of medicine she had been looking to study for many years. From the outset, Nicola found a deep appreciation for the guidance of classical texts of Chinese medicine and has spent much time devoted to understanding and studying these vital texts to further her knowledge and understanding of the human body, nature and their interactions.
Nicola believes that helping and supporting one another on our individual journeys is one of life’s most rewarding values. Nicola understands that life is experienced so differently by each individual and living from a place of open heartedness is vital to stay true to ones self. She feels that part of a meaningful life are the gifts we can bring to each person we encounter.
Nicola is passionate about Classical Chinese medicine and spends may hours of her free time studying the ancient classical texts of the Han Dynasty to better her knowledge of the medicine. Nicola also loves to create fibre art (Knitting, spinning, crocheting and quilting if you are wondering) and to spend time nurturing her garden, which is full of fruit trees, flowers and herbs.
Nicola enjoys general practice and has had specialised training in gynaecology and fertility, complex chronic and autoimmune diseases, cancer support and musculoskeletal conditions. Nicola understands that no two people are the same and works diligently to tailor treatments to your individual and specific needs, with a focus on prevention and dietary understanding. Her goal is to create a partnership in a patient’s healthcare in which the individual must truly feel that they play an important role on their path to good health.
Dip. Remedial Massage, Dip. Aromatherapy
Nicole has been a practicing Remedial massage therapist for 11 years and worked in numerous multimodality clinics in this time. She has also completed a diploma in Aromatherapy, Reiki masters in northern India, Thai massage in Koh Samui and 200 hour yoga teacher training in Florence. Nicole lived in Sydney for 3 years and established a client base there, which she continued to treat up until March this year. She worked along side 3 mentors, which she still gains much knowledge and friendship from.
She has always found the mind body connection fascinating and was naturally drawn to this field.
Nicole’s passion lies in communicating with the body to let go. Through breath work she taps into the nervous system and muscular skeletal system to unlock tension caused by physical and/or emotional trauma. In turn, creating space for healing and regeneration to occur.
She regularly practices yoga and boxing to keep up her own masculine/feminine balance and is constantly incorporating travel into her life.
Dip Remedial Therapy
Peter is a qualified Remedial massage therapist with over 17 years of clinical experience within the health industry, and has moved from Tasmania to undergo his masters degree in Chiropractic care.
He has had the opportunity to work with and study under some of Australia’s elite therapists, building a solid framework and paving a path to his own very unique view of the human body and treatment technique.
Peter has a deep bio-mechanical understanding of the body, and recognises how the relationship of the body’s systems works as a whole. Incorporating a holistic approach, and also drawing knowledge from his recent chiropractic studies, he integrates the most up-to-date musculoskeletal and soft tissue treatment, nutritional recommendations and lifestyle advice such as exercise and stretching prescriptions. Peter can tailor a specific treatment plan and provide you with the correct building blocks to help you achieve your health goals.
Peter’s main areas of expertise are acute and chronic soft tissue injury management, and postural corrective treatment which helps with a wide variety of problems such as sciatica, frozen shoulder, headaches, joint restriction and muscle tension.
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Dip Bowen Therapy SMART Bowen, Dip Kinesiology, ACCM
Petra is a muscle therapist working with pain, tension, stress relief and anxiety. She holds a Diploma in Bowen Therapy (SMART Bowen) and a Diploma of Kinesiology (ACCM, Melbourne).
After moving to Australia in 2010 she decided to no longer pursue a career in high-end hospitality and instead follow her passion for health and complementary medicine. She began by writing a list of all the things she was passionate and curious about. Looking back at this list now, after she has studied Kinesiology, she is always amazed that all of these things play a role in how she uses her skills. She has incorporated SMART Bowen Therapy into her treatments which reflects her interest in working with musclo-skeletal issues and wholistic balancing through touch.
She ultimately believes in the body’s innate wisdom and healing power and that the role of the health practitioner is to create the bridge to access this wisdom and tap into the powerful knowledge bank of the heart to regain and maintain health, vitality, ease and happiness.
Petra is passionate about creating the connection between our physical bodies, our muscles and our mind and nervous system. She constantly strives to nurture and nourish a healthy mind by de-cluttering the head of old beliefs and patterns and creating more clarity and presence. She has made it her mission to inspire people to take more care of themselves and keep their fuel tank charged so they can be the best version of themselves.
She specialises not only in muscular pain, tension and stress relief but has a variety of clients who also see her for Kinesiology sessions to work with anxiety, feeling stuck or feel like they need more than a physical therapy to feel better in the long run.
When working with Bowen Therapy people generally look for a reduction in pain and tension and the relief of discomfort or stress. As a physical technique, Bowen addresses the soft tissue on an integrative level, which means it not only addresses the muscles and soft tissue to release tension but also works with the nervous system to re-educate the body to return to a more optimal alignment. This makes the treatment feel deeply relaxing and nurturing. Often people begin to realise how their mindset and stress affects their bodies and physical wellbeing. This is where introducing Kinesiology into the treatment is very beneficial. Kinesiology can find underlying stresses and mindsets that can cause anxiety, lack of clarity and low energy.
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Pia is currently on maternity leave and will be returning in 2019, if you would like an acupuncture appointment, please speak to one of our reception staff and they can refer you to another of our practitioners.
BHSc (Acu & ChinMed), DipRemMass (Tui Na), AdvDipCCM.
Pia’s relationship with Chinese Medicine began with a chance visit to an acupuncturist on the recommendation of a friend. During her treatment, she experienced profound relief of her tendonitis and felt more mentally and emotionally at ease. She became curious about this entirely different medical worldview – grounded in the observation and understanding of nature, and its reflection in us. After years of travel and study, she could now see a way to not only help people and combine it with her passion for medicine, but to also bring her own humanity to it. This was to be the path that both ended her search, and revealed its beginning.
Pia is a qualified and registered Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine practitioner and Chinese Remedial Massage (Tui Na) therapist. Her post-graduate studies in Canonical Chinese Medicine at ICEAM has further developed pulse diagnosis handed down from the Tian Family lineage, as well as its application using classical herbal formulas. Pia has practiced in northern India with Traditional Healthcare, and in Melbourne with Janak Chauhan and as a herbal dispenser for Steven Clavey. Pia has been practicing with the wonderful team at Kundalini House since 2012, and also runs her own small practice in the Yarra Valley.
Pia has a special interest in internal medicine as taught by the Classics and believes that Chinese Medicine is fundamentally about the relationships that nourish us – between our environment, others and within ourselves. This grounded approach considers that even when faced with chronic and complex health concerns, these can frequently be unraveled by addressing the accumulated issues, one layer at a time. Her down to earth, compassionate and warm approach is balanced by her experience treating and preventing a wide range of conditions regarding all aspects of general practice including immune disorders, viral conditions, fatigue related illnesses, pain disorders, digestive, dermatological and mental-emotional imbalances, as well as women’s health.
Shamanic Journeying Therapist
Rachel personally trained with Raymond Richards “the urban shaman’ in 2010 as a Crystal Dreaming™ practitioner and completed post graduate study in 2011. She was invited to train as an advanced practitioner in 2011, and in 2014 she was initiated, attuned and certified as a Crystal Dreaming Teacher Trainer. Rachel brings exuberant passion, spiritual prowess and deep insight into her practice as a Crystal Dreaming therapist.
Rachel assists Raym in his trainings when held in Melbourne and continues to apprentice and seek regular counsel from her teacher, who she considers a living treasure with a heart of gold.
On her journey, Rachel was initiated as Quechuan Shaman in Peru in 2008. Since 2009 she has trained with Crystal Dreaming founder Raym Richards.
To find out more about Rachel’s journey into shamanism, visit her website:
Rebecca Van Horssen
Rebecca Van Horssen
BHSc (Naturopathy), Cert IV Kinesiology, Mem.NHAA
Rebecca is a Naturopath and Kinesiologist with over five years clinical experience, and a passion for traditional herbal medicine. While a serendipitous series of events led her to study a Bachelor of Naturopathic Health Science, it was facing and supporting her own and her family’s health issues that truly grounded her journey into naturopathic and energetic medicine. Rebecca is currently undertaking post-graduate studies in Chinese Herbal Medicine at RMIT to further enrich and broaden her clinical expertise.
Rebecca’s training and life experience led her to an holistic and multi-faceted style of practice. By combining Naturopathy & Kinesiology, all aspects of the self are able to be assessed and addressed, supporting you in initiating and maintaining a deep and meaningful healing process. She has seen how positive change can also manifest through developing deeper connections with your intuition and authentic self, allowing you to feel more grounded and in alignment with your purpose and your true self.
Rebecca is inspired by facilitating and empowering women to have a deeper connection with and understanding of their physical and emotional bodies, and particularly their menstrual cycles. Together you can start navigating and getting to know natural menstrual rhythms for fertility, contraception, regulating your cycle or reducing difficult PMS symptoms. As well as that, she can support you through managing transformational milestones such as puberty, menarche, pregnancy and menopause.
Rebecca also works with a wide range of specific health conditions in clinic such as gut dysfunction, fatigue and insomnia, recurring immunity problems, chronic illness or pain, depression and anxiety.
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MA Creative Arts Practice, BA (Hons), Adv. Cert Relational Gestalt Therapy, Dip Transpersonal Counselling, Adv. Dip Transpersonal Art Therapy, Grad. Cert. Experiential and Creative Arts Practice
I have been working as a psychotherapist since 2011. My studies in therapy cover a range of modalities including depth psychology, transpersonal psychology, existential therapy, relational therapy, art therapies, and eco-therapy. My work in the field extends beyond the therapy room to workshops in embodiment and nature connection. I have lectured in counselling, psychotherapy, and art therapy for a number of years, and currently teach in the Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy program at the Ikon Institute of Australia. I recently completed an MA thesis exploring the Experience of Being Alone with Nature.
I have always been fascinated by the human journey. I came to the study of therapy via philosophy and my own efforts to make my way in life. I have always been drawn to understand the invisible forces that give shape to our longings, our behaviour, and our lives. I believe that for me having children broadened my intellectual curiosity and awakened in me a desire to do my bit to “heal the world”. Ultimately psychotherapy is the art of being with another person in a way that is conducive to their healing and wholeness. As such, I feel I will never stop learning as a therapist.
My philosophy is always evolving, and I take nature as my guide. I will sometimes describe my role as a psychotherapist as being analogous to that of a wilderness guide, believing that wholeness comes from the capacity to regularly visit – and integrate – the wilderness places within ourselves, the hidden, unknown, and wild places.
I work holistically, which means that I see individual health as something that incorporates the body, mind, soul, relationships, community, and the natural world. I work with my clients to improve their lives by helping them to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the way in which they move in the world.
The way the work unfolds is different in every case and depends on the client and our working relationship. With some clients the work will involve the use of art materials and other modalities in which I have trained. I am not a psychologist and do not diagnose mental illnesses. In general I find mental health labels unhelpful except in extreme cases. Most of the issues that most people bring to therapy are issues that all people will face in some form or other, at some point in their lives.
I’m really passionate about re-wilding – ourselves and landscapes. I’m motivated to help heal the rift between humanity and the natural world, and to move our relationship with the earth in a more positive direction. This incorporates environmental work, but for me also means exploring ways to live more ethically and sustainably in our communities, with our families, and within ourselves.
When I’m not working or teaching I love to plant trees, create habitat, and spend time with my family in nature. I also like building things with my hands, and reading and writing poetry.
I work with a wide array of people dealing with the issues of living and the challenges of thriving. I’ve had success working with people in the following areas:
- Improving our capacity to be in relationship
- Working with low-motivation and “stuck-ness”
- Working with depression and low-mood
- Working with anxiety
- Working with trauma
- Changing patterns that no longer serve
- Living more authentically
- Men’s work
- Spiritual crisis
Sean spent 2016 on retreat and is excited to be joining the Kundalini House Health Clinic team in 2017.
Dr Sharmaine Nicholson
Chinese Medicine Practitioner
BA Health Science/Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture & Herbs), APRHA CMR 0001740003 ATMS23578, BA Midwifery (2017 – current)
Sharmaine is a registered practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and an accredited member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS).
Sharmaine has been helping couples with infertility and pregnancy related health for the past 12 years. Her experience includes pre-conception care, IVF preparation and support throughout IVF cycles, pregnancy support and preparation for labour.
She has worked in collaboration with some of Australia’s leading fertility specialists.
Sharmaine is also currently undertaking a B. Midwifery to deepen her knowledge and passion in pregnancy.
Sharmaine uses traditional Chinese medicine diagnoses and treatments in conjunction with evidence based treatments and protocols.
Qualifications & Awards
Bachelor of Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine)
Scholarship – clinical internship at Kyung Hee University Hospital in Seoul.
Bachelor of Midwifery (2017 – current)
Somatic Trauma Therapist
Sophie Boord is a Gestalt Psychotherapist and Somatic Experiencing (trauma) Practitioner (SEP) with a commitment to social justice and a background in the arts and environmental activism.
Sophie works in private practice and community health with a broad range of clients. Sophie works holistically and relationally, she has a special interest in working with trauma and her work engages people with chronic and complex trauma including developmental trauma.
Sophie is a gentle, respectful and highly attuned therapist who brings a certain lightness, sensitivity and creativity to her practice. Sophie finds the therapeutic journey offers a movement towards growth and wholeness, “it’s a journey full of creativity and exploration; sometimes playful, sometimes painful, sometimes joyful”. Sophie incorporates somatic touch work into her practice and is passionate about the value of this work for survivors of trauma.
In addition to her individual work with clients Sophie runs therapy groups and has run therapy groups at Gestalt Therapy Australia. In 2017 Sophie ran process groups for practitioners at the International Gestalt Australia New Zealand Conference and will be presenting work at the International Domestic Violence & Health Conference in November 2018.
Sophie is currently developing a video with women who have experienced family violence in an effort to change the pervasive culture of violence against women. Sophie has previously made videos with people from diverse cultures and recently made a film “Gratitude” with Phillip Maisel OAM and survivor of the Jewish holocaust.
Sophie has completed 3 years training in the cutting-edge trauma modality Somatic Experiencing, pioneered by Dr. Peter Levine, as well as 4 years training at Gestalt Therapy Australia. Sophie holds a Bachelor of Communications with Honours in Fine Arts.
PACFA Reg. Provisional 24384
Member, Gestalt Australia New Zealand.
Book a treatment by contacting Sophie –0439 406 072 – ONLINE
Dip. Kinesiology, Dip. Remedial Massage, Cert level 1-3 Craniosacral therapy
Tina has a Diploma in Remedial Massage and a Diploma in Kinesiology with training in Craniosacral therapy and currently completing a Diploma in Counselling. Tina has 8 years experience in Kinesiology that then lead her to Remedial massage of which she has been practicing for 5 years.
Tina is also a teacher in Kinesiology and Remedial massage and finds sharing her knowledge with her students extremely rewarding. Tina came to Kinesiology through her own personal difficulties and was able to improve her life, which in turn made her want to be able to help others through the roller coaster of life, help facilitate change and become aware of old patterns that can get in the way. This then lead her to massage, as she found that emotional issues also caused physical pain… healing through touch.
Her philosophy on health and emotional wellbeing is that if we can bring awareness to how we feel then half the work is done. To be present with our feeling, to have a space to be with these feelings will allow for change.
Tina is passionate about her work, always wanting to learn more, which now brings her to a Diploma in Counselling. Tina is now introducing her counselling skills to Kinesiology and finding this to be very effective and powerful.
Tina specialises in working with how we feel, recognising our story and our patterns but staying in the present moment with awareness of our feelings, using this awareness in our emotions and also our physical body. Through massage, touch can help bring awareness back into the physical body, because of our busy and stressful lives we can disconnect from our emotional and physical body, Tina works with reconnecting, feeling and awareness.
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Dip. Remedial Massage
Zi began their journey in the realms of body work over six years ago when they took a short course in Ayurvedic massage in India. Equipped with these new tools, Zi began offering outcall treatments in Berlin, working with a number of clients from various walks of life. It was upon returning to Australia that their thirst for a deeper understanding of the body was ignited and they decided to study Remedial massage and Shiatsu.
The blend of two, seemingly polar modalities, flavour their sessions in a unique way. By using remedial tools to diagnose musculoskeletal issues, and the subtle undertones of shiatsu, together they form a more holistic view of the body- this results in a treatment that accesses greater depths.
Zi is also a yoga teacher, with a drive towards holding classes for the LGBTQIA+ community. Their ethos strongly aligns with the importance of health services being accessible and inclusive, irrespective of sexuality or gender; and they aim to create a safe space for anyone in the community.
As an avid seeker of knowledge they are continually learning in the areas of body-mind connection, interoception and brain maps, breath-work and its effects on the nervous system, performing arts and all forms of expressive dance.