Longing to connect is not a weakness.

We as human beings are hardwired to connect and want to belong.

Hi, I’m Alma, Integrative Somatic Therapist, who serves people through person-centred talking therapy, embodiment practices and Spinal Energetics to reconnect mind, body, and self.

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This 15 minute Free Discovery Call aims to support you in your quest for a suitable therapist.

You’ll have space to:

  • Ask any questions and/or voice any concerns you might have related to therapy in general and/or working with me
  • Get a sense of me, my experience, and how I work

This 15 minute Free Discovery Call aims to support you in your quest for a suitable therapist.

You’ll have space to:

  • Ask any questions and/or voice any concerns you might have related to therapy in general and/or working with me
  • Get a sense of me, my experience, and how I work

Where/how it began…

My story starts with being born into a family that related to the world in a highly rational way while simultaneously avoiding emotions. Not a great place for someone like me, who experiences emotions deeply and is an emotionally intelligent and sensitive person.

No surprise, that I felt like the odd one out while growing up. I remember crying myself to sleep for hours and hours when I was a teenager, because I felt incredibly alone and I felt like I didn’t matter. As a result of my experiences, I started believing that “I’m the problem”, “I’m too sensitive”, that “there must be something wrong with me” and ultimately, that “I’m unlovable”.

Now before I go on, I want to say that I wholeheartedly believe my parents raised me with the best intentions and that I can see how their own survival responses interfered with their emotional connection to themselves and me. My rational brain knows that my parents’ intentions were good. And sometimes, we can know and understand something cognitively and our emotional experiences and body responses can tell a very different story.

Let’s continue.

I also grew up in an environment where the emotional needs of my brothers’ were very similar to my parents and therefore easier to be accommodated by them.

What that meant for me was that not only did I feel unseen but I noticed that my brothers’ emotions were met; that my brothers were seen. As children we make sense of the world with what we’re given and the way I made sense of this was that my needs didn’t matter, that I didn’t matter, and on a deeper level that I’m worthless. I embodied this sense of having no value and started to dismiss my own needs, wants, and disconnected from who I am.

Let’s continue.

I also grew up in an environment where the emotional needs of my brothers’ were very similar to my parents and therefore easier to be accommodated by them.

What that meant for me was that not only did I feel unseen but I noticed that my brothers’ emotions were met; that my brothers were seen. As children we make sense of the world with what we’re given and the way I made sense of this was that my needs didn’t matter, that I didn’t matter, and on a deeper level that I’m worthless. I embodied this sense of having no value and started to dismiss my own needs, wants, and disconnected from who I am.

Long story short, in my adult life the lack of worth and lack of embodied love manifested in interpersonal relationships that lacked boundaries, a negative relationship with myself, eating disorder and body image issues, suicidal ideation, and a general lack of knowing who I was, what I liked or disliked, and what I wanted in life.

For years, I carried my emotional pain alone, thinking that I was the problem. It was a dark, lonely, and isolating time in my life, and I had little hope for that to change.

Even when I first started seeing a therapist, I felt that I could talk about some of my challenges and to be honest the things that my therapist shared with me made sense to me (cognitively), but I’d always end up in the same dark place no matter how hard I tried…and trust me I tried soooooo hard.

How it started to change…


This changed when I discovered embodiment practices and a therapist who used a somatic approach to her work.

It immediately made sense to me. And I’m not talking about it making sense in a cognitive way, but in a “this feels right” kinda way.

As I started exploring different ways of reconnecting with my own body, my relationship with myself profoundly shifted to one of compassion, kindness, and love for myself. Something that I’d never experienced in my life before.

I discovered that if I follow the wisdom of my body, it’ll lead me home.

It immediately made sense to me. And I’m not talking about it making sense in a cognitive way, but in a “this feels right” kinda way.

As I started exploring different ways of reconnecting with my own body, my relationship with myself profoundly shifted to one of compassion, kindness, and love for myself. Something that I’d never experienced in my life before.

I discovered that if I follow the wisdom of my body, it’ll lead me home.

My Approach

The approach to my work is gentle and nurturing, with a commitment towards co-creating a safe, trusting, and attuned space.

Within that space, I support people to explore what challenges they might be facing, what might help them get to know themselves, and what might support them find meaning and connection in their lives.

In other words, I help people on their journey of befriending their own body, their emotions, and internal experiences and ultimately help them find their way back home to them self.

My own personal journey of becoming an embodied human and the immense shift of how I experience life nowadays continues to inspire me to bring this knowledge to my work and support people in their own process of feeling alive, loved, and connected. It’s the inspiration for the 6 principles that my work rests on, which I call The Loving Pathway.

Therapy Offerings

The Loving Pathway

1:1 Therapy

Individualised support to address the challenges I’m currently facing, using talking therapy and somatic practices.

The Loving Pathway

1:1 Therapy

Individualised support to address the challenges I’m currently facing, using talking therapy and somatic practices.

The Loving Pathway

Spinal Energetics

Working with your spine, nervous system, and energetic field, Spinal Energetics supports the process of releasing tension and trauma that may be stored in your body.

The Loving Pathway

Spinal Energetics

Working with your spine, nervous system, and energetic field, Spinal Energetics supports the process of releasing tension and trauma that may be stored in your body.

My Experience

Along with my formal qualifications and professional memberships, I bring over 8 years of clinical experience and 10+ years of personal and professional development to my work.

My approach rests on trauma-informed, poly-vagal informed and queer-affirming frameworks that have allowed me to help people with a variety of different challenges such as substance use, mental health, grief and loss, suicidal ideation, self-harm behaviours, trauma, family violence, gambling, relationship challenges, emotional regulation, sexuality, gender identity, and eating issues.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Australian College for Applied Psychology (ACAP))
  • Clinical Membership (#25925) with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
  • Spinal Energetics (Dr Sarah Jane)
  • Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy – Certificate Program (The Embody Lab)
  • Polyvagal Theory Informed Trauma Assessment and Interventions: An Autonomic Roadmap to Safety, Connection and Healing (Deb Dana)
  • Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: Trauma, Attachment, Self-Regulation & Emotions (Stephen Porges)
  • Managing Wellbeing and Recognising Vicarious Trauma (Blue Knot Foundation)
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Training (ASIST)
  • Externship in Emotion Focussed Therapy (EFT) (Jennifer Fitzgerald, ACEFT)
  • Trauma Centre Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) Certification Program for Yoga Teachers and Mental Health Career Professionals (Centre for Trauma & Embodiment at Justice Resource Institute)
  • Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching (Australian Yoga Academy (AYA))
  • Yin Teacher Training (Karina Smith)

My Everyday Life

On an “everyday person” level, I share my life with my fluffy family consisting of my two cats (Tiggy and Klausi) and my little dog (Ponyo).

I love strength training at the gym, surfing, coffee and cake, singing, exploring new things, connecting with people, and being in nature. Particularly the ocean fills my heart and most days I watch the sunrise and/or sunset.

Overall, my life is very much guided by my values which are:

  • Choose love always – Taking responsibility for my own journey allows me to meet others with presence and love.
  • Honouring the innate wisdom – I trust the organic flow of life and the wisdom that is presented to me in every moment.
  • Creating, connecting, and sharing – Every connection I engage in is a +
  • Loving commitment – I honour my own process and co-create a space with others to do the same.
  • Choose love always – Taking responsibility for my own journey allows me to meet others with presence and love.
  • Honouring the innate wisdom – I trust the organic flow of life and the wisdom that is presented to me in every moment.
  • Creating, connecting, and sharing – Every connection I engage in is a birthplace for spreading love.
  • Loving commitment – I honour my own process and co-create a space with others to do the same.