Is your inquisitive mind wondering how this beautiful organisation started?
It is a long academic road to become a Psychologist in Australia.
During my Master's study I could not believe how stressed out I was feeling. I had a few difficult life experiences that I was still navigating in addition to part-time work at an all-girls' private school. It was completely consuming!
I felt like I was drowning so I decided to put my value of evidence-based practice to the test and try out the stress-busting strategies from psychological research that resonated with me.
The practice of these strategies showed me how much my unhelpful habits and high levels of stress were impacting my friends, family and the amazing people I was working with.
It was a GAME CHANGER.
This is unfortunately a very common situation and the statistics are reflecting a rise:
- There’s an increase in gambling, smoking, drinking alcohol, and recreational drugs as coping strategies
- 35% of Australians report having a significant level of distress in their lives. This is consistently higher in younger people (18–25) than older Australians.
- 1 in 6 Australian women will experience depression during their lifetime.
- 1 in 3 Australian women will experience anxiety during their lifetime.
- PTSD is occurring more in women than in men.
**The Australian Psychological Society’s 2015 Psychology Week survey report on the previous five years and Beyond Blue
It devastates me to see women suffering unnecessarily, often just because they have not found the right tools, strategies and perspectives that suit them and their life challenges. This is why The Mindful Collective was created: to advocate for the use of mindfulness and compassion (and other stress-busting techniques) by making them beautiful, accessible and relatable.
To inspire mindful and compassionate change in young women, and the young at heart.
For every young woman in Australia to thrive and flourish, with self-awareness and resilience.
To create space in the mind and inspire compassion in the soul through evidence-based practice in a Stepped Care Approach.
VALUES & LOVES
Efficient Strategy | Evidence-based products & practice | Curiosity, Humour, Balance, Space, Kindness, Diversity.
At The Mindful Collective, we know that good things take teamwork and we love supporting one another. One of our superstars is our little Italian Greyhound dog Evie.
In 2017, I decided I needed to take my own self-care to the next level. After a whole bunch of research, I found out that pet dogs are not only fantastic for wellbeing within the home, but also for therapeutic counselling sessions! Dreaming about how a beautiful little pup could enhance the experience absolutely lit me up.
I had a picture of a grey Italian Greyhound wearing a pink sweater on my vision board from when I was in Year Ten. After completing Animal-Assisted Therapy training with Therapy Dogs Australia, it came time to choose a breed. I learned that it was best to choose an outgoing pup, and also that iggies are known for being timid.
Luckily, I found Evie — the most un-timid Greyhound you’ll ever meet. She was bred for temperament, and my goodness does it show! Evie and I completed the Therapy Dog and Handler Clinical team training when she was 9 months old. Once she was an appropriate age we passed as a Level 1 team, which is perfect for the treatment room.
Evie spends each clinic morning gallivanting between two dog parks with her friends, and she’s at the clinic in Therapy Dog mode from 1pm onwards. If you’re an online client, you might find Evie surprising you by popping up in our sessions — anything to make someone laugh!
Along with Evie, we have Tayla and Tim in administration. They help us spread the TMC mission further than I could ever imagine, which means more people just like you can be supported in leading happier, healthier lives. Check out more about Tim and Tayla on our teams page.