About

About Anna

Where did we go wrong? 

Mothers, teachers, educators, therapists, business owners, birth workers, clinicians, corporate...we're all burning out. 

We have all the 'luxuries' of modern civilisation; education, better health care than many of our predecessors, housing and relative safety.

Then why are we so depleted? Many of us feel exhausted, mental ill-health rates sky-rocketing, our health systems overloaded with chronic and degenerative diseases, and some argue that we are more anxious and miserable than ever.

Are we simply less resilient in the West? Are we simply selfish, ungrateful and less willing to 'be well'? Are our expectations too high?

I don't think so.

In my work, I have never seen anyone who 'just doesn't want it enough', who 'isn't trying hard enough', who 'needs to toughen up more'.

Instead, what I have seen is layer upon layer of stress and trauma, sometimes multigenerational, that is wreaking havoc upon our systems. And many of us have no idea how to be any other way. No one showed us how. And no one showed *them* how. And so it continues, unless we make a change.

Because, in truth, if we don't know how our nervous system works, if we don't understand embodied concepts of safety and regulation, if we don't know how to move from states of fear into states of connection, then all the 'good practices' just won't stick.

No matter how much we meditate, practice gratitude, see therapists, try to be assertive, have healthy boundaries, or whatever else we might try, we aren't able to effect the lasting changes we so deeply desire.

Thanks to many incredible scientists and practitioners, we don't have to stay stuck. I can absolutely say you're not 'broken'.

My work builds on the work of many great humans, some of whom I am honoured to call my mentors and teachers, including Stephen Porges, Peter Levine, Kathy Kain, Stephen Terrell, Dan Siegel, Irene Lyon, Bessel van der Kolk, Amber Hartnell, Saida Desilets.

Rooted in the principles of The Polyvagal Theory (Porges, 1995), my education and practice supports you to find connection, to build resilience, to experience pleasure, and create more joy in your work and your life. From the inside out. Gently, collaboratively, distinctly.

If you'd like to know more, please feel free to explore this site, and get in contact. I'd love to hear from you.

Anna xx

A few bits about me:

I’m an educator, mentor, researcher and practitioner • My 2 kids, husband & cat keep me grounded and on my toes all at the same time • I’m a full-time nerd, who devours research and literature, reads scientific studies for fun and nearly completed a PhD in how we can better turn evidence into practice to help doctors and other clinicians learn better • Playing in my David Bowie band brings me a ridiculous amount of joy • I’m terrible at small talk • I’m compassionate, empathic, sensitive and hold space in transformative ways that my clients cannot describe • I incessantly write, and have written poetry since I was four • I’m an aspiring polyglot, and hopelessly addicted to travel • I’m a total sucker for classic clothes in natural fibres – show me silk, cotton, linen or wool and I’m totally gone • I never teach what I haven’t done for myself • I believe that practice is better than perfect, and that what we need far more than perfection is love, acceptance, compassion, and a willingness to say sorry and try again • Don’t ask me to choose between my kids, my husband, my passions and work – I can have them all. Just maybe not at the same time • I think independence is bullshit, and interdependence is where it’s at • I whole-heartedly believe that we are body, mind, soul, earth, spirit. Separating these has been the downfall of humanity • I believe we can’t positive think our way out of this human existence • I believe that we are powerful beyond comprehension, and that if we allow ourselves to surrender to Love, we can transform any situation into possibility, growth and expansion • I say my practice is where science meets intuition – I blend science and magic to create and hold space for you to make sense of this all yourself • I believe that you matter • You matter enormously • I’m here to help you through these ups and downs and ride the waves of possibility • And I’ll back it with evidence…

So much love,

Anna

 

 

 

 

What people say about Anna

Generally speaking everyone should have a doula.

Anna made me realise what it was to be a support to my partner during labour and even if she charged $5000, I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

Kevin North
Dad, Birth Client

Being able to discuss my specific situation with Anna not only lifted a weight off my shoulders by being truly heard by someone who understands, but allowed us to discuss real strategies to cope with the overwhelm that comes with parenting.

Alex Reale
Mum of 4

Working with Anna on her Calm in the Chaos course truly helped me on so many levels. Anna provided practical advice and techniques on how to diffuse the pressures that I was experiencing, and through implementing these I was able to reduce stress-induced yelling significantly and also treat myself more respectfully.

Jacqui
Calm in the Chaos Participant

Anna is a people person, a gifted doula. She is brilliant, caring, compassionate, a calming influence and a hands-on individual.

She never left my side. She was there when I wanted her, she said what I wanted to hear, her touch was soothing, our birth was amazing.

Her prenatal and postnatal care was fantastic. I underwent a considerable traumatic postnatal experience and she helped me heal.

She allowed my husband to just be there with me.We are indebted to her.

Helen & Garry Hanns
Birth Clients

Yes, I’ve had a baby before… but although I read lots and thought I understood what I needed to get through labour as naturally as possible, I didn’t feel empowered enough to put it all into practice. Quite frankly, my first birth was dictated by the obstetrician, hospital policies and my own fear… and I regret the things that happened. Through this course I’ve gained an expansion on the knowledge I already had, an expansion which has ‘clicked’ everything into place. I am now feeling positive and empowered that I can do this. I can!

Erica Nguyen
Workshop Participant

From our first meeting we knew she was the right fit for us. I knew I wanted to birth as naturally as possible & wanted a doula to guide us through the delivery of our firstborn. Anna went above & beyond in the lead up to my birth. She was there whenever I needed & was able to answer every question I had for her, even checking up on me when she’d not heard from me for a few days! The birth itself was remarkable! We are truly blessed to have met Anna & we encourage everyone to get a doula to help them through their first birth especially.

Courtney Purtell
Mum, Birth Client