NICKNAME: Em (Aunty Em!)
QUALIFICATIONS: I have completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) degree, a Graduate Diploma in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology.
ACHIEVEMENTS: Finally finding a career path that is meaningful and becoming an Aunty!
WHY DID YOU PURSUE PSYCHOLOGY? In short, I love to help others! I’ve always been interested in health and wellbeing and I love getting to know people and supporting people through life’s challenges.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK AT BODYMATTERS? For a while now I have wanted nothing more than to help and support people in overcoming their eating disorder. I support the BodyMatters vision which views health as a holistic process and I would love to help people embark on a journey of self-love, self-acceptance and self-worth through encouraging them to regain a healthy balance between food, exercise and their body.
YOUR FAVOURITE QUOTE: I don’t have just one favourite, but many! I often call to mind a quote by Jim Elliot – “Wherever you are, be all there”. Another quote that I find helpful in the face of new experiences and adversities is by Theodore Roosevelt – “The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything”.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS: I hope to be fully registered as a Psychologist working in the field of eating disorders. Personally, I would love to be a wife and a mum!
FAVOURITE SPORTS OR ACTIVITIES: I enjoy going for a jog or walk along the coast followed by brunch with a friend or two. Living near the beach is a real blessing! I love swimming in the heat of the summer when the water is bath temperature ☺. I’m a bit of a chicken when it comes to the cold!
FAVOURITE HOBBIES OR INTERESTS: I recently sewed together a collection of doilies and turned it into bunting. Vintage style!
WHAT IS YOUR SECRET SKILL: I can identity any smell there is, even if you can’t smell it! I’m super-schnozic!
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU: Mothers. I’m constantly amazed and inspired at how mums dedicate their all, day-in, day-out.
WHO WERE YOUR CHILDHOOD HEROES: My Grandmother was and is my hero! She raised four daughters on her own from a young age.
3 THINGS YOU WOULD TAKE ON A DESERT ISLAND: This is too hard!! An unlimited supply of shampoo and conditioner (I hate having dirty hair), a puppy for a cute companion and the bible.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE INDULGENCE: Definitely a 60min remedial massage!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE: Dirty Dancing.
FAVOURITE PLACES TO TRAVEL: Seville, Barcelona and Paris.
IF YOU DIDN’T PURSUE PSYCHOLOGY, WHAT OTHER PROFESSION WOULD YOU PURSUE: I always thought I wanted to be a physiotherapist when I as growing up so perhaps I would have continued along that path if I hadn’t developed such a strong interest in psychology.