Having lived an adrenalin packed life in the corporate and biological science worlds, when a chronic illness stopped her dead in her tracks, Lou had to find a new way of being.
After navigating her own health journey and coming out the other side of it a a happier, healthier and more whole human being her direction in life changed. She is now a Tapping and Mindfulness Coach and works one-on-one with individuals and in group workshop settings.
Based on a foundation of learning how to listen to your own intuition and body, Lou specialises in self-care helping people with stress-related symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and other chronic illnesses. Lou is adept at working with patterns such as procrastination, perfectionism, blocks to success in different areas of life, and past trauma, as these are often aspects of the of the struggles you may be experiencing in life now.
Lou is a certified Matrix Reimprinting practitioner and a Level 3 trained Emotional Freedom Techniques Practitioner. Her drive for the safest and most effective techniques has driven her to trainin suicide prevention and with trauma specialists such as Dr. Lori Leyden and Bessel van der Kolk MD. She comes from a background of buddhist practice and over 20 years of yoga practice and will soon be a Yoga Teacher. It was her own health crisis and struggle with chronic stress and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that lead her down the path of internal exploration and after coming out the other side of it she is grateful for the experience that has brought more depth, colour, love and playfulness to her life.
She has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Zoology and her previous career included working for CSIRO, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Queensland National Parks and Wildlife and Marine Parks.
She continues to exercise her interest in physiology, neuroscience and animal behaviour in her current role – only now she applies her understanding to humans (and her two border collies, Kevin and Bodhi – you can follow their antics here)
In the early years of Evolve With Lou, Lou continued to work part-time for Lifeline Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention. Stepping aside to work full-time, Lou now volunteers as a human-canine pet therapy team with her dog, Kevin, as a Story Dogs team reading with students at a local school.
Lou has a Bachelor of Science (Zoology & Marine Biology) from the University of Queensland, St Lucia with two Dean’s Commendations. This has given her a solid foundation on which to combine scientific research and critical thought with her own life experience and health journey.
Through personal experience of chronic illness, depression, anxiety and trauma Lou has learned self-compassion and how to live a healthy, happy and more fulfilling life. She can help you listen to what your body is trying to tell you and support you in growing through your health journey.
Lou believes in empowering people with tools and understanding that they can use and practice for themselves. She loves nothing more than to see the people that she’s been working with grow and flourish with clarity, confidence and joy. (Well, that, AND sitting on a remote sandhill somewhere overlooking the ocean, or exploring a rainforest.)
Lou is also trained in:
Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) – Tapping
- Matrix Reimprinting
- Advanced Trauma Relief and Resiliency Training for EFT Professionals, by Lori Leyden
- Trauma, Neuroscience and the Evolving Therapy of Traumatised Children and Adults, by Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D.
- Lifeline Crisis Supporter Workplace training & In-Shift Support training.
- Mindfulness practices
- Mental Health First Aid
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
What people say about working with Lou:
“… Best of all, and the reason Lou’s work is so profoundly effective, is it teaches you how to create this safe environment for yourself, using tapping techniques that she guides you through. She helps you learn how to practice active compassionate listening to yourself. All the fears that are buried deep inside you, unable to be seen because of the complex of illusions we struggle with daily … Lou can help you bring these to the light of awareness.” – Bodhi
“Tapping is a subtle technique that seems to work away in the background, releasing you from old ideas and beliefs about your past. I have particularly felt the benefits of doing this practise, and it has helped me get through some stressful months. I have tried various techniques, but I felt that tapping worked really well for me even after the first session. I can highly recommend the services provided by Lou, as she creates a safe and caring environment to work in.” – Natalie
“Lou is a very caring, empathetic and supportive practitioner and I felt safe and secure in her hands. She helped me with a childhood issue and I would recommend her to anyone requiring a helping hand on their healing journey.” – Wendy
“Lou is fantastic ! She has given me the tools to deal with my anxiety and stress around study. She is extremely empathetic as well as practical and insightful! Thank you Lou for all your help and care!” – Corrina
“I’ve had the good fortune to do some tapping with Lou . She helped me get to the core of some very personal issues in a very safe and caring space using this incredibly efficient and effective technique. Thank you Lou” – Kay
“Lou has a gentle, encouraging demeanor and she is eminently personal and professional all at once. I have found that my tapping sessions with her not only helpful at the time, but they have continued to be helpful as I put the principles of EFT into action on an ongoing basis.” – Katie