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When you're overwhelmed, overworked and anxious, you are in survival mode.
You're in too deep to think ahead.
And it's way too hard to enact that self care plan.
Even thinking about it can feel exhausting.
What you need is a way to create space and connect back into yourself.
Find self compassion, connection & therapeutic support through music, the body and personal inquiry.
Find relief, understanding and support in a small and confidential group of peers.
Connect with peers to build a kind, nurturing and informed community of collective care.
Connection, nourishment and practical learning for teams, workplaces and community groups.
Not sure what's best for you or your team? Contact me for a chat to see how I can support you.
Upcoming Events to Support You
You love your job but at times it's heavy going.
Helping others at work doesn't mean that you have to go it alone.
Sometimes, you need a helping hand.
Small Group Program
The Mountain Room, South Hobart Living Arts Centre
6.30 - 8pm
8 June 2022
Join with a small group of peers to find the reflective make space and energy for you and your needs.
About Minky van der Walt
As an allied health clinician with over 20 years experience, including trauma expertise over the last 12 years, I know very well the toll that caring for others can take. I’ve worked in large public hospitals, small private hospitals, primary schools, high schools, early childhood centres, community mental health and child and adolescent therapy services. I have extensive experience in providing therapeutic support to families, individuals and services experiencing extreme stress, and working alongside, and in consultation with, the educators, emergency service workers and health professionals who support them.
I know the impact of this work.Find out more about Minky
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Latest blog posts
Given the outward focus on the individual, it is ironic that many of us in this Western culture struggle to truly care for, and nurture ourselves with kindness. Regardless of the types of mothering experiences we have had, at some point we all need to find ways to nurture our inner child. See below for an infographic that summarises one approach to self-mothering in three simple steps.
This Mother's Day blog brings an invitation for teachers, counsellors, nurses, doctors and allied health professionals to reflect upon how you might invite self-kindness through self-mothering: a process of caring for your needs as a loving mother might. If you are feeling unappreciated and exhausted, how might you protect, care for, love unconditionally, and find a way to truly see what you need?
In these uncertain times, it is easy to get caught up in the heavy waves of helplessness that come with a world facing a pandemic, war, climate change and the ensuing tsunami of mental ill-health. Connecting with presence and hope through music, imagery and poetry can help us to open to a sense of possibility and connection with ourselves, others and the world around us.
The first four blogs in this five-part series have illuminated the significant challenges faced by workers in helping roles in Australia, and the need for change if we are going to sustain a stable and healthy workforce in healthcare and education. The statistics are dire, but there is a way forward. This blog explores how we can nurture hope in healthcare and education through presence and connection.
From the first three parts of 'The Helping Professionals Interview Series' we've heard that teachers and health professionals struggle to reach out for support and care for themselves. Why is this? In this penultimate blog in the series, we hear through the voices of participants that the answer is tied up in societal messages that begin in childhood, and continue on through professional training and within workplace cultures.
In 2022, International Women's Day takes place amidst war in Ukraine, flooding in Queensland and New South Wales, and the third year into the COVID-19 pandemic. With women making over 70% of the education, health care and social assistance workforce, and undertaking 50% more than men of the unpaid household chores and caring responsibilities, the current and cumulative load on women at this time is enormous.
Header image: Jason Charles Hill