Tailored support to meet your needs and build inner resources for positive change.
Therapeutic support & professional learning for healthcare workers & educators
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.
6 - 7.30pm
Discover how being aware of your own nervous system can help you to find calm and clarity during this time of worry, exhaustion and overwhelm.
Small Group Program
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Join a small group of peers to learn, explore, connect, express and reflect through shared discussion, music and creative arts experiences.
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
For workers in a helping role, professional supervision is an essential component of the work: it supports positive outcomes for clients, maintenance of ethical standards, the development of skills and, importantly, the wellbeing of workers. Whilst most workplaces strive to offer regular supervision, the reality is often far from ideal. This blog explores how supervision groups outside of your workplace can offer a much needed space for reflection, connection and mutual support for teachers and healthcare workers.
We can hardly explore the joy-pain spectrum in helping roles without looking at the pointy end. While previous blogs in this 5-part series explored the positive, protective factors, this post examines the risks in empathic connection when working with those who are suffering. Here, we will consider the symptoms, contributing factors and the differences between empathic strain (compassion fatigue), burnout, secondary traumatic stress and vicarious trauma.
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.
Header image: Jason Charles Hill