Gifts from Adversity

I was deeply moved to learn more about my early life and family, after being the full-time seeker,  I became passionate about helping others with similar experiences.  I studied and qualified as a psychologist and clinical hypnotherapist.  I also experienced much from the University of Hard knocks.  Over the years working in my clinic and presenting to corporate groups,  I noticed a strong need for people to connect with like minded seekers.  I  created self development programs and educated others to facilitate their own groups in their local communities.  I delivered this creative arts and mindfulness program from  Nature Care College and for five years led a beautiful group of people in the study of wild at heart facilitator for life courses.

In 2009 I  moved from these community programs to presenting my resilience programs to the corporate and government agencies.  For the past five years I have been delivering Beyond Blue's mental health training for employees, managers, senior executives and human resource personnel and visited over 300 organisations around NSW. During this time, working as a corporate trainer and facilitator part of my role has been trauma recovery work for NSW Police, Ambulance and Government agencies.  I have specialist training and experience in working with critical incident support and more long term issues arising from  complex trauma and adult survivors of child sexual abuse.


I have supported many thousands of people and promote growth from adversity through emotional resilience strategies,  mindfulness and meditation, creative Arts and Nature Retreats as important healing and transformative process. Guiding you to create your own meaningful life stories, the regular practice of mind and body Relaxation are critical  practices to add to your unique tool kit of self care strategies. My popular Resilience and Self Care strategies mp3's is a great place to start feeling better about yourself and life. Click here for the link to my site on insight


I continue to be inspired by Nature in all her beauty; living in the World heritage Blue Mountains region, I enjoy all the seasons and cycles and encourage people to get back into Nature as part of their ongoing therapeutic practices.
























Wellbeing for men and women

My body of work encourages you to be the PhD of your own life –


According to Beyond Blue mental health and the Heads Up campaign, 45 % of our population experiences a mental health issue, such as anxiety or depression.  Though in real terms only 50 % of the population report having a mental health issue, so realistically this means that 80% of our population will experience a mental health issue in their working life.


I do believe we need a compassionate ecology.  Compassionate ecology is a theoretical orientation I am developing around – giving back, being involved with others, having relationships, action, tending and kindness toward each other and toward our natural environment. Altruism, helping others, I know that working as a health professional has benefited and kept my mental health strong.  My resilience for life tragedies and stresses has increased and given me a way to navigate and deal with the hardships that life can bring.  Generally focussing on optimistic and creative arts , meditation processes, whilst focussing on the needs of others and the environment within your accessible community.


Over the past 25 years I  have gained extensive experience and credibility to successfully support people who have experienced critical incidence, workplace traumatic experiences, grief and loss, complex trauma.  I am keen to invite you to connect with my therapeutic programs:  listening to my guided meditations to improve your sleep, decrease your anxiety; you can enrol in one of my  8 week e.learning course or Web-based and Skype individual sessions.  The best will be spending time in the beauty of Nature at my Blue Mountains Wellness Retreats where you can have time to recover and connect to  your own wisdom and creativity.  

© 2015-2029 by Simonette Vaja Principal Psychologist instagram@simvaja  Hub for Soulful Ecologists Sydney  NSW Australia