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Simonette Vaja

Self Care Strategies - Vital Strategies Pty Limited
Avalon, NSW, Australia
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About me

With a passion for positive psychology, mindfulness, creative arts and imaginative involvement, Simonette believes that each person is an original work of art and our collective diverse stories are what shape us.

Simonette is a registered psychologist who holds a Bachelor or Arts - double major psychology; Master of Arts (Psychology) from the University of Sydney, a Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis from the Australian Society of Hypnosis and is trained in trauma-informed E.M.D.R., mindfulness & ... compassion meditation. She has three decades of experience working across organisations, Government agencies and her own practice.

She is passionate about cultivating compassion with others and connecting people to their “Ikigai” - their reason for getting out of bed in the morning.

Throughout her career, Simonette has always been a big believer that “what we learn from life we can teach, and what we receive from life we can also give”. After struggling with her own anxieties and addictions, she was drawn to studying psychology and hypnotherapy in support of her belief that we get well by helping others.

Simonette provides individual consultations in-studio in the Blue Mountains as well as online. She designs and delivers contemporary workplace training services, has designed a range of e-learning programs focused on mindfulness and compassion, and loves bringing people together in nature on her creative arts retreats.

She is currently building an online community of compassion and care circles with a particular focus on assisting health and allied health professionals to run their own online wellbeing support groups. Simonette also runs regular guided meditations on Insight Timer and her website and has extensive experience delivering mental health and mindfulness programs to front line responders and health professionals.

Simonette loves working with people to recognise their interconnectedness to others and our amazing planet to help them lead active and fulfilling lives
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Membership of professional associations

  • AHPRA - Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Authority PSY0001136639
  • Australian Psychological Society
  • Australian Society Of Hypnosis

Education and training

Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology, Swinburne Institute of Technology
Master of Arts majoring in Psychology, The University of Sydney
Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis, The Australian Society of Hypnosis
E.M.D.R Trauma and Mental Health provider
Diploma in Mindfulness and Compassion Teaching

Holds a relevant Working With Children Check


Simonette Vaja’s studio location

Avalon, NSW 2107 Australia

Exact location will be provided after booking

Book an appointment

COVID-19 recommendations Prior to making your in studio booking with your practitioner, please ensure that you discuss their obligations and compliance regarding the prevention of the spread of COVID-19. Learn more
Discovery call session

A discovery call will provide an opportunity to ask questions and gain an understanding about your current challenges, goals and pain points. ... This is a key opportunity for us to start building a relationship and understand how I may be able to assist you.

You can also learn more about my expertise and knowledge, the success I have had in helping others with similar issues, and consider whether my offerings will be able to meet your needs.

Ultimately, a discovery call helps to determine if there is a good fit and we can decide if we would like to take the next steps together.
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This is a one time free session
15 min
Optimistic Psychologist - Medicare Mental Health Care Provider

Coaching and Clinical counselling for work-related stress; social anxiety; generalised anxiety and support during transitions, such as loss of ... employment; death of a loved one; chronic health issues. AHPRA - Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Authority Recognised mental Health Provider based in Sydney. Rebates available through Medicare (Mental health care plan) Recognised Trauma EMDR practitioner, registered with Australian Defence Force (Bupa Provider) PTSD and trauma stress related disorders. Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis - Specialised supervision and research in Dissociative Anxiety Disorders. Mindfulness in the treatment of Complex Trauma. Read more

1 hr
220 AUD
1 hr 30 min
280 AUD
In studio
Laughing out Loud practice

Laughter is the best medicine! Yes! Simonette will initiate "Laughing Out Loud" practice, a contagious effect where you will find ... yourself joining in and having a good ole' belly laugh. Sometimes we can laugh so hard, tears come too - this is a wonderful release of emotions and gives us an uplifting endorphin hit. This is an zoom group session and you will need to book in as we run these each Tuesday at 7:30pm. Enjoy a good belly laugh mind reset each week with Simonette and a whole lot of Bellies. ROFL made with love for you. Read more

1 hr
15 AUD
Leading a Fulfilling Life - e.learning 30 day challenge

Download this colourful guide, Including 30 chapters to guide you on your 30 day challenge. You will have time to discover your on path ... to fulfilment. Allow yourself 30 minutes for each session. Combining journal writing, guided meditations, compassion and wisdom practices and values based discovery. Bringing together mindfulness and positive psychology. Once you commence the 30 day challenge you can email Simonette directly with questions and feedback on how you are progressing. Read more

20 hr
128 AUD
Soul Self discovery - Passion Painting Poetry Possibilities

Online creative art therapies and mindfulness and compassion practices. Explore your imagination and the links to your values and purpose in ... life. Simonette co-creates with you a psychological safe space, where you connect with your authentic self. Bringing more self-care and fierce compassion toward helping others in need. You will be able to draw out original symbols and impressions from within your psyche that you can paint and write about onto your art pad. You can share this as your original work in progress. This program can be done over a series of 4 weeks meeting for one hour on zoom, or a half day online program.

P seems to be the guiding letter in describing these sessions: powerful, presence, passionate, painting, poetry and possibilities.
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4 hr
220 AUD
Online Exquisite Full Day Creative Arts Retreat

Nourish yourself with this exquisite full day creative Arts Retreat. starting at 8:00am and finishing around 6:00pm
You will be guided into ... gentle meditations and creative art process.
Time to dive deep within to restore your energy and to connect with your creative flow through painting and writing poetry. A unique way to journey within, underneath the critical voices and to meet/visualise/imagine/sense your inner Artist and Poet.
Nourishing your whole being and expressing yourself through painting and poetry. Your day will be complete with an exquisite work of Art that is full of meaning and significance to you. Our one day Exquisite Creative Arts Retreats can be arranged for private and group bookings. Simonette's Website for more details and bookings.
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10 hr
127 AUD
Weekend and longer Creative Arts Retreats

Encouraging diversity in self expression and sharing our work with others - we can connect in deep and meaningful ways and together rise to this ... challenge of overcoming loneliness and it's effects on our wellbeing. We are all rising to this challenge of creating new ways of delivering our self-care programs. Creative heArts is all about self awareness and social connection through story telling, painting, journaling. You will be encouraged to connect with your emotions and invite them as guests to be painted. Self portraits and to be compassionate toward yourself and others. I will be offering four weekly gatherings online, where we can go deep diving into your active imagination: You will be able to draw out original symbols and impressions from within your psyche that you can paint and write about onto your art pad. You can share this as your original work in progress.
Start time is usually Friday evening to introduce each other and the weekend schedule. Finishing around 2pm on Sunday afternoon. Due to our current Covid restrictions these weekend retreats have been adapted to present on line, so you can participate in your own home.
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20 hr 30 min
650 AUD