Simonette Vaja
Self Care Strategies - Vital Strategies Pty Limited
Avalon, NSW, Australia
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Self Care Strategies - Vital Strategies Pty Limited
Avalon, NSW, Australia
Qualification and identity verified

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 and 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 Read more

Therapies

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

Yes

Simonette Vaja’s studio location

Avalon, NSW 2107 Australia

Exact location will be provided after booking

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COVID-19 recommendations Prior to making your in person 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. Read more

Online
This is a one time free session

15 min

FREE

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

Online
In person

1 hr

220 AUD

1 hr 30 min

280 AUD

Blue Mountain Retreats - Rejuvenation in Nature

Commencing 28 - 30 July, 2021 - During your stay at Arcadia Creativity Retreat you will have plenty of time for nourishing self care: guided ... morning practices; scenic walks for spectacular views and time to contemplate and re-view the beauty of your life. Medlow Bath is nestled between Katoomba and Blackheath in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountain. Simonette is growth psychologist; mindfulness and compassion teacher; experiential group facilitator, who will be your guide, leading daily self-care routines; holding safe space for your to gain clear insight into your life's purpose. Ikigai. You will learn easy mindfulness practices, enjoy stillness and presence amongst the inspirational views. Easy guided walks to scenic locations. At night sitting around the camp fire sharing a belly laugh or two. Time just to be, rest, recover and reimagine all that you can enjoy in this life. Medlow Bath, is the top of the Blue Mountains and is World Heritage listed, filled with crisp clean air and mountain views, birdlife and inspiration. Check out our itinerary for further details. This Retreat begins Wednesday morning and finishes Friday afternoon. Arcadia Creativity Retreat is a Bohemian style lodge, where you will have your own private room, and share the rest of the rooms with other guests. We would like to support our local restaurants and cafe's, so dinners will be out. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. There will be a drive-trip to a local spectacular site overlooking the timeless wilderness. Simonette will be your host and guide throughout your stay. You will leave feeling physically refreshed with clarity of purpose moving forward in your life with your own best mind-health strategies to keep you on your own purposeful track. If you have a mental health care plan, you may be eligible for Medicare and Health care rebates for 3 X1 hour mental health care sessions off the Retreat fees. On enrolment you will receive an email with full itinerary and list of essentials to bring. Six participants on this Retreat. Read more

In person

20 hr 30 min

610 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. Read more

Online

4 hr

220 AUD

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

Online

1 hr

15 AUD

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