Lareen Newman BA(Hons) PhD,
Advanced EFT Practitioner
Hi I'm Lareen and I'm really passionate about being called into this role as a Women's Stress-Release Coach and Emotional Freedom Therapist! I help women like you to break free from the WORK STRESS and LIFE STRESS that's keeping you stuck! Maybe you can't change your work, home or health situation, but I can certainly help you CHANGE YOUR EMOTIONAL REACTIONS and REDUCE YOUR STRESSLOAD. At the same time, I will help you understand why your nervous system and mind are reacting this way and how we can change that without willpower, so that you are empowered with greater knowledge about yourself. The method I use with you is evidence-based clinical EFT Tapping - or Emotional Freedom Techniques. I use it because I know first-hand that it works!
HOW THIS HELPED MY OWN STRESS
About 10 years ago I found myself getting more and more stressed by an increasingly toxic work environment with unrealistic work demands. At the same time, a number of my family members and close friends had been struggling with serious illness or injury, which meant I was frequently worrying for them too. My tension increased to the point of complete overwhelm, I was unable to relax or switch off at night, and eventually I seriously feared for my health. There was just so much to do and insufficient time to fit it all in. I tried using my logic, deep breathing and better time management, but they only helped a little.
And that's when I came across EFT Tapping acupressure. I attended a short workshop and found it looked a bit weird but it worked to reduce my stress a little. It had sparked my interest, so I booked in for a private session and was so pleased to finally be getting some effective stress-relief. The first thing we worked on was my daily email overwhelm. Next day I was sitting in front of my work computer feeling no bother at all with all those emails staring back at me. What a fabulous freeing feeling! I wanted more!
As I had a few more sessions, my husband and children noticed my stress levels reducing and that I was calmer around home. I also learned the basics of tapping so that I had a tool I could use when I needed to calm down or release some negative feelings on my own. And then I could see my practitioner again to guide me to offload the deeper stress of my tension backlog, and the unresolved bad memories from the past that I hadn't realised were still there behind the scenes and adding to my current-day stressload. I was so impressed, and intrigued with this technique that I decided to start training in it! By June 2018 I qualified as a practitioner so I could help my family and friends. And then I got really fired up when women started to ask me if I could do stress-release sessions on them. So eventually I gave up my university day-job so that I could really focus just on helping women through my expanding business and having a "lifestyle change" for myself.
I am now qualified as an Advanced EFT Practitioner with EFT International - the UK-based charity and world's largest non-profit EFT training association. I have trained with the fabulously experienced Annie O’Grady (EFTi Mentor/Trainer in Adelaide) - with whom I continue to work as an Emotional Assistant at her Level 1 and Level 2 EFT trainings, and in running occasional EFT retreats. I have also received professional EFT mentoring from Sejual Shah (UK), Dr Craig Weiner & Dr Suzanne Fageol (USA), and Andy Hunt (UK). I am also in ongoing training in Optimal EFT / The Unseen Therapist approach to EFT with Gary Craig - the founder of modern EFT through his OEFT Membership Group. I maintain my accreditation with annual CPD and mentoring in EFT, and adhere to the conduct and ethics guidelines of, EFT International.
I have always followed a vision to empowering women. Some of you know me from my work as a consumer advocate to make Australia’s maternity services more woman-centred (1997-2015). I sat on a government committees that wrote our state's waterbirth policy, presented antenatal breastfeeding classes, was a Board Member for the SA Health Consumers Alliance, and authored "Better Birth: The Definitive Guide to Childbirth Choices" (2006; 2012, New Holland Publishers).
MY OTHER QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
I hold a BA(Hons) in social & population geography, and a PhD in social science which looked at work, home and parenthood experiences influencing Australian women and men's family size choices and work-life balance. Before that, I spent over 30 years in high-demand environments, including international banking, not-for-profits, universities, and federal government. Of those, I spent 15 years in Australian universities as a researcher, a research institute deputy director, a PhD supervisor, an academic mentor, a journal editor, grant reviewer and grants and research advisor. And then there is home life... I am a mum to three children in their early 20s.
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