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About InShape NewsFlash

InShape NewsFlash is about YOU, YOUR BODY, YOUR LIFESTYLE and the latest HEALTH and FITNESS News, facts, trends and findings. The site delivers health and fitness news in a flash and aims to promote global wellbeing. It is an alternative, non-commercial publication that is offered ‘freely’ to readers in order to raise awareness of health and fitness initiatives that may be of benefit.

InShape NewsFlash is much like any other mainstream news website, except it caters specifically to health and fitness-related issues. Its readers are global and are people within the health and fitness industry and individuals who are just interested in getting fitter and looking after their health. InShape NewsFlash focuses on newsworthy aspects and quotes reliable and knowledgeable sources.


THE INSHAPE NEWSFLASH TEAM

Tricia Leanne Snell | Editor-In-Chief InShape NewsFlash

InShape NewsFlash Editor-In-Chief Tricia Leanne Snell
Tricia Leanne Snell | Editor-In-Chief

Tricia Leanne Snell is an innovative out-of-the-box health, fitness and wellness thinker who delivers succinct up-to-date health and fitness news. This news meets the needs of the busy, yet lifestyle-centric individual, so that you can add more value to your day.

As a certified personal trainer [Level II Master], nutritionist and health and wellness coach studying a Masters in Public Health [health promotion/ nutrition major] that will lead on to a PhD, Tricia aims to help others better their wellness. She is continually striving to facilitate health, fitness and wellness awareness so that individuals’ can find actionable solutions that help them to improve their life.

On the writing front, Tricia is a copywriter and senior magazine writer of seventeen years. She is also a tertiary qualified Australian journalist [Bachelor of Communications majoring in journalism] that is a member of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance and the Australian Journalism Association.

Health and wellness volunteer roles Tricia has been associated with include being an advocate and supporter for Kidney Health Australia, The Hospital Research Foundation and the Community Visitor Scheme, which is a part of SA Health and the mental health system in South Australia. This is a three year statutory volunteer appointment, where Tricia, along with other volunteers, review mental health facilities, talk to patients and their families, staff and other people involved in the mental health system, and then reported to the ministerial body on findings.


Nina Gass | Senior Writer InShape NewsFlash

Nina Gass InShape NewsFlash Senior Writer
Nina Gass | Senior Writer

Nina Gass has more than 18 years of business writing/editing/proofreading, media relations, marketing communications, corporate identity, strategic positioning and investor relations experience. She has worked with clients in a host of industries, representing entertainment, beauty, construction, web solutions, online advertising, healthcare, financial services, high technology, chemical, food, textile, distribution, packaging, and mortgage banking. 

Previously, Nina was an Account Executive for Forti Communications, Inc., a public relations and communications agency located in Thousand Oaks, California. Recently, she has worked in a freelance role, assisting companies with enhancing their brand awareness, translating their vision into powerful internal and external messages, and fulfilling their strategic objectives through comprehensive marketing and advertising programs.

Nina studied Literature and History at Oxford University in Oxford, England and holds a B.A. Degree in English Literature from California State University, Northridge as well as a MBA from Keller University. She is currently working toward a PhD in English with a focus on communication and human dynamics in syntax. She also has served as a volunteer for the Ventura County Adult Literacy Program.


Opinion | Regular InShape NewsFlash Contributors


Kris Etheridge | Sports Movement Trainer & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Kris Ethridge | © Kris Ethridge
Kris Etheridge | Sports Movement Trainer

Kris Etheridge is a Melbourne based health and fitness expert. He has delivered over 20,000 personal training sessions in the last 10 years.

Having worked with world champion athletes and numerous well known celebrities, Kris takes great pride in his level of training. As such, he is currently working on his first female weight loss book.

As a fitness expert, Kris is always looking for ways to help more people live a healthier life. Consequently, he is a certified personal trainer, sports movement, strength conditioning and, balance and agility trainer.

Kris recently opened his own studio in Toorak, Victoria. This exclusive private studio specialises in weight loss and has all the latest equipment and facilities, and is for one-on-one training only.


Sally Symonds | Weight Loss Coach, Author & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Sally Symonds | InShape NewsFlash COntributor
Sally Symonds | Weight Loss Coach

Sally Symonds holds a certificate III and IV in fitness, is a certified wellness coach, and a NLP practitioner. She holds a Masters and Bachelors degree in Arts, and an Associate and Licentiate in Speech and Drama.

Having lost over 50 percent of her body weight, Sally Symonds is the author of 50 steps to lose 50kg… And Keep It Off and 50+ Recipes to Lose 50+kg… And Keep It Off and more than 20 other ebooks.

Sally offers phone and online weight loss coaching to individuals and groups looking to improve their lifestyle. Plus, she provides a variety of other healthy living services and products.


Dr Joann Lukin | Sport and Performance Psychologist & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Dr Joann Lukin | Sport Performance Psychologist

Dr Lukins is a psychologist who has specialised in sport and performance psychology for over 20 years. During that time, Dr Lukins has consulted individuals, teams, coaches, and organisations across the country. 

She is committed to the field of positive psychology — a scientific framework that studies human potential and happiness. The primary focus of her work is to assist clients to find strategies to achieve their goals and reach their potential.

Joann’s work helps clients to understand what makes them be healthy, fulfilled and focused on their personal well-being.


Nick Jack | CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach and Personal Trainer & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Nick Jack | CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach

Nick Jack is a qualified CHEK Exercise Coach, Level II Holistic Lifestyle Coach and personal trainer. He runs a personal training business called NO Regrets Personal Training.

Nick likes to lift weights, cycle, run and triathlon. He has played almost every sport at one time in his life. Now, he enjoys spending time walking his dog and relaxing with his wife and friends.


Mathew Skate | QLD Marathon Champion, Life Coach, Personal Trainer & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Mattew Skate | Life Coach

Matt Skate is a life coach and personal trainer. He served in the Australian Army for 19 years as a physical training instructor and then started Weight to Life in 2011.

Matt assists people to lose weight and create a healthier lifestyle by helping them break through their negative beliefs, behaviours, and expectations. He loves to train in all forms and at all levels of fitness and was crowned the QLD Marathon champion in 2008.


Anthony “Chief” Ippindo | Director of Holistic Fitness Australia at Fox Studios & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Anthony “Chief” Ippindo | Director of Holistic Fitness Australia

Anthony “Chief” Ippindo is a dedicated fitness professional, who is an AFL football player and physical conditioning coach that has a career spanning over 10 years. Anthony has a Bachelor in Sports Science and is a qualified strength and conditioning coach. This qualification has enabled him to work with elite AFL football, hockey and tennis players and rowing and high performance diving athletes at the South Australian Institute Of Sport.

In addition, Anthony has also studied a holistic approach to exercise under Paul Chek to become a qualified exercise coach and a level II holistic lifestyle coach. These techniques have enabled him to progress from personal training to become a holistic lifestyle coach.


Phil Owens | Leading Australian Hypnotherapist & NLP Practitioner & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Phil Owens | Leading Australian Hypnotherapist

Philip Owens is owner and director of Reflective Resolutions and is a leading Australian hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner based in Melbourne, Australia. Using scientifically validated and pragmatic approaches, Philip is a passionate about creating lasting change in and for his clients.

Working in his clinic with individuals and also with corporate clients, Philip’s international experience, state of the art training and processes have led to successful and happy clients all over the world.  Focusing on the issues of modern life, Philip routinely works with clients presenting with anxiety, fears and phobias, addictions, traumas, weight loss, insomnia and smoking cessation.


 Ali Cavill | Fitness Fashionista & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Ali Cavill | Fitness Fashionista

A successful personal trainer and owner of Fit Fantastic, Ali Cavill is also a popular group fitness instructor. She is also an accomplished consultant, writer and speaker on fitness and health topics within the community.

As Rockwear Ambassador and ‘superstar’ for the Australian Institute of Fitness, Ali is spreading her energy across the country. As such, she mentors upcoming fitness professionals and makes appearances at schools, charity and community events.

In her spare time, Ali acts. She has appeared in the Australian Institute of Fitness National ad campaign as well as Home & Away, Biggest Loser, The Circle, Great Gatsby and other productions.

Ali is also tertiary trained as an HR Manager. She has held such positions within NSW Government.


Simone Samuels | Australian Holistic Health Coach & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Simone Samuels | Holistic Health Coach

Simone Samuels is an Australian holistic health coach and raw food chef. She also answers to titles like yogini, scuba diver, photographer, fitness lover, writer, world traveller and life adventurer.

Simone believes that being happy and well is a state that everyone deserves to feel, every day. She runs the practice Wellness Warung so she can help busy women to reclaim their wellbeing and empower them to feel happy and hot!

Simone received her training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program. During her training, she studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts.

She also holds a Master of  Education. And has worked as a teacher, trainer and tutor for over a decade before transferring her skills to the role as health coach.


Sputnik | Chief Swashbuckler, The Swashbucklers Club (I’m also an ultra runner and author if that is still too weird) & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Sputnik | Chief Swashbuckler @ The Swashbucklers Club

Since taking up running in 2010, Sputnik has completed numerous road marathons. These runs include the New York Marathon as well as a number of ultra trail runs including the Tarawera 100km ultra in Rotorua, NZ and the brutal North Face 100–a 100km trail race through the Blue Mountains in NSW.

His practical, useful and vaguely entertaining advice and ability to make silly, difficult and stupidly difficult acts of exercise look a tiny bit enjoyable and possibly even fun has already helped numerous people get off their butts. His mission is to do that a bit more.

As testament to his Swashbuckling spirit he has eaten fried tarantulas in Cambodia, climbed active volcanoes in Indonesia and been married. Sputnik is currently training for a 250km mountain trail race through Nepal where he hopes to ‘Redfine Crazy’.

Sputnik says “Ordinary is the enemy and must be avoided at all costs.”


Sigrid de Castella | ‘Half the Woman I Was’ Creator & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Sigrid de Castella | Half the Woman I Was Creator

Sigrid de Castella is an internationally published author, speaker, and coach in the fields of health and business. Her book “Half The Woman I Was – How I lost 70kg naturally, reclaimed my life … and how you can too!” has received international acclaim and has been hailed as the most comprehensive weight loss book on the market.

Sigrid has also studied Personal Training with the Fitness Institute Australia. She has a keen interest in whole food nutrition, natural therapies and all aspects of physical and mental health.

Sigrid and holds a BBA from RMIT University and is a member of both the Australian Institute of Managers and the Australian Society of Authors.


Q ‘n’ A | Regular Contributors


Phil Ownes | Leading Australian Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Phil Owens | NLP Practitioner

Philip Owens is owner and director of Reflective Resolutions and is a leading Australian hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner based in Melbourne, Australia. Using scientifically validated and pragmatic approaches, Philip is a passionate about creating lasting change in and for his clients.

Working in his clinic with individuals and also with corporate clients, Philip’s international experience, state of the art training and processes have led to successful and happy clients all over the world. 

Focusing on the issues of modern life, Philip routinely works with clients presenting with anxiety, fears and phobias, addictions, traumas, weight loss, insomnia and smoking cessation.


Kris Ethridge |  Sports Movement, Strength Conditioning and, Balance and Agility Trainer & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Kris Ethridge | Sports Movement Trainer

Kris Etheridge is a Melbourne based health and fitness expert that works with individuals to improve their fitness. As a personal trainer, Kris has conducted more than 20,000 training sessions and has worked worked with champion athletes and celebrities.

In a writing capacity, Kris is working on his first female weight loss book. This title is expected to encourage women to take control of their health and reach their ideals.

As a fitness expert, Kris is always looking for ways to help more people live a healthier life. He is a certified personal trainer, sports movement, strength conditioning and balance and agility trainer.

Kris also is a level one and two boxing and Thump boxing trainer. Plus, he is a level one and two kettle-bell instructor, a Rip 60 certified instructor and a certified Cirq instructor.


Nick Jack | CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach and Personal Trainer & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Nick Jack | Personal Trainer

Nick Jack is a qualified CHEK Exercise Coach, Level II Holistic Lifestyle Coach and personal trainer.

He runs a personal training business called NO Regrets Personal Training.

Nick likes to lift weights, cycle, run and triathlon.

He has played almost every sport at one time in his life. Now, he enjoys spending time walking his dog and relaxing with his wife and friends.


Sally Symonds | Weight Loss Coach and Author & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Sally Symonds | Wellness Coach

Sally Symonds holds a certificate III and IV in fitness, is a certified wellness coach, and a NLP practitioner. She also obtained a Masters and Bachelors degree in Arts, and an Associate and Licentiate in Speech and Drama.

Having lost over 50 percent of her body weight, Sally Symonds is the author of 50 steps to lose 50kg… And Keep It Off and 50+ Recipes to Lose 50+kg… And Keep It Off. She’s also written more than 20 other ebooks.

Sally offers phone and online weight loss coaching, as well as a variety of other healthy living services and products.


Mathew Skate | 2008 QLD Marathon Champion, Life Coach and Personal Trainer & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Matt Skate | Life Coach

Matt Skate is a life coach and personal trainer. He served in the Australian Army for 19 years as a physical training instructor and then started Weight to Life in 2011.

Matt assists people to lose weight and create a healthier lifestyle by helping them break through their negative beliefs, behaviours, and expectations.

He loves to train in all forms and at all levels of fitness and was crowned the QLD Marathon champion in 2008.


 

Dr Joann Lukins | Sport and Performance Psychologist and InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Dr Joann Lukins | Sport Performance Psychologist

Dr Lukins is a psychologist who has specialised in sport and performance psychology for over 20 years. She coaches and consulted individuals, teams, coaches, and organisations across the country. 

Dr Lukins is committed to the field of positive psychology — a scientific framework that studies human potential and happiness.

The primary focus of her work is to assist clients to find strategies to achieve their goals and reach their potential. Joann’s work helps clients to understand what makes them be healthy, fulfilled and focused on their personal well-being.


Vanessa Auditore | Human Behaviour and Wellbeing Specialist & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Vanessa Auditore | Wellbeing Specialist

Vanessa Auditore has been working in the health and wellness industry since 1998. She is a master personal trainer with decades of industry experience. Since the late 90s, she has continued her professional development to include transformational life coaching, counsellor QMACA, presenter and lecturer for the Australian fitness industry.

Vanessa is also an expert advice consultant for national magazines isuch as Cleo, Cosmopolitan, Fitness First and Blitz. Plus, she has developed a successful online presence via the SuccessheadQ blog.

Other accolades include Vanessa’s regular guest appearances on many Australian based health and wellbeing blogs. She has also competed in natural figure competitions, at a national level.

Vanessa is continuing to expand her academic pursuits with a double degree in behavioural science and communication and media. She is applying her expertise to achieve personal goals by integrating holistic practices.


Sally Asher | Author, Health Scientist and Online Weight Loss Coach & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Sally Asher | Health Scientist

Sally Asher is an author, health scientist and online weight loss coach who been featured in several radio shows, TV, blogs and magazines.

She wrote LOSING IT IN FRANCE: Les Secrets of the French Diet to share her story and help others discover the secret to living the good life while losing weight naturally.


Wendy Bentley | Body Pump and RPM Instructor, Public Speaker and Mindset Specialist & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Wendy Bentley | Mindset Specialist

Wendy Bentley grew up in the fitness industry and completed her first aerobics class with her mum at the age of seven. She has been a qualified personal trainer since 2005. In addition, she is a Body Pump and RPM instructor, an author, public speaker and a mindset specialist.

Wendy is a qualified NLP practitioner and has completed the level 1-3 workshops with neuroscientist Dr Joe Dispenza. Her greatest passion is helping people to break out of their own thinking and create a new existence of health and wellbeing.

Also, as a result of a family tragedy Wendy created  a revolutionary product called Think for Fitness and she is studying a Bachelor of Health Science – Nutritional Medicine.


Sexpert | Regular Contributors


Tanya Koens | Sexologist and Passionate Advocator of Positive Sexual Relationships & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Tanya Koens | Sexologist

Tanya Koens is a well-known and regarded sexologist who runs Surry Hills Therapy, a busy practice in Sydney’s Surry Hills.

With postgraduate qualifications in counselling and sexual health, Tanya is a passionate advocator of positive sexuality and relationships.

Tanya’s empathic, non-judgemental ways enable her to connect warmly with people and help them with relationship and sexual issues.

Tanya sees clients, runs supervision groups/sessions and helps train professions on how to talk about sex with their clients.


Pauline Ryland | Intimacy and Sexual Coach, Educator and Healer & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Pauline Ryland | Sexuality Coach

Pauline Ryland works as an intimacy and  sexuality coach, educator and healer and draws on a variety of techniques.

She combines working with two different styles of NLP to create change on an unconscious level/and or work with the body drawing on a myriad of healing techniques using energy to promote sexual healing and awakening.

Pauline also teaches and educates on how to raise your sexual energy (libido) and interest as well as teaching a variety of Tantric and Shamanic principles including breath work.

People who see Pauline are either having challenges with intimacy, sex or their sexuality or are wanting more out of their sexual experiences.

She also teach couples how to connect into each more on a deeper level.


Catlin Grace | Wellbeing Coach and Intimate Realtionship Whisperer & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Catin Grace | Relationship Whisperer

Caitlin Grace has been in the alternative therapy field for all of her adult life, most recently practising EFT. She is an accredited journey therapist, Reiki level 3, and an EFT practitioner.

Caitlin’s driving passion is to help people live their best lives through empowering them to take charge of their own wellbeing. She is a strong advocate of the mind body connection and believes we can only be truly well when we have let go of our underlying limiting beliefs.

Having been married and divorced, Catlin has been in her current relationship for twenty years.  She has three sons, four step daughters and nine grandchildren.

She is also a self-proclaimed ‘Sex Goddess’ and empowers other women to become the same.


Isiah-Rebecca McKimmie| Sex and Relationship Coach and Owner of Passionate Spirit & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Isiah-Rebecca McKimmie | Relationship Coach

Isiah-Rebecca McKimmie is a certified Somatic sex therapist and studied at the Institute for the Advanced Studies of Human Sexuality in the US.  She has additional qualifications in Gestalt psychotherapy and Tantra. 

Isiah helps people improve their sex lives and relationships. She has worked as a sex surrogate alongside top psychologists. 

Isiah owns Passionate Spirit, a world-wide coaching organisation that inspires love and passion through great sex and better relationships.  Passionate Spirit provides education, practical skills and compassionate support to help people develop self-confidence, more fulfilling sex lives and truly intimate relationships.


Paradise | Sexual Healer and Mentor & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Paradise | Sexual Healer

After divorce from a 13-year marriage that was sexually boring, Paradise embarked on a journey to explore her sexuality and personal development. Leaping into the alternative lifestyle as a mistress and working professionally for a period of time with BDSM, fetishes, kinks, and everything in between, Paradise moved into the Gorean Lifestyle. Over time, she has learnt about the differences between men and women’s natural desires and how their interaction also affects them sexually.

Paradise continues to have a mistress/slave relationship that has been ongoing for over a decade and has taken the submissive role in other relationships. Having worked in the adult industry, Paradise has mentored couples on all levels from relationships to sexual desires through to conversation. She has mentored couples in private counselling sessions within a safe learning environment.


 Melissa Cooper | The Intimacy Specialist & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Melissa Cooper | Intimacy Specialist

Melissa Cooper is affectionately known as the Intimacy Specialist.

She owns The Art Of Intimacy, a consulting company that went on to help transform the lives of couples nationally and built her reputation as a leader in her field.

Melissa offers ground breaking programs in couples and individual counselling and coaching, that exemplify the importance and value of love and intimacy in our day-to-day lives.

Specialising in results based therapy, Melissa’s experience over decades empowers individuals and couples and provides effective tools beyond anything ever experienced.


 Mind Matters | Regular Contributors


Dr Kelly Baez | Licensed Counsellor and Psychology PhD & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Dr Kelly Baez
Dr Kelly Baez | Licensed Counsellor

Dr. Kelly Baez, is a Licensed Professional Counsellor with a PhD in Psychology. In her 10+ years in practice, she has been a trauma counsellor, crisis counselor, and addiction counsellor. Currently, she is the founder of FitShrink and serves as a weight loss consultant for people who have tried everything to lose weight but feel stuck.

Through her supportive, information-packed blog posts, on-demand classes, and 1-on-1 coaching, she shows individuals how to implement a healthy lifestyle change—while making it feel insightful, empowering, and sassy.

And when she’s not FitShrink-ing, you can find her running with her dog, watching her husband play polo, and being an all-in mommy.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/fitshrink


Deborah Stevens | ACA Level 3 Counsellor (BS, MASS) & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

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Deborah Stevens | Counsellor

Deborah Stevens is a registered (ACA Level 3), qualified counsellor in private practice. She has a diploma in applied science counselling, a Bachelor Science (Psychology) and a Master of applied social science counselling.

Deborah is an ACA supervisor and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. She has recently published a children’s book ‘I Am Wren’ about a young boy with Asperger.

Her work includes use of creative therapeutic approaches, as well as traditional theories. Deborah works with all ages and provides Employment Assistance Programs and career coaching.

You can follow her on Facebook at BeeCon Counselling or contact her via email: beecon@optusnet.com.au.


Zoe Markopoulos | Psychologist (MAPS, CEDP) & InShape NewsFlash Contributor 

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Zoe Markopoulos | Psychologist

In her professional practice, Zoe Markopoulos applies her psychological and educational expertise in the effective delivery of psychology services to children and families. She recognises the importance of fostering resilience and addressing the social, emotional and educational needs of students.

Zoe predominately aligns her work with the principles and techniques of cognitive behaviour therapy, positive psychology and mindfulness. A significant part of her work involves psychological counselling and assessment, developing and implementing evidence-based programs, and consultation. Zoe is also interested in self-care activities to help maintain physical, mental and emotional health.

Having contributed to academic publications focused on coping, bullying, and anxiety, Zoe looks to help children and families overcome specific disorders. She is a member of the Australian Psychologist Society and is regularly involved with the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists (Victoria), as a committee member. Zoe is currently completing the Psychology Board of Australia Registrar Program in Educational and Developmental Psychology.


Jaime Parnell | Clinical Psychologist & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Jaime Parnell
Jaime Parnell | Clinical Psychologist


Jaime Parnell
has a Masters in Clinical Psychology and a strong interest in working with anxiety and difficult behaviours in children, adolescents and young adults. Having previously worked with children who have suffered trauma; and with an extensive history in working with children and teenagers with difficult behaviours, Jaime provides assessment, individual and group counselling tailored to individual needs.

Located in the Central Queensland region, Jaime is involved in working with clients who have complex presentations, and offers several outreach services, and skype consultations for the regional area. Jaime’s skills lie in providing a thorough assessment and being able to tailor interventions in a way that is solution focused.

Jaime encourages clients using feedback informed services to ensure they are meeting clients’ needs. Jaime uses technology in her sessions and has recently released two apps—30 days of gratitude, an app to appreciate the world around you, and Jacob the Frog, a guided breathing app for managing stress, worry and anxiety. Both, of which can be downloaded from the iTunes store.

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Deb Hopper | Registered Occupational Therapist & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

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Deb Hopper | Occupational Therapist

Deb Hopper is an Occupational Therapist, Amazon No. 1 Best Selling Author, and a Special Needs TV reporter. She is also a workshop and keynote presenter.

Passionate about empowering parents and educators, Deb helps them to understand the underlying reasons of why children struggle with behaviour, self-esteem and sensory processing difficulties. A practicing Occupational Therapist she understands the daily struggles that children, parents and teachers face.

Deb is the author of the Amazon No. 1 Bestselling Book Reducing Meltdowns and Improving Concentration: The Just Right Kids Technique and co-author of the CDSensory Songs for Tots.  Deb has presented at national and international conferences including the Asia Pacific Autism Conference and The National Occupational Therapy Mental Health Forum and is often called upon for media comment.

As a special needs reporter for the online channel Toddlers to Teens TV, Deb’s goal is to help as many children, parents and teachers around the world. She works from her Occupational Therapy Learning Difficulties Clinic in Forster, NSW. You can contact her for appointments, workshops and training on (02) 6555 9877 or therapy@lifeskills4kids.com.au.


Phil Owens| Leading Australian Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

Phil Owens | Hypnotherapist

Philip Owens is owner and director of Reflective Resolutions and is a leading Australian hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner based in Melbourne, Australia. Using scientifically validated and pragmatic approaches, Philip is a passionate about creating lasting change in and for his clients.

Working in his clinic with individuals and also with corporate clients, Philip’s international experience, state of the art training and processes have led to successful and happy clients all over the world.  Focusing on the issues of modern life, Philip routinely works with clients presenting with anxiety, fears and phobias, addictions, traumas, weight loss, insomnia and smoking cessation.


Dr Heidi Heron| Psychotherapist and Coach & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

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Dr Heidi Heron | Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Heidi is a Psychotherapist and Coach at her practice People Point and she a Principal Master Trainer with the Worldwide Institutes of NLP.

She has spent the past 12 years working with individuals to move past their limits and into a life of success, freedom and motivation. Originally from the USA, she completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California and now resides in Sydney.

Heidi is the co-author of 30 Days to NLP and of many self-help articles. She is a regular guest on radio and has appeared on Channel 7’s Sunrise morning program with her inspiring message.


Peter Walker | Clinical Psychologist & InShape NewsFlash Contributor

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Peter Walker | Clinical Psychologist

Peter Walker has over 12 years experience working as a clinical psychologist. He has worked in both public and private practice, having specialised in complex presentations.

Establishing his private practice, Peter Walker & Associates, clinical psychologists, in 2002, Peter provides psychological treatments for those experiencing difficulties with anxiety, depression and couples in distress.

In addition, the practice is relatively unique in that it offers specialised treatments for those experiencing psychotic disorders and bipolar disorder. At the time Peter Walker & Associates established the development of psychological treatments for these conditions, the treatment was in its infancy and Peter was considered an innovator in this field.

Peter provides clinical supervision for mental health practitioners, is a sought after presenter and has experience providing expert opinion in the media. In recognition of his experience treating mood disorders he has been asked to take on a role at the Black Dog Institute in 2013.


Jay Spence | Clinical Psychologist and PhD Candidate and InShape NewsFlash Contributor 

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Jay Spence | Clinical Psychologist

Jay Spence is a Clinical Psychologist and PhD candidate who specialises in adult and adolescent mental health. He was joint recipient of the Gold Prize at the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Service Achievement Awards (2010). And also of the St Vincent’s Health Australia National Invention and Innovation Award (2010). Plus, he was the recipient of the 2011 New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry Fellowship.

He has published numerous papers on the treatment of post-traumatic stress, social phobia, and panic, as well as generalized anxiety and transdiagnostic anxiety processes. He held a conjoint lecturer position at the University of New South Wales from 2009 to 2011, lecturing on the treatment of anxiety and depression.

He is currently completing a PhD on internet-based interventions for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Additionally, Jay is developing these treatments as part of the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University because PTSD is the most prevalent anxiety disorder in Australia. However, many people do not have access to effective treatments. He sees patients in private practice in Darlinghurst, Sydney.

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