Category Archives of : Counselling & Life Coaching

Cosmetic Acupuncture with Olivia Shurdova

Top Toxic Ingredients to Avoid in Skin Care

Ever since I started offering Cosmetic and Facial Constitutional Acupuncture over a decade ago I have been researching and offering alternative skin care products in my practice. Up until then I was caught in the mainstream belief that good products have to be attached to big brand names, whether it was make-up, or creams and […]

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Facing Fears, Healing Divisions

Our recent 2 month road trip across the US in our little Honda Civic included too many beautiful highlights (and naturally a few challenges) to share in one post alone. But there are some moments that have really stayed with me, and hold a place of gratitude deep in my heart. So I’d like to share one of those […]

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Loving Kindness Practice

The meditation practice of ‘Loving Kindness’ is one that I’ve always loved, and I particularly love sharing it with my clients. It is easy, accessible and effective. It has its roots in Buddhism, yet is non-denominational. Loving kindness allows you to practice self-love regardless of how you currently feel about yourself, your life in general and/or the people in it. And ironically it can fill […]

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Moving From Survivor To Creator Mode

 “Peace from agitation only comes after agitation.” Taoist saying When crisis or disorder overwhelms us we sometimes default into “survival” mode- doing whatever we can just to survive, looking for solutions to fix it. This of course is a perfectly valid approach. Yet it may not bring about the change we want to really move […]

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Clarity and Your Gut

2016 is flying by- it’s already March in a week, and autumn is just around the corner. It’s hard to believe, since this summer’s felt never-ending with the incredibly hot and humid days and nights here in Sydney. The past few weeks, compromised digestive health has been a chief complaint for many of my clients, […]

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Your Truth about PMS

PMS (Pre-Menstrual Syndrome): An acronym standing for so much, three little letters so loaded in our culture, and open to interpretation in so many (in fact, too many!) ways.  There aren’t many ‘disorders’ that are thrown around as much as this one, or used this often to stigmatise women,especially in the West. As women, we […]

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Taoism and Acupuncture Explained

In need of some balance, peace and harmony? Here is why I think acupuncture will benefit you and help you become more mindful and present. Holistic Medicine As you may know, acupuncture treats not only the physical but the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of our wellbeing. In fact, even if I wanted to just […]

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Make a Difference with Meditation

Facilitating meditation is such an integral part of my daily work with clients, having combined it with most acupuncture and energy healing sessions for the past 15 years. In my experience, it’s a powerful healing tool to match a meditation that fits in with the underlying patterns we’re working on. It’s similar to finding the […]

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Keep Yourself Updated

What can I say? I didn’t see it coming, and it happened at the worst possible time. Last month during my holiday, I was preparing to enter a 10 day silent meditation retreat which meant 10 days of no communication or technology at all. And just a couple hours beforehand I found out that my […]

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5 Ways to Keep Your Relationship’s Flame Burning Bright- Understanding what’s going on and what to do about it

This blog is by Christina Spaccavento, Sex Therapist, Relationship Specialist and counsellor. Enjoy this blog! Scenario: You’ve been together with your partner for a while now and you’re both feeling that things have become a little flat. You’re the same person and haven’t changed that much, but you are both acutely aware that the relationship […]