counselling psychotherapy

Sydney Soul-Centred Psychotherapist + Eating Psychology Specialist – Jodie Gale

I am a Master’s qualified soul-centred psychotherapist + eating psychology specialist.

For most of my adult life I lived in London where I practised counselling and psychotherapy, alongside working for charities, creative companies and corporate organisations. In 2006, after many travels and adventures, I returned home to the Northern Beaches in Sydney where I now balance being a stay at home mum to two children and run a busy part-time private psychotherapy, counselling, coaching and consulting practice.

As one of Australia’s leading specialists in women’s emotional, psychological and spiritual health and well-being, I have over 15 years’ experience in the field of psychology. I have featured in global counselling and psychotherapy blogs, psychotherapy journals, YES! Magazine, SHE KNOWS, CLEO Australia, Australian WellBeing Magazine, Australian Yoga Journal, Australia Counselling, The Manly Daily, CAPA Quarterly, ABC & 2UE Radio, About.com, The World of Psychology and PsychCentral.

My transformational journey

Therapy works! I know this not only through watching 100s of women transform their lives but also through my own transformation. My journey as a psychotherapist and counsellor began after having a peak experience swimming with wild dolphins in Ireland. This led to a deep exploration of my inner and outer life. After many workshops and retreats for personal, psychological and spiritual development, I embarked on my own journey through weekly, long-term, depth psychotherapy where I recovered from early childhood emotional trauma, addiction and an eating disorder. Finding a psychosynthesis practitioner who showed me unconditional love, empathy and acceptance, guided me in such a way that I was able to make a series of healthy choices, heal myself, my relationships and turn my unhappy life around.

Working with women

Each woman has her own individual story. I respect, value and honour that story.

I work with women from diverse backgrounds, careers, ages, races and cultures. The women I see come for a variety of reasons; some with day to day concerns, and others who are deeply wounded and traumatised.

I was the first psychotherapist in Australia certified in Dynamic Eating Psychology™ and Mind Body Nutrition™ through the IPE in the United States. As a Health at Every Size approved practitioner, the Disordered Eating Program Consultant for Byron Private Holistic Treatment Centre in the Byron Hinterland, former Assistant Clinical Director at EATFED (a Sydney eating disorder outpatient treatment centre), and a preferred service provider for South Pacific Private Rehab, I regularly work with women who have participated in their programs for addiction, anxiety, co-dependency, depression and disordered eating. Previous experience includes working at Riverglen Mental Health Unit, a yearlong stint volunteering at the Eating Disorder Foundation of NSW (now part of The Butterfly Foundation) and psychotherapy and psychiatry field education in the Eating Disorder and Feeding Unit at one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals; Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London. I have been writing about eating disorders and other food and body image concerns from a soulful and psycho-spiritual perspective since 2000. Women looking for recovery from body image problems, yoyo dieting, chronic dieting and eating disorders are drawn to my approach – often after many failed attempts to heal – because I provide a holistic, forward thinking and soulful perspective for transformation and growth.

My research experience includes developing feminist guidelines on how to educate and empower women for Women’s Health NSW; the umbrella organisation for Leichardt Women’s Health Centre, Sydney Women’s Counselling, Waminda Aboriginal Health Centre and  Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia (formerly Rape Crisis NSW).

As part of my field education, I spent a significant amount of time in both community and hospital settings working with women who were terminally ill, their carers and family members. This was a particularly meaningful experience for me as much of my work involved working with existential issues such as death and dying, value, meaning and purpose in life, adjustment to change, life transitions, accumulative loss, grief and bereavement.

Having been through my own infertility crisis and subsequently becoming a mother through the local permanent care and adoption program, I have spent more than a decade researching the latest in loss, disenfranchised grief, trauma, post-traumatic stress, attachment theory and neuroscience. This informs my work in private practice with women who have suffered emotional/physical abandonment, abuse, trauma and loss through either early childhood wounding in their family of origin or those who have been in foster-care or adopted. I have worked with many women who are suffering with infertility, involuntary childlessness and those seeking alternative parenting paths, such as adoption or foster care.

Regardless of what brings women to work with me, my passion is working at depth to find the root cause of someone’s trauma and suffering so that healing and change are life-long, not just a sticky plaster fix.

Connecting with women through professional, self and spiritual development

I am passionate about my own self-development and frequently exceed the 20 hours a year of continued professional development expected of me by the Psychotherapy and Counsellor’s Federation of Australia. I am excited to be integrating my training and workshop experiences in to my work with women.

Here are some of my highlights with global leaders in the field of psychology and spirituality:

  • Geneen Roth in NYC, on Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations About Food and Money and recently at the Women, Food & God retreat in San Francisco
  • Jungian Analyst, Marion Woodman Body/Soul Retreats in Sydney on The Black Madonna and in New York on Conscious Femininity: somatic, body movement and dance, dream work, symbols and metaphors, mask making and fairy tales, journaling and silence
  • Eating in the Light of the Moon 20 week course and clinical supervision with Dr Anita Johnston
  • Brené Brown in Sydney at The Power of Being Enough and participating in her 6 week Gifts of Imperfection Art Journaling Course
  • Meeting Oprah Winfrey in Sydney and discussing a spiritual approach to eating disorders with her
  • Women’s retreats in the UK and the South of France learning Sacred Women’s Business: Indigenous wisdom, women’s ceremony and ritual, transpersonal and spiritual approaches to mother-daughter relationships and female lineage
  • 5-day International Childhood Trauma Conference with somatic, body-mind, attachment, trauma and neuroscience specialists Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Dan Hughes, Allan Schore, Stephen Porges & Pat Ogden.

Since 1995, I have participated in experiential workshops and training in:

addiction | anger management | art therapy | assertiveness, self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence for women |  assisted conception and fertility awareness | attachment theory | body esteem and disordered eating | body-mind | boundaries | Byron Katie & the Work | Circle of Security parenting | conscious relations, intimacy and non violent communication |  depression and the dark night of the soul | dynamic eating psychology and mind-body nutrition | family constellations | family violence | Goddess psychology | grief and loss | happiness | menopause and midlife crisis | mindfulness | mother-daughter relationships | movement and dance therapy | pre/post natal anxiety/depression | rape, incest & sexual assault | self-care | somatic psychotherapy | transforming problems the Buddhist way | trauma and neuroscience | women’s health from a feminist perspective | women’s life cycles: child, maiden, mother, crone | yoga nidra (body relaxation).

Formal qualifications and training

For my core training, I studied for eight years in soul-centred psychotherapy and therapeutic counselling in the UK, where training is rigorous. My course consisted of over 500 clinical hours, 50 case presentations and over 500 hours of my own personal and group psychotherapy. My formal training is as follows:

  • Masters in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (Middlesex University, UK)
  • Diploma in Psychotherapy (Institute of Psychosynthesis, UK)
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling  – now awarded as Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Institute of Psychosynthesis, UK)
  • Eating Psychology Coach Certification (Institute for the Psychology of Eating, U.S)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (University of Sydney)
  • Foundations of Modern Psychology (University of London, UK)
  • Systemic Relationship and Family Counselling (ACAP, Sydney)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Specialisation: CBT, MiCBT, ACT and DBT (ACAP, Sydney)
  • CertIV in Training and Assessment (Sydney)
  • Graduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision (In Progress with St Marks College, Sydney)
Professional membership & ethics

PACFA:  Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (Clinical Member)

ARCAP: The Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Clinical Member)

I regularly participate in clinical supervision and postgraduate training, workshops and conferences for professional, personal and spiritual development. I am committed to your psychological safety and well-being.

Let your light shine and live the life you have always dreamed of! Contact me now to book your first appointment.