Do you feel like you are getting the most out of your life?
I invite you to stop for a moment, become still and really check in with yourself. How happy are you with the level of happiness and meaning in your life right now?
Is life joyful or awful?
Do you feel deep down that life can be better than this?
Do you want more?
Are you in control of your destiny or do you feel rushed, reactive, stuck or worried much of the time?
Is there an elusive whispering in the back of your mind that tells you that it is time to wake up? That you need to do something different if you want to feel better or achieve more?
Perhaps you have a habit of making life decisions that later seem to be undermined by self-sabotage, or you procrastinate when you try to make changes in your life?.
Do you wonder what people mean when they say they are guided by their gut or intuition? You suspect yours is saying something but it’s too quiet to hear or in a language you can’t quite understand?
Perhaps you find it hard to remember the last time you felt really in flow with yourself – experiencing uninhibited pleasure or happiness because you have got into the groove of your life?
Are you an online course and self-help book junky? Are you seeking answers but finding it hard to follow through on what you discover?
Are you a sensitive and empathetic soul who frequently feels wounded, isolated or misunderstood by others?
Do you feel that you dim your light in order to fit in and appear acceptable – not sharing your less conventional ideas or thoughts about life for fear of being judged or rejected?
Perhaps you find yourself endlessly hoping that one day things will slow down enough so that you can finally catch your breath and REALLY start feeling well and living your most authentic life?
If this is you, therapy or coaching might be just what you need to help you step off the reactive rollercoaster of stress and get your life in order – to take charge and get moving, actually moving towards the life that you really want to live. A life where you feel in charge of your destiny, in tune with your needs and excited about the future! A life where you are fully awake, feeling great and ready to be the writer of your own grand story!
*Please note that I am not currently offering services to clients in the USA or Canada
Hello and Welcome!
My name is Bernadette McCarthy and I am an Holistic Psychologist, Mentor and Life Coach. I integrate the skills of life and health coaching with psychological expertise to support clients towards wellness, healing and transformation – to help people to move past the issues that are holding them back from a life of joy, success and purpose.
More than just addressing what pains you, I am interested in supporting you to dream big and bring your deepest desires to fulfilment.
I work holistically by considering all the aspects of your being, from your career, relationships, thought patterns and spirituality, to the food and love you put into your body.
My psychology and coaching clients include entrepreneurs, parents, coaches, office workers, alternative therapists, nurses, doctors, executives and teachers who are ready to create a more satisfying, meaningful and successful life for themselves. They often have a desire to serve, heal, influence, lead or create but feel hampered in some way.
I believe that chronic stress has become a huge barrier to our collective wellness, creativity and ongoing evolution. This stress keeps many of us distracted, in reactive mode and ‘asleep’, preventing us from doing the work we need to do in order to heal and grow.
I have a PASSION for assisting those who know they want to leave the world a better place for them having been in it, but feel held back by their lack of confidence, life circumstances, emotions, relationships, health, fears or self-sabotage.
My TALENT is in uncovering the potential and sparking the light of healing and transformation in our change-makers, lightworkers, healers, helpers, parents, leaders, teachers and creatives. Assisting YOU to reach your highest potentials for mental wellness, love, success, influence and health.
Sessions are provided in the comfort of my professional rooms in Castle Hill, Sydney or via Skype or FaceTime for your convenience.
I think we might be coming to the end of this current age
Despite unprecedented privilege and wealth in our modern societies we are more unhappy and distressed than we have ever been. We are born with curiosity, love and acceptance of all things, but this becomes whittled away from the moment we perceive that we have to hide parts of ourselves in order to be accepted. Most of us have been sold implicit and explicit messages about what is important and how we should live our lives instead of being encouraged to explore this for ourselves. We live within a cult of productivity that has normalised stress and fails to appreciate the importance of our unique personal gifts. We overlook our huge capacity to nurture others, the value of play, the richness in reflection and contemplation, and our intrinsic beauty as human beings.
We are surrounded by fear that there is never enough – money, time, possessions, space, love….
…that WE are not enough.
I observe that there is a growing movement of people who are leaving this way of thinking behind to embrace a new paradigm that there is enough – that we can live successful, joyful lives and elevate the planet by living authentically and following our dreams.
I fully subscribe to this new way of being and invite you to join me in casting off these old habits and beliefs in order to make room for a more joyful and satisfying way of living that fits with the world we inhabit today.
Do any of these distractions seem like you?
I can’t seem to get my health, weight and/or energy where I want it to be and it’s holding me back
I feel like I go from one stressful situation to another and I’m not in control
What’s different about working with me?
I’m experienced at what I do
It is my privilege to have been working to improve the lives of clients of diverse ages and walks of life for over 20 years. I am a highly experienced practitioner who will get up to speed with you rapidly and efficiently so that you get on your path and move towards your goals quickly and with the minimum of fuss. I remain humble that I cannot possibly know it all, but I have developed a successful life and career doing what I love every day because I walk my talk and (most days) know what I am doing!
I have life experience
As a mature woman, mother, wife, business woman and professional I have had plenty of life experience in my 45 plus years. I have struggled as a parent, have faced my own chronic health issues, I’ve suffered from depression and chronic stress and have baggage that I work on all the time. My clients know that there aren’t any strategies or exercises that I ask them to try that I haven’t used myself because I don’t have a perfect life either. I can teach about healing, wellness and transformation because I have lived it!
You can learn more about me here.
You are protected and get what you pay for
As a Psychologist I belong to a highly regulated industry with a strict code of conduct and requirements for substantial ongoing professional development every year. For those who consult me for Life Coaching in particular, this is a valuable bonus given that the coaching field is still largely unregulated.
Anxiety and Depression don’t need to be a barrier for Coaching clients
Because of my mental health expertise I am able to hold space for coaching clients who are working towards their life goals whilst managing mild to moderate issues with anxiety or depression. In fact, it is my experience that people often become anxious or depressed because various areas of their life are out of alignment with their core values or desires. Whilst I won’t be your therapist, my expertise will allow me to offer you understanding and support and I am also likely to be able to let you know if you have mental health issues that warrant additional intervention.
Coaching clients can choose to receive session notes
I am mindful that it can be very difficult to absorb and retain all that is covered in a coaching session, particularly if the ideas are new or come thick and fast! Coaching in general tends to move more rapidly than therapy. In order to improve the value that my clients take from our sessions I offer comprehensive notes that summarise what we have covered each session and identify useful strategies and tips to try at home in order to consolidate the learning (Life Coaching Notes Sample). I take great care with these notes and they are often 2-3 pages long. These notes are hugely valuable – not only during the coaching process but for many years afterwards as you can consult them again and again whenever you need a refresher or reminder. These notes are an optional extra that you can purchase with your sessions.
I care about my clients as individuals
Every client I work with has their own program of Life Coaching or Therapy designed specifically for them depending on their stated desires, their personal ‘brand’ of blockages and their readiness for change. You won’t be railroaded into one model of coaching or therapy because that is all I know, but will be supported through several modalities if necessary to reach your desired outcomes.
In addition, I will take time to build and nurture a meaningful connection with you because I want to be invested in your success too. You will be warmly welcomed each time we meet, I will apologise if I am running late for a session and I will treat you with respect at all times. It is important to me that I have happy clients who feel genuinely cared about.
Do you want any of these things?
I want to be abundant, successful, influential and supported by people who ‘get’ me
I want the courage to let go of the old and take risks with the new
I want to learn how to dream big and feel confident that I can reach my goals
Most of us are living reactive lives where our stress sabotages our ability to make considered and mindful choices about our life direction.
How might it feel to have regular time to reflect on your life and explore ways to make it more meaningful, satisfying and joyful?
How might it feel to start moving forward with clarity, confidence and purpose, in alignment with your values, strengths and dreams?
So, you’ll notice that there are no testimonials on my site. Psychologists in Australia are currently prohibited from collecting and sharing client testimonials as it is considered a breach of our code of conduct.Bernadette McCarthy
A note on the expense of Therapy and Life CoachingHow much is too much when it comes to investing in your personal growth and wellbeing?
Of course, I can’t answer that question for you but I suppose it comes down to how unhappy or out of alignment you feel right now, how strongly you feel the call to awake and how much value you place on your personal growth.
We are all different in how much distress we can tolerate and how much we believe we are worth
At this point in history we are experiencing a growing crisis in our modern societies with unprecedented rates of lifestyle related diseases, chronic stress, mental health problems and general life dissatisfaction. Somehow we have been convinced that material possessions and living life in a pre-determined, cookie-cutter manner will make us happy. We have been seduced into believing that there is more value in an expensive car, a wide screen TV or a pair of Jimmy Choo’s than there is in investing in our own personal growth to ensure that our life meets our true needs and desires. We have been taught to look outside of ourselves for happiness instead of within.
We have never had more wealth, education, privilege or opportunity, yet many of us are unhappy, unfulfilled, unwell or generally unimpressed by our lives. It is truly sad. Waiting for things to slow down so that we can upgrade the experience of our lives is just never going to happen in the world we live in today. It will only happen when we make a deliberate decision to stop long enough to reflect and move forward making conscious and mindful choices about what we truly desire and how we want to live.
Step up with me!
‘I believe that we are on the cusp of some enormous changes as people become ready to start deciding for themselves what makes them feel connected, successful, abundant and joyful. I’m glad and proud to be a facilitator for that change and invite you to be part of it with me.’