Our Plant Based Life nutritionist consultant. Robyn is a university-qualified nutritionist and naturopath, with a Bachelor of Health Science (and the Dean's Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement) from the University of New England, a Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) with First Class Honours from Edith Cowan University, and a Diploma of Naturopathy from the Australasian College of Natural Therapies.
Robyn is also an Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine-Certified Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner.
In addition, Robyn hold a Graduate Diploma of Counselling from the Australian College of Applied Psychology, and Level 3 EFT Practitioner and Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner accreditations.
Robyn started her naturopathic practice in 1995, and quickly developed an interest in chronic, medically 'incurable' health problems such as IBS, CFS, migraine, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
Helping people recover their health after years of suffering from illnesses such as these, is my second-greatest source of satisfaction (after my marriage and two beautiful children!)
But I soon realised that to be truly healthy, we need to be happy too. Since I had always been the kind of person other people come to when they have problems, I decided to train as a counsellor.
As part of my training, I undertook fieldwork placements in a residential rehabilitation facility for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and in a agency specialising in the needs of children who had lost a parent through death or divorce. I also undertook training as a Couple Communication Program instructor, in order to better help couples struggling with communication and conflict resolution.
I emerged from my training with a deep desire to alleviate the many forms of emotional suffering that afflict both adults and children. But after a few years using traditional 'talk therapy', I was feeling increasingly frustrated. I didn't just want to help people understand their problems and 'get it all off their chest' - I wanted to help them get over those problems for good, so they could be free to live up to their their potential for happiness, career and relationship fulfilment, and success in whatever they wanted to achieve.
Then I discovered EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). EFT is a simple yet profoundly effective technique that allows you to heal your emotional wounds and release unhelpful patterns from your past. I use EFT with you during consultations, and teach you how to use it yourself, to help you dissolve patterns of self-sabotage that hold you back from being your healthiest, happiest 'you'.
You won't get a laundry list of nutritional supplements or herbal medicines from me (although I do use these judiciously, when they're required).
Instead, you'll gain an in-depth knowledge of optimum nutrition, and you'll learn how to use the life-transforming power of EFT, to make developing healthy habits easy.
I am a member of ATMS, and recognised as a provider by all private health funds that offer rebates for naturopathic and counselling consultations.
For individual health, environmental and ethical reasons, I'm a strong advocate of plant-based diet-styles. I'm proud to have been awarded the Vegan Professional of the Year in 2014. If you're already on a plant-based diet, rest assured that I won't be trying to talk you out of it! If you're not, I won't be pressuring you to 'go vegan', but I will share with you the scientific evidence that supports plant-based eating.