Meet SA Woman Member, Shani Prideaux.

Business/Organisation: SJP Wellbeing
Job Role: Director – Counsellor – Educator

Tell us a bit about you:

BA in Counselling (minor coaching) ~ children and youth, trauma and grief, family therapy, addiction.

Diploma in Positive Psychology & Wellbeing ~ Positive Parenting & Coaching.

Diploma in Youth Work.

Brainspotting Phase 1.

Mental Health First Aid – Master Trainer

“My passion is in promoting well-being and post-traumatic growth (as opposed to post-traumatic stress) for people who have experienced an activating event, a problem causing distress, or a desire to create a life change of some kind. As a counsellor I work with a lot of young people and parents, but can work with people from all walks of life.

Talking to people has always been my forte, from my early years as a hairdresser I was aware that my clients trusted me and I would bear witness to many things in their lives, happy, sad, and even traumatic.

When I began my career in health and fitness in 2011 I originally used it to keep myself motivated after having kids. I had to turn up, people were relying on me, but it was my time out. I worried constantly about my children, after some traumatic events both during and after their births, in fact, I barely have any memories of those early years because my brain was so full of worry and hypervigilant for potential dangers or things that could make them sick, it was one of the few things that could turn my brain off for a while.

I quickly attracted people who were using the gym to help with their own issues, like mental health, body image, self-worth, relationship problems, and more. Studying one thing turned into another and slowly my career and work have shifted. My first role outside of talking to people at the salon or the gym was as a well-being coach at an eating disorder clinic where I worked with women in a group setting, under the guidance of a psychologist to redefine their relationship to food, and moving their bodies.

Fast forward to the last 6 or so years and I have worked as a parenting coach with foster networks, in high school wellbeing teams, and as a mental health and wellbeing educator around Australia and NZ, both for Red Cross and in my own business. Program Counsellor SA for Raise Foundation and as a therapist in drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation Tumbelin Farm with young men.

I provide mental health and wellbeing education for workplaces, including Mental Health First Aid for organisations small-large, and clinical supervision to various organisations whose staff work with vulnerable people.

My passion for mental health and education revolves around social inclusion, mental health, and wellbeing literacy, and advocacy of a healthy Australia.”

Modalities most used: Trauma Focussed Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Systemic Family Therapy, Mindfulness, and Somatic Therapy, Brainspotting.

Tell us a bit about your business or organisation/role:
The SJP Wellbeing team are degree-qualified therapists providing quality mental health care. We offer therapeutic counselling, psychotherapy, coaching, positive parenting, mental health education, and Employee Assistance Programs to workplaces. SJP Wellbeing is partnered with other allied health services to connect clients with the right person and approach to meet the needs of individuals and families. Available online or in person.

Each person’s journey toward well-being is unique, and we strive to create a safe and welcoming space where you can explore your concerns and goals. We use an integrated approach to support clients in achieving optimal mental and emotional health.

SJP Wellbeing services are grounded in evidence-based practices and tailored to your needs. Integrating various therapeutic approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapy, and emotion and somatic therapies, among others.

SJP Wellbeing collaborates with you to identify your strengths, resources, and challenges, and to develop personalised therapy plans that address your specific needs and goals.

It is recognised that mental health is influenced by various factors, including social, cultural, and environmental factors. Therefore, we strive to create a culturally sensitive and inclusive environment that acknowledges and respects each client’s background and experiences.

We are an LGBTIA+ and Neurodivergent affirming practice.

What region of South Australia are you in?:
Adelaide North

How can you best contact you:

Phone Number: 0416 291 761

Work Address: 64c Park Tce, Salisbury, 5108 and 2 Main North Rd, Gawler, 5118.

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shani-jae-prideaux-38752745/

Website: www.sjpwellbeing.com

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/sjpwellbeing

Instagram Page: www.instagram.com/sjp_wellbeing

Let’s get to know you a little more:

Why is being part of SA Woman important to you?
I’ve been a member of SA Woman for many years now and I couldn’t count the connections I have made. Even when I’m not being super active with SA Woman directly there is always something that’s happening, because of being a part of it.

What is a quote or mantra you live by?
Practice equals progress.