I am Ellie Hodges; a Lived Experience Counsellor & Consultant based in Adelaide
As someone who draws on my personal experiences professionally I am not afraid to say that I have lived through mental health issues and difficult childhood experiences. I am also not afraid to say that all of these combined make me a better counsellor and support person, supervisor, trainer, consultant, speaker and advocate.
I specialise in what I have lived myself – food, weight, body issues; anxiety; and trauma. Which at the heart of it is about how we live beyond experiences that tear at our souls and leave us in a wilderness not of our choosing. It’s supporting people to find and have a voice in their own lives within a society and systems that often add to the invalidation and harm we experience. More often than not because life experiences and distress are individualised and issues of social justice and power imbalance are under-acknowledged or disregarded.
Another thing I am not afraid to say is that I want systemic change for the way that mental health issues are understood and supported in this State (SA), our Country (Australia) and worldwide. I do not believe that what is currently available is adequate or appropriate. Rather than having this opinion on the sidelines I am actively involved in imagining and driving change. We have to do better.
I hold ultimate hope for the people I work with and advocate for. I do not give up
Our experiences do not need to define us, we can live in ways that honour and allow us to be who we really are. The first step can be the hardest – until the next hardest one after it. We don’t need to do it alone.
this is where lived, learned and imagined experiences are integrated, because they all matter
Seeking, supporting and influencing systemic change by sharing lived experience perspectives and helping you do it too. Through advocacy, speaking, training, advisory and consultative services.
Counselling and mindfulness sessions in Adelaide CBD, email or online via Zoom.
Specialising in: supporting you to make a stand to be who you ‘really’ are more of the time; food, weight and/or body issues; anxiety; and trauma.
Supervision and practitioner development supporting you to embrace all of your experiences, skills and knowledge to help the people you support and speak with best. (Includes Peer Work supervision).