Toni Jackson

Books To Help You Befriend Your Body

I recently contributed to an article on 20 Powerful Books To Help You Befriend Your Body, edited by Soul-Centred Psychotherapist and Eating Psychology Specialist Jodie Gale.  The article is a wonderful resource of books reviewed by therapists who work with the mind-body connection.

Jodie says, “Increasingly, many of us feel a sense of alienation, disconnection, a lack of safety, and insecurity within our bodies. At the core, this sense of dis-ease can often be the result of early childhood attachment and interpersonal ruptures, emotional neglect and/or trauma.”

In their own, unique ways, these books offer gentle paths for reconnecting with our bodily selves.  Helping us to feel grounded and centred within ourselves.  To read about all 20 books, click here.

Image credit: Jodie Gale

About Toni Jackson

I am a psychotherapist, counsellor and creative therapist, in Perth, Fremantle and Mundaring, Western Australia. I specialise in working with women around the issues of self-worth, anxiety, body image and personal power. I am a certified Gestalt Therapist, with a BA Psychology and a Grad. Dip. Women’s Studies. I have a strong interest in trauma therapy and use both body awareness and art therapy in my work.
If you would like to book an appointment, please contact Toni Jackson.
Phone: 0439 995 302

Main photo credit: CJS*64 via / CC BY-ND

Feeling Overwhelmed? Here’s What To Do

When we feel overwhelmed, even small things can seem like big things.  Someone asks for a favour, you can’t find your keys or you get stuck in a traffic jam and it feels like too much to handle.  When we are already feeling stressed or under pressure, we have a tendency to get upset, frustrated or angry a lot easier than usual.  We’ve reached our limit and don’t have the capacity to take on any more.  Following are some simple and effective ways to feel less overwhelmed, so that we can more easily manage what life throws at us.


When we feel overwhelmed, it is usually because things are not going the way we want them to and/or there is more going on than we feel we can cope with.  We may be overwhelmed by grief or trauma, or by study and work commitments, our health, relationships, family, being busy, other people’s expectations of us, or feeling just not good enough.

When we are overwhelmed, we have gone into flight, fight or freeze response.  Our sympathetic nervous system has gone into overdrive.  We feel anxious, stressed and overloaded.

It can feel like the answer to overwhelm is to push through, or think our way out.  It’s not.  It may seem counterproductive, but the answer to overwhelm is to stop. Read More

Warning! This Workbook Creates Change!

I want to share something with you…I have discovered a soulful, women’s workbook that is life changing!  I really love this book and wondered if you might too.

So, the new year has started.
And somehow we’re already into February.
How is your year going so far? Do you know what you want from 2017?
What would you like to give, receive, feel, create, transform this year?

I’ve been thinking about this a LOT. For the past month, I’ve been enthusiastically filling out my fabulous ‘2017 My Shining Year’ workbook, by a gorgeous Australian woman, Leonie Dawson. It. Is. Awesome.
Leonie Dawson is this amazing, creative, energetic, quirky, soul-centred, women’s life coach kinda person.

She has created a workbook that is designed for women to get clear on what it is that makes their hearts sing and then, using practical goal-setting strategies, make cool stuff happen!

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