About Me

My career has been both varied and rewarding and I have always felt that it has been a vocation - to me it is a lifestyle, a calling and I can't imagine doing anything else.

I started my career a bit later than usual and was already married and had a young son when I embarked on my nurse training which sadly I had to leave shortly after qualifying due to a back injury, quickly followed by a divorce.

However, as with many significant life changes what initially seemed like the end of the world soon became life-enhancing.

It was around this time that I began to study psychology graduating in 2000. To say that it has shaped my life in so many different ways would be an understatement!!! In fact, a very dear friend recently bought me a beautiful present with the inscription “chose a job you love and you will never have to work a day of your life”.

In 2016 after 28 years of working & studying in the Health & Social Care sector I set up my own wellbeing practice. Prior to this, I worked for the Stroke Association as a Stroke Prevention Co-Ordinator in West Norfolk. During the six years in this role my keen interest in psychological issues developed still further as I started to hear more and learn more about the effects of anxiety and depression post stroke for both the stroke survivor and the carer. This led me to develop a six weekly Healthy Lifestyle Programme (HLP) and weekly Tai Chi sessions for survivors and their carer and which continue to date.

Something better from something good

Photograph of Carmel Austin

I’m happy to report that I continue to work for the SA as an Independent Practitioner delivering regular relaxation sessions and wellbeing workshops and programmes to support stroke survivors and their carers.

I bring a wide breadth of knowledge and experience to my practice and I’m passionate about the positive benefits that improved wellbeing can bring to a person’s life. I’m particularly interested in helping people deal with loneliness and social isolation, this stems from my time working at West Norfolk Befriending (WNB), where I was employed to set up and develop a befriending service to help tackle the growing problem in the area.

During some of that period, I also served on the Board as a Trustee for the National Mentoring & Befriending Foundation which served to further highlight to me the significance of social isolation & loneliness in terms of peoples overall psychological and general wellbeing.


I’m based at Oaklee, my home in West Norfolk overlooking the North Wootton woods. My main focus is to provide the space and support to help people find their own solutions and thus build long-term resilience. Every aspect of my work is delivered with a caring and thoughtful approach with the clients’ needs at its centre and all underpinned by all the knowledge and experience gained to date.

I’m an avid reader and my bookcases are filled with psychology, wellbeing, spiritual and mindfulness books. As well as planning and delivering training, I also see it as a duty to my chosen profession to attend regular CPD courses that are relevant and that I think will enhance my own approach and never tire of gaining more knowledge. I get great pleasure sharing with others about the various writers who have influenced my life in such a positive way and actively encourage my clients to read and learn more as good wellbeing and psychological health is a lifestyle choice.

In my spare time I love being out and about in nature. I LOVE walking and strongly believe that is how I recovered so well from a back injury. We have a touring caravan and try to get away whenever we can. I love spending time with my family and friends. I come from a large Irish family and we are very strongly connected and so our time together is very precious and great fun.

"As I look back on my life, I realise that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better."
(Steve Maraboli)