We all have experiences of challenge and great adversity that give us an opportunity to reclaim our power, to inspire a life of healing, transformation and growth. This is my story. This is the birthplace where leading other's to their greatest potential, to their power and their magic became my life’s work. To guide you back to your greatness. To a life that is congruent, whole and complete; from the inside out, aligned to your true nature, your inner-wisdom, and your life’s purpose. But first I had to journey deep within to find mine.
Where it all began
I was born in Dunedin, South Island of NZ. In the first decade of my life my family lived in 5 different towns. When I was ten, my parents made the bold decision to pack up their lives and move to Australia. We spent the first few months travelling the east coast, living a short time in Cairns before moving to Brisbane, which became my home for the next 17 years.
Moving to a new country was initially challenging for the whole family, adjusting to new schools, a different culture, I found it all a bit foreign and I struggled to find my place. But my love of sport was where I found my place, it was my saviour and I was good at it.
Outside of sport, and whilst I did well at school, I became a rebel fighting against the way things were, as so much just didn’t sit with me as true, and I questioned everything. It was a rather confusing time. And a scary time, as I held a secret life that I didn’t want to be exposed.
For so long I felt I lived 2 lives. Through my childhood and my adult life.
One of those lives was that of the high achiever; one of the cool kids, good at sport, first business at 18, and on to new heights and success in my professional life.
I had great friends, travelled extensively, lived in amazing places (Canada, Bondi, Gold Coast), become a sought after international consultant and trainer, handsome successful men on my arm, VIP parties, everything that looked the great life. And it certainly appeared I was having a great time, but what most didn’t know was what was really going on behind the scenes.
My other life began when I was 8 years old.
I experienced something that deeply terrified me. And what followed was a decade of visceral fear and panic attacks. I lived most days with a sense of dread, not knowing what was ‘wrong’ with me.
It wasn’t until I was 18, flicking through a magazine I discovered an article that finally shed light on what I had been experiencing for 10 years; an article that spoke of anxiety and panic attacks and all the symptoms.... It was me!
I felt like I was flawed as a human being.
Whilst reading the article was the catalyst that began my search to find the solution, I was now faced with what felt like an endless task, one that lead me on my life’s path.
Adulthood didn’t start well; I had my first full break-down at the age of 21. This was also my first awakening. I started asking those deep philosopher’s questions; who am I, what’s the meaning of life, why are we here, what does it all mean.. in some teachings’ this is know as ‘The Dark Night of the Soul’. As a result I became a Seeker. A seeker of truth, and wisdom. A journey that took me on a wild ride over twenty years attending so many seminars, seeing healers, exploring all the latest modalities, and doing some seriously wacky spiritual events as I continued seeking ‘the way’.
There are two very significant markers in my journey to reclaim my power.
This is the first. The saying, ‘when the student is ready the teacher appears’ could not be more true. I was done looking externally for the answers. I knew what was required, no more dancing around the edges, I had to courageously take a deep dive within; trusting to heal and to reclaim my power that this was the only way.
I found my living angel, a Somatic Psychotherapist who was finally the one able to guide me to feel my pain, and get to know my fear and anxiety. And most importantly she helped me get into my body again and to heal. This along side a few key alternative healing modalities, was so powerful and the beginning of the greatest transformation of my life.
The second most significant marker in my journey came in 2007 when I delved into studying Soul-Centered Psychotherapy. A deep dive that turned my life further upside-down and inside-out. As it turns out the entire year I felt I was walking through hell was in fact the greatest year of my life. A true turning point that aligned me to my purpose, and my business of transforming human potential was born!
I’ve dedicated almost 30 years now to understand human dynamics, spiritually and philosophy of self to help show you the way. But more than that, my journey has shown me there is a ‘recipe’ for a great life, a map and compass leading to the pot of gold. And an alchemist within each of us all awaiting ignition to create a truly great life.
What I have been gifted is the ability to see you; where you are, what's in the way, and how to navigate your life's path. As your guide I provide you your map and compass, help you to feel and heal, and most importantly awaken your inner-alchemist for you to reclaim your power. This is what I now share in my 1:1 sessions and transformational programs and retreats.
Work with me
As a trained Holistic Counsellor and Soul-Centered Practitioner I work as a mentor, healer, speaker & facilitator of transformational events and retreats. I believe that a holistic approach is essential to fulfil our greatest potential. And that we must be willing to do our inner-word to awaken our true nature, and to successfully navigate life congruent in our mind, body, heart and soul.
Lara has extensively studied human dynamics for 25 years including;
Soul-centered Psychotherapy (including Character Structures, Thought Matrix, Chakra and Meridian Counselling and Healing, Body & Soul Trauma, Focusing and Mindfulness, Therapeutic attention, Soulful Presence Counselling, Muscle testing and ESR (Emotional Stress Release)
Alchemy - Greek Mythology, Judaism, Aristotle, Spirit and Soul.
Psychometric/behavioural assessment accredited
NLP - Neuro Linguistic Programming
Emotional Intelligence, Communication, and Leadership certified.
Lara also have a Cert IV and Advanced Cert IV in training and assessment.
Lara is a published author in the Adventures in Manifesting series, along side Joe Vitale, Sarah Prout and other well-known holistic thought leaders. In this chapter, The Choice Point, Lara tells her story of how she was able to energetically redirect her life, to learn to make conscious and deliberate choices to create a life she loves. To order your copy CLICK HERE.
Lara guides you to fulfil your greatest potential. She is a Visionary exploring the outer edges of consciousness and human Lara believe that it’s time to reclaim our power, to fulfil our greatest potential and in turn impact a better world. And to do this we have to have the courage to continually do our inner-work, this is what Lara has coined as the Greatness Warriors™ Path. A time to live, love and lead in a new way.. inside-and-out.
Lara is a seasoned facilitator of transformational events, and has shared her knowledge with over 2000 businesses and over 10,000 individuals within Australia and internationally through her mentoring programs, training, workshops, retreats and speaking engagements.
Lara brings over 30 years of vast experience as a business owner, corporate leader and entrepreneur, combined with her broad studies of human behaviour including: Soul-centered Psychotherapy, Counselling, Psychometric assessments, Emotional Intelligence, Spirituality and Philosophy of Self.
Through her extensive life and business experience, and continually exploring the outer edges of consciousness and human potential, Lara is on the forefront blazing new trails within her transformational and leadership programs. On a quest to bring truth, love and wisdom back to the planet, Lara now works with the Seekers, Evolutionary Leaders and Greatness Warriors™.
Lara has been gifted with the ability to see you; where you are, what's in the way, and how to navigate your life's path. Her approach is to inspire Greatness both personally and professionally.
Exploring topics of consciousness, self-leadership, paradigms, heart-based communication, human dynamics, spiritual truths, myth-busters and taboo topics, Lara shows you how you can live a congruent and whole life in work and play.