Gabrielle Clark
Dip. Couns. 
Cert. Initiatic Art Therapy
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (Adv.)
Whole Body Focusing Practitioner (Trainee)

Member Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute - SETI
Member International Focusing Institute

ABN:74 463 458 327

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Perhaps you are struggling with chronic stress, anxiety, depression or other symptoms of trauma?

Maybe you have tried lots of different things and have given up hope?

Please stay a while.... and if something here resonates for you please reach out. 

​Due to past or current traumatic or difficult situations we may find our bodies are stuck on high alert or shut down... or both.
We may sense a heaviness, feelings of hopelessness or despair in the background of our being.

Or maybe we are unable to rest or have developed addictive behaviours or syndromes such as chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.

Sometimes we may be struggling with life and don't even know why.

These are signposts and alerts begging us to stop and pay attention.

These places of pain or discomfort know more about the problem than we do...welcome them!
They are our bodies management strategies that have been working in overdrive to keep us safe. 

In our sessions I will invite you to drop into the body space and ask you to notice the sensations and  impulses that occur naturally when we slow down and pay attention. 
These are the doorways that will lead us to the right next steps or insights that are needed.
When places in us are given space, time and unconditional acceptance we will eventually notice they change.

My training as a  therapist, my own traumatic life experiences and my own ongoing therapeutic work give me confidence to say that being in a therapeutic space with a safe, non-judgemental person is a special and transformative experience that is a gift to ourselves and others we interact with in the wider environment. 
To be heard and understood exactly as we are without judgement or unwanted advice is a gift.

Traumatic events and other difficulties we experience in our lives can be exhausting.
You dont have to handle it all on your own.
In fact it is often too difficult to transform these stuck places on our own even though we try.

​We don't get over trauma but it can be transformed.

 "Every bad feeling is potential energy toward a more right way of being if you give it space to move toward its rightness."
                                                             Eugene Gendlin.

Hi Im Gabe...​​

My mission is to provide a safe and accepting space where people can explore their own unique way of being in the world without judgement.
I work in partnership with you as we trust in your own bodys knowing of your right next steps toward the direction that is uniquely yours. 


I chose the name Manawa  because it encompasses all aspects of a person that I feel need to be included in therapy.

Heart, soul, spirit, mind, life breath and time.

In Maori it means the heart, both the material organ and the heart as the seat of the emotions. 

In the Hawaiian Isles Manawa means the spirit, among other things; at Mangaia which is in the Cook Islands it denotes the mind, or spirit; in French Polynesia at Marquesas the life breath; and at Mangareva the soul.

In Hawaii it also refers to time.

We have time in our sessions to address whatever comes up, time for places that have been forgotten, repressed or unacknowledged,  time to be accepted just as they are. 

Deep change comes from giving places in us time and space and accepting them unconditionally.