Cindy Aulby  |  David Byrom   |   Anna de Little  |  Julie Gribble  |  Kate McCarthy  |  Melanie Paul  |  Vashti Pontaks  |  Gilad Shavit  |  Angela Vincent  |  Jake William

Cindy Aulby

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Cindy is the Director of Hobart Breathing Space.

She has worked in Hobart since 1997 as a Body Centred Counsellor and teacher, Breathwork Practitioner and teacher, Inner Guide, Group Facilitator, Healer and Artist.

Cindy is a heartful and compassionate practitioner, currently offering Breathowrk and Body Centred Counselling sessions for individuals and couples.

"The guiding light of all my work is the knowing that we are all exactly who we are meant to be, that our work is to uncover the truth of who we already are, to undo and heal the damage that gets in the way of that, and to unlearn who we've been taught to be.

I have been gifted with a great love of human-ness. So each time I sit with another human being in their inner work, I am privileged to be allowed access to more of what makes us tick - what gives us joy, what hurts, how we handle our pain, how we heal and how we come back to our wholeness. I offer my knowing about the stuff of being human, given to me by thousands of hours of being present to thousands of ordinary and extraordinary human stories.

I have learned that we can open to change when we feel safe. If we feel threatened, unloved or unheard, we shut down. Our survival instinct takes over and we become defensive. So my passion is to be a compassionate guide."

See Journey to the Heart for more information on Cindy, her qualifications and her work.

Contact Cindy on 0429 167 480

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 David Byrom

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David is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Psychotherapist with 38 years counselling experience. This includes counselling in Hospitals, Sexual Health, Rehabilitation, Schools, Employment Assistance, community agencies and in private practice, with children, adults, couples and families.

Working as a counsellor with a trauma focus, David works with people of all ages and backgrounds.  He has worked in the areas of torture, sexual abuse, domestic violence, loss and grief, critical incident management, cultural displacement, and other difficult life issues.

He believes that recovery from trauma restores a sense of dignity and justice and allows for more control over one’s life. This occurs when traumatic experiences can be transformed by a deeper understanding of the specific trauma and its consequential impacts on the body.  When people are able to better manage these impacts, the mind can often heal itself.

David is able to see clients with a Mental Health Care Plan from their GP or paediatrician, who are then eligible for a rebate under Medicare

David’s engaging and grounded approach assists clients to gain the knowledge and skills to achieve meaningful solutions to problems. Interventions are designed to make sense and make a difference.

Approaches include:

  • Strengths focused counselling
  • Hypnosis
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
  • In Vivo Imaginary CBT
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Relaxation & Mindfulness training

Contact David:

Phone:  0428 136 867    |    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Anna de Little

Anna profile photoAnna is a Registered Art Therapist (AThR)

Anna first found art therapy back when she was a teenager, using drawing, painting and collage to work through times of anxiety and depression.  From this love of art-making and the way it could both soothe and guide her, came Anna’s belief in the power of creativity to heal.  Anna majored in fine art and psychology in her undergraduate degree before completing a Masters of Art Therapy at La Trobe University (MA ATh).  She has since worked extensively in the Mental Health field in hospital and community settings with both adolescents and adults.  She has worked with people experiencing a variety of mental health issues and challenging life circumstances.  She has also run self-development sessions for individuals and professional development workshops for organisations.

Art therapy is a process where clients use their imagination and creativity to explore personal challenges through art-making such as drawing, painting and sculpture.  Intuitive answers often emerge and exciting new forms of self-expression can be discovered.  The making in art therapy connects mind and body and brings you into the here and now, which promotes relaxation and a positive mood shift.  Through reflection on the creative process and the artwork, clients can feel empowered by new insights into the self and reconnected to strengths that may have been overshadowed.

Anna provides art therapy in a friendly and encouraging space where hopes and struggles are explored through art-making and talking.  She is passionate that people tap into their creative force no matter what they believe about their ability to be creative.  Anna will never analyse your artwork for meaning, rather she will facilitate you to find your own meaning and connect you to your own wisdom.  

Anna offers art therapy sessions at Hobart Breathing Space.

Contact Anna on 0405 619 157

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 Julie Gribble

Julie Gribble3Julie has been a dedicated practitioner of Gita style yoga for the past 12 years under the tutelage of Lynn Romeo, senior teacher in the Gita tradition.  She has recently deepened and extended her knowledge and practice by completing the Gold Diploma of Teaching with Gita International in Melbourne.

The Gold Diploma is fully recognised by Yoga Australia, the overarching body for yoga teachers, and the course includes over 900 hours of input, teaching practise, and supervised experience in addition to personal classes.

Gita style yoga is a holistic form of Hatha yoga formulated to meet the needs of western bodies and minds.  It has its roots deep in the ancient wisdom teachings but is presented within a modern scientifically and medically validated framework.  Its particular focus is on soothing and recalibrating our nervous system and our endocrine system, both of which are increasingly found to be out of balance in our stressful modern world.

The yoga Julie teaches is about living from the heart as well as the head, and nourishing the inner life in order to flourish.  It’s about bringing our body, mind and emotions into balance so that we can listen to our intuition and allow our inner voice to be our guide.  Her aim is to help others in their quest to live more consciously and richly so that we may become more authentically the person we are truly here to be.

You are the ONLY you, the only person who can truly know what resonates and is right for you.  In a Gita style class you develop at your own pace and within your own limits by learning to listen deeply to the promptings within.  There is no judgement, no competition, no criticism, just a safe space to explore and nurture the self in the way that is right for YOU.

Julie is passionate about the life-enhancing nature of Gita style yoga, and will support you on your journey with empathy and compassion. She firmly believes that yoga provides a joyful  opportunity for ‘a different way of being’ in the world, bringing balance, harmony and awareness to all levels of our being.

Its benefits are immeasurable and can assist in the development of:

  • Better health and wellbeing
  • More vitality and energy
  • Less emotional reactivity and a greater sense of calm
  • A quieter mind
  • Stress release
  • Improved immune system response
  • A sense of being grounded and increased self reliance
  • A deeper sense of fulfilment in life
  • The confidence to live and speak your own truth

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Kate McCarthy

Kate McCarthy picKate trained with the originator of Muscle Inflammation Therapy, Terry McCarthy, honing her natural healing abilities and extensive knowledge of the musculoskeletal system through hands on treatments in Kuala Lumpur and now in Hobart. There are only four practitioners worldwide. 

‘When we strain and injure ourselves, we ignore and over-ride the 'factory settings' we were born with that dictate correct postural, growth and muscular functions. This leads to back, neck and joint pain. Using just one finger, Muscle Inflammation Therapy restores muscles to their 'factory settings' to give safe, natural relief from pain. This allows the body to heal itself. Massage is not a part of the treatment. There is no manipulation, cracking or crunching.

Our pain is a result of misusing our bodies, mainly through bad posture, but also from the twists and strains we suffer as part of normal living.’ Terry McCarthy, originator of Muscle Inflammation Therapy.

Kate will restore movement, remove pain, numbness and tingling which will help your posture, yoga, training, sleep and every day activity. 

Kate is available every Tuesday at Hobart Breathing Space.

Please call 0429 517 251 to make a booking.

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Melanie Paul

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Hi, I’m Melanie. I’m a registered arts therapist, NDIS provider and professional member of ANZACATA. I offer a calm and thoughtful approach to arts therapy that is grounded in experiential psychotherapy.

I have a Masters degree in Therapeutic Arts Practice from the MIECAT Institute and experience in working with children, youth and adults who have diverse abilities and mental health needs. When working with young people, my previous training and experience as an early childhood teacher informs my approach to therapeutic play and arts-making for enhancing children’s holistic development, well-being and capacity to make sense of their world.

The arts in therapy help us to communicate something beyond words and explore unknown or unnamed aspects of our lives. Difficult emotions can be represented using a variety of art forms and attended to in a non-judgemental way. Any insights that arise in-process offer opportunities for further inquiry and meaning-making as we reflect on new ways of being with ourselves and others in our life.

Arts modalities may include: clay work; sand tray; painting, drawing or collage; sound and movement; sensory motor; assemblage and sculpture; play therapy; fibre-arts and textiles. I believe that people of all ages and abilities can benefit from having time and space to reflect, express and make-meaning through a supported therapeutic arts process.

For more information, please visit my website or contact me directly via email:

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Vashti Pontaks

vashti pontaksVashti discovered yoga as a young child attending classes with her mother, and was drawn to the feeling of connection and clarity she experienced. She went on to graduate in Hatha and Multi Style Yoga at Siddhi Yoga in the Himalayan village of Dharamkot in India.

Vashti knows deeply the healing powers of yoga, and the transformative power of living a yogic way of life. She is a warm, thoughtful and informative teacher, bringing much heart and an open approach to her teaching, to guide, nourish and support you in your practice.

Her yoga style is mostly from the Hatha tradition, incorporating pranayama breathing exercises in each class. Pranayama cleanses and energises thousands of channels in the body, benefiting the entire system.

Vashti believes yoga should be for everyone and accessible to the whole community. You don’t have to be a guru, expert or even fit, just come as you are and begin. It’s about meeting yourself as you are, releasing yourself to your practice and allowing the space to move forward with more awareness, inner trust and openness.Vashti photo

Ajna Yoga – Ajna is the name of the third eye chakra. It is here that we move into awareness, free from distractions, mind, ego and attachments, and connect with our intuition, purpose and higher self. When Ajna is balanced we feel open, clear, focused, connected, insightful and trusting of our inner wisdom.

Classes are 75 minutes we look forward to sharing time, space and practice with you.

Contact Vashti at Ajna Yoga

Phone: 0438 783 464

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Gilad Shavit

Gilad picFounder of Breathers. Licensed Body-Mind Therapist from Israel. Now based in Port Sorell, Northern Tasmania. 

Certificated and well experienced in Yoga Instruction, Rebirthing-Breathwork, Reiki, Tibetan Bowl Therapy as well as Life and Health Coaching. Gilad works with individuals, couples, groups and organizations. He leads workshops around the world, using movement, breath, mindfulness and coaching for healing and empowering.

Since 2001 Gilad has been accompanying and empowering individuals, leading changes from within and helping people to improve their abilities, confidence, stability, physical and mental balance and stamina. Specialising in PTSD, anxiety, depression and self discovery. 

"I am here to support you through life’s most complex and difficult matters. I truly care about my patient's well-being and aim to give the top of the line services catered to your own needs."

With love, 

Gilad Shavit 

+61 (0) 400821773

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 Angela Vincent

Angela VincentClinical Hypnotherapist, Registered Nurse, Mindfulness Practitioner, and Hypnobirthing Practitioner.

Angela combines her Clinical Hypnotherapy Diploma and her qualifications as a Registered Nurse specialising in oncology to provide practical medical hypnotherapy and education to patients and their families. Angela assists clients that require medically-focused clinical hypnotherapy and psychotherapy for a wide range of physical and mental conditions.

“This is a natural practise for me. I’m passionate about the benefits of Mindfulness Meditation and building a positive mindset through the development of self-acceptance and self-compassion.

The decision to train as a Clinical Hypnotherapist originated during my time working as an Oncology Nurse. I saw a need to better support people undergoing cancer treatments and decided to learn more about the way we deal with stress and anxiety. I have since worked with people at the end stages of life, assisting to ease their distress and provide comfort and support to both patients and their families.

While having two baby boys of my own, I learned the hard way how our sense of fear can disrupt the natural instinct to birth, which lead to my training in the practise of hypnobirthing.

I also have a keen interest in the body’s mechanics and particularly the Gut-Brain connection and its links to stress and anxiety.

I enjoy the challenges and the value of releasing an unwanted habit or exploring an issue that a patient has never felt safe enough to discuss before. I love seeing clients gain an understanding of their self-worth and assisting them in creating a courageous new self."

More information here:

Phone Angela: 0412 502 853

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Jake William



Jake William (Snepvangers) is a mentor and facilitator of personal growth experiences. Jake works extensively on creating experiences for people to explore who they are and what they want to bring to the world.

Jake’s purpose with all his work is to create opportunities for people to live more meaningful & fulfilling lives, experiencing all aspects of what life can offer. This is the true nature of empowerment — to come to the world as a whole human, fully accepting of what life has been up to the present moment and having the courage to fully embody all that you can be - regardless of the judgements of others.

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