Testimonials

When I first met Lorella I’d been on a (Buddhist) spiritual path for 18 years and had spent many years in psychodynamic psychotherapy. I had a good understanding of my story and the impact of the patterns that played out in my life. Lorella guided me to a whole new level of embodied awareness; Finally I was able to have an experiential sense of the story and to digest the pain. 

Each session has been powerful and healing. She listens with patience to my ramblings and intuitively identifies the key thread that will bring me home to myself. Through her modelling, I now have an observer or witness part on board; I can hold myself at times of distress and appreciate the joy during the good times. 

Lorella’s emotion and body practices have given me a way out of the numbness of dissociation. I’m able to rest more often in the peace and calm that I’ve longed for all my life. I trust that she has been on this journey ahead of me and her wisdom and insight are deeply precious. 

SK

Executive Coach, Sydney

I have learnt so much that has changed my life forever. Initially I found it challenging to put my ‘story’ aside and start paying attention to the quality of my emotions, perceptions and subtle feelings. Now I have a jewel of knowing that will always stay with me.
 
I work in mental health and have an excellent understanding of current literature and best practices. But nothing compares to when your therapist is actually doing the work too. When knowledge comes from having traversed, learned and integrated their own psyche. No qualification guarantees this expertise. Somatic work requires this level of understanding, so it can be a harder to come by and not as easily a commodity. Now I understand why – it took a while for my body to trust the process. If you have done your research you will know somatic is the gold standard of trauma therapy and integration. Lorella embodies the wisdom and grace to help bring you home within yourself. Whilst therapy can be challenging, Lorella seems to track these challenges and have techniques to make those dark unknown parts of us feel safe, seen and met.
 
I can recall so many times the feeling of relief leaving her office. I am so grateful for coming into her practice when I did. I was at my rock bottom, for a long time. Having panic attacks, migraines, depression and so much more. I didn’t really know what was missing in my treatment.
 
Lorella taught me without ‘teaching’ that I could hold myself! I thought I was already doing it, but I was really doing something else – like judging or punishing or nagging myself. The inner voice isn’t the only thing, there is so much more to know and understand and hold within ourselves. Lorella is a wise woman with a birds eye perspective on the psyche, along with a kind, nurturing, intelligent and authentic way of being. She has so much to offer. Learning, understanding and practicing somatic therapy is now a life long commitment for me, as I have been given myself back through this process. 
MW

Psych Nurse, Byron Shire

I met Lorella at a time of deep suffering and chronic illness – she quite literally saved my life. I had tried a handful of other practitioners that had not known how to hold me in my experience. I had felt deeply invalidated, and would feel exhausted at just the thought of going to see them and having to talk everything through. At that time I too held the false belief that therapy or “doing the work” is meant to be hard. I’m so grateful Lorella has taught me a different way, a way to get out of the relentless stories of the mind, and into the heart and body. Our sessions never feel hard. She has taught me that therapy can be relaxing, lazy, healing, and full of ease, flow and just “being” however I am in any moment. I always really look forward to seeing her!

Lorella has the most genuine, loving, kind, gigantic heart, and the softest, most compassionate, nurturing, deeply intuitive nature and energy. She is the first person in my life with whom I have felt deeply seen, held and validated, without any effort or explanations. This has been so healing in itself. The way she sees and holds all of me, and knows where I’m at, often without me even saying a word. She has helped me to know, understand and accept myself.

Whereas other therapists might focus on the outer layers (eg. thoughts, beliefs, stories, etc.) where we often get hooked or stuck, Lorella is teaching me to go within, to navigate my inner world, to love and integrate all parts of me, and to become a whole human being for the first time in my life. She reads every tiny facial gesture and body movement and tracks all of me so beautifully throughout each session, so that when a hidden shadow part arises, she can show me how to hold this vulnerability in love and compassion. She is teaching me to reconcile my relationship with all these hidden parts of myself, how to be with their feelings, and how to listen to and decipher the messages they carry. Lorella has taught me to honour all of the gifts that come with being a sensitive being.

There truly aren’t enough words to express how grateful I am to have found Lorella and to be learning so much about myself through her wide experience. I have never felt more supported in my life and am forever grateful to have her in my healing team.

NL

Psychologist, Byron Shire

I have been practising deep self-enquiry and inner healing for over 25 years, in many different ways – from studying Psychology and Counselling, to working as a therapeutic carer for children with trauma, and as a foster carer, to immersing myself in years of meditation and spiritual connection. I have received different therapies along the way to support my own healing and then practise as a safe space holder for others’ healing. The most effective of these therapies has been my work with Lorella. Her approach, which includes Hakomi Somatic Psychotherapy and Somatic Meditation, has enabled and empowered me to access the core of my issues and shift and integrate them in the most effective and efficient way, to cultivate greater embodied harmony and well-being within myself and so with others. I recommend Lorella to anyone seeking grounded support and skills to manage and ease any personal and universal suffering, and reconnect to one’s infinite source of love and peace.

 
CC

Foster Carer, Byron Shire

I have struggled with strong emotions for almost my whole life. For many years I thought something was really wrong with me. It was only when I met Lorella that I finally experienced this relief that I wasn’t crazy. I felt understood.
 
From the first appointment, I found a safe and nurturing space which has made integrating my childhood experiences so much easier. I’ve been learning about how to navigate any emotions in the body, through her intuition, sweetness and clear guidance, and actually feel them. By learning more about the subtle body and the unconscious mind, I’m learning to be present moment-by-moment to any emotions that get stirred in me, regardless of their intensity.
 
Lorella has given me enough tools to make this process exciting and playful, even if at times it can still be really challenging.
PN

Ayurveda Practitioner, Murwillumbah

I am continually recommending Lorella to my friends as I’ve found her sessions so supportive and transformative.
 
She helps me access the subconscious parts of me I am often not connected to. She holds space in such a way that I can surrender to the unknown and meet these parts that need my unconditional love and tender attention. I’ve often seen Lorella for ’emergency’ situations, where I’ve been in trauma response and I’ve come out the other side being able to breathe and hold myself. Rather than numbing the heightened emotional response to make it stop in moments I’m feeling out of control.
 
I highly recommend Lorella’s work as a form of emotional healing and processing.
TB

Business Manager, Gold Coast

Lorella transformed my relationship to my feelings, my body, my sex life, my partner and my own clients. I looked forward to every session and knew that whatever state I was in, I was welcome and I would be received with genuine warmth and wisdom. The techniques and practices she teaches I continue to use daily to help me navigate my inner world. I am very grateful that I was able to receive exactly what I needed when I needed it from this truly amazing therapist. 

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NI

Clinical Psychologist, Byron Shire

I m so grateful to Lorella and what she does. Our sessions have blown my mind many times and showed me a new way to ‘be’ with myself and the outcome is truly life changing. My relationships have benefited immensely and my parenting is gentler as I also learn to ‘hold’ myself. Lorella has this incredible capacity to take me deep into myself in a short period of time. Her approach is gentle yet powerful.  Can’t speak highly enough. Thank you Lorella!

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AF

Interior Designer & Mother, Byron Shire

I have worked with Lorella on and off for over seven years and she is my most favourite therapist ever (and I have seen quite a few of them!). She is exquisitely skilled at using Hakomi, has an extraordinarily loving presence and brings in a wealth of experience from other modalities she has trained in like sexological bodywork and meditation. If you are into approaching your difficulties with mindfulness and in the body, I can’t recommend her highly enough, both as an individual or as a couple’s therapist. 

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MJ

Life and Empowerment Coach, Byron Shire

Lorella is a kind, gentle, soothing presence. She has walked with me into parts of my nature I have never before welcomed. She has helped me to find aspects of my nature I have never known exist or given my attention to. This has lead to a calmer and firmer trust in my self, and to being more self loving. She is always so careful to hold and enable me and I leave the sessions with new insights, understandings and energy.

DO

Artist, Byron Shire

I have been seeing Lorella for some time  with complex trauma issues. 

She has held space for me consistently and compassionately during my sessions, offering  modalities that are supportive, healing and empowering, including in times of extreme stress and overwhelm.

I have always felt completely safe with her.

JG

Consultant, Byron Shire

Lorella works deeply and intuitively and creates a space where one can work enter the unconscious world of our feelings and emotions we are often so cut off from.

JR

Byron Shire