Healer Amanda Harris helping others overcome odds by sharing personal story of grief | Bega District News

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Bega-based healer and therapist Amanda Harris has received international acclaim for her business. When finding out she had won an honourable mention in the "overcoming the odds" category of the 2021 Global Mother's Business awards, Ms Harris said she'd been overjoyed. "To be nominated for this particular award, overcoming the odds, that's huge for me, because it's what I'm all about," she said. The Global Business Mothers Awards is about supporting mothers in business from all over the world. The awards help them come together to promote their business, connect with fellow mothers in business and celebrate their successes. Ms Harris said the part that stood out most about this achievement was the opportunity to share her story and be nominated by clients who recognised her for her "ability to heal or give them hope". Ms Harris said the recognition would benefit other healers as well. "It's a really big win for my industry, I'm all about the natural healing, and I believe every single thing we need to heal is within us, so I'm all about empowering those to harness and to harvest that," she said. READ ALSO: Chicks with Chainsaws program empowering women in bushfire affected region Ms Harris was a finalist in two categories leading up to the announcement - for the women changing the world award and the overcoming the odds award. "Those two categories are so close to me and my journey, and what I'm all about. Obviously, the overcoming the odds, I started my journey through my own healing, through my own trauma," Ms Harris said. Ms Harris's journey to becoming a healer and therapist was prompted by her own lived experience of trauma and grief. After losing her sister to suicide, while being eight months pregnant, she found herself in a dark place, where the light in the tunnel came in the form of holistic healing practices. "I was actually a learning support teacher, lost my sister to suicide, and then experienced PTSD, anxiety, depression, and, you know, a really strong disconnect from myself and everything in that grief," Ms Harris said. "My own journey is sort of what's catapulted me on to helping others." Ms Harris said she'd been inspired by the healing she'd undergone from other therapists and set out to train and become one herself so she could help others in future. "So that began, my journey of thinking, 'the world needs to know there's so much more than medication'. "Yes there's a place in modern medicine, but there's also a place for deeper healing and connecting within yourself to get back to wellness," she said. Ms Harris first started working as a therapist at Young in 2020, having moved there to take care of her ill mother. Then at the start of the year Ms Harris moved to Bega and opened up her office above Mal's Pizza Bite near Coles, in Bega. READ ALSO: National Park name change to 'put an end to Boyd's reign', says Monaroo Elder BJ Cruse During her time of training of becoming a Combined Therapy Cocktail therapist (CTC), which means learning a combination of numerous therapies, she'd underwent an intensive training program, of 12 hour days for three weeks straight. Coming out of it she was able to practice neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), emotional freedom technique (EFT), reiki, hypnosis and energy healing and clearing. Ms Harris said she found although she'd gathered a multitude of therapy qualifications for different healing practices, the biggest pull her clients felt when choosing her as their therapist was her lived experience. "I guess sharing my story, you know, it works because people go 'oh my god, if you can heal, then maybe I can heal'," she said. Ms Harris said the ongoing motivation fuelling her desire to heal and raise awareness on the importance of healing past traumas, stems from the stigma and shame in seeking help of which her sister had suffered. "My dream is that one day those who have the courage and the strength to heal will be admired and celebrated, and that the old stigma and shame of seeking help will fade away to nothing," Ms Harris said. "People still have so much shame and I'm all about outing that. So I add my own stories and my own things that I've overcome to assist others in feeling free to do the same. "My business is a legacy in honour of my sister, I would not be here, had that not have occurred," she said. READ ALSO: Take your pets to meet Santa - Animal Welfare League's Santa Paws photo event returns to Bega Valley



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