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I'm a wife, a Mum of 4 kids ranging in age from 11 to 22, an Autism Parent Adviser, a Mental Health Coach and Counsellor, and Founder & CEO of a Youth and Family Mental Health Support Charity. I live on the beautiful Central Coast of NSW, Australia. I have a passion for helping families thrive.

Over the years I've helped Mums through many issues, particularily in the area of disability, special needs and Autism. I know that there are times when there is conflicting information, whilst other times there is limited access to services, which makes it easy to become disheartened, confused and lose confidence in your ability to parent.

However, I also know that as Mums we have so much more power in helping our children thrive than we actually believe. We know our children like no one else could, and we certainly love them like no one else ever could! 

I combine my 22 years of parenting, including 18 years of raising a son with autism, with my professional experience and qualifications in the areas of mental health, autism parent support and youth work to help families such as yours. I will help guide you in helping your child become the amazing person that God intended them to be.

My Experience
  • Parent Advisor - Autism & Youth
  • Mental Health Advisor and Program Director
  • Founder & CEO of Choose Thrive Inc (a Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing Charity)
  • Founder of Women on a Mission (an inititive which brings women together to support other women in crisis)
  • Founder of Youth in Action (a Volunteer Community Youth Outreach program I established at our local church)
  • Youth Coach, Max Potential (multiple years, multiple year 11 students including two with disabilities)
  • Youth Mentor, Youth Frontiers (multiple years, multiple year 9 students)
  • Youth Minister, Our Lady of the Rosary, Wyoming
  • 22 years of parenting, including parenting a child with autism
My Professional Development
  • Diploma Youth and Community Work - DipYouth (Christian)
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Certificate
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Boundaries - Dr Henry Cloud 
  • Understanding Adolescence
  • Work effectively with young people
  • Attachment Disorder
  • Wellbeing and Emotional Wellness when working with Complex Trauma
  • Brain Development and Trauma
  • Trauma Resolution and Healing
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self Awareness/Mindfulness
  • Advocacy
  • Cert IV Business Administration
  • Current Working with Children Check
  • Current NSW Police Check
  • St John First Aid Certificate
Professional Memberships
  • Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)
  • Blue Knot Foundation
  • Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association
  • Australian Christian Mentoring Network

"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord.
"Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future"

Jeremiah 29:11

Authentically Autism is a Autism Parent program created by Michele Gower. Be supported in raising your child with Autism, by a Mum who already has.

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