Why I believe I am the right mindfulness and money coach, therapist and trainer for you

As a therapist and coach my role is to be fully present with my clients in a way that allows them to explore their various issues. I assist clients to mindfully gain a greater understanding of how their thoughts, emotions and habitual patterns are influencing their lives and then develop tools and ways to manage these more effectively to allow increased acceptance, peace, fulfilment and joy.

I have extensive knowledge, understanding and training in mindfulness both formally and through working with mindfulness teachers and supervisors. My formal education also includes completing a Masters in counselling and psychotherapy.  

It is important to choose the right coach or therapist - someone that you can relate to in an open way and that you feel really understands where you are coming from. I feel that I am able to bring present awareness, calmness, compassion and empathic support into my sessions with clients. I use a variety of different modalities in my sessions including Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), focusing and a mindfulness approach.


Gavin ElchholzMy work and life journey

I am a mindfulness based coach/trainer, money coach, psychotherapist and Chartered Accountant.

In the last 15 years I embarked on a personal self-development journey that was sparked by an interest in meditation, mindfulness and how the mind works. I am passionate about mindfulness and meditation and have used them daily in my life for an extended period of time utilising a variety of different approaches and skills. I have done numerous meditation and mindfulness based retreats and workshops all over the world including three 10 day insight meditation retreats.

I operate my coaching/psychotherapy business Empower to Shine to assist people with relationship issues, anxiety, stress and depression. In addition, I assist clients in gaining more clarity and confidence with various life issues, workplace issues or in managing change in their lives.

I am also a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience working in corporates, accounting practices, a start up and financial planning. I do money coaching for individuals on using mindfulness to become aware of limiting money related beliefs and to effectively manage stress / anxiety over money related issues and decisions.  I also assist clients to determine their financial goals, monitor their spending habits and develop and maintain a positive relationship with money.

My practice and understanding of mindfulness has allowed me to get an experiential understanding of how it positively impacts my moment to moment experience of life. I have a passion for sharing the benefits of mindfulness with others through facilitating mindfulness and meditation sessions with individuals, groups or in workplaces. I also run mindfulness in nature and mindfulness and money workshops.

I completed my Masters in counselling and psychotherapy in 2014.I also obtained my Statement of Attainment as telephone counsellor with LifeLine Australia and worked as telephone counsellor both in a paid and volunteer capacity.

In addition, I have an interest in neuroscience, epigenetics and quantum physics and how these can be applied to daily living and corporations. I feel that I have the ability to apply my wide skill base to facilitate strategic, embodied and empowered change. I bring present awareness, compassion and empathic support into my interactions with others.

Gavin is also an Associate of Mindfulness Works Australia which is the largest provider of mindfulness training and education in both Australia and New Zealand.
 

Specific qualifications

Specifically my qualifications in addition to the substantial amount of time I have spent doing my own mindfulness practice, research, self-development, reading and meditation retreats are as follows:

  • Masters in Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy (2014) – Jansen Newman Institute
  • Diploma of Financial Planning (2016) - Kaplan Professional
  • Statement of Attainment as telephone counsellor (2012) - LifeLine Australia
  • Advanced Psych-K Facilitator (2009)
  • Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy (2008) – Jansen Newman Institute
  • Completed Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) examinations Level 1 (2000), Level 2 (2001), Level 3 (2003) - The Association for Investment Management and Research
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting (1998) - University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Bachelor of Business Science (Honours) in the special field of Business Finance (1997)- University of Cape Town, South Africa

Professional Memberships

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Membership number – 300786

Call Gavin today on 0415 065 261 
Or email:
 gavin@empowertoshine.com.au

My work and life journey

I am a mindfulness based coach/trainer, money coach, psychotherapist and Chartered Accountant.

In the last 15 years I embarked on a personal self-development journey that was sparked by an interest in meditation, mindfulness and how the mind works. I am passionate about mindfulness and meditation and have used them daily in my life for an extended period of time utilising a variety of different approaches and skills. I have done numerous meditation and mindfulness based retreats and workshops all over the world including three 10 day insight meditation retreats.

I completed my Masters in counselling and psychotherapy in 2014.I also obtained my Statement of Attainment as telephone counsellor with LifeLine Australia and worked as telephone counsellor both in a paid and volunteer capacity.