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Having grown up in the Geelong Region in a loving and supportive family, Nicole experienced trauma fairly early on in life. At the age of 11 she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted from a train station carpark. This single event has been the catalyst for Nicole suffering anxiety for most of her life. She has experienced sexual assault several times in her life, again at 16 and 18.

At age 16 Nicole started drinking heavily to self-medicate. Putting herself in harmful situations, and becoming increasingly reliant on alcohol, Nicole continued on this path until the age of 30 when she decided to get sober.

During her 15 years of alcohol abuse, Nicole managed to maintain study and careers in Accounting, Law and then Community Services, managing Wyngate Care which works directly with people with disabilities, aged care, mental health, drug and alcohol, youth, homeless, children and families, for the past 20 years, and eventually buying the company 14 years ago.

Since getting sober, Nicole has worked tirelessly over the past 11 years to gain control of her life, using a holistic approach to her own healing. Picking up regular meditation practice (which she began at age 16 and credits for saving her life many times over), Nicole stepped back onto the spiritual path, using many eastern techniques such as reiki, yoga, acupuncture, kinesiology, holistic counselling/coaching, meditation/creative visualisation, personal development/positive thinking, and muscle testing techniques through the Spiral and Compass programs.

Starting a further two companies in this time, Sharnic Connect which provides Support Coordination and Plan Management to NDIS participants and Empowered Liveability which builds Specialist Disability Accommodation, doing meaningful heartfelt work, has been the catalyst for a lot of healing. Not just following her passions, but living from her core values, and building business practices around those values to ensure she is always working in alignment with her highest truth.

Over this time, Nicole has worked with many people who have been on the same path she has, with similar backgrounds to her with sexual assault, drug and alcohol, anxiety and post traumatic stress issues. Helping others has inevitably helped Nicole heal herself, learning from experience, growing with her clients. Specialising in women in business that have trauma, anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug abuse issues blocking them from building their business.

Meeting her husband Christian in 2007 and their subsequent relationship, marriage and now sharing parenthood, has been her steepest learning curve, finding someone who not only understands where she has been, but who also shares the same commitment to self healing and recovery.

Together they have helped each other, and so many people achieve similar outcomes, and empowered many people to take positive action to their own healing, to take control, and take responsibility for themselves and their mental well-being.

They now run workshops together, and also do one on one or group counselling.

Nicole's Companies

Wyngate Care

Direct Care disablity, mental health for Plan Managed NDIS participants

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Sharnic Connect

Specialist Support Coordination and Plan Management company servicing Victorian NDIS participants who require quality support and financial plan management

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Empowered Liveability

Specialist Disability Accommodation for people with disabilities and mental health complex housing needs

To visit Empowered Liveability go to

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