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We are committed to you. We use a team approach to ensure that our Psychosocial Recovery Coaches are there at the right time with the right skills.

Our team comes from a background of lived and learned experience. That means we are always professional but we have an understanding that runs deep. We’ve been there. We get it.

As well as hearing your specific requirements, our team of coaches has an understanding of NDIS planning and mental health. We’re essentially your very own cheer squad, advocates, guides, and motivation managers. We believe in you.

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Kollen

Co-Founder 

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Kollen Sussman has decades of leadership and education experience and is now known for building effective, modern service organisations under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Kollen’s passion is to create empowering places to work because he knows these environments attract the best people and lead to the best outcomes for clients. Respect, trust, accountability, and walking alongside people on their own journey are central to his approach.

Kollen is a co-founder at OG*D (along with Sam). Kollen has oversight of Direction, Connection and Culture.

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Sam

Co-Founder

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Sam Crinall has been working in mental health and human services for over 15 years. From working in front-line service delivery roles, leading operational teams, and holding senior executive positions – including for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). His passion is contributing to building more inclusive communities and providing quality services for people with ongoing support needs.

Sam is a co-founder at OG*D (along with Kollen). Sam has oversight of Tools, Rules and Treasury.

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Lisa

National Manager Recovery Coaches

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Lisa has loads of experience at a senior management level for service delivery organisations. She draws on her own experience and passion for inclusive communities to deliver outstanding services to the people we support.

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Zac

Recovery Coach

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Facing and overcoming my own personal mental health battles, I wanted to turn those negative situations into positive ones, by helping others overcome their own struggles.

I always had a great passion for helping people in recovery, so when I saw the philosophies that One Good* Day stood for, I knew our goals aligned.

I would characterise myself as a very passionate, hard working and caring individual who has always wore my heart on my sleeve and will go above and beyond for the people I care about.

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Jarrett

Recovery Coach

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I have relevant qualifications in mental health and peer work, and I am currently completing postgraduate studies in counselling. My lived experience in drug addiction/mental health recovery is a particularly powerful asset that I really enjoy utilising in my role as Recovery Coach because it helps to reduce a participant’s feeling of shame and isolation pertaining to their psychosocial disability.

I am very passionate about mental health recovery and Recovery Coaching gives me the opportunity to walk alongside my clients on their journey towards wellness – regardless of whether they are having a good day or a bad one.

My recovery coaching style revolves around fostering strengths, safety and trust. I believe that every client already possesses strengths that they may not yet be aware of or have been minimised due to their disability, and I find great joy in helping them uncover and harness the power within!

I have a special interest in the role of shame and trauma as a causative factor in addictive disorders and in my spare time I like to expand my knowledge in this area. Read my blog here about this topic.

Together with my own lived experience, I feel that they both synergise with each other to help me work with clients in a manner that is conscientious and trauma-informed.

My favourite quote is from John Bradshaw  – “It’s okay to make mistakes. Mistakes are our teachers – they help us to learn”.

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Dr Dov

OG*D Thinker

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A practising medical specialist with lived experience of mental illness, Dov volunteers as a mental health advocate for SANE Australia and Beyond Blue. With a passion for destigmatising mental illness both within the medical community and wider society, he brings a unique and empathetic perspective to the OG*D team having experienced both sides of the fence as a medical practitioner and as a patient.

To read more about Dov’s story, click here.

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Simon

Senior Recovery Coach

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I have spent the past 15 years in the disability sector in both Support Work and leadership positions. In recent years, I have worked closely with young adults diagnosed with a dual disability transitioning into mainstream life post-discharge.

Being a member of the OG*D team blesses me with the opportunity to share my personal journey with people and positively influence their road to recovery one step at a time.

I believe in the power of mindfulness, spiritual growth, and communicating with nature. In my spare time I enjoy staying active with martial arts and basketball, as well as listening to hip-hop music. My favourite quote is ‘not every day is good, but there is good in every day’.

 

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Farina

Senior Recovery Coach

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I have a background in community development and worked as an NDIS Local Area Coordinator (LAC) in both Melbourne and in Brisbane. This work fired a passion in me, as it is an area which hasn’t always been done well in the past. It’s exciting to see the recovery framework and learning being thoughtfully applied by the NDIS.

For me, Recovery Coaching is an opportunity to “give back” to others and the community and share my skills and experience in a way that creates a positive flow on effect. I think great things can happen when people start taking small steps towards creating the life and environment they want around them, and I’m here to help people take those steps, while managing the good days, the not-so-good days, and all the days in between.

I am a big believer in personal development and spiritual growth, and that we are ultimately the masters of our own destiny. I have a lot of hobbies and passions including sailing, dancing, gardening, rockclimbing and yoga which I use to help me stay positive, motivated and smiling.

 

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Emma

Senior Recovery Coach

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After studying a Certificate III and Diploma in Community Services Work, I have been working in the disability industry and psychosocial support services for the last 5 years.

I am passionate about creating a positive influence with a client-centred, strengths based, holistic approach, built on trust and respect.

A famous philosopher once said: “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen as much as we speak”. Everyone has a different story to be heard and I enjoy supporting others to write the next chapter in their life.

With a combination of learned and lived experience and understanding of the importance of self-discovery and finding meaning in your life. For me, mindfulness practices and being out in nature helps me to feel connected and stay grounded.

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Gabriel

Recovery Coach

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I have been working in Disability services for the last 5 and a half years. I have experience working with people who have physical, intellectual, and acquired disabilities and people who have experienced mental health issues due to past trauma from family violence, sexual abuse, Alcohol and Drug abuse etc. I have a Cert III in Individual Support and a Diploma in Community Services.

I also have lived experience of mental health suffering from anxiety and depression at some point in my life.

My approach to working with you is to first get to know you, your goals, including your strengths and weaknesses. After this, we work together to build capacity on these strengths with the end goal being recovery.

I also like to have it in mind that it does not take 2 days or a week and not all days will be great but just having one good day in a week means a lot. 

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Minalda

Recovery Coach

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I have a degree in Counselling and was a mental health Support Worker where I helped people with disabilities and those struggling with their mental health find work and stay employed.

Recovery Coaching to me means providing a safe space for helping clients realise their strength and potential that they didn’t know they had. This is something I value as someone with lived experience of anxiety, depression and trauma.

One thing that talks to me as an individual is my appreciateion for how much I have been able to achieve with professional and family support, regardless of my trauma.

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Nili

Access & Engagement Coordinator

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I’m currently studying a degree and a Certificate in Counselling. I have a background in Aged Care and community sector, disability Support Work and Customer Service. I have been involved in volunteer work in mental health for the past 5+ years.

With my personal lived experience, I have a passion for raising awareness to speak up about mental health and suicide prevention. I also advocate strongly for inclusion and empowerment in people living with disabilities.

I am a huge reader and almost everything I apply in life I have learned from my books. One of my favourite quotes is “to fully accept your life – the highs, lows, good, back – is to be grateful for all of it, and to know that the ‘good’ teaches you well, but the ‘bad’ teaches you better.”

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Veronica

Senior Recovery Coach

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I started in the Health and Human Services sector 10 years ago. More recently I’ve been in Community and Employment Services where I have been lucky enough to assist many wonderful people to overcome their barriers and achieve their personal and professional goals. I bring a non-judgemental, strength-based and person-centred approach to my work and have experience training employees to bring this same approach to their work also. I have a Diploma in Mental Health and am also an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

For me, being a Recovery Coach with OG*D is about supporting and companioning someone on their journey. In practice, this is about creating a space that is safe for them and focused on their strengths and goals. I believe that we all have the capacity within us to overcome nearly anything that might be weighing us down, sometimes we just might need a little help to uncover that strength. Often that requires supporting someone to figure out what ‘wellness’ looks like for them and, I consider that journey a privilege to be a part of. I’m a strong believer that we all have mental health and sometimes we are doing ‘well’ and other times ‘not so well’. I also believe recovery is a journey, one that is unique to each person and that, for those living with mental illness, your diagnosis does not define you.

I endeavour to practice what I preach so, having been on my own journey of self-discovery, have become a passionate advocate of self-care. Learning to be kind to ourselves and to love who we are is crucial to our wellness journey because, if we don’t look after ourselves, how can we expect to stay well? To achieve this balance, I practice mindfulness and do yoga regularly to help stay grounded and spiritually connected. I also make active efforts to nourish my body and to get moving each day. And last but not least, music is a really important part of my life and makes me happy, so it’s always on!

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Georgina

Senior Recovery Coach

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I began my journey as a Monitoring Services Operator for more than 10 years, where I learnt about putting the client first and always going the extra mile by making every client experience a pleasant one. While on this route I was introduced to Counselling – which opened a lot of doors for me after I finished my Diploma in Counselling.

My role as a Psychosocial Support Worker  helped me gain a lot of experience by assisting several clients with Mental Health illnesses like anxiety disorders (PTSD, Social anxiety, OCD), depression, bipolar, schizophrenia at their homes and hospital.  My passion for the job oiled the wheels of Recovery Coaching for me. This began with helping clients build confidence, resilience and finding different services and supports.

Recovery Coaching for me is an opportunity to keep cheering my clients on and assisting them to keep moving and never give up. My favourite quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. says, “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward”.

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Lisa

Recovery Coach

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I bring a combination of my current studies in Counselling together with my 10 years experience providing mental health and recovery through Art Therapy to my role as a Recovery Coach.

Being an advocate and supporting my client’s to build and use their strengths to create the life they want is my vision for this role. I have a holistic approach to mental health and like to ensure all avenues are explored to create the best plan for my client’s to achieve their goals.

I am passionate about equality, social justice, mental health, and empowering women. My form of recharging myself includes walking my dogs on the beach, spending time with my family and singing.

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Emily

Recovery Coach

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I have spent the last 15 years working in aged care, where I have had experience on both sides of the spectrum. My roles included personal carer, administration, lifestyle and activity coordination, community support worker, case manager, employee success manager/hr specialist and end of life care.

Eight years ago, I became familiar with mental health when I began a journey of my own personal experiences.

I care deeply about the people I work with and their families, and I am passionate about creating positives changes with a person-centred approach built on trust and respect.

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Bernie

Recovery Coach

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I have been working as a disability support worker for the last 1.5 years, which has inspired me to help people in a deeper way. 

I enjoy working in a team that encourages each other and accepts everyone for their individuality. I aim to grow as a person each day and support others where possible.

Being a Recovery Coach means that I can assist people whether it be motivating them to wake up in the morning or being a listening ear when they’re having a bad day. It also allows me to support them in finding programs that will help them to achieve their goals. 

I was diagnosed with ADHD at 10 years old and was born with noonan syndrome. I am an active person and I love to run and play hockey to keep fit. Running helps to calm me and also regulate my day to day anxieties that come with ADHD.

Over the last few years while working on myself I came up with a phrase “we are not defined by our diagnosis” and I think that’s so true, because the world seems to label people and put them in a box, but we don’t have to put ourselves in that box. 

My favourite book is Harry potter because that was the first novel I was ever able to continuously read without getting bored. 

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Megan

Recovery Coach

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I have spent many years working in a mental health hospital in my role as a Pathology Collector. This inspired me to complete further study. I hold a dual qualification in Mental Health and Peer work.

I am passionate about creating a positive environment for clients where they feel safe and respected. I bring a holistic approach to Recovery Coaching which has been beneficial for me in my own recovery journey.

My own lived and learned experience has taught me to slow-down and not overcomplicate my life with unnecessary distractions. I take care of myself physically and mentally by creating healthy habits and routines which help to ease my anxiety and depression. Some of my favourite past-times are yoga, reading, quality time with family and friends, and being active outdoors.

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Jane

Recovery Coach

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For many years I’ve been passionate about working in mental health. Having recently become qualified, I am really looking forward to working together with people to bring about positive change.

In my role as a Recovery Coach with One Good* Day I want to work collaboratively, and in a holistic way to help people live fulfilled and enriched lives. I’m a big fan of the concept “it takes a village”, and believe in building a support network around our clients where they feel safe, empowered, and capable to take on the world.

I’m an avid animal lover and gardener, and love to get crafty and creative in my down time. My favourite quote is: “This can be the last time we take the first step to change”.

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Jake

Recovery Coach

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I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and have spent a number of years working in a similar role, supporting and empowering people and children with physical, mental and social disabilities in their day to day lives.

As a Recovery Coach for One Good* Day, I bring a positive, non-judgemental attitude and a coaching focus on client’s strengths, as every individual possesses their own unique skillsets in life, many of which they may not even realise they have! I am patient in my approach to coaching, and recognise that much like Rome not being built in a day, holistic mental health recovery cannot be achieved in a single day!

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realise this, and you will find strength”- Marcus Aurelius

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Ambah

Recovery Coach

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I have a background working as a disability Support Worker. I also hold a nursing qualification and spent time working in an adult mental health inpatient unit.

I am passionate about working as a Recovery Coach because I value ‘being there’ with my clients through all stages of the recovery journey including the good and hard times.

I deeply enjoy staying active and being outdoors in nature as this greatly helps me to manage my own personal anxiety and fears.

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Samantha

Recovery Coach

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I am currently studying a Bachelor of Social Work. I stared working in the mental health sector 5 years ago, starting off as a Complex Care Mental Health Support Worker, assisting NDIS participants transition back into the community from long hospital admissions. I then wanted to further my NDIS knowledge and started working in NDIS Plan Management.

Working with and being an advocate for participants in their mental health recovery is something that I am strongly passionate about. No one should feel alone. I want to walk alongside my clients through the good days and the bad days, celebrate the small and the big successes in achieving their goals. I believe in focusing on ones’ strengths and taking small steps to achieve those goals and visions that clients envision in their future. Together, we can achieve these goals, one small step and one day at a time.

“There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t” – John Green

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Leigh

Lead Access & Engagement

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Anthony

Recovery Coach

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Having recently completed my Certificate 4 in Mental Health I am here to guide you on your new path to recovery.

I love cooking, especially sweets and cakes. As a pastry chef for over 10 years, I have made and created all sorts of sweets and desserts from savoury to sweet. On top of that, I enjoy travelling and enjoy watching a good movie now and again.

Transitioning from hospitality to Recovery Coaching is a huge life changer for me and I couldn’t be happier to embark on my new journey with One Good* Day. I am kind and empathetic person who listens to peoples problems. I will always make time to sit by someone’s side and listen to others when they need someone to speak to.

Encouraging a person’s strengths and illustrating to clients that there is always a pathway for each and every person to walk on has always been there. The challenge for each person is to follow that path and know that they have the support there if they ever stray away from it.

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Graeson

Recovery Coach

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My background is in Community and Employment Services, where I specialised in building confidence, creating work-related skills and finding employment opportunities for at risk youth. I’m also currently studying my Cert IV in Youth Work, and I’m hoping to continue my studies in Mental Health afterwards.

When I first found out about what Recovery Coaching was; I was SO EXCITED because it encompassed everything that I love doing – setting goals, putting plans in place to achieve them and helping people to find their strength and talents along the way!

I’ve always made sure to stay really up to date with the best ways to address mental health from a practical perspective, but my approach and knowledge also comes from lived experience. I’ve had to learn how to best manage my mental health diagnosis and overcome challenges on a day-to-day basis, so being able to help someone else to do the same is the biggest reason for me becoming a Recovery Coach!

Soooo you could call me a little bit of a plant fanatic – I like to collect plants (Anthuriums are my fave!) and I think right now I have over 150 in my home – so it’s like living in a jungle every day. I also love animals – I have dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, quails – the list goes on and on! My hair colour also changes as much as the weather does – you’ll usually find me with pink, orange or purple hair (Or maybe all of them, who knows!)

When I’m not working, you can usually find me chilling with my animals or repotting plants, I love using these as a way to de-stress and connect back to my happy place!

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Tanya

 Recovery Coach

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I have a degree in Behaviorial Science (Psychology) and an Associate Dip In community Welfare. I have experience working with people who have Psychosocial needs and those with physical and intellectual limitations.

Recovery Coaching, to me is walking with our clients in their journey through the ups and downs of their recovery. Helping and advocating for people who are not always able to advocate for themselves is something that I have naturally done since I can remember. To be in a position to do this daily, is great.

I am a massive animal lover and have been involved with fostering cats and dogs for many years. It is really rewarding to know you’ve helped these beautiful souls find a loving home. It can be hard to say goodbye to them sometimes. We currently have two “foster fail” cats, that are a loving part of our family.

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Leah

Recovery Coach

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For just beyond two years, I have been studying toward a Bachelor of Social Work degree with a working background in aged and disability care as a Workforce Coordinator. I have my own lived experience dealing with mental health challenges having experienced episodes of generalised anxiety disorder at multiple times throughout my life.

Experiencing my own recovery journey in overcoming barriers to wellbeing and mental ill-health has shown me how valuable feeling supported by people who are kind, authentic, and free from judgement can be for our healing. Being a Recovery Coach with One Good* Day allows me to use my personal experiences, skills and personal values to positively influence people in creating the life they want to live. I believe we all have strengths to embrace and aim to help others to feel empowered, motivated, and safely supported throughout their recovery journey.

I really value my downtime and space to be still and allowing for reflection and self-awareness about any vulnerabilities I may be experiencing. I am an advocate for making space for mindfulness and grounding exercises a priority, with things like going outside into nature for a walk, practicing yoga, gardening and spending time with my pet menagerie. One of my favourite quotes is “Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our most accurate measure of courage.” — Brene Brown.

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Mae

Recovery Coach

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Having studied Behavioral Science, I have a passion working for and with people to improve their individual and social wellbeing, specifically working in assisting individuals to gain long term and sustainable employment. 

I am passionate about Recovery Coaching because no one can walk alone through their mental health journey, and I see using my skills as a privilege in supporting individuals along this path.

I love playing team sports such as soccer, netball, volleyball-  as I find a sense of belonging comes from working towards a common goal (literally!) that is difficult to find elsewhere in life.

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Annushka

Recovery Coach 

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Alongside my current bachelor studies in psychology, I hold a Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work and am currently completing a Diploma in Mental Health. 

I’m grateful to have the opportunity to use my lived experience in mental health to positively support other people’s recovery journeys. I really value kindness and honesty, and I am passionate about creating a safe space for clients to develop and grow at their own pace.

I’m an introvert at heart and love spending time at home reading and creating art just for fun, but I’m also a big advocate for prioritising a balanced life so I also enjoy spending time with my friends and attending concerts and gigs. 

“Maybe the point of life is to give up certainty and to embrace life’s beautiful uncertainty.” – Matt Haig.

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Ben K

Recovery Coach

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I have background as a Support Worker, a Support Coordinator and as a Team Leader in the disability sector. I have a lived experience of mental illness and a previous career in illustration, music production and design. 

 I am particularly interested in the way creativity and play can assist in the recovery process. I am passionate about supporting people to access their own creativity to express their experiences and manage their own challenges, one day at a time.   

“It is in being creative that the individual discovers the self” – D.W. Winnicott.

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Ben J

Recovery Coach

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My own lived experience brought me to work with people in mental health. I have spent 6 years working across various roles in mental health from peer worker to Recovery Coaching. 

I love working in the mental health sector and am passionate about the recovery space. Working as a Recovery Coach allows me to use my personal mental health journey in a positive and uplifting way to support others.

Music is vital for me and I carry it with me wherever I go. For me, my music is a place to not only retreat to when I need some time to myself, but a place to find inspiration and re-energise myself for whatever the world has to offer me next.

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Ritamaree

Recovery Coach

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I have a background working as a disability Support Worker and Specialist Support Coordinator. I also hold a Social Work qualification having worked in the Homelessness and Aged Care sector. I enjoy working from a person-centred approach with individuals with psychosocial disabilities and helping them to achieve their goals.

For me, Recovery Coaching is about working together with someone on their own personal journey and valuing that each person’s journey is unique. Whilst working from a non-judgemental strength based approached in order to help each individual achieve their goals.

I am a caring, passionate, and spiritual person. I have a love for animals and am happiest when surrounded by my family and friends. I enjoy reading and practicing mindfulness in my spare time.

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Bec

Recovery Coach

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I have an extensive background in customer service and thrive when meeting and getting to know new people. After completely my qualification in Mental Health and vicariously experiencing the impacts of mental ill health, I am looking forward to working alongside you in your recovery journey and living a happier fulfilling life.

I am passionate whilst being empathic about working with people holistically and individually. I understand that one good day for one person is very different from someone else’s good day. I feel strongly about helping people find their spark and the importance of discovering something they enjoy.

I’m a huge advocate of being active and the outdoors. The positive impacts being in nature has on the mind and body is truly incredible, which is why I love running outdoors and exploring. Art is my therapy. I believe everyone can be creative – you just have to start. I am also obsessed with all animals.

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Georgina B

GM Recruitment & Culture

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Georgina has been recruiting professionals in the mental health and community services sector since 2006.  Georgina has qualifications in social science and completed additional studies in human resource management.

Georgina is passionate about utilising her role to further build One Good* Day as an employer of choice for Recovery Coaches and to source new Recovery Coaches to join the team who are capable and driven to support clients in their recovery journey.

Georgina loves to read and enjoys travelling and spending time with friends and family.   A quote that recently inspired me is “You’ll have two lives. The second begins when you realise you only have one” (anonymous)

 

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Jess

Recovery Coach

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I’ve come from working with youth in peer-to-peer programs and social skills groups. My studies are in Psychology and Counselling and I’m working toward becoming mental health Social Worker.

For me, being a Recovery Coach means supporting people to be true to themselves and taking it one day at a time. It also means being kind to ourselves on the journey and enjoying the little moments along the way.

I used to work as a pastry chef in a cupcake kitchen, so I can bake some pretty fancy cakes. My favourite things to do are spending time with family and friends, having a dance and hanging out with my dog Monty, who is a real goofball.

 

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Paige

Recovery Coach

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I am a third year Social Work student aiming to graduate next year. After gaining a wealth of experience from my studies, my role as a Disability Support Worker and my own person mental health journey, I’m excited to share all I’ve learned and hope you can find something in there that works for you!

Being a Recovery Coach is my dream job. Empowering people every day and navigating them through the toughest things life has to offer. From a foundation of honesty, trust, laughter, and commitment, I’m excited to walk alongside you and share in your journey.

First and foremost, I have lived experience with BPD (borderline personality disorder), however this diagnosis does not define me. I am a fiend for spag bol and love Dungeons and Dragons. I could talk your ear off about my favourite films and music for hours. I have two Kill Bill tattoos with plans for more, which I think shows my commitment. I think there are too many inspiring quotes to live by just one, so I boil my mantra down to simply, be a good person and do kind things.

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Rufino

Recovery Coach

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I have worked in several fields including, disability, education, customer experience, horticulture, hospitality and tourism. My career path has taught me that all people have much to offer and contribute when they are respected and feel valued.

I am passionate about contributing towards an inclusive society that values and celebrates all of its members. As a Recovery Coach I am looking forward to working closely with people to support them in achieving their goals and aspirations, to live their best life and be who they want to be.

I am a complete plant nerd and never tire of spending time in the garden. When I am out in nature I feel most alive and completely connected to the universe, this is when I am the best me and feel happiest.

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Linda

Recovery Coach

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I have been a Nurse for seven years in Germany. In Australia I started working in mental health in 2021.

Being a Recovery Coach means for me to understand my client’s habits. Together we are working towards goals. I assist helping to achieve and build capacity and structure.

I am a long-distance runner. When I run, I feel like I can cope with anything that life throws at me. I’m more mentally prepared. Stretching that tether, gives me head space, which helps me making decisions.

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Conny

Recovery Coach

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I am currently completing my studies in Mental Health Peer Work at Swinburne University. I have come from many years of personal lived experience of mental health challenges and through my own successful and ongoing recovery, I now regard my lived experience as a gift that I want to utilise to help and empower others in their recovery journey.

Everyone’s story and mental health journey is valid and important regardless of what they look like. I strongly believe that everyone has the power, skills and ability to recovery, it is our job as Recovery Coaches to shine the light and to empower our clients to recognise their strengths so they can heal and reclaim their lives.

I am passionate about the subjects of childhood and developmental trauma. My other areas of interests are: Complex PTSD, intergenerational trauma and/or trauma from the impacts of migration. As a Recovery Coach, I am empathetic, uplifting and non- judgemental. I always aim to create a safe space according to my clients’ needs.

I am also a bubbly and creative person who appreciates the arts, music, and cooking, and encouraging my clients to nurture the creative parts of themselves to find joy, healing and happiness in their lives.

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Sophie

Recovery Coach

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I combine my lived experience insights with many years working closely with people living with psychosocial and neurodevelopmental disabilities as a Psychology Therapy Assistant and Mental Health Support Worker. In this space I had a strong focus on empowering and celebrating children, adolescents and adults on the Autism spectrum.

I am passionate about fostering a collaborative, interactive, and creative space so that participants feel safe in exploring who they are and what actually works for them. I work from a belief that my role is not to “fix” participants but to support them in creating shifts in their lives from a place of choice and awareness.

I also have a wide range of interests that influence who I am as a Recovery Coach, including meditation, Queer social justice, and the arts.

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Dr Maz

OG*D Thinker

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As a Copywriter & Creativity Coach, Marion believes in the power of creativity to help us heal and grow. She’s passionate about starting a new conversation around mental health – one that’s grounded in posttraumatic growth, a concept she explored in her PhD research.

Marion brings years of experience in the creative industries to the OG*D team and an enthusiasm for the hopeful stories we can tell about healing and recovery.

To understand more about posttraumatic growth read here

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Isabella

Recovery Coach

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I recently completed a Diploma of Mental Health. During this time I worked as a Mental Health Support Worker helping people overcome their struggles and assisting them create the life they desire. I have experience as a Youth Worker as well as Drugs and Alcohol Abuse.

Recovery Coaching for me is helping people live their best life through managing goals, focusing on their strengths, and supporting them with their daily needs. Every individual is unique, and I find it incredibly rewarding to see them grow.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Kel

Recovery Coach

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I am a qualified Social Worker with over 20 years experience helping people to fulfil their psychosocial needs. I also have a lived experience of having a severe mental illness and have encountered many hurdles along my recovery journey.

Being a Recovery Coach really excites me in the context of working with people who also have a lived experience, walking alongside them on their best and worst days and helping them to thrive rather than just survive in the minefield of mental illness.

When I’m not working, I love doing anything beach related especially swimming and bodysurfing. I also love hanging out with my Jack Russell Maltese Terrier, Ruby.

Our team believes in you and will do whatever-it-takes, notwithstanding what their official job description may be. We are here for YOU.