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About Sydney Strategic Therapy

Sydney Strategic Therapy was founded by Kim Shade. Kim’s journey to help others has been a varied path, beginning with a journey within herself. From a childhood wrought with difficulties to an unconventional path into education, healing, and defining happiness—Kim’s path has been anything but easy.

Kim brings with her a unique approach to  clinical hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and yoga ‘therapy’ that can only be brought about by someone who’s walked the walk and done the healing herself.

Kim has spent over 30 years in fulfilling career roles where she’s helped support vulnerable people with disabilities along with their families. It was during this time that she found her passion and realised that she’d like to bring healing to others, which motivated her to further her education and focus on clinical hypnotherapy and psychology.

Kim’s  Training Includes:

  • Post Graduate Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Diploma Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy
  • Masters Social Change and Development
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment
  • Associate Diploma Applied Science
  • Bachelor Arts Leisure Studies
  • 400 hour Yoga Teacher Training
  • 500 hour Yoga Therapy Training
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Biography of a Heroine’s Journey: A Deeper Look into Kim’s Journey

”I grew up in the late ’60s and ’70s in a popular culture similar to that of the book ‘Puberty Blues’; I do not come from advantage, my father didn’t work and mum always provided the best that she could. I felt like I was the smartest person in the house by the time I was eight. My sister had behaviour issues with learning difficulties. I left school in year 10 not being able to spell, punctuate or write legibly and having never read a book, but I had attended evening college and could type 30 words a minute. I worked at McDonald’s, in administrative roles, went to TAFE at night and started reading books. My love of reading books helped improve my reading skills. I moved out of my home at seventeen because I had an inner-knowing that I could do better things and I wanted more from life then what my parents could provide.

Biography of a Heroine’s Journey: A Deeper Look into Kim’s Journey

”I grew up in the late ’60s and ’70s in a popular culture similar to that of the book ‘Puberty Blues’; I do not come from advantage, my father didn’t work and mum always provided the best that she could. I felt like I was the smartest person in the house by the time I was eight. My sister had behaviour issues with learning difficulties. I left school in year 10 not being able to spell, punctuate or write legibly and having never read a book, but I had attended evening college and could type 30 words a minute. I worked at McDonald’s, in administrative roles, went to TAFE at night and started reading books. My love of reading books helped improve my reading skills. I moved out of my home at seventeen because I had an inner-knowing that I could do better things and I wanted more from life then what my parents could provide.

During this time, my father developed Melanoma; we were not close. My boyfriend of five years and I got married when I was twenty-two. We were happy but I wanted something different now that I felt I had security. I was scared of not being good enough to attend university, but my husband supported my decision to attend. At twenty-three I enrolled in university as a mature age student determined to give it a go, it was a leap of faith.

The lecturers were very patient and other students helpful and quickly I taught myself to spell, punctuate and write well. We had a mortgage and I worked nights in an Indian restaurant to make ends meet. I also encouraged Chris, my husband, to fulfill his life dream of being a Police Officer.

 

During this time, my father developed Melanoma; we were not close. My boyfriend of five years and I got married when I was twenty-two. We were happy but I wanted something different now that I felt I had security. I was scared of not being good enough to attend university, but my husband supported my decision to attend. At twenty-three I enrolled in university as a mature age student determined to give it a go, it was a leap of faith.

The lecturers were very patient and other students helpful and quickly I taught myself to spell, punctuate and write well. We had a mortgage and I worked nights in an Indian restaurant to make ends meet. I also encouraged Chris, my husband, to fulfill his life dream of being a Police Officer.

 

In my second year of university, my parent’s family home burnt while they were out and shortly after my father went to the hospital, remission was over and five months after that he died. I had not made peace with him and he had not made peace with himself and his inevitable death. He was on liquid morphine in a Hospice and fought for life until his last breath and this was hard to watch. Mum, my sister and I were relieved that he was gone as he was not easy to live with. Later, we learned that he had a second family which is probably why he was so mean to us.

After my father’s death, I focused on work and study. My determination paid off and I completed an Associate Diploma in Applied Science as well as a bachelor’s degree. Through this experience, I developed a belief in my own abilities. I developed a passion for human services as a result of working with vulnerable children with high support needs. This was the beginning of a long and fulfilling career supporting vulnerable people with a disability and their families for thirty years in many roles.

In my second year of university, my parent’s family home burnt while they were out and shortly after my father went to the hospital, remission was over and five months after that he died. I had not made peace with him and he had not made peace with himself and his inevitable death. He was on liquid morphine in a Hospice and fought for life until his last breath and this was hard to watch. Mum, my sister and I were relieved that he was gone as he was not easy to live with. Later, we learned that he had a second family which is probably why he was so mean to us.

After my father’s death, I focused on work and study. My determination paid off and I completed an Associate Diploma in Applied Science as well as a bachelor’s degree. Through this experience, I developed a belief in my own abilities. I developed a passion for human services as a result of working with vulnerable children with high support needs. This was the beginning of a long and fulfilling career supporting vulnerable people with a disability and their families for thirty years in many roles.

Looking back, I now know that I was consumed by keeping myself busy, so I didn’t need to face my emotions, but the dark clouds hit when I was least expecting it—as so often happens. I spent years in therapy releasing the trauma which was welled up inside me from my childhood and the guilt of being pleased that my father had passed.

In 2013, when my children were older, I went back to study and completed a Master’s in Social Change and Development in 2015. Having the connection to like-minded people at university and work has been a great support to me on my journey. My husband has been my greatest supporter and if it wasn’t for his belief in me then I wouldn’t have had the confidence to move forward with my dreams and to continue to grow through the challenging times.”

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Looking back, I now know that I was consumed by keeping myself busy, so I didn’t need to face my emotions, but the dark clouds hit when I was least expecting it—as so often happens. I spent years in therapy releasing the trauma which was welled up inside me from my childhood and the guilt of being pleased that my father had passed.

In 2013, when my children were older, I went back to study and completed a Master’s in Social Change and Development in 2015. Having the connection to like-minded people at university and work has been a great support to me on my journey. My husband has been my greatest supporter and if it wasn’t for his belief in me then I wouldn’t have had the confidence to move forward with my dreams and to continue to grow through the challenging times.”

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Kim's Mission

Throughout  my lifetime, I have made a commitment to helping and leading others through my human services work. I use my years of experience, hardships, and compassion to help others through difficult times in their lives.

There’s nothing more fulfilling to me than to see someone succeed and live the life of their dreams, despite their hardships or circumstances. I am proof that overcoming circumstances and leading the happy, healthy life of your dreams is possible.

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Professional Associations

*Kim Shade, PACFA Reg. Provisional #25573

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Book time with Kim today and step into a new future that you too can ‘own’…