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ABOUT ME, MICHELE GOWER

Mental Health Youth Central Coast Counsellor Coach Chaplain Michele Gower Lighthouse Youth Support Anxiety Depression

I'm a Catholic, a wife, and a Mum of 4 kids ranging in ages from 11 to 22. I am a qualified Youth Worker, Counsellor and Chaplain. I am on the Directors Board of mutliple charities as an Advisor in the fields of Youth Mental Health and Family Support.

I have experience in a variety of roles including a Youth Coach & Mentor, Youth Mental Health Support Worker, an Autism Parent Adviser, and Founder & CEO of a Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing Charity.

MY PASSION IS HELPING PEOPLE THRIVE
Over the years I've helped people, both young and old, overcome many issues, obstacles, and struggles in their lives. I can help you too. Together, we will get to the core of any issues you have, gain clarity, set boundaries, make informed choices, improve relationships, build your communication skills, learn more about your true self, which all helps towards developing into the strong and confident person that God wants you to be.

I've mentored and coached youth and young adults to help them overcome obstacles in their lives. These young people have then gone on to achieve much more than they'd ever imagined possible.

As I've overcome my own mental health issues, I have lived experience of how distressed and lost we can feel at times. I use this to approach everyone I support in a non-judgemental, caring and authentic way. 

I established Lighthouse Youth Support in response to the growing need for Christian-based mental health support for youth and young adults on the Central Coast.  I'm a faithful Catholic and know that although life can be hard, bringing God into our mess always makes things better. Just know, even if you don't believe in God, he believes in you.

I combine my life experience, 22 years of parenting, (including raising a son with autism), with my professional expertise and qualifications, to help young people overcome their current challenges so they can continue on the path to becoming their best selves.

I truly believe, that given the right support, everyone has the capacity to thrive. And 'everyone' includes you. 

MY EXPERIENCE

  • Parent Advisor - Autism & Youth
  • Mental Health Advisor and Program Director - Youth
  • Founder & CEO of Choose Thrive Inc (a Mental Health & Wellbeing Charity)
  • Founder of Authentically Autism (an online Autism Resource Centre - coming soon)
  • Founder of Women on a Mission (an inititive which brings women together to support other women in crisis)
  • Founder of Youth in Action (a 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 of Youth & Community Work - DipYouthComm (Christian)
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Certificate
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Boundaries - Dr Henry Cloud 
  • Understanding Adolescence
  • Work effectively with young people
  • Wellbeing and Emotional Wellness when working with Complex Trauma
  • Attachment Disorder
  • Brain Development & Trauma
  • Trauma Resolution & 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

"Start being brave about everything"
Saint Catherine of Siena

Lighthouse Youth Support is a Mental Health, Wellbeing & Development practice offering Counselling & Coaching which empowers, inspires & uplifts youth and young adults. I have a passion for supporting young people and their families.

Providing a non-judgmental environment, operating from Catholic values, I work with a strengths based and solutions-focused approach.

"Given the right support, everyone has the capacity to thrive" 

Email Lighthouse Youth Support
54 HILLS STREET
NORTH GOSFORD, NSW, 2250
02 4302 1915

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