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ABOUT MICHELE GOWER

I'm a wife, a Mum of 4 kids ranging in age from 10 to 22, an Autism Parent Adviser, a Youth Mental Health Support Worker and Founder & CEO of a Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing Charity. I live on the beautiful Central Coast of NSW, Australia.

MY PASSION IS HELPING PEOPLE THRIVE

Over the years I've helped women through many issues, particularly in the areas of raising a child with autism, raising teenage boys, anxiety, fear, lack of self-esteem and self-worth, setting boundaries, finding their voice, and supporting them through mental health issues. 

I can help you overcome barriers, push past limitations, get to the core of an issue, 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, many of which have 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 on how terribly distressing and lost we can feel at times. I use this to approach my clients in a non-judgemental, caring and authentic way. 

I established Lighthouse Family Support in response to the growing need for Christian-based mental health support for Mothers who are supporting their families.  I'm a faithful Catholic and know that although life can be hard, but bringing God into our mess, always makes things better. Even if you don't believe in God, he believes in you!

I combine my 22 years of parenting, (including raising a son with autism), with my professional experience and qualifications to help women become their best selves, so they can support their family with peace, passion and purpose. 

I truly believe, that given the right support, everyone has the capacity to thrive!

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, Wymoning
  • 21 years of parenting, including parenting a child with autism

MY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Diploma of Youth & Community Work - DipYouthComm (Christian)
  • Diploma of Leadership & Management (in progress)
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Certificate
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Boundaries - Dr Henry Cloud 
  • Understanding Adolescence
  • Work effectively with young people
  • 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

"Be who you are, and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter,
and those who matter don't mind"

Dr Seuss

I established Lighthouse Family Support to empower, inspire & uplift women on the NSW Central Coast. I have a passion for supporting women who work so hard to support their families. 

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

I believe that regardless of past or present circumstances, given the right support, everyone has the capacity to thrive. - Michele

Email Lighthouse Family Support

54 Hills Street
Gosford NSW 2250

02 4302 1915 

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