Contact

info@michellesparkes.com

0419 637 188

How I Work

I have been providing eating disorder recovery support to individuals for over 20 years. I can work with you in a counselling mode or coaching mode and can tailor a program to meet your specific needs. My goal is to help you achieve a measurable improvement in your eating attitudes, behaviours and self esteem in the shortest time possible. It all begins with a conversation.

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Get In Touch

Call me to discuss your needs and objectives and let's see if we are a good fit for each other. This is a free 20 minute discovery call.

2

Preliminary Assessment and Program Planning 

If you decide to work with me I will gather some preliminary information and meet with you to take a deep dive into your individual needs and preferences in order to create a pathway and program that best suits.

3

Individual Recovery Program

We start working together in earnest. Exactly how this looks will be determined by step 2 but you can expect provision of resources and weekly individual sessions with me for  8-10 weeks before program review.


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Working one-on-one with Michelle was a very positive experience and essential to my recovery. It is clear from the start that Michelle is on your side; she is there to hold your hand and cheer you on as you take the leap to recovery. She is professional, yet at the same time totally relatable. She is kind, caring and non-judgmental as she talks with you. Through your conversations, Michelle helps you get to the root cause of what may be holding you back from healing yourself. She helps you reframe your thoughts so that you no longer experience your “triggers” the same way. Your recovery is a choice, and you ultimately [need] to make those choices every day, multiple times a day. It is Michelle’s kind and gentle voice that I hear throughout my day, each and every day, guiding me in the right direction. Making it through to the other side of an eating disorder is no small task. We all need help to achieve the ultimate goal - freedom. Michelle helped me get there, and I believe she can help you too. 


Kate
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 4x4 Freedom Express and Individual Counselling

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This time last year I reached a point where I was really tired of the way I was treating myself in restriction. I felt really...really low, not myself, I kind of forgot who I am. It was like my real personality was trapped because my thoughts were on food and body obsession. I found it so hard to enjoy life.

Now I feel really excited about the future actually, I feel really enthusiastic about life and about having come out of this space because it's not how I want to live ever again. 

Finding balance  [has been] such a beautiful journey and not just in the sense that I have more peace with myself, I actually feel like I am more myself !  It's just really enjoyable even though it's been hard. I feel like I’m really enjoying my life more as I'm on this journey.


Chelsea
/ 4x4 Freedom Express and Individual Counselling

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Michelle’s 4x4 Freedom Express is a wonderful tool. The text and PDF’s are clear and concise, with very helpful visuals. The videos are a great complement to the text. Michelle’s true character shines through as a relatable and approachable friend; like someone you would feel safe confiding in. Breaking it all down step by step (or key by key) as Michelle has done truly helps to take some of the overwhelm out of the journey to recovery. 


Kate
/ 4x4 Freedom Express

The 4x4 and individual counselling are  both very helpful but if you are doing both [together] they work so hand-in-hand. I loved especially being able to talk to you [Michelle] face to face because it was more personalised and you helped me in a more individual way. I found I experienced a lot of nurture in the way you worked with me face-to-face.

Chelsea
/ 4x4 Freedom Express and Individual Counselling

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I am so thankful that I came across this program and would definitely recommend it to others. I’ve found the online content, the groups, Michelle’s amazing support and the overall structure of the 4 keys is really breaking down walls for me and given me hope to continue towards recovery and a life without an eating disorder.

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Rachel 

4x4 Freedom Express

Small Group Program  

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I would definitely recommend this program to others. The main reason is I believe in a short period of time I have already seen great results. The program presents understanding and skills that can be used to initiate recovery, assist in recovery and recovery maintenance.

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Veronica

4x4 Freedom Express

Small Group Program

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Knowing that Michelle had first hand experience with an eating disorder gave her practice an extra element of value. I found Michelle would go ‘over and above’ the standard expectations, which I did not receive from previous counselors. It was evident that she was not just sitting and listening to me in our sessions, but was invested and willing to go the extra mile to help me!

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Jesse
Individual Counselling

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This course is full of such insight and compassion. To have someone who really knows what an eating disorder is all about and who cares about your struggles. Michelle wants to see you free from your disorder and has such knowledge and tools to really help you on your way to freedom. Through the teaching in this course Michelle has shone a light into the darkness of my illness and as the light has come on there is now hope and a road to freedom. As I went through the course and more light shone for me I kept thinking: "This makes so much sense."! What Michelle compassionately and with great care explains about ED/DE and how to get free from them just suddenly makes such sense to me that I have complete hope for total healing and know that I am well and truly on the path to freedom, which is somewhere I have NEVER been since suffering from this illness for the past 19 years. Thank you Michelle


Freda 

4x4 Freedom Express

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Thank you for your podcasts and the free download of your book.  I am just in the beginning phases of recovery. There has certainly been lots of denial, but one day while listening to one of your podcasts I found myself physically frozen as I related to parts of your story. It was like seeing myself for the first time. Having you separate anorexia from other behaviors and talking about why it seems to work in the beginning was what hooked me. Thank you for your clarity and compassion. Thank you for explaining how I could live with an eating disorder for so long and not see it in myself and not raise any red flags for my family or with my doctors. As I prepared to travel [recently] I knew I would be out of touch with my counselor, I decided to download several of your podcasts. I listened, and listened and listened ... for 40 hours. I love the idea of learning to become comfortable in my own skin. I love your philosophies about being inherently given the right to take up physical space on earth. Thank you for reminding me that recovery is a choice I may have to make every day. As I am facing some difficult challenges this week, it is helping me to bravely meet those challenges when I remind myself that I am choosing recovery. It is my choice and it will be a great blessing to me and my family. With great love and appreciation for your words and soothing message,


Jen
/ Podcasts and Books

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Your podcasts were so integral to my healing journey. I found them after searching for podcasts on anorexia/bulimia on my podcast app. I listened to them all on my walks and felt that you were the first person who actually understood my eating disorder. You were so warm and compassionate that I was moved to reach out to you over email. I could not believe that you actually contacted me! I read both of your books about anorexia and they helped me also. For the first time I got a little hope that there was actually a way forward.

We arranged to speak and we set up a time, even with you being in Australia and me being on the west coast of USA. You were so helpful and encouraging. I feel that you really helped me to reach out and to find some much needed help. I will be forever grateful. Again, thank you for your kind and compassionate heart.



Emily
/ Podcast and Individual Consultation

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The step by step structure of Michelle’s 4x4 course helped me to clearly understand the direction and steps I needed to take to reach my goal of freedom from hate towards my body and fear of food. My individual coaching with Michelle has been amazing in encouraging me to navigate a holistic approach to health that suits me. What sets her apart from previous people I’ve seen is not only her accessibility but her sincere understanding and genuine compassion for me to get better and live life to the fullest.    


 Chelsea, 19

Individual Coaching

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We found Michelle’s expertise invaluable for our daughter and family. Michelle gave us a much better understanding of eating disorders and their impact on the individual as well as other family members. Her counsel and wise advice also included practical ways our family can provide support for our daughter. Michelle’s care for our daughter has been integral to her recovery and enjoying her life again.


Parents 

Working with Carers

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I found counselling with Michelle very helpful. We were able to look closely at how I function and what doesn't work quite right yet [sic]. We could discover where things come from. That takes time and is really personal and could have probably not been possible in a group of people. It was truly wonderful and changed my life (even in just 6 hours).   




Leone, 24

Individual Counselling

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When I arrived in Australia I had been battling anorexia for over two years. I had improved from my lowest point but it was still a daily battle. I had received various counselling in the UK but although helpful to an extent, it never really felt like it was getting to the heart of the issue. I was confused and struggling with my self-image, self-worth and identity among other things.  Women Worth their Weight (WWTW) really started my recovery - it addressed issues that I had not even known were roots of my problem. [It] helped me understand my behaviour patterns which now I can acknowledge and address - beforehand I had no idea why I behaved in certain ways and was not equipped with how to prevent myself from making unhealthy choices. 

Fiona, 22


Fantastic -- life changing -- hard work.  The light switch has come onto all the unhelpful behaviours and lies. I know it's a journey however WWTW has given me all the tools I need to keep moving forward."                       Donna, 32..


Various

Women Worth their Weight

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I would say WWTW is the best help anyone has ever given me with my eating disorder.  It is good because nothing is left out.  You get help in all areas of eating disorder - physically, mentally and spiritually.                         Vanessa, 19


I have had a massive change and know that this will continue. I would say  WWTW definitely has been the best help I've had to deal with this problem.  It really makes a difference that the course presenter has been through the problem themselves."              Fiona, 22


WWTW has changed my life. I have discovered deep root issues that have haunted my thinking for years. I have learnt how to put boundaries around my world and ensure my soul is fed. (It has) given me very practical ways to overcome mindsets and beliefs. The 10 weeks have been priceless.                                                                             Emma, 26


Various

Women Worth their Weight 

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For the first time someone has made sense of the way I eat. The WWTW program helped me understand my eating behaviours and the underlying issues. It gave me some real strategies for fighting the lies I have lived by for my entire life.                           Ali, 32


I can see such a significant change in my thinking and how I see myself. I’m not so critical and I don’t hate myself. I’m more accepting of myself. I’ve gotten stronger in relationships. I say what I want and expect and I don’t feel so walked over and weak. I know I can’t take the blame for the way people deal with their problems or moods. I don’t take offence as I used to. I’m growing. I find it easier to deal with. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.                                      Izzy, 26


Various

Women Worth their Weight

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