Hi, I am Lionie Fromentin, born and bred in Gauteng, South Africa. I immigrated to South Australia in 2009. At the start of 2014, I found myself going in the exact opposite direction to what I planned for my life. In an attempt to get back on track, I decided to go away for a few days. Whilst buying supplies, I saw a book called "Excuses Begone" by Dr Wayne Dyer. I thought to myself that if there was one thing that I was sure about in my life, I had many excuses, so I bought the book. The week away, and this book ignited my journey of change.
During my process of healing, finding and loving myself, a deep understanding of a quote by Cynthia Occelli arose and comforted me:
"For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out, and everything changes. To someone who doesn't understand growth, it would look like complete destruction" - Cynthia Occelli.
I found myself in a place of learning and wonder. I was amazed and excited, sometimes disappointed and disheartened, and yet something drove me on, pushed me to the next breakthrough, the next lesson, the next 'Aha' moment.
I wanted to share this and have other people experience it, so I decided to study transpersonal Counselling (TPC). However, I found that many of my clients were still prevented from moving forward because of old beliefs, taboos and fears. To address this more effectively, I decided to become a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner. NLP enables me to help people face fears, change beliefs, and find out where the block originated from on a deeper level. Many of my clients had co-morbidity issues such as alcohol, drugs and mental health issues that added to their distress. I decided to further my understanding in these fields through studies and achieving a dual diploma in Alcohol & Drugs and Mental health.
During my placement, I was introduced to Psychosocial support. I was amazed by how much I learned from my client through supporting them. It enriched my knowledge around working with my counselling clients. It gave me insight into parts of my clients lives that I never had before. I then knew then that this would stay a part of the services I provide through my business.
The last part I needed to add to my professional toolbox was a robust trauma treatment process. TIST (Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment) adhered to this requirement. TIST gave me a method to help clients integrate trauma and their parts frozen in time.