Mental Awakening

Founded with the purpose of offering a service that provides alternative approaches for stress, anxiety, depression, trauma recovery, Chronic Pain (TMS), mind body syndrome (MBS) and other common psychological and life challenges.

Empowering Psychological service that will support your overall mental health and wellbeing

Our Approach

Our focus and approach is on teaching clients how to heal their emotional and/or physical wounds by calming their nervous system with the power of their mind. We don’t believe in separating the mind from the body. We see healing as supporting the whole system. The cells of the body are merely following instructions given by the emotional brain, which is known as the Limbic system. This part of our brain plays an important role in our emotions and physiological responses. We help you break the norm and shift your unhelpful discernments. As your perceptions change, the messages that your nervous system communicate to your body also change.

Our purpose

We are passionate about providing our clients with tools and strategies to cultivate their unique strengths in order to thrive and flourish. Our purpose is to make a positive impact in the world. We exist to help our clients make significant improvements to their lives and relationships. We provide a space where learning, growth, healing and connection can take place.

Our vision

for our business is to offer a service that will allow our clients to improve their lives by mentally awakening and making what was once difficult, easier. On top of individual face-to-face and online video counselling sessions, we also provide online workshops and other helpful products and services that we envision will assist our clients in their journey towards recovery, growth and healing.

Meet Our Staff

Sarah Dakhili


Sarah is the founder of Mental Awakening as well as a highly experienced Psychotherapist with advanced application of PRT (Pain Reprocessing Therapy) plus years of involvement within the sector. She is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Art Therapist, Artist and a member of the AASW. She is also a certified Qi Gong Teacher.

Sarah has been working within the field of trauma recovery and mind-body disorders for over a decade, specialising in chronic pain, Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) and Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS), basing her approach on Dr. John Sarno and Dr. Howard Schubiner’s research on mind body related symptoms and disorders. Her clients are based all over the world as she offers face-to-face and Telehealth Counselling sessions (over phone/video) at Mental Awakening. Her motto is simple: “Supporting clients in creating authentic power within themselves and in turn being able to make what was once difficult, easier”.

Sarah’s interest lies in helping her clients feel heard, understood and supported so they can start to connect with their true nature and learn to live their lives from a space of love as opposed to fear. She is a great believer that life is a mirror and that our outer world reflects our inner world and once we start to understand that, we have so much more power than we can imagine.

Sarah specialises in chronic pain healing, anxiety, depression, Fibromyalgia, trauma recovery and interpersonal and work related relationship issues. Sarah is passionate about helping clients achieve meaningful connections, assisting them to reconnect and work towards developing a closer, stronger and more secure relationship with the authentic Self that resides within them and their body. It is her aim to support clients with experiencing a new reference point for happiness and to overcome struggles, feel fulfilled and develop enhanced self-compassion, irrespective of adversity.

Her focus lies in remaining present with her clients while creating a fully open and authentic space where healing can take place. Her approach is inclusive of Somatic Body Therapy, Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy, Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT), Neuroplasticity, Neuroscience, Humanistic Therapy, Meditation, Qi Gong, Mindfulness, Inner Child Work, Acceptance Commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Shadow and Archetypal work, Art Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy and The Polyvagal Theory. Sarah has great interest, personal experience and insight into TMS (Tension Myosistic Syndrome) and feels passionate about supporting her clients towards recovery. She is also trained in Compassionate Inquiry, which is a psycho-therapeutic method developed by Dr. Gabor Maté that reveals what lies beneath the appearances that we present to the world.

Sarah’s professional affiliations include:

A podcast hosted by Mental Health Social Worker and Psychotherapist Sarah Dakhili, exploring topics related to trauma recovery, chronic pain (TMS) and healing. Sarah is also a speaker, author and an artist, who is a a huge advocate for health and healing, supporting people through chronic pain, trauma recovery and various mental, physical and emotional challenges. Furthermore, Sarah has over 20 years of personal experience with chronic pain (TMS) and trauma recovery and believes that they are connected. In her podcast, she explores the healing journey by sharing of her own experiences and knowledge on the topic. Please note that the podcast is not a reflection on the methods used in a therapeutic session with Sarah.

Caroline Madkins

Caroline is the practice Administration Officer. She works remotely and has a background in customer service and Business Administration. She shares our vision and passion for bringing healing and growth to the community.

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