is a family business, Founded by Sarah Dakhili and Javier Cid with the purpose of offering a service that provides alternative approaches for stress, anxiety, depression, Chronic Pain Management and other common psychological and life challenges.
Empowering Counselling service that will support your overall mental health and wellbeing
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 believe that you cannot separate the mind from the body. 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.
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.
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. Besides 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 is the CEO and Co-founder of Mental Awakening as well as a highly experienced Counsellor, with years of involvement within the sector. She is also an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and a member of the AASW.
Sarah has been working within the field of mind-body disorders for over 10 years, specialising in chronic pain and Tension Myositis Syndrome – TMS (basing her approach on Dr. John Sarno and Dr. Howard Schubiner’s research on Mind Body Syndrome – MBS). Her clients are based all over Australia 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 is passionate about helping clients achieve meaningful connections, assisting them to reconnect and work towards developing a closer, stronger and more secure relationship with themselves 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.
For Sarah, life is about growth and expansion. 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 to respond to the client’s unique situation, by developing individually tailored sessions that are inclusive of Humanistic Therapy, Meditation, Yoga, Mindfulness, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Somatic Therapy, Shadow and Archetypal work, Art Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and The Polyvagal Theory. Sarah has great interest, personal experience and familiarity with TMS (Tension Myosistic Syndrome) and feels passionate about supporting her clients towards recovery. She is also acquainted with 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:
- Accreditation and membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
- Member of the International Association of Applied Neuroscience (IAAN)
- Student and member of the Santosha Yoga & Meditation Institute.
- Provider registration with Workcover QLD and Medicare Australia.
- Member of PDD/TMS Peer Network.
Javier is the Co-founder and Designer of Mental Awakening branding and website thanks to his experience in graphic design and web development. He is also the practice Administration Officer and involved with the management and development of Mental Awakening, contributing with his knowledge and business study skills. His background is within trades and customer services industry. Javier’s moto is: “In order to live a good and happy life, treat others as you wish to be treated and nurture your mind daily”.