Welcome to Salty on Purpose! I’m so glad you’ve stopped by.
My name is Jacqueline and this little patch of cyber space is a developing passion project of mine that I am super excited to be starting. Much like me, and well, pretty much everyone I know, this space is a work in progress. Currently, this little passion project is in its infancy. That means that the primary purpose of this space right now is to allow me to empty the contents of my brain as I figure out where to from here. Some of the stuff on here will be gold, some of it may be a little bit clunky. But you know what, that how life works isn’t it? Perfection is not the goal. The goal is learning into the fullness of life and seeing what happens.
I love writing. Hardly a day passes where I don’t long to just sit and spew my thoughts out through writing. So, part of this blog is for my own self-care. This is something I love to do that feeds my soul. This is a place for me to nut out the things I am learning through my own life and from incredible clients. Ultimately the long-term vision I have for this page is that it would be a space full of resources and networks that allow people to heal and thrive. I am passionate about helping people recover from the impacts of trauma, chronic stress and toxic relationships. This is something I know a thing or two about both personally and professionally.
I am lucky enough to be married to my best friend and together we have three incredible kids. I was a stay-at-home-mum for 13 years. For a bunch of those years I studied part time to finish a Masters degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. My husband, Andrew, is a Pastor of a sweet little Church we call Salt Church. He mostly works from home during the week and teaches the Bible on Sundays. This works well for us as it means that he is able to be around for the kids now that I work full time. Andrew also lives with a condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa which means that he is progressively losing his eyesight. It is a particularly cruel condition that his mother also lives with. I got to tell you, it is hard watching people you love struggle with the progressive onset of a disability. But it is what it is. We learn to make the most of life anyway.
For my day job, I work as a psychotherapist. I specialise in working with children and young people who have experienced trauma. It is an absolute privilege to work in this space. I still pinch myself that I have been entrusted with the task of opening windows into some places of light for people who have lived in deep darkness. I’ve become somewhat obsessed with the notion of Redemptive Grace. Nothing is beyond redemption. Beauty can be built out of brokenness. It might not look like what we expect, but there is hope and healing to be found if we seek it on purpose. This 100% is residue from my own stories of recovering from complex trauma and cumulative grief. I will share those stories along the way.
If you join me here we are going to talk about what it takes to find hope and healing. Heads-up, this is not a passive process. Recovery from trauma, chronic stress and toxic relationships is hard work, but it is important work. I will give you information and, in time, some resources. But if you have wounds to heal, you need to wash them with some salty water. It is not always pleasant. It hurts. But it is good.