Melissa Shadforth

FOUNDER and director

Melissa Shadforth is a person-centered practitioner who integrates theories of modern psychology with scientific mind-body practices and life experience, whether in the defined role of counsellor, mentor, coach, teacher, or trusted advisor of individuals or groups in nature, schools, organisations, or private practice.

Melissa loves being in nature and as founder of The Collective Journey, she creates and supports trauma-informed nature-based therapy and mentorship experiences for young people and their families, inspired by her three children and the village collective who mentors them.

As a Certified Integral Yoga Teacher RYT300 and Accessible Yoga Ambassador, Melissa shares the teachings with all ages in nature, schools, community organisations, prison, with foreign domestic workers, refugees, and through the counselling process with individuals and groups.  Melissa is also a Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional (CATP) with the International Association of Trauma Professionals and a member of The Psychotherapy Society of Hong Kong, Asian Academy of Family Therapy, Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia, and the Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy.  Melissa is First Aid, CPR, AED, and water safety rescue certified.

On her way to finding this purpose, Melissa worked in professional and financial services as a Chartered Accountant for 20 years in Australia, the United States, and Hong Kong.  Through this experience, Melissa observed the influence of disconnected ways of being and unresolved childhood trauma at the personal, professional, organisational, and societal level. This motivated Melissa to deepen her professional knowledge of human potential and behaviour to create opportunities for all ages to receive support and connect with compassion to self, others, and nature while becoming more aware of the interconnectedness of the collective on our journey toward self mastery.

Images on this website, unless otherwise stated, have been captured with Melissa's uber sophisticated photographic equipment: the iPhone.