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Meet Gretel

Relationship Coach + Trauma Therapist

for Separated Parent of School Age Children

My name is Gretel Jane. I am a Relationship Coach + Trauma Therapist for Separated Parents of School Age Children. I help separated parents navigate the confusion, stress and emotional roller coaster of separation as well as supporting families who have experienced trauma or are dealing with mental healthy issues.

Regardless of where you are at in your journey, it can be one of the biggest and most difficult things a human being has to navigate in their lifetime. I know this first-hand from my experience of leaving an abusive man after 12 years of marriage, with a baby and a toddler in tow. I remember the spiralling bills, the roller coaster of emotions, the ongoing threats from him, dealing with lawyers and affidavits, worrying about the kids, struggling to put food on the table, feeling completely overwhelmed, miserable and the sobbing tears that I couldn’t stop once they started. I had a victim mindset and didn’t know who I was or what I even wanted. I was completely disconnected from myself.

I felt isolated, frustrated and frightened. I sank deeper and deeper into a hole that I saw no way out of and was in so much pain and heartbreak.

I was no longer living my life. I was only surviving.

Guilt ridden, I had stayed FOR the kids to maintain the family unit, but reality spoke a very different truth.

In the midst of my anguish and pain, the switch flicked when my 4 ½ year old daughter at the time woke me up to a deep realization that I needed to get out of the relationship FOR my children!

I knew there was something better out there for me and my children and it wasn’t this.

And so began the long painful process of leaving him, trying to unpack all the emotions and piece together a life as a single mother.

But it was only when I TRULY and deeply healed my emotions and trauma that lies deep down in the body, that everything RAPIDLY shifted. This was almost 9 years ago before I rediscovered myself; re-built my life; fell in love again; became a happier gal and mumma, and am now creating a healthy happy home for myself and my children!

Now that I am well and truly out of that dark tunnel and loving my life, I’m passionate about supporting others going through separation with all the things I wish I’d known about at the time so they can better handle the intensity of the emotions, and the gain clarity, direction and resources they need to build a new life they love.

So, I founded Rising Brave, to support women in their journey beyond Separation and I can’t wait to support you too!

After my 10-year struggle to heal and come out the other side, I realised there was a faster and much more effective way to transition through it all. Why suffer for any longer than you have to? From there, I developed my proven three-stage Separation Triage Formula, that brings emotional freedom quickly and fast tracks you beyond your own pain and into a recovery experience beyond what you ever thought was possible. The work I do helps my clients heal emotional pain, move out of self-doubt and reclaim their self-confidence and self-esteem, clear their mind of blame, hurt and anger and create a new life they love with direction… one where they experience the joy they never thought was possible and find a more positive direction in life. It is a journey back to the truth of who you really are that has just gotten obscured along the way.

Through my powerful combination of deep sub-conscious healing, somatic and embodied work as well conscious techniques and processes, I help my clients heal deeply and free themselves of the past, so they can experience and embrace great transformation in order to have the life they want and deserve.

Through a multi-disciplinary approach based in the latest Neuroscience, I show parents how to quickly identify the root cause of negative patterns of behaviour keeping them stuck in a cycle of hardship and struggle. They can then release the guilt and frustration, and start to heal themselves, trusting their natural parenting instincts and moving beyond the stigma attached to separation with children.


Not only does this allow them to be a calmer and more present parent, they are also able to confidently support themselves and their children beyond separation, and become empowered with the ability to create open, loving relationships moving forward along with the freedom to build a life they truly love.

The work we do together is deeply profound and life changing and my mission is to help separated men and women to rise and thrive and live their best life following the breakdown and ending of a significant relationship. The trauma they have suffered stops with them by the way that their healing profoundly affects their life and the lives of those around them including their children and other family members, as well as future generations. 

The people I work with leave feeling free, with unshakeable foundations and healthy trust in themselves and other people again! They feel so much stronger, confident and ready to take on the world, living life on their own terms. They find new loving relationships and embarks in directions that align with their own purpose and dreams because nothing is holding them back anymore.

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