meet the WELLNESS team

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MELANI DE SOUSA

Founder | Wellness Coach | Mental Health First Aid Officer

Having suffered with mental illness from a young age (Depression, Anxiety, OCD and Binge Eating Disorder), Melani founded and built The Wellness Workshop - a holistic wellness centre dedicated to helping improve the mental, physical and emotional health of Australians.

 

Melani's qualifications include a Level 3 Wellness Coaching accreditation from Wellness Coaches Australia, Mental Health First Aid Officer, Master Personal Trainer, Intuitive Eating Coach, and Bachelor's Degree in Business. She was also awarded the 2019 Personal Trainer of The Year Award from Fitness Australia, beating over 3000 national nominations.

 

Melani is the creator and master-mind behind our range of corporate wellbeing programs and workshops. She is an engaging presenter and passionate speaker who's delivered over 100 workshops to date. 

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Branavie Ranj

Accredited Practising Dietitian

Intuitive Eating Coach

Bran is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and Accredited Nutritionist (AN). She fell into nutrition through an appreciation for science, however quickly became invested in helping clients foster a healthy relationship with food.

 

Bran is an advocate of the non-diet approach and Health At Every Size, and has undergone intuitive eating training through the London Centre for Intuitive Eating. She firmly believes that weight is not an indicator of health, and that food is so much more than nutrients.

Coming from a Sri Lankan background, she also has a large passion for incorporating cultural values and heritage into her practice. Bran also works as a researcher in the Health Services Research Group at the Royal Children’s Hospital and co-hosts the podcast The Pantry Party.

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amanda conway

Group Fitness Instructor | Pilates Teacher |PT

Amanda is a qualified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Pilates Teacher. She is passionate about teaching and advocating for movement at any age, shape or size.

Teaching at a number of commercial gyms and corporate offices throughout Melbourne, her modalities include Body Pump, Mat Pilates, HIIT, Bootcamps, Bodyweight, Cardio, Core, Low Impact, Strength and Stretch and Flexibility. She is warm, encouraging and personable, adopting a holistic approach to movement that considers mind, body and soul.

As a Mum of 3 children, Amanda understands the challenges a busy lifestyle can bring. She offers both virtual and face-to-face classes from 30-60 minutes that are suitable for all fitness levels and require no exercise equipment.

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carla morelli

Psychologist & Organisational Psychologist Registrar

Carla is an Organisational Psychology Registrar, holding a Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Organisational Psychologists.

 

Carla has a passion for providing a warm, empathetic, and collaborative approach to support clients in achieving their full potential and living a fulfilling and meaningful personal and professional life.

 

Her approach to therapy draws from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), relaxation and stress management techniques, change management, communication skills, and career and performance coaching to provide holistic treatment for individuals, teams, and organisations.

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jorden harding

Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Jorden is a qualified Accredited Exercise Physiologist who holds a Master of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation. Jorden's passions include exercise and helping others live a happier, healthier and more mobile life.

Jorden works with a number of clients ranging in age from as young as 8 years old to 80 years old. He is a caring and compassionate, helping clients overcome and manage issues such as chronic medical conditions, acute and sub-acute injuries, lifestyle diseases and more with evidence based exercise programs performed in and out of a gym environment. 

Jorden consults as an Exercise Physiologist for The Wellness Workshop by co-creating our movement related wellness programs and workshops which aim to reduce injury, improve mobility, increase fitness and improve quality of life.

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karen walker

Mindfulness Teacher

Karen is a qualified mindfulness teacher who is passionate about sharing the benefits of mindfulness both professionally and personally. While running her own company and raising two teenage daughters, Karen began practicing mindfulness as a tool to manage stress. As a result, she experienced first-hand the benefits of mindfulness in reducing stress and managing mental health.

 

Karen is available to facilitate both in-person and virtual mindfulness workshops for your team, including mindfulness based stress reduction classes. Her approach to teaching is warm and down to earth, creating a comfortable environment for any age group or level.

 

Karen holds a Bachelor of Education, once working as a secondary school PE teacher. She is also a volunteer with Beyond Blue.