Brian has been with the Moodactive team for the past three years and since that time has assisted participants in working to achieve their mental health and exercise goals. Brian provides a variety of roles with Moodactive from qualified Cardio Tennis Coach, risk consultant and participant support. Brian brings enthusiasm, motivation and dedication to helping the community & those in need through his work with Moodactive and also through his extensive career in the NSW Police Force. He is a great believer in the benefits of exercise and trains daily whether bike riding, weights, swimming or bushwalking. Brian is also a strong advocate of coaching, by helping those to set and achieve their own goals and overall wellness.
Cathy is an accredited personal trainer, group fitness instructor and coach. For the past 13 years Cathy owned and ran her own fitness business, Mums the Word Fitness.
In this role she helped many mums with post-natal depression by providing fun varied outdoor training sessions.
She was very proud of the Mums the word fitness community she created, bringing likeminded people together and brings this experience to Mood Active.
Cathy knows firsthand how being active lifts your mood. Exercise helped her after her she gave birth to her son.
Cathy (aka Sparkles) had ‘done Yoga’ on and off for a number of years but became a dedicated practitioner at the end of 2016 resulting in completing her teacher training in 2019. She loves the practice of Yoga as a perfect blend of physical, mental and spiritual disciplines. Coming to the mat brings a deep sense of joy, calm and presence. Sparkles teaching style is interactive, offering both intense Vinyasa flows, that will challenge the participant to step into the fire and cleanse their body and mind; and a slow, mindful flow, that maintains a sense of challenge while focusing on postures to centre and ground. The philosophy of Yoga practice, meditation and mantra are areas of ongoing study and interest for Sparkles and she weaves these themes throughout her classes. She brings her love and dedication to ongoing practice to each class in the hope of igniting a love of Yoga for her students on their own Yoga pathway.
Cristina has always had a strong fascination in the psychology of the human brain and how individuals can use it to their best benefit. Having a very strong belief in exercise for mental health, Cristina merges her Honours degree in Psychology and her Certificate III and IV in Fitness to teach individuals about using exercise as a vehicle for self-discovery, building self-confidence and caring for yourself from the inside out.
Cristina has been working with Mood Active for over three years. Over this time she has organised an annual event that guided participants through an Amazing Race of Centennial Park and weekly trains members of STRIDE, a mental health charity, by using exercise to promote physical, mental and psychological health. Cristina has also facilitated individuals with mild depression and anxiety through a 4-Week Wellbeing Workshop that explained and taught important skills to begin and sustain regular exercise.
Cristina’s personal interests lie in self-development, reading, weight lifting and gymnastics training. She believes everybody is unique and is deserving of taking the time to get to know their best selves. With her coaching, she aims to help you develop your path towards self-discovery.
Katie studied to become a Wellness Coach because she has always been intrigued by the link between exercise, a positive mindset and performance in life and work. She enjoys listening and supporting people to achieve their fitness and wellness goals.
Before Katie became a Wellness Coach and opened her own coaching business she worked as a Project Manager in Australia and overseas. She has completed studies including Level 1, 2 and 3 professional studies in Wellness Coaching, a Bachelor of Science degree, a certificate in Holistic Counselling, Personal training qualifications skills plus other fitness and wellness short courses.
Katie’s favourite ways to exercise are doing weights training, going for walks in nature and practicing yoga. If she had to choose a favourite move she would choose deadlifts because they are an all over body exercise and she always feels amazing afterwards.
Naomi has been active her whole life, participating in physical culture, gymnastics, athletics, yoga, altitude training and weight lifting. She recently qualified as a Personal Trainer from the Australian Institute of Fitness. Upon discovering Mood Active whilst doing research for an assignment, Naomi knew she had to get involved with Mood Active as it aligns with her values so well.
Naomi loves the sense of achievement physical activity can bring and has personally used exercise as treatment for anxiety. She wishes to share this coping strategy with others and motivate people to discover just how they good they can feel.
Tania has over 12 years experience as a facilitator and coach. For the past 3 years she has coached Mood active clients to achieve their mental health and exercise goals and prior to this was a specialist leadership facilitator and coach with large organisations. She has coached over 500 individuals to achieve their goals and more recently has focused in the area of health, wellness and resilience. Tania is currently the General Manager of Mood active, has a Masters in Coaching Psychology, Cert IV in fitness and Mental Health First Aid Certificate. Her own exercise interests are in ocean swimming, surfing and triathlons
Tania’s passion for working with individuals to improve their mental health comes from her personal experiences supporting family members, friends and colleagues diagnosed with mental ill health and being exposed to losing a love one through suicide. She has chosen to help in the area of exercise as she feels that this is under utilised as an intervention and its impacts underestimated. Tania has a great belief in her clients and her core focus as a coach is to work with her clients to draw on their own resources and strengths to help them work through and overcome their barriers to exercise. She has a warm, energetic and pragmatic approach that is underpinned by key psychological theories and approaches shown to help people achieve their goals.