Develop Kara J Watson from Holistic Counseling.

Bundaberg woman Kara J Watson recently opened a holistic counseling service based on her own experience in dealing with chronic pain and stress-related illnesses.

Kara said Evolve Holistic Counseling is committed to helping people live their best lives using a holistic approach to mental, physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing.

“My goal is to provide people with natural mind-body solutions for stress, nervous system health, chronic pain, and overall optimal wellness,” she said

According to Kara, the holistic counseling service was set up 3 years after the closure of her previous local business, Bundaberg Academy of the Arts, due to ongoing stress and illness from previous trauma in her life.

“One test after one test found little diagnostically, despite various common and debilitating symptoms,” she said.

“I was eventually diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and chronic fatigue.

“In search of support and information about my illness, I worked intensively on pain management and various therapeutic approaches to combat stress and improve nervous system health, physical and mental well-being, and persistent pain.”

Kara said that through these studies she embarked on a completely different career path and became an accredited holistic consultant, mind-body practitioner, meditation therapist, pain management educator and coach.

“I also integrate my 15 years as a music teacher into therapeutic practice and offer integrative holistic music therapy,” she said.

“I have been fortunate to have studied with some of the world’s most sought-after pain specialists, and I am currently starting a local persistent pain program to support those facing the overwhelming experience of chronic pain.”

Kara said she hoped that her knowledge and support could help others who are suffering from the same symptoms she once had.

“I struggled to find the support I needed here in Bundaberg, particularly with pain education and pain management. I hope to be part of that solution for others,” she said.

“Through a bio-psychosocial approach to pain management and the power of mind-body medicine, I became bedridden from most days with chronic illnesses in order to be active and alive again.

“I am deeply passionate about this work and hope to touch the lives of many locals who need support in these areas.”

Learn more about Evolve Holistic Counseling here.

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