“Owning our story and loving ourselves
through that process is the bravest thing we will ever do.”

– Brene Brown

“I help support & guide others to uncover their innate strength & wisdom so that they can live more vibrant, authentic & meaningful lives.  I firmly believe it is possible repair from any trauma and discover the beauty of life again.”

Michelle Major

My Professional Story

I graduated from the University of Ulster in 2001 with a 2:1 Hons Degree in Business (Retail Distribution Management).

An 11-year career in financial services followed university, leading a team as General Manager for a national mortgage company.

Following the recession, redundancy & divorce in 2008, I decided to re-train with the vision of eventually setting up my own business.  Having already completed a Counselling course in 2005, I decided to further my studies and in 2010 I became an NLP Practitioner/Coach (Neuro Linguistic Programming), a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader & Master Teacher in Energy Therapy.

I started seeing clients from my living room in 2011.  These very humble beginnings lead to the birth of The Sunshine Project in 2012.

In that same year I travelled to London and immersed myself in learning mindful breathing techniques, laughter exercises, grounding exercises and Yoga Nidra relaxation to become Northern Ireland’s first Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher.

In 2020 I completed an Introduction to Somatic Experiencing TM – a trauma resolution practice.  I am now in my intermediate year of the 3-year post-graduate clinical training.

I’m currently integrating Somatic Experiencing TM into my individual therapeutic sessions under supervision.

My Personal Story

I’m an eternal optimist who believes strongly in the power of healing & transformation. Like most people, I’ve experienced challenges and made some mistakes.  I am human.

Everything I share in my courses are lessons I’ve learnt.  They consist of techniques and strategies that I apply to my life every day. They are practical and grounded in scientific research.

When I’m not working with clients and groups, I enjoy spending time with my son, family and friends. I have a wonderful support network. They say it takes a village to raise a child. As a single parent I know this to be true. We all need connection in order to thrive.

I’ve learnt that material things don’t bring happiness. Joy is something we cultivate every day.

I love the outdoors, especially the beach. It’s my happy place! I practice yoga regularly and I’m a lifelong student of somatic and embodied practices.  I have grown to understand the huge importance the body has on our healing journey.

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