SleepTalk Consultants

Feedback – PTSD

I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my thanks to Yarra Valley Practitioners and Joane Goulding for offering the SleepTalk program to parents at Middle Kinglake Primary School.

I‘m a mother of a 9-year-old boy and we unfortunately lost our house in the Black Saturday bushfires. My parents also lost their home and together with the loss of the school and sadly, many friends of both my sons, and mine we have felt quite devastated. We were unable to leave Kinglake on that night and we were forced to battle the fire when it came. This was very traumatic, especially for my son.

In October 2009 my son developed symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the form of frequent panic attacks, bedwetting and eventually an eating disorder which made him unable to swallow many solid foods. My son began to see a child Psychologist who helped him with many aspects of his PTSD, as did the school councillor. My son was still having trouble with separation anxiety, processing worries, bedwetting, confidence, being in large crowds, going to sleep and general happiness.

I didn’t know anything about SleepTalk but I needed some way to help my son and after reading the information from Yarra Valley Practitioners I thought it was worth a try. Having the sessions in Kinglake made it possible for me to attend.

The change in my boy is amazing! I noticed a difference in him after only one week and he gets better every day. The separation, crowd and sleep issues have disappeared and there are improvements with his bedwetting. The thing that has meant the most to me is to see his confidence and happiness returning.

I have passed on Joane’s details to a friend who lost her husband in the fires and who has a boy who has not responded to other forms of counselling and is understandably very distressed. I look forward to continuing to work with Joane, and I will be forever grateful to her for helping me to help my son

Thank you for making this program available to assist our emotional recovery.

2010 – Yours sincerely, Kinglake Mum


PTSD / Visual Hallucinations / Fear

Yarra Valley Practitioners Project (YVPP) SleepTalk® for Children – Case Study mothers report:  “Some months after the fires my son developed a significant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) including visual hallucinations.  With psychological support, a trip away and a summer without fires he improved but remained anxious, unable to separate from us easily and with ongoing vague physical symptoms.

With the assistance of SleepTalk® – a year on he is a much healthier boy.  He sleeps as well as before the fires, has made new friends, tried new foods, can’t wait to go on his school camp and is engaging in life with a new confidence.  He is less fearful of change than he has ever been in his life.  When things go wrong as they inevitably do in life he deals with them far more calmly.  At the end of 2009 I wondered if the fires were still going to take my boy from me; now I have him back. Thank you Joane.”

SleepTalk Mum – JW – May 2011


Post-traumatic stress disorder

May 2010

I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my thanks to Yarra Valley Practitioners (YVPP) and Joane Goulding for offering the SleepTalk® program to parents at Middle Kinglake Primary school.

I ‘m the mother of a 9 year old boy and we unfortunately lost our house in the Black Saturday bushfires. My parents also lost their home and together with the loss of the school and sadly, many friends of both mine and my sons, we have felt quite devastated.
We were unable to leave Kinglake on that night and we were forced to battle the fire when it came. This was very traumatic, especially for my son.
In October last year my son developed symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the form of frequent panic attacks bed wetting and eventually an eating disorder which made him unable to swallow many solid foods.
My son began to see a child Psychologist who helped him with many aspects of his PTSD, as did the school councillor. My son was still having trouble with separation anxiety, processing worries, bed wetting, confidence, being in large crowds, going to sleep and general happiness.
I didn’t know anything about SLeepTalk® but I needed some way to help my son and after reading the information from Yarra Valley Practitioners I thought it was worth a try.  Having the sessions in Kinglake made it possible for me to attend.
The change in my boy is amazing! I noticed a difference in him after only one week and he gets better every day.  The separation, crowd and sleep issues have disappeared and there are improvements with his bed wetting. The thing that has meant the most to me is to see his confidence and happiness returning.
I have passed on Joane’s details to a friend who lost her husband in the fires and who has a boy who has not responded to other forms of counselling and is understandably very distressed.
I look forward to continuing to work with Joane, and I will be forever grateful to her for helping me to help my son.
Thank you for making this program available to assist our emotional recovery.

From YVPP Parents. Kind Lake Middle Primary.


Adoption, Foster Care, PTSD, Discipline

Earlier this year, a number of opportunities were offered to our School to help families affected by the 2009 bushfires, among them, The SleepTalk program. As foster parents of a young, severely traumatised child we were interested to find out more about this program and in June attended our first SleepTalk session.

There are many “fix it” programmes out there and naturally we were a little sceptical about looking at yet another one. However, from the outset we found we connected strongly with Joane and after a brief introductory session we decided to give it a go. At least, we thought the programme could do no harm; at best, that it could really help.

We were not expecting the positive impact that this program was to have on the child in our care. We have now been using the process for almost six months with fantastic results. The behavioural changes and “happiness” that have become part of this child’s life are a joy to see.

From a child who had quite severe PTSD symptoms and oppositional behaviours, and on whom normal methods of discipline had little effect, she is now calmer, happier and less intense. Although still a handful, she now initiates daily tasks and even enjoys them!

The constant, quiet, affirming nature of this program has benefited not only the child but also us as caregivers. Just repeating the individually designed phrases each evening gives rise to a feeling of calm at the end of the day.

Sincere thanks to Joane and her team for the ongoing encouragement and support, via email and phone calls, we have had throughout the time we have been associated with the SleepTalk program.


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Loss, Panic Attacks

I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my thanks to Yarra Valley Practitioners (YVPP) and Joane Goulding for offering the SleepTalk® program to parents at Middle Kinglake Primary school.

I ‘m the mother of a 9 year old boy and we unfortunately lost our house in the Black Saturday bushfires. My parents also lost their home and together with the loss of the school and sadly, many friends of both mine and my sons, we have felt quite devastated.

We were unable to leave Kinglake on that night and we were forced to battle the fire when it came. This was very traumatic, especially for my son.

In October last year my son developed symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the form of frequent panic attacks bed wetting and eventually an eating disorder which made him unable to swallow many solid foods.

My son began to see a child Psychologist who helped him with many aspects of his PTSD, as did the school councillor. My son was still having trouble with separation anxiety, processing worries, bed wetting, confidence, being in large crowds, going to sleep and general happiness.

I didn’t know anything about Sleep Talk but I needed some way to help my son and after reading the information from Yarra Valley Practitioners I thought it was worth a try.  Having the sessions in Kinglake made it possible for me to attend.

The change in my boy is amazing! I noticed a difference in him after only one week and he gets better every day.  The separation, crowd and sleep issues have disappeared and there are improvements with his bed wetting. The thing that has meant the most to me is to see his confidence and happiness returning.

I have passed on Joane’s details to a friend who lost her husband in the fires and who has a boy who has not responded to other forms of counselling and is understandably very distressed.
I look forward to continuing to work with Joane, and I will be forever grateful to her for helping me to help my son.

Thank you for making this program available to assist our emotional recovery.