Naturopath, Andrea Southern was a late starter in her quest to achieve one of the main things missing from her life during the time she worked in television and then raised two children—SELF BELIEF.
The change didn’t begin to materialise until she turned 50 and decided to follow her dream and go back to school.
Today she runs a respected and thriving naturopathy business Southern Health & Wellbeing in Brisbane’s north with a focus on “empowering people to take control of their health”.
“All my life I have been lacking in a self belief, knowing intellectually that I was an intelligent person, but my heart didn’t have that confidence, said Andrea this week. “Once I started studying to be a Naturopath, I fully embraced it and achieved results that were beyond my expectations. “The lowest result for any subject I studied was 95%, which I thought was a fantastic achievement. This taught me that I am smart, and that I can achieve whatever I want if I put my mind to it.
“To learn self belief far outweighed any other lesson I have learned. It has literally changed my life. When you don’t have self belief, fear kicks in – the fear of failure. Now I have absolutely no fear of failure whatsoever,” she said.
Andrea is, as you would expect, very proud of her Southern Health & Wellbeing clinic with rooms in The Gap and Stafford where she treats clients with a wide range of conditions. “I see clients with health conditions as diverse as mental health issues, thyroid conditions, digestive issues and cancer,” explained Andrea.
“I don’t like the thought of specialising in a particular field because I feel that can sometimes lead to complacency and a rather blinkered outlook.”
Andrea said a big part of what she does in the clinic is “empowering people to take control of their health”.
“There is a huge lack of knowledge out there with regards to health and food and I love the fact that I can educate people so they can start their journey to better health,” she said.
Andrea opened the doors of her clinic exactly two weeks after she qualified as a Naturopath. “I went on a 10 day cruise the day after final exams to recover from years of study and then four days later I was sitting in my clinic seeing my first client. It has been a wonderful experience opening my own clinic and a very steep learning curve.”
Andrea, who has been married for 30 years and lives on acreage, which she loves, said she was “very much” into health and fitness and loved learning.
“A lot of my spare time is spent reading and researching all things to do with health,” she said.