Bridget Edwards ~ Stress Consultant, Author and Speaker
I am passionate about helping people overcome their emotional challenges or obstacles. I achieve this through individual consultations (via Skype), my products (books, videos and audios), also talks and workshops. I’m often hired by corporate clients or as an event guest speaker.
Today, I’m the author of three books, with a fourth “coming soon”, and many more in the pipeline. My books are within the ‘self help’ genre specifically, Anger Gone! How to Easily Defeat Anger, Stress Gone! How to Identify and Reduce Stress Easily and Stress Gone! Tips. I continue to write books and blogs to assist people – my motto is, “enabling others through love and true connection”.
Why specifically stress, and stress related issues? On a deeply personal note, I’ve had a history of stress – in fact, my life has been defined by stress related issues. On the bright side though, these painful, traumatic and stressful experiences helped develop my innate sensitivity, empathy and intuition, which I apply to my work.
In 2007 I discovered Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), also known as “tapping”. I immediately begun incorporating this into client consultations, and the results were nothing short of astonishing. No matter what emotional complexities I was presented with, my clients reported enormous benefits. EFT is highly effective, yielding impressive results, often within a matter of minutes. Today, and 11 years later, my speciality is all things stress related. This includes: Anger Management, Trauma Counselling, Grief and Loss, Depression, Addictions, Anxiety and Panic Attacks, Fears and Phobias, and obviously, Stress Management too.
Curious by naure, I’ve been the quintessential ‘student of life’, and continued to educate myself over the past 28 years. I’ve studied a variety of complimentary healing modalities, metaphysics, meditation, even nature conservation too – a vital link to holistic healing. Personal development has always been important; I’ll never stop learning, growing and evolving.
Aside from my complimentary therapy work, I’ve lived outside the proverbial box, pushing personal yet adventurous boundaries. I’ve successfully completed Comrades (89kms) and Two Oceans (56kms) ultra marathons, several standard (42kms) and half marathons (21kms), several Argus Cycle races (109kms), and summited Mount Kilimanjaro twice (the highest mountain on the African continent) – see pictures below. Pushing the envelop to the ultimate, I’ve successfully conquered Fire Walking – walking barefoot over a bed of hot burning coals. A deeply challenging, but highly rewarding experience I’m grateful to have accomplished.
Physical endurance taught me a lot about myself, but more importantly, what humans are capable of achieving. This holistic background has provided me with a unique skill set; the approach I apply to my Stress Consultation work and writing. I’d be truly delighted that you benefit accordingly …
A Glimpse of my Travels: Africa, India, Camino and Peru
Travel broadens the mind. I’ve been privileged to travel extensively, and enjoyed exposure to numerous cultures across the globe; an enriching, deeply rewarding experience. This has significantly augemented my holistic approach to my work.
My favourite travel adventures was an overland trip from South Africa through 12 Eastern and Northern African countries, with an old series III Land Rover, our ‘home-on-wheels’ for 10 months. Other travel adventures include meditating in various Ashrams around India, walking +-1,000kms along three ancient pilgrim routes in northern Spain, commonly known as the Camino Francés. In 2017 I spent six months in Peru exploring shamanic paths whilst also working with San Pedro, a sacred medicinal healing plant.
During the Camino I stumbled across the only English text to appear in the remote Spanish countryside. Written in chalk on an old vehicle ‘leaf spring’ and strategically placed in a secluded shady grove along with a neatly decorated table complete with tea, coffee, biscuits and fruit. Completely alone, I felt this poigniant message was just for me. Enjoying the generous offerings, and taking a much needed respite from the unrelenting Spanish heat, I sat quietly absorbing the now ‘haunting’ text, ‘Trust Truth, Truth Trust”. In the moment I felt a definitive impact, like being slapped by a wet fish, but still, I took the meaning too literally. Little did I know, in time and years later, a deeper meaning would reveal itself, and as if a ‘constant companion’ this memory has repeatedly popped up when I’ve least expected, but needed it most …“Trust Truth, Truth Trust”
Hard Hitting Truth …
Although it may sound like I’ve lived a glorious lifestyle, but in truth, my life hasn’t been a bed of roses; family tragedies, multiple traumas, fatal illness, including burnout with subsequent financial losses, being a cult survivor, and other difficulties have all taken their toll.
In spiritual terms, ‘the dark night of the soul’ has been a harrowing experience, and tough space to navigate, particularly alone. I’ve had to dig really deep to understand myself, to keep myself together whilst frantically searching for answers. Experiencing every human emotion possible, my life has been a roller coaster ride – high highs and equally low lows, along with manic depression, and suicial tendencies. Naturally, I’ve repeatedly questioned the meaning of life.
Searching for meaning, or spiritual enlightenment as some call it, is not easy, in fact, please do everything you can to avoid it! Truth is stranger than fiction. Truth ain’t pretty. Truth can be blatant, harsh and unrelenting. Truth hurts, and cuts to the core. Truth makes one question everything including beliefs, perceptions, attachments, emotions, labels, the past, present and future, even ‘reality’ … “Trust Truth, Truth Trust” hasn’t been an easy, pleasant teacher but life is certainly making way more sense now than it did before.
Writing and Inspiration
Considered dyslexic at school, it’s ironic I’m a writer today. During my darkest hours, and in the depths of despair, I discovered the ability to write, and haven’t stopped writing since. I’ve been astounded by the many rich discoveries, and gifts received on this rocky journey.
A tiny source of inspiration, which has remained dangling like a carrot, is the word “impossible” – it actually means “I’m Possible” . This has repeatedly lead me to question “what else is possible”? These simple words continue to inspire, motivate and drive me to constantly explore inwards, onwards and upwards.
Without doubt, both my exhilarating adventurous experiences and equally traumatic ‘depths of despair’ have taught valuable lessons, life skills and brightly coloured the canvas of my life, shaping who I am today. All of which has enabled me to comfortably work with people of all walks of life, and with all kinds of emotional complexities too. In most cases I’ve been there, have first hand experience, and earned the proverbial T-shirt. Fortunately, my knowledge, wisdom and understanding is not from some University text book or a Professor’s postulated theory. Life has been my greatest teacher. Today, I truly love helping people better themselves – there is nothing more rewarding than witnessing clients transform before my eyes.
… Here I Am …
Today, I love and cherish ALL that is simple and natural; the outdoors and calls of the wild, birding, vegan and vegetarian foods, meditation, sun gazing and walking barefoot in beautiful peaceful surroundings, and of course natural, authentic and sustainable systems of health and well being.
I AM truly blessed AND grateful to do what I LOVE doing … living my passion and purpose through ALL aspects of my Stress Gone! work; be it speaking engagements, consultations, facilitating workshops, writing, even interviews.
There is nothing more gratifying than witnessing positive shifts and changes in client’s once they’ve shed an overwhelming, stressful or painful emotional burden of the past … that’s absolutely priceless!
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To your continued health and wellbeing,
Ubuntu – Bridget Gives Back
Bridget has a moral and social conscience, and believes in supporting others by giving back. This specific project is very close to her heart. Read More
What Clients Say?
“I have to recommend this service to all. I was a Cargo Manager at the Johannesburg International Airport, where in the early hours of the morning my staff fell victim to an armed robbery. They were very traumatized and one had to be admitted to hospital after being assaulted by one of the perpetrators. I got in touch with Bridget who came to give counselling to the staff. she was great and the feedback from her and the staff was amazing. It wasn't costly and did not require a follow up session as the staff were in a good space after the first session. If you find yourself or your staff in need of counselling, don't hesitate to contact Bridget.”
“A few years ago I was really struggling with public speaking fears - I know this is career limiting but couldn't help myself. My fears, anxiety and the stress really got the better of me one evening at an event. Bridget saw my distress, and offered to help. I couldn't believe how quickly she helped, within minutes I felt absolutely calm and relaxed. I've subsequently delivered many presentations with ease, even enjoying it. I MC'd my friend's wedding with ease too. I highly recommend Bridget to help you overcome your fears and phobias - she's excellent.”
“Bridget is sharply observant of the source of one's stresses and strains and is immensely enthusiastic and motivational in helping one deal with challenges in all arenas of life. So glad she is a consultation away #gratitude.”
“Bridget was my life line when I was going through a very difficult time in my life. The anti stress techniques she taught me were invaluable and she was a text away anytime i needed her. I’m so grateful to know I have you on speed dial.”
“I could have never imagined that a powerful tool like this existed. From one session, I had a life changing experience where anxiety, stress and fear was a normal part of my daily routine to a clam clear and collected way of conducting my day. Even more amazing was that EFT was not a temporary solution but a lasting feeling that I still have a week later. EFT has empowered me to take control of so many aspects of my life with confidence and make life so much more enjoyable!”
“Hi Bridget, all is indeed well on my side – thanks to you! I still tap and my baby actually reacts to my tapping now! It’s so amazing and I am so grateful to have made the choice to keep him despite the turmoil in my life. I have amazing friends who support me and I am so excited for my son’s birth on 15 September. Will send you a picture as soon as I can OK? Take care and once again, thank you for calming the waters for me. Lots of love”
“This message serves to say THANK YOU for contributing in my success as a person. You've made me aware of the things I was not aware of. Since then I use some of your principles in my life on a daily basis. You've also answered some of my long awaiting questions in life and I really appreciate it. Be blessed and I thank you.”
“My life got turned around in one afternoon, it’s as if you cleared years of blockages in one sitting, and I can be sceptical of certain alternative healing methods. I still can’t believe that such a simple, non invasive healing can have such dramatic results. I can’t wait to tap again with you and see what else I have been burying deep inside my stubborn brain … if only everyone knew about this! Best wishes.”
“Thank you so much for the session I had with you. It did wonders for me. It helped me get past my fear of public speaking to a point where I actually enjoy standing up there now. I still get a bit nervous, and then I do some tapping and it helps tremendously. Thanks again.”
“EFT is all about letting go. We destroy our present and our future by nurturing our personal traumas - whatever they may be. Sometimes what we thought was the problem isn’t - Bridget helped me to ‘sort’ through the self imposed fog I found myself in. I went to see her once and the result was immediate and life changing. I learnt to be objective and distance myself and see my value and move into my true space. THANK YOU Bridget XXX (You DID change my life Bridget. So grateful. Want you to help lots more people).”
“Being in the complimentary health profession myself, I have come to recognise the importance of releasing emotional ‘baggage’ that keeps us from being whole. The Emotional Freedom Technique helped me to shift some deep-seated behavioural patterns that I was oblivious to as it had become so much a part of who I was. Bridget has a keen sense of guiding the process to those deep layers that we keep hidden from ourselves and she does this gently and with a great deal of compassion. What I found so beneficial is that once the emotion was revealed, it was not necessary to spend days picking at old wounds like one would do in conventional therapy. Instead I acknowledged the emotion and then moved on swiftly and elegantly without having to dwell on all the unpleasantness. I would recommend EFT to anyone who wishes to expand their consciousness.”
“I have suffered from depression and been on medication for many years (since about 1990). I have always wanted to get off the medication because of the many side effects. This seemed impossible until I met Bridget and learnt about EFT. One session gave me the tools to work with EFT and enabled me to get through difficult times. I am now no longer on medication! I use EFT when troubled and find that within a few minutes I am once again able to cope. And it really works!!!! My thanks to you.”
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Clients Bridget has worked with