Trauma counselling

Surrender your suffering, own your survival

Life coaching

Become the hero of your story

Motivational speaking

Be inspired, be transformed, be changed

Cellular memory healing

Shift old traumatic memories and make space for the new

Trauma Coach, Trauma Counsellor

Life Coach & Speaker

I am Gaelene Risk

As a trauma coach in Durban and a trauma counsellor in Johannesburg, as well as an international life coach and speaker, I am invested in your recovery. Together, we move beyond the borders of your experience.

Equipping you with life tools, a changed perspective and a more genuine and freer version of you. The situations in your life will no longer have control over you. You will never feel alone again.

I focus on trauma recovery

My eyes on your life

Allow me to look at your life and your experience from the outside, and give you a fresh perspective. When you are going through something, it’s very difficult to pull yourself out of it and see the potential your situation holds. My eyes as a trauma coach will make your life visible and give you clarity where you never imagined possible. Be open to more of who you are, more of who you can be and more of what you are already becoming.

Live in your truth

The truth can be hard to hear, but when that truth can set you free from all of the lies you tell yourself and the ‘stories’ you’ve bought into, there is no option other than to honour yourself. I will not allow you or anyone else to dishonour your truth… your reality. For it is in this space that you evolve and transform into who you were truly meant to be. You deserve freedom. Unfold your wings and learn to fly. Let me show you how.

I have real experience

I live what I teach. My integrity reaches further than my qualifications. What we think, we become. What we speak, we create. What we believe, is demonstrated in the world around us. Follow my journey of humanness. There is very little difference between us. We are all just people searching for happiness in our lives, love of ourselves and others, harmony in our environments and feelings of safety in the places we call home.

How can I help?


So many people get lost in their experiences, especially the challenging ones. You forget what it’s like to feel free from the burden of a shocking incident and without even realizing, you become the experience, every minute of every day. How deeply rooted you are in this cycle can be difficult to see from the inside, because you are in it. It takes someone from the outside to gently guide you out and show you, remind you of what emotional freedom really feels like.

Everyone deserves to feel free. Everyone deserves the opportunity to step into the light. Allow me to guide you to the shining light.

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Life coaching

Life coaching really is an investment in you! It’s a neutral space where you can learn to re-discover and become aware of yourself. Most of what you think you know about yourself is a reaction to your circumstances rather than your true core. This comes as the biggest surprise to my clients. As you unravel what you have ‘become', you start to connect with who you really are.

Coaching supports each person through their unique process and motivates them to keep going instead of procrastinating and self-sabotaging.

If there is any area of your life that you would like to improve and don’t know how, life coaching is for you!

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Life can often get in the way of the things we need to be doing to better ourselves and opportunity for this may be lacking. Don’t put your recovery on hold when you can create the opportunity simply by connecting and reaching out. Online counselling is available around the country and abroad. Book your time slot and benefit from moving yourself forward. If you have a poor internet connection or do not have access to skype, telephonic sessions are available. Please contact us to enquire about how those calls are charged Read more.


As an international speaker, I value every platform because I see it as an opportunity to inspire and change lives. I speak for change so that we may own our true selves and be the best version of who we were intended to be. You can find me at speaking events, corporate events, colleges, schools and breakfasts as a guest speaker. In 2016 I had the privilege of sharing a stage with George Ross (bestselling author, celebrity apprentice judge and former right hand man to Donald Trump) JT Foxx (The world’s number 1 wealth coach), Johanna Mukoki, Jorge Ngoko and Michael Mlengan.

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Life is too short for you not to be changed. My workshops will do that for you. Intensive and liberating all at the same time, going to deeper levels of yourself and understanding why you are the person you are and how you’d like to be better. Workshops are run throughout the year and have been held in the U.K., Channel Islands, Ireland and South Africa. Stay posted on upcoming dates or sign up to my blog to stay informed.

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What my clients say

"If you feel that your long-held beliefs and deep rooted problems are holding you back in life, then I can recommend this course to you. Over two days, the counseling and encouragement triggered a catalyst for me to begin a journey of self-discovery, all within a safe environment with others who felt the same way."

Sarah (Guernsey, Channel Islands) 2005

"I feel that the structure of the course would challenge anybody and their boundaries on many levels. I cried a lot during the weekend but maybe that was meant to happen. I didn’t feel sad after we finished the sessions each day, drained yes, but not sad. Optimistic in fact, because you’ve been given some tools to help you cope with stress and problems in your life from now on in. I learned something important too that I deserved to be happy. A lot of the time I don’t think that I do … The Louise Hay workshop has left a lasting imprint on my heart and I will never forget the women I met or what we all learnt about ourselves and from each other with the help of our tutors. Going back to what I said at the start, I am so glad I took part and I would highly recommend this course to anyone."

Alne (Lusty Beg, Belfast)

"I saw her (chiropractor) this morning and she said it was the first time in four years that she has been able to adjust my lower back its thanks to the wonderful work you helped me with last weekend. All my emotions were ‘stored’ down there and I was holding on to them for dear life! Now that I’ve been able to let go emotionally, my body has been able to let go as well. I am so much better off since meeting you... The work we did has had a wonderful effect on my life! I can now truly see each new day as a gift, without needing to look backwards or forwards. Thanks to the lessons you taught me, my life has a whole new meaning and it is so liberating to be able to leave the old behind… Keep up the wonderful work that you are doing!"

Joanne (Johannesburg) 2008

"GETTING ALONG MARVELLOUSLY!!! I am really astounded (and believe me when I say this – it takes a lot to move me). I am more positive and getting more so. My outlook has changed completely (more positive thoughts and so forth). The reason for all this is: On Tueday last week got phoned from a hotel group that previously did not approve my application – went for interview last Friday (awaiting positive results) and on Wednesday last week my current employer offered me a higher position and remuneration and so forth (I have wanted this for the last 6 months or more – new job and higher income). Things, (big and small) seem to really fall in place.”

Lucas (Johannesburg) 2008 

"I attended the ‘love yourself, heal your life’ course this weekend with Gaelene and I can’t even express how awesome it was. I felt as if the content was ‘written’ especially for me and it is going to push me over that last little hurdle after which, I plan to never ever look back on this dark time. I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the life changing course this weekend. I cannot believe how much it has helped me and how much it feels like I have been lifted out of a very deep, dark hole. I am aware that this was not the only thing that has helped me (and gratefully so, because then I would doubt the longevity thereof) but it certainly was pivotal and I will forever be grateful for your time. I would highly recommend this to anyone. Thank you so much."

Theresa (Johannesburg) 2008

"This workshop has truly transformed my life! While I had read books on the subject the workshop really brought these ideas and principles to life, bettering my understanding of them and their relevance to my life. The exercises in the workshop really helped me see the negative beliefs I had – some I was aware of, and some that I had no idea existed until the workshop. The exercises were facilitated in such a way that I always felt safe, feeling free to discover my beliefs and patterns, but secure in the sense that a loving and experienced facilitator was guiding my journey. The take home materials and CD’s have really allowed me to apply the techniques to my everyday life. The most important element of the workshop for me was that I felt I could truly be and explore who I really am. The environment that Gaelene creates is a warm, loving space where unconditional acceptance and safety are a given. I highly recommend this workshop to everyone, whether you are looking to make changed, or just merely want to improve your quality and understanding of life."

Lara (Johannesburg) 2007

"On a more profound note, the past week and a bit have been extremely challenging in so far as life throwing everything at me to test the newly leant belief system. It has been harrowing to say the least, but I have survived with a lot more positivity becoming my reality. I also wake up singing ‘I love myself…’ and have been doing so since last week."

Liz ( Johannesburg) 2008

"Thank you for all the support and encouragement you give so generously! We are blessed to have you!"

Karin (Johannesburg) 2008

"Just want to say thank you for the course this weekend I thought I was not going to learn something new for a youngster like you but at the end I really got emotional and that’s what I needed just to see every time is a new journey and you (ma) go with the flow with what comes up… Thank you!"

Rene (Johannesburg) 2008

"Gaelene gave me the tools and wisdom to find my truth, and to finally like the person that I am. She has a quiet, gentle strength which I came to rely on quite a bit in my journey of self discovery."

Coralee (Johannesburg) 2016

"I indeed entered a new chapter after the wonderful course I did with you three years ago. I am engaged to be married, to my ex husband. Its been a wonderful two years back together (after 5 years of divorce). Our daughters are so happy and still ‘congratulate’ us on a daily basis. Who would have thought?"

Charinne (Johannesburg) 2016

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I’m Gaelene, a qualified social worker with practices in JHB and Durban, I specialise in creating a safe space for people who feel lost and paralysed by their experiences. A space where people feel accepted and supported through their journey whilst reclaiming the greatest version of themselves.

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