Astrid Merkt

Holistic Performance Psychologist and Breath Specialist

Astrid Merkt

  • Holistic Performance Psychologist
  • Breath Specialist

“Become the CEO of your own life”

Astrid Merkt has a background in child and teen psychology and exercise science.

Astrid’s “Therapy Reinvented” supports your growth and healing with a holistic mind and body framework that can be taken outdoors and off the sofa.

The modalities Astrid applies in therapy include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy,
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy,
  • Polyvagal approach to treat mental illness and other challenges we face in life.

 

Astrid's Specialties

Her passion lies in the neuroscience behind emotions and behaviour and how it interplays with the body.

She uses a psychodynamic approach that brings elements of adventure, movement, breathwork and creativity into traditional talk therapy. She works with high-achievers to perform at their best when placed under pressure and stress by improving mindset, energy, focus, mobility, sleep and  relationships.

Her main focus is to reset, regulate, and recharge the way your nervous system interacts with your mind and body to overcome subconscious blockages from old habit patterns and trauma. Using your breathing mechanics and the psychology of breath as the main foundation of emotional and physical release, she thrives to empower and give you the tools and exercises needed to optimize your fullest potential.

You will regain your control of your emotional, mental and physical states through self-awareness, self- and co-regulation, and cognitive reframing.

Working with both individuals and couples, Astrid helps get to the root of any pain, release tension and conflict, and help shift maladaptive patterns into positive adaptive patterns.

Her breath therapy sessions look at your breathing biomechanics and patterns to help you harness the power of your breath to elevate your performance and gain confidence to succeed.

Academic & Professional Qualifications

 Master of Counselling, Monash University
 BA, Warwick University
  MA, sussex University

Membership & Associations

 Alumni of University of Sussex
 Alumni of University of Warwick
 Alumni of Monash University
Member of the TRE Board of Directors