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Tara | The SLEEP SPECIALIST
SAM | Nurse & Sleep Consultant
Nicola | Nurse & Sleep Consultant
The Gentle Sleep Specialist was founded on the values of compassion, professionalism and love.
The sleep specialist
I'm Tara Mitchell
I would love to tell you about myself and the journey that led me to becoming the Gentle Sleep Specialist. I have always worked with children since a young age, initially nannying in Perth and overseas for a number of years. I then graduated from University as a Registered Nurse, specialising in Paediatric Nursing, which I adored. I got to combine my two loves - children and helping others. In 2013 I got the amazing news that we were expecting our first born. I was elated. Like many, my dreams had come true. I envisioned play dates, long sleepy cuddles, pram walks, coffee dates and days and nights spent gazing at my content little newborn. Sounds cliche but I genuinely imaged things to be like that. I had worked with little ones for thirteen years, I knew it would have it's ups and downs but how hard could it be, right?
I knew it would have it's ups and down but how hard could it be, right?
Oh Scarlett my sweet baby girl, she came, she screamed, she conquered. Let's just say things didn't go to plan. The moment my milk came in we had a very unsettled bub. Scarlett suffered with diarrhea up to 17 times a day, hospital trips due to weight loss, unexplained rashes, irritability and crying spells. There was a whole lot of tears, bouncing, rocking and holding, settling little S was next to impossible. I was desperate, I was desperate for a fix for her tummy and something to simply help her. You name it, I tried it. Scarlett was diagnosed with CMPI and reflux and I became anxiety ridden trying to find ways to help her. People kept saying it would just "take time". I remember that phrase suffocated me. The anxiety I got not knowing how long this would last for and that she wasn't getting the sleep she needed, left me feeling completely helpless. I loved her so dearly, I had all the patience in the world for her, I fiercely adored her but, was it what I imagined? Nothing like what I had imagined.
After three months of severe sleep deprivation I began to explore options to get sleep sorted and began using different techniques. The difference that sleep made was incredible, both in her and our little family. Getting sleep sorted was a total game changer. She woke happy, she fed better, her weight increased, her tummy settled, her reflux was minimal. Our family was thriving, not simply surviving.
The difference that sleep made was incredible, both in her and our little family.
When Scarlett was 6 months old I trained to become a sleep consultant. I believe everything in my life has led me to do what I do. I see this every day by the success and relationships I have with my clients. I have now worked with thousands of clients around the world though both private consulting and our online programs. I have become a trusted referral source for Pediatricians, Midwives, Child Health Nurses, Pharmacists, Psychologists, Teachers and many more and an expert contributor for a number of parenting sites, blogs and media outlets.
I want you to experience all of the things you imagined, give your little one the best start to life and have this time only strengthen your family's relationship.
Hi, I am Sam,
I wear a few hats.... I am a Mum, a Nurse and I work alongside these wonderful ladies as a Sleep Consultant and assisting Tara with day to day admin for TGSS.
I am passionate about helping people. I truly find happiness in knowing I have made someone's journey better, transition easier, day brighter. I am a Mum to 3 beautiful children. We have teen twins, and a 3yo little boy. To say its always been easy would be a huge fib. I did those first couple of years parenting twins, almost by myself. Of course I loved being a Mum, its the greatest gift of all, but boy it was tough. Sleep was...terrible. I was in survival mode. We were all tired and in need of some help. I did reach out to what was available at the time and I was disheartened and felt more desperate than ever to seek change.
My now husband came to join in the fun and when the twins were only 3 years of age, giving us that huge hug that we all needed. After years of hoping, wishing and praying we fell pregnant with our littlest man. After 11 years I was going to be a Mum to a newborn again, but this time it was different. Just as exciting but I had a village surrounding me and the biggest change of all - KNOWLEDGE. I did research, I read, I reached out to this village and I accepted Tara's advice.. I know the juggle I had teenage twins, a Fifo husband, multiple jobs , including shift work. I soaked up the 4th trimester, was conscious of creating sustainable habits, and when the time was right implemented simple changes.
Before we knew it our family was THRIVING. Our family was complete and our already full hearts were truly enjoying the journey. I started to work alongside Tara managing her incomings and assisting her on the daily. I read the outpouring of people needing help, some at a point of desperation, and the reviews from all of the families that TGSS had helped. I was in awe and I needed to be a part of this. I wanted to help these families, so my training to be a Sleep Consultant began. Of course this is primarily about educating people, but it's more than that.
Heavily relying on a background in Health to be able to trouble shoot and refer. To know when your clients needs to wrap them in a big hug. I am here for it all. My interest lies in providing SUPPORT. I have experienced both sides. The whole no sleep gig and the toll it has on your child and family. The absolute joys of having good quality sleep and thriving as a family. I wholeheartedly believe in what we do. I see the changes in parent's voices, their confidence, their babe's settle and flourish and families move forward happily. I am so proud to work alongside the caring and loving team that is TGSS.
Hi I’m Nicola. Mother of, Registered Nurse and Certified Sleep Consultant and I am studying a Post Gradate in Developmental Psychology.
I began helping families achieve better sleep 3.5 years ago. After having 2 children close together and a FIFO husband I struggled with sleep with my second child for too many months before seeking help. I figured I am a second time mum and a smart woman, surely I can figure this all out. With underlying feeding issues and non existing sleep we were all stressed and miserable.
At my breaking point my husband encouraged me to see a psychologist. We were all feeling the massive side effects of no sleep and the changes of a new addition to the family. She listened, allowed me to cry and vent and in the end she kindly said “You need to get some sleep so we can really know what is going on here. We have no idea what is your baseline right now because you are so sleep deprived”. I left there feeling validated. Yes this was not normal and not healthy for us and it is OK to seek help for this. Seeking help with sleep was something I had considered but kept putting off in the hope things would improve.
I contacted a sleep consultant and although sleep did improve I was still stressed and so was my baby for a few months while I worked on things and did my own research. I left this experience wondering and constantly thinking there must be a better way – I way I could have felt more supported and to see improvements much faster for all of us. This lead to studying to become a Sleep Consultant. Unfortunately, this still wasn’t enough – I was again left with the feeling there was something missing. My education still didn’t feel like it gave me enough knowledge to support families how I had hoped for.
This is when I contacted Tara. I knew our philosophy around sleep and family aligned, like myself she has a strong background in health and is a mother herself. Saying I was lucky is an understatement but when Tara had the ability to begin to expand TGSS I was ecstatic to join. Tara mentored and trained me and finally it all fell into place. These were the pieces that were missing that in my gut I knew there was so much more to creating lasting and purposeful changes to families.
Since beginning with Tara at The Gentle Sleep Specialist I have worked with hundreds of families and I am constantly learning from every family I work with. Families are my why. I am so passionate about not having parents just “survive” these early years. There should not be an expectation that we must accept that we will have broken sleep year after year and accept the impact it has on our parenting, our relationships and the joy in life.
I do not accept this for myself and I would never accept it for my children. They deserve to flourish and have healthy sleep foundations set for them in the early years. I have been able to see how establishing these in my own family has allowed my children to thrive, myself to return to working, changing careers, study, manage a FIFO family and relationship and truly enjoy all of it.
Seeing families thrive is why I do what I do and I am lucky enough to be able to do it with the best in the business here at The Gentle Sleep Specialist.
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