Miranda Egan

PACFA is pleased to introduce our new series, ‘A Day in the Life.’  Each month, the series will offer participating PACFA members the opportunity to share their unique personal and professional experience as dedicated Practising & Registered Clinical Counsellors and Registered Clinical Psychotherapists who embody the art and science of holding space for others.

This month we open the door on PACFA Registered Clinical Counsellor® and Integrative Psychotherapist, Miranda Egan. 

About Miranda

I am based on the Sunshine Coast, offering both face-to-face and online therapy services. I am proud to have established successful private practices in both the UK and Australia. Currently, I am a PACFA Registered Clinical Counsellor® and a member of the College of Psychotherapy. I am also in the process of applying for the Registered Clinical Psychotherapist® badge. You can find me registered on various important registers, including Trauma Support, InsideOut Eating Disorders, Butterfly Foundation, and the National Redress scheme.

My therapeutic approach can be best described as a beautiful dance between science and art, where I focus on providing trauma-informed depth psychotherapy and raising awareness about the significance of this type of care in the therapy field. I am particularly dedicated to minimising the impacts of sexual assault and toxic relationships.

Miranda’s Counselling and Psychotherapy Qualifications

I earned my qualifications in the UK back in 2007, achieving a four-year BACP- Accredited Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling. After that, I deepened my knowledge with a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents. Later, in 2013, I moved to Australia, where I continued my journey with a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy, accredited by PACFA. In 2021, I proudly launched my private practice named Until Now Therapy. It brings me immense joy to support people nationwide and internationally. Why Psychotherapy? My calling into the world of therapy started with a simple desire to proactively alleviate suffering. But as I delved deeper into my training, my motivation evolved into something far more profound. I am now deeply committed to empowering individuals, guiding them to break free from the cycle of abuse and intergenerational trauma.

My ultimate goal is to change the narrative for my clients, their children, and their communities, raising the bar for everyone around them. My approach to therapy embraces both science and art, offering trauma-informed depth psychotherapy and advocating for its importance in the therapy field.

How Miranda Works

As a trauma-informed therapist, I utilise nature, mindfulness, and self-compassion to explore attachment and the complexity of relationships through the lenses of Narrative, Gestalt, and Transactional Analysis. My aim is to build awareness and integration of the soma, heart, and mind, creating a harmonious sense of self. I often incorporate art, nature, and creative therapies to access the unconscious parts and inner child during sessions, fostering a transformative healing experience.

A Day in the Life with Miranda in Private Practice

6.30am:  Time to Wake Up

My day starts abruptly when my daughter wakes me, promptly followed by the dog jumping on the bed and my husband giving me a coffee. It has become one of my favourite rituals of the day.

8.00am:  Clearing Rituals and Mindfulness

My practice room is connected to my home, so once the house is empty, I can prepare myself for the day ahead. I have created clearing rituals to create a separation between a busy home and a focused work life.

I make a pot of herbal tea, light a candle and say 'good morning' to my space to set the intention for the day. This is my anchor which puts me into work mode. I check my calendar and messages to make sure there are no surprises.

Before the first client arrives, I take a walk around my garden and allow myself 10 to 15 minutes of mindfulness, noticing changes in colour, light and smell. My garden is a special place as we have spent time and effort relandscaping it over the years. It now provides my family with a space to play, reflect and fill with memories. I enjoy sharing the space with my clients, especially when they do not feel like talking. After a run around, my dog Hawy then joins me in the therapy room and we wait for my first client of the day.

9.00am – 5.30pm: Client time

Hawy always gives an energetic hello before I check in with a client's well-being and enquire about any new reflections that have emerged since the last meeting.

I work narratively and like to help people find new ways to frame their experiences through a self-compassionate lens.  Checking in with people's reflections allows me to unpack some of those fused beliefs that they are learning to reauthor. Trauma-informed work is focusing on empowering the client through resourcing, grounding and understanding. It gives space for safe disclosure and unpacking of the past safely and gently which allows an individual to integrate with their younger parts and find ways to step lighter in their present life. It is relational, somatic and heart led. I feel privileged to be able to do this work. I am grateful every day that I get to hold space for my clients.

I normally see 4-5 clients a day, this is a variety of face-to-face and online session work. I also offer free discovery calls, so both client and therapist can make sure there is going to be a good fit before starting. If I have a rare gap between clients I will either be drafting blog ideas, diving into a true crime podcast or if I feel emotionally full, I will spend some time in my garden sitting under a tree. It is important to make space for me when needed. Mindfulness is grounding and refocuses my work.

5:30pm: Notes and Reflections

At the end of my day, I make sure notes are complete and follow-up sessions are in the diary. I spend a little time reflecting on the day, what I have learnt and what I need to remember about each person. I then tap the door and say goodbye to my clients, letting them know that I will be back in the morning. I can then step back into home life.

6:00pm: Evening and Family Time

I spend the evening with family with a sit-down meal which is another daily ritual which prompts gratitude and planning future adventures together. Then it is story time and bedtime routine for my daughter. My evening is usually a bit of admin, replying to enquiries and if there is any spare time, I will spend it watching TV or listening to an audiobook. Currently, I am preparing to step out of my comfort zone to be interviewed for a podcast which I am both excited and nervous about. It feels good to grow.

Down time

Down time consists of lots of time in my garden, tending my vegies, planning new projects with my daughter, walks on the beach or in the forest, BBQs and camping with friends.

Connect with Sunshine Coast Counsellor, Miranda Egan

Miranda’s website, Instagram account and Facebook page

Open the door on your day

The ‘Day in the Life’ series is created and edited by PACFA Registered Clinical Psychotherapist® and founder of The Psychosynthesis Centre, Jodie Gale.

Each month, the ‘A Day in the Life’ series will offer participating PACFA members the opportunity to share their unique personal and professional experience as dedicated Practising & Registered Clinical Counsellors and Registered Clinical Psychotherapists who embody the art and science of holding space for others. Click here to read more and to find out how you can open the door on your day.