Meet the RISE team

Rachel Addison

Rachel Addison

Founder Rise Community

Rachel Addison is the Director of Rise Wellness Studio. I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with over 14 years of clinical practice in mental health treatment. I am also a qualified yoga instructor, mum of 3 young daughters and am passionate about the mind-body connection in seeking health. To book an appointment please call or email.

Julia Berger


Lesley Kidson

Registered Counsellor

Lesley is a registered Counsellor, Retreat and Group Facilitator and Educator, her focus and experience is in cancer counselling, specialising in breast cancer.

Lesley has a person-centred, holistic approach to supporting her clients/patients, their carers and families who are experiencing difficulties associated with cancer diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and end of life.

Whilst having worked with Lifeline, Wesley Mission, BreastScreen and breast cancer patients at the Mater Hospital alongside her 12 year strong private practice she loves to collaborate with other practitioners to help clients find their ’new kind of normal’ and live an authentic, happy and purposeful life.

Qualifications: Lesley holds a Bachelor of Counselling degree and is a clinical member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), National Australian Loss and Grief Association (NALAG), Cancer Counselling Professionals (CCP) and Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP).

Katrina Girgis

Speech Pathologist

Katrina is a Senior Speech Language Pathologist and a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist (C.P.S.P) with Speech Pathology Australia. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology). Katrina has a passion working with preschool and primary school aged children to help develop their communication skills. She also has an interest supporting adults with communication and swallowing disorders.

Cancellation Policy:
Please note that 24 hours notice is required for cancellations, otherwise full fee is to be paid.

Tayla Watson

Yoga Teacher

Tayla is qualified as a speech pathologist who has specialised in working with individuals diagnosed on the autism spectrum. She recently shifted the primary focus of her career to sharing her love for yoga, which she has been teaching both in Australia and internationally for the past several years. Tayla has a younger brother who lives with Down Syndrome and is her inspiration for this passion to serve individuals with additional needs. She also strongly believes that children are our future and by being able to engage on their level and see the world through their eyes, we can support them in developing emotional resilience, building and maintaining relationships and the importance of feeling connected to something greater.

Tayla is most passionate about awakening love in all beings as well as changing the way we interact in our forever busy world. She believes in the importance of creating presence, kindness and purpose within our interactions. She stives to live her life by the eight limbs of yoga each day.

Services: Tayla teaches yoga for adults, kids & teens at Rise. She also holds a monthly traditional cacao ceremony for women with each full moon.

Rachel Sardelich

Meditation Teacher
& Creative Advisor

Deep curiosity, a sense of awe, a decade spent immersed in an education of ancient knowledge and meditation of the Vedic tradition – these are the things that have led Rachael to a life of service, working to support the creative practices of others as a Vedic Meditation Teacher and Creative Adviser.

After a long career in the arts & media working closely alongside artists and professionals, Rachael is highly attuned to the needs of the creative inner life.

Led by intuition, Rachael is by nature, a nurturer, and after 15 years of her own introspective learning and an excavation of her own mental limitations, Rachael now provides a warm and safe space for clients to explore the development of their own inner guidance and spontaneous discovery.

Her approach is multi-disciplinary and informed by Vedic knowledge, modern psychology and neuroscience, creative research and lived experience.

Rachael works at the confluence of creativity and spirituality, and through meditation and advisory, she traces the flow of these rivers with clients, gently guiding them through new landscapes as they source, course and land.

In her offerings, the work is done together, using meditation as the foundation to improve one’s daily experience of life. Creative blocks such as stress, fear, distraction and socially constructed inhibitions can be understood and overcome, as Rachael shows us that it is possible to recognise the natural impulses of our inner creator and decode their meanings so that we can show up with a new, confident momentum.

From her home on the South Coast of NSW in Yuin Country, she works with clients both in-person and remotely and also holds regular workshops, courses and retreats across NSW and Victoria.

At the heart of her work rests the desire to build a community of rich, secure and creative inner lives.

Whether it be curiosity, instinct or a simple desire to connect that has brought you here, know that you are so welcomed.

Rachel teaches monthly Vedic Meditation & Rounding Courses at Rise.

If you would like to join our team as either a practitioner or a workshop presenter at Rise, get in touch today.