025 – Self Worth, Awareness and Growth with Tessa Lloyd

This week we are joined by Tessa Lloyd, the gorgeous Mental Health OT, Art Therapist and founder and creator of The Art of Insight and Our Mindful Youth. This episode is all about learning to understand ourselves a little better, the importance of self reflection and awareness. We discuss Tessa’s experience with an autoimmune disease, her past of ‘running’ and the beautiful effects that art therapy and breath work can have. This is a beautiful and eloquent episode about understanding our mental health, you can connect with Tessa at @tessajlloyd on instagram – Enjoy, my friends.

Welcome to the Steph Sanzaro Podcast.

This week we are joined by the incredible Tessa Lloyd, a Mental Health Occupational Therapist, Art Therapist, founder of The Art of Insight and Our Mindful Youth.

Episode 25 is a very fluid and beautiful episode, carried by the enchanting voice of Tessa. Her episode highlights the importance of self awareness in helping us to recognise and understand ourselves and our emotions, thoughts and feelings.

Understanding ourself, can help to enrich our lives and relationships. It’s understanding why we say and do the things we do. In this episode we touch on how significant this is and how important it is to acknowledge and validate our feelings as a pathway to enhancing our lives.

This episode will take us through:

  • self care rituals during this uncertain season
  • Tessa’s self awareness and growth journey
  • developing an autoimmune disease and the unconscious ways it shaped the women she grew into
  • how our greatest pain can make us more empathetic and understanding
  • repeating the same patterns in relationships and it’s toxic cycle
  • the beautiful act of rebellion against societal norms to stop, sit and appreciate how far we’ve actually come on our journey
  • what is ‘holding space’ and why is it so important for ourselves and others around us?
  • the scientific and spiritual importance of the ‘Breath’ in helping to ground us in moments of anxiety or ‘monkey brain’
  • the beauty of Art Therapy as a healing mechanism
  • uncovering your true creative self
  • fear and shame, containing the expression of our highest self
  • believing we are unworthy of self care and self love and where to start with overcoming this feeling

What a wonderful episode! I loved talking to Tessa about her work and her passion for helping others with mental health, you can truly see that she is doing her ‘soul work’.

We are all at different stages of our self healing journey. Maybe you have just begun or perhaps you are months or years into yours. But no matter where we are, it’s important to sit and appreciate the awareness it takes to try and understand yourself and better yourself.

Where ever you are on your journey, it can be very helpful to have mentors, therapists and others to help and lean on. If Tessa is someone you would like to connect with and work with I will leave her details for you below.

Work with Tessa and connect via LinkedIn

Find Tessa and her graphics we discussed on Instagram

Connect into the Mind Rising program

Thank you so much for joining us today and sharing your time as we have this mindful conversation!

Stay safe and well my friends,

Steph xx




016 – Owning Your Story with Purpose with Mel Yu

Today I am joined by Mel Yu, the entrepreneur behind Ego Expo, MCO events and an avid keynote speaker for Suicide Prevention. This episode is a powerhouse of information and inspiration. Get ready to cry, laugh and learn from this incredible woman. We discuss life after losing your love to suicide, the importance of going ‘within’, self work and self love, building and growing business, owning your story and much, much more!

Hello my dear friends, welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast.

Today’s episode is extremely special; I am joined by the incredible women that is, Mel Yu.

Mel has an incredible story. I feel extremely honoured to have been trusted with holding space for Mel as she takes us through her journey.

And what a journey it has been!

Mel has experienced her fair share of hardship. After experiencing family troubles early in life and dealing with racism and bullying in school, in 2014 Mel then lost her partner Gus, to suicide.

It was that heartbreaking and earth shattering kind of love. And the loss of this was something that rocked Mel to her core. What could have been an easy path for Mel to fall into a spiral of depression as well, over the years she has found new strength and has been able to take her lowest point and turn it into power; as an advocate for suicide prevention.

Mel has become an advocate for mental health and is an avid key note speaker. Mel is also the entrepreneur behind Ego Expo and MCO Events, two incredible businesses that are taking Melbourne and Australia by storm.

This amazing lady has so much knowledge and wisdom to share and this episode is a power house of inspiration. I left this conversation buzzing, and I know you will too.

In this episode Mel and I discuss:

  • Mel’s journey
  • Shifting your perspective
  • Suicide and life after
  • Letting blame and shame go
  • Living your life ‘in flow’
  • Hitting rock bottom and finding the strength to rise back up
  • Fostering self awareness
  • Reaching out for help and finding the right person to talk to
  • The power of going ‘within’
  • Building a mental health network
  • The power of vulnerability
  • Owning your story with purpose
  • Becoming A self-made business woman
  • Investing in yourself
  • Leading with kindess
  • Conscious content consumption
  • Positive affirmations for self love
  • Finding gratitude

“The worst thing you can leave behind, is a story untold”.

I am so humbled to share this powerful episode with you all and cannot thank Mel enough for her time and for sharing so openly.

You can find Mel on instagram here

If you or someone you know is struggling, Lifeline is an incredible resource for help and someone to talk to. Be kind to others always, you never know what is really going on underneath.

Happy listening,

Love Steph x

006 – Leading the Conversation with Gabe McClelland

In this episode I am joined by Gabe McClelland as he leads the important conversation around mental health. He shares his incredible story about anxiety and OCD, that has a truly inspiring message that will get you moving your body, having important conversations and being a good mate. This episode has the power to change lives.

Welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast!

Today’s episode is a beautiful conversation with Gabe McClelland.

Gabe leads today’s episode with a discussion that I hold very close to my heart, a discussion about mental health.

You are going to be blown away by this episode, Gabe inspires with every single word.

His story is incredible and extremely relatable to many of us out there. We discuss anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and how he has managed to tackle and over power these things.

This episode offers hope to many people out there and I think will motivate and inspire you to get outside, get your body moving and get out of your head.

Sometimes our mental illness can feel like it consumes our entire life and seemingly, that is what Gabe’s had done to him. However he is now leading a run group called the Finishr with his partner Bree, that is encouraging movement and inspiring important conversations.

Conversation can change the world.

Talk to someone today. Have the tough conversation, man up and be a mate.

If Gabe’s story speaks to you, feel free to contact him through his instagram at Gabe_mcc

This episode has the power to change lives, I cannot wait for you to hear it.