Initially trained as a medical doctor, Dr Olessya Burgess developed an appreciation for alternative health and its proven techniques for treating a plethora of conditions.

How did you enter into alternative health?

During my training as a medical doctor I developed a genuine appreciation for alternative health and its proven techniques for treating a plethora of conditions. Through further Soul searching and continuous learning I eventually decided to dedicate my career to Holistic Health for I believe we have all the essential resources within us, it’s just a matter of eliciting and applying the knowledge to the best advantage for our benefits in most gentle and caring way.

How has your practice changed since journeying into alternative health?

I focus on the whole person healing/getting well rather on symptoms/problems presented only. I am an advocate for solution based therapy rather than problem solving approach as I view therapy as a restoration of flexibility, responsiveness and adaptability of health rather than just a removal of a problem. In my opinion, successful therapy is always based on a client-centred approach. I respect the primary need of my clients to feel secure, to feel valued, acknowledged and accepted, and mostly important, to feel free to make choices, to be true to themselves, to have their own vision of success and to find an inner connection with happiness and joy. In my opinion, focusing on quality of the relationship with client is paramount as treatment itself.

What are your beliefs when it comes to health & wellbeing?

I believe that we are capable of healing ourselves for we have got all the resources within ourselves. As soon as we learn how to manage our emotional health people will be able to lead mindful and meaningful lives because it would feel great. I believe our bodies and minds prosper or perish altogether, therefore, our thoughts, attitudes, feelings and behaviours are needed to be recognised as vital aspects of being well.

Our life is a symbolic journey with limitless opportunities that often emerge from challenges of illnesses and dysfunctions with a surprisingly positive outcome. I believe changes can be instantaneous and lasting and at times, effortless, all we need is have a desire to want to change, to understand we have the ability to change and most importantly, know how to change for better …noticing the changes taking place is the most profound transformation of healing…I believe that by taking charge of your lives and living it to the full potential you will achieve excellent results in wellbeing and be happy.

What is the purpose of mind-body therapies?

The ultimate goal of most of mind-body techniques and methods is to get the body and mind to relax and to reduce the levels of stress hormones in the body, so that your immune system is better able to fight off illness.


dr olyessaDr Olessya Burgess is a trained as a medical doctor (M.D), a clinical hypnotherapist and psychotherapist, Master Practitioner of NLP ( Neuro Linguistic Programming), registered and accredited by the top Hypnotherapy Association in Australia AHA/NHRA (Clinical Membership) and UK Hypnotherapy , Psychotherapy and Counselling Associations (APHP and NRPC) and Global Society of NLP. Prinicpal of Cairns Life Therapy, Dr Olessya practices a client centred and holistic approach integrating a number of modalities to allow the client’s own mind to disclose the cause of the illness or presenting issue, thus empowering the client.