Run it past me

Run It Past Me


BEd, GradDipCouns


Telephone - Online - Face to Face - Home Visits

(0408) 697 367



Why choose Run It Past Me?

Do you long to have more fulfilling relationships with the important people in your life?
Do you feel stuck or lost, even hopeless?
Is pain from your past or worry about your future making it difficult to enjoy the present?
If so, I want you to know that there is hope!
Hello. I’m Sandy Loyall and I’m excited you have found my website. You see, I’m here because just over six years ago, I stumbled upon a set of simple-yet-powerful psychological principles which are essentially the “logical engineering” behind the workings of our minds. Now, because of the amazing effect they’ve had on myself, my marriage, my clients, even extended family and friends (any slow-moving target really!) my passion is to share these principles with as many people as possible.*
Given my Graduate Diploma in Counselling (from the Australian College of Applied Psychology) and my sixteen years as a volunteer counsellor on the phones at Lifeline, I am experienced, qualified AND passionate about the amazing potential benefits of counselling and personal coaching. I offer a unique, confidential service which not only includes support, validation and an exploration of possible next steps, but helps you understand how your experience of life is actually created. This can ultimately result in less stress, more contentment and more clarity about the future.
I’ll also uncover and introduce you to your “inner GPS”. It knows who you are, where you are and wherever you want to go, it knows how to get you there. You’ll be able to find your own answers to life’s inevitable challenges, anytime, anywhere.
“A problem shared is a problem halved.” By off-loading unhelpful emotions in my direction, you’ll think more clearly and be more stable at work or at home with your family.

Telephone sessions may suit you because...

You’re pressed for time.
You are isolated.
You need a calm, non-judgemental ear to bounce things off.
You want to be completely anonymous.
You sometimes call helplines but prefer speaking to the same counsellor.
You live in a small town where “people talk”.
You’re on vacation or a business trip.
You need an appointment at a time when you are unable to meet in person.
You prefer after-hours appointments.
You may find it easier to be open and honest if we are not in the same room.
You are physically unable to travel.
You lack the confidence to leave home.
You feel you are often pre-judged by the way you look.
You cannot afford the travel time to and from a counsellor’s office.
You have limited access to a baby-sitter.
Your prefer non-denominational support.
You wish to minimise petrol consumption.

"If you're feeling curious about what it would be like to work with me, feel free to give me a call on 0408 697 367 for a complimentary 20 minute phone consultation."


“Your session was brilliant. So simple, yet so powerful and effective.” Anon, NSW
“You’ve really opened my eyes to a whole new world. I feel like I have more of an insight into why things have happened the way they have and why I have felt the way I have towards life situations.” L.F., NSW
“It’s been a transformation since we’ve been speaking.” H.G., NSW
“My heart feels lighter.” K.S., NSW
”Our session was uplifting and made me even more excited about life!” S.M., NSW


* This is not a crisis service. If you require urgent assistance, please visit your nearest hospital or call your national crisis support line: Australia: Lifeline – 13 11 14 or ‘000’ ~ USA: 1800 784 2433 or ‘911’
* 90% discount for Health Care cardholders (limited to 5 clients per week).
* You should expect a significant shift in your wellbeing after 6 sessions, often after only 2 or 3. If not, I may suggest temporarily suspending or ceasing sessions, because working with me is not about dependency, it’s about developing your own resilience.


Run It Past Me - One Session - $110

You're feeling stuck or overwhelmed. You just need let off some steam or bounce an issue off someone but you'd prefer not to bother your family or friends. We can brainstorm to uncover the next best step for you.

Three Session Package - $270

Disconnect from your habitual, personal thinking and build a stronger, conscious connection between yourself and your own wisdom. You can live a more contented, creative and authentic life.

Six Session Package - $550

This common contract provides emotional support through a difficult period or covers one particular issue in depth. Space will be created for you to explore, develop understanding and construct meaning from life's struggles, as well as uncover insights and alternatives for the future.

Prepare/Enrich - Premarital Education and Relationship Enrichment

PREPARE/ENRICH is a customised couple assessment which is completed online and identifies your strengths and growth areas. One of the most widely used programs for premarital education, it is also used for marriage counselling, marriage enrichment and couples who are dating and considering engagement. As a qualified facilitator, I will provide feedback sessions based on your assessment results. During these sessions she will help you discuss and understand your results as well share proven relationship skills.

The program has these goals:

- Explore relationship strengths and growth areas
- Learn ``conscious loving`` skills
- Learn assertiveness and active-listening skills
- Learn how to resolve conflict
- Learn to cope better with stressors
- Focus on personal, couple and family goals

“Clients report online sessions via telephone or Skype are less intimidating than face-to-face sessions and they generally feel more relaxed and in charge of the process. It is surprising how effective telephone and Skype therapy sessions are. Although client and therapist may be thousands of miles apart, they feel like they are in the same room.”

Psychology Today, July 2010


About Sandy

Sandy Loyall

(BEd, GradDipCouns)

“Hello again… and welcome.

Your mental wellness is your most valuable asset in life! Given my background and my continued commitment to ongoing education, you can be assured that you will be in safe hands. My qualifications include a Graduate Diploma in Counselling which I obtained from the Australian College of Applied Psychology in 2010 and a Bachelor of Education from the Melbourne College of Advanced Education (now Melbourne University) in 1985. Although Run It Past Me is not a crisis service, I have also completed the Mental Health First Aid workshop and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and can offer support if you, a family member or friend are having thoughts of suicide.

Work-experience-wise, I was extremely fortunate to be employed part-time by Lifeline Northern Rivers as their Mentoring and Support Officer from 2009 until August 2015. My role was to supervise the 70+ (wonderful!) volunteer telephone counsellors, making sure they were happy and following Lifeline procedures. I also worked on the phones as a volunteer Crisis Supporter for 16 years.

My exploits include living in the USA as a “foreign exchange student” in the magnificent northwoods of Minnesota when I was 18 (for 12 months) and as an expatriate-wife in Connecticut, just up the road from New York City (for 4 years). A short time after returning to my hometown of Melbourne, I visited the beautiful Byron Shire for my cousin’s wedding and fell instantly in love with the local “tribe”, the magnificent natural environment and community-minded culture. I have lived in Bangalow since 2002 and with my now-husband Pete since 2004.

My friendly, responsive coaching and counselling style has been influenced by a wide variety of psychological disciplines including the Three Principles, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-Centred Therapy, Existential Therapy and Mindfulness which I access intuitively to help you uncover your own answers, your own truth.

Although I may point you in a direction that helps you see things more clearly, I will never directly tell you what to do. (Well… OK, I might make the odd tentative suggestion!) But primarily, I will offer questions that direct you inward and support you as you learn to trust your own “inner guru” and the answers you’ll discover, because everyone is unique and you are always the expert in your own life.”

“No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be unlocked from the inside.” Marilyn Ferguson

Reach Me

Run It Past Me

Face-to-face in Bangalow, NSW, Australia

Home visits:

Byron Bay – Bangalow – Clunes – Ballina – Mullumbimby – Brunswick Heads – Lennox Head

Sessions are also available worldwide from the comfort of your own home or office via Telephone, Skype or Zoom.

Tel: (0408 697 367)


Skype: runitpastme