Run it past me

Run It Past Me


B.Ed, Grad.Dip. Counselling

Telephone - Online - Face to Face - Home Visits

(0408) 697 367



Why choose Run It Past Me?

Traditional counselling is sought when people are stuck, when they’d like to change something about their situation: their job, the people around them, they might be struggling with emotions such as anxiety, depression, or anger. They’d like to get from A to B.
Traditional life coaches also deal with clients wishing to change: perhaps they are experiencing a lack of motivation, keen to pursue a particular goal, to increase their skills in a particular area, or wish to change their point of view, their state of mind, or their actions.
Yet lasting, sustainable change is based on a greater access to inspiration and innate wisdom. It’s a new way of seeing, a pervasive shift in our way of being in the world. That’s where Transformative Coaching comes in. You and Sandy will work together to create change on the inside, whilst at the same time, you continue to move forward towards your goals on the outside.
Sandy is qualified, experienced and offers a unique combination of counselling and coaching 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. You see, mental wellbeing has a structure you can learn, benefit from and use to make a difference in your life. You will be less reactive to your conditioned thinking and more able to create your life and relationships consciously. This can ultimately result in less stress, more contentment and deeper, more “real” connections with the important people in your life.
Sandy can help you access your “inner guru”. You’ll be able to find your own answers to life’s future challenges, anytime, anywhere.
“A problem shared is a problem halved.” Off-load unhelpful emotions to Sandy. You’ll think more clearly and be more stable at work or at home with your family.

Why should you choose Sandy over another counsellor?

Sandy will listen. She will start where you are now. She will show you that although it may seem like it, you don’t need fixing. Her job is to help you see that you already have everything you need to live your life the way you want to. Working with Sandy is always about clarity, never about dependency.
Facilitating a stronger connection between yourself and your own “inner guru” is Sandy’s goal. She can help you relax into that space where you simply know in your waters what the next right thing is to do. 
Given Sandy’s sixteen years as a Lifeline Telephone Counsellor and her Graduate Diploma in Counselling, she is experienced, qualified AND passionate about the amazing potential benefits of counselling and coaching.

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.

The first 15 minutes are free to see if you're a good match.


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’


“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


Run It Past Me - One Session

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. You can brainstorm with Sandy to uncover the next best step for you.

Three Session Package

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. (10% discount)

IMPORTANT NOTE: You should expect a significant shift in your wellbeing after 6 sessions, often after only 2 or 3. If not, Sandy may suggest temporarily suspending or ceasing sessions, because working with Sandy is not about dependency, it’s about developing your own resilience.

Six Session Package

This common contract with Sandy 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. (20% discount)

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, Sandy 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… 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 employed part-time by Lifeline Northern Rivers as their Mentoring and Support Officer from 2009 until August 2015. My role was to supervise 70+ volunteer telephone counsellors, making sure they were happy and following Lifeline procedures. I also worked on the phones as a volunteer Crisis Telephone Counsellor for 16 years.

My exploits include living in the USA as an exchange-student in Minnesota (for 12 months) and as an expatriate in Connecticut (for 4 years). A short time after returning to my hometown of Melbourne, I visited the beautiful Byron Shire and fell instantly in love with the environment, people and community-minded culture. I have lived in Bangalow for fifteen years, fourteen of those years with my partner Pete.

My coaching and counselling style has been influenced by a wide variety of psychological disciplines including Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-Centred Therapy, Existential Therapy, The Three Principles 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. Rather, 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



Discounts available for Health Care cardholders.