“When we protect ourselves so we won’t feel pain, that protection becomes like armour, like armour that imprisons the softness of the heart.”



I know the long-term effects of childhood trauma can be overwhelming and far-reaching. During my childhood I suffered long-term domestic violence and sexual abuse, which led to homelessness and substance abuse as a teenager.

As an adult the symptoms of my complex trauma affected every area of my life, including my self-esteem, my relationships, my career, and my health.

After achieving limited results from traditional therapies, I embarked on a journey to full recovery and achieved results that I never imagined were possible. I am now passionate about empowering other survivors to do the same.

Anna O’Brien

Trauma Recovery Therapist & Founder

My greatest rewards come from seeing others living happy,
and without limits.

I hold a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Queensland, Australia, a Graduate Diploma in Education from Queensland University of Technology, Australia and a Diploma of Counselling from the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors.

I spent several years studying Self Mastery with Gary Van Warmerdam (Founder of Pathway to Happiness). I have studied meditation, breathing, somatic experiencing, and bilateral stimulation practices from some of the world’s leading practitioners.

Today, I live in Brisbane, Australia with my husband and two daughters. I work with clients both locally and internationally via in-person consultations, Skype and Zoom meetings. I also lead group workshops attended by people recovering from complex trauma and professionals working in the field.

This is why I founded Living Happy and am the lead Trauma Therapist here today.


My greatest rewards come from seeing others living happy, and without limits. Click here to book a free consultation.


Empowering my clients to release the shame, guilt, fear, and anger that binds them and saps their energy for life.


I love to run group discussions, question and answer sessions, and skills development workshops.

I believe in making your life work for you, not the other way around.

Helping my clients to set new goals for life, build successful and loving relationships and reach their full potential.