From Victim to Victory
René Michele is a magnetic powerhouse. She exudes passion, fierce determination and is committed to living a life fuelled by purpose; to equip and empower survivors of child abuse, gender violence and sexual assault. René is an abuse recovery coach, published author, advocate, mentor, international speaker and consultant. In 2019 she was appointed as Australian Ambassador for the National Association of Adult Child Abuse Survivors (NAASCA), and named one of 8 female changemakers of 2020, by YMAG, Australia’s leading women’s empowerment magazine.
René herself experienced decades of sexual, physical and psychological abuse commencing in childhood, causing her life to spiral out of control well into adulthood. Repeated sexual assaults, multiple violent relationships and addictions to drugs and alcohol led René down a dark and lonely path which included three suicide attempts, the earliest when she was only ten years old.
Despite the odds, René fought her way back from the brink and transformed herself into a woman of relentless persistence, motivated to succeed and rise above the events that nearly took her life. Her relentless mission was ignited when at age twenty-six, her first child Cassidy was born. This pivotal moment propelled her on a sixteen-year long journey of self-discovery, self-forgiveness and deep emotional, physical and spiritual healing. René refused to allow her child to have a life that mirrored her own and in doing so created a thriving life for her family that abounded in joy, love, and success.
Through the sharing of her story, coupled with formal qualifications that include a Bachelor Applied Social Science, Diploma of Counselling, and an Advanced Diploma of Management, René is a highly sought-after coach for professional women, lady bosses and CEO’s all over the world. Equipping and empowering each individual with practical tools to unleash their inner warrior, determine their priceless worth and create the life they crave, and deserve, René’s mission is clear – to save lives.
“Survivors are not defined by their experiences, nor are they limited by them”, say’s René.
Anyone can rise beyond adversity with the right mindset, and it begins with a decision to do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes. René walks alongside each of her clients through the healing process, as her distinctive bespoke coaching programs specifically target the deep emotional wounds left behind by abuse. Created for survivors, by a survivor, her deep understanding and insight into the mindset blocks, hidden shame, guilt and the complex effects of trauma upon the body, brain and nervous system, has enabled René to elicit rapid, enduring breakthrough for her clients.
Beyond coaching, René has impacted global audiences as the featured guest on countless international podcasts and events throughout Australia, speaking on topics including resilience, identity, mindset and self-love. Moreover, René’s incredibly powerful and inspiring memoir Battle Scars are Beautiful, from Victim to Victory has reached four out of seven continents around the world, has received rave reviews and is endorsed by mental health professionals, counsellors, war veterans, and law enforcement. René’s story is gripping, raw and profound – and yet another reminder of the power of the human spirit to overcome life’s greatest challenges.
René can be booked to speak, and contacted via her social channels and website.