About The Founder

Stories of HOPE Australia

Stories of HOPE Australia (SOHA) was founded in 2017 by Kerrie Atherton of EMPOWER Life Solutions to bring HOPE and inspiration to people all over the world to know that they are not alone in their hard times.

Kerrie is a trauma survivor herself is also a reformed alcoholic and pill addict and has remained sober for over 30 years now. She is a key note inspirational speaker an author and has worked as a professional trauma, drug and alcohol counsellor for many years.

Kerrie has worked extensively with individuals and their families who have
experienced trauma of all kinds and battled addictions.

Kerrie’s experience working with people of all ages and from all walks of life, coupled with her empathetic nature makes her the perfect person to help you or your loved one on the journey of recovery.

Kerrie Atherton | Founder SOHA

Key Note Speaker, Author, Counsellor and Event Host


“My family have known Kerrie for 4 years. I have 4 boys and my eldest son got into the drug scene and started being physically and verbally abusive to our whole family. Kerrie used her vast knowledge to help the boys through counselling, and when outside assistance was needed, she took the time to find the appropriate help for us linking us up with outside organizations to assist our difficult family situation.

I can’t thank Kerrie enough for all the help she has given my family.”

Ang D, Maroochydore

Family & Addiction Counselling

“After going through an extremely traumatic time in my life I lost hope of ever living a healthy, happy life where I would feel loved. Kerrie’s support was beyond helpful having someone I could trust in my life and talk to in confidence with zero judgments. Through regular counselling and guidance from Kerrie, I began to find self-worth and hope.  I would highly recommend Kerrie to anyone struggling with any battles no matter how big or small.”

Ben J, Mooloolaba

1 on 1 Counselling

“Having been involved with Kerrie on a number of projects involving both children and adults I can say that she is one of a kind. Kerrie’s passion for helping people in society is unparalleled and something that I have not seen before.

Kerrie should be commended for her efforts and passion in helping people with addictions, mental health and suicide prevention.”

Stuart Rawlins

Founder, Healthy Mind Healthy Future

“My son had been struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts and also anxiety for some time, he also was experiencing bullying at school … I took him to see Kerrie and my son has been stable and calm now for about 2 months,  is quite an achievement for him! His anxiety attacks have diminished and he hasn’t had any suicidal episodes for 2 months after only 4 appointments.

I cant tell you how grateful I am for Kerrie and her love, wisdom, guidance and support.”

Anon, Maroochydore

Trauma Counselling