I am a passionate Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist. Fundamental to my methodology is that both you and I are equals working to find a mutually workable solution to the presented issues.
It takes courage to seek support outside of your family or from people other than close friends and I am understanding of that.
I have been practising for over 13years. I am a fully Masters qualified Counsellor and PACFA Clinical member with broad experience in private practice, governmental organisations and charities. I have worked with many different clients including children, male and female individuals and couples and know that every presenting issue is different and unique.
I have a background focusing on sexual assault, repairing the self after trauma, bullying/abuse and bereavement. I am trauma-informed in my practice and a strong advocate for self-care whilst working carefully through impacts and memories of trauma. Recognising that we are storied in our lives and therefore individuals respond to traumatic events differently depending on the family of origin context, attachment, culture and social norms.
I approach each case from a non-judgmental exploratory platform, helping you to take charge of the process and develop a working contract in which we can evaluate progress and review change. How many sessions you require is flexible and may depend on the type of issue you want to work on. This is one of the wonderful things that my practice can offer that a Medicare health plan can not.
Good counselling can facilitate people with the chance to explore feelings and situations leading to an understanding about why certain behaviours/beliefs are not helping in life, why a relationship may be unhealthy or to take stock of a difficult period. I seek to respectively address the shame or core beliefs that may have been hidden for a long time and replace this with hope and resilience. I believe that we all have the resources we need whether they have been lost, hidden or we simply have become disconnected from them. My job is to help facilitate you to relocate those resources and to empower you to be authentic in your living once more.
You will find that the best investment you make is the investment in yourself. The first step is admitting that to yourself and picking up the phone. I currently offer phone and skype sessions. In the near future, I hope to extend that to face to face sessions.