WHAT I DO?

Relationship

Counselling can help people who are having constant conflicts in their relationship from lack of communication, financial stressors or life changes.  With support, the ability to manage these stressors can be improved. As a couple, you can learn about acceptance and ways to keep a healthy and happy relationship. As an individual leaving a relationship, leaning to find inner strength can be attained. Families in counselling session can develop skills to communicate without conflict or escalating.

Mental Health

According to the World Health Organization, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

If ones mental health is declining, it can cause mood changes, interfere with ones sleep, cause one to feel a sense of helplessness, affect relationships, can decline ones physical health and over all well-being. Seeking counseling can help people identify, clarify their thoughts and feelings.

Grief

Grief is our natural way of dealing with loss. Although it can affect every part of our life, everyone deals with grief differently. Counselling can help empower you to tell your story and help make some situations in your life a bit clearer. Gaining strength with time, counselling can encourage you to set realistic daily goals to avoid getting lost in the grief.

Substance Abuse & Addiction

Substance abuse has a significant consequence to people’s lives. It can damage almost every aspect of one’s relationship, income, parenting, future and self. Counselling may help symptoms of obsession, rumination, compulsion, low self-worth, escaping or numbing uncomfortable feelings (e.g., loneliness, boredom), and isolation. Exploring the negative reward and escape pattern can help you in your ongoing substance abuse treatment.

Pregnancy

This service offers pregnancy support counselling to assist clients who have any personal concerns related to a current or recent pregnancy (within the past 12 months), whether it has been full-term or part-term (including a planned termination). The pregnancy support counselling Medicare Item covers up to three 30 minute+ sessions per pregnancy.

The partner of the client can also attend the counselling session, if appropriate.

Clients may find pregnancy support counselling helpful for a number of pregnancy-related issues, such as:
  • The ability to make decisions and explore possible options about the pregnancy
  • coming to terms with unexpected outcomes (e.g., stillbirth, miscarriage, genetic conditions, problems at birth, cot death)
  • dealing with a variety of feelings related to the pregnancy, birth or early months of being a parent
  • discussing the pregnancy with others (e.g. partner, children, parents, religious or cultural groups)
A referral can be obtained from your general practitioner for this service.

I use different types of therapy styles, depending on the client’s needs and wants. Some of those therapy styles are:

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT, is a one-to-one narrative style therapy. It can help client’s understand some of the issues they would like to address. By helping clients to narrate their story, I am able to support the clients to understand and make sense of it. CBT works on how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act and feel. People with compulsive and obsessive disorders, fears, phobias and addictions tend to benefit from CBT.

Gestalt Therapy
Gestalt therapy places a lot of emphasis on helping the client understand their non-verbal and body language, here-and-now behaviour and potential for positive change. The client will be encouraged, and sometimes challenged, to accept responsibility for his or her actions, decisions and feelings. It is an experiential type of theory, which helps client create a better awareness of themselves and their environment. I give the client space without judgment to explore who they are without force and timeframe. It is likely to be suited to people who are willing to engage the emotional part of themselves and/or have unfinished business in order to get closure.

Person-centered counselling
This approach allows clients to take the lead in discussions so they will be able to discover the solution to their problems. I help and encourage the client by being empathic, non-judgmental and non –directive, and without too much interference. Clients are able to do so when they feel safe. Self-image, self-esteem and ideal self are three components that are explored. Those looking to improve self-confidence, a stronger identity, and comfort in their own decision making, benefits from this therapy style.

Solution-focused therapy
A positive and constructive approach. The aim is to encourage the client to do something different. Changing ones way of thinking and actions from what they have used before, which in most cases helps the client move further away from the problem. It helps the client not to dwell on the issue or past.