Why Counselling?

Life challenges and especially crisis can be painful or confusing. It is good to know when to look to support and not go it alone through either situation. While they can feel painful, disappointing and come with set-backs, they can also be opportunities to grow, heal, and find new ground within ourselves and life.

Counselling is about professional support through these times at whatever level is needed and in a way that suits each individual. I’m offering evidence-based approaches combined with life and professional experience to support you in achieving whatever you need at this point in your life. Whether you are facing personal or professional challenges or crisis, taking the step to get some counselling can be a life changer.

You may be dealing with stress and anxiety or wanting support in initiating or getting through transitions in life. You may feel you are struggling to cope, in crisis. Alternatively, you may be needing some support to achieve a desired change, work through an issue or personal crisis, or getting clear with significant decision-making.

The Counselling Approach

The counselling approach offered here is based on person-centred counselling, dealing with you as the expert in your life, while offering support for you to gain insight and work through your challenges, developing skills and strategies that meet your purpose for counselling. This is not about giving advice, it is about help and guidance for you to gain insight, knowledge, clarity on what is going on for you for you to discover the best pathway forward is for you. The gifts that come out of the counselling journey, like all beneficial life experiences, will continue to be of value throughout life.

Various counselling and psychotherapy approaches may be drawn upon, the actual mix and application provided is individualised to you, your preferences, unique situation and issues.

Key modalities include;

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Solution Focused Therapy

Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Psychodynamic/Past Therapy

Breath and Mindfulness

Concerns covered: Relationship, personal issues or conflict (personal and business); stress and anxiety management; life-change/transitions; decision-making, communication issues and skills; spiritual counselling (non-denominational).

Privacy and Confidentiality: The counselling and therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client is vital to the counselling process. All sessions are conducted professionally, privately and are strictly confidential. You will be briefed at the beginning through an informed consent and confidentiality agreement, providing information and answering any questions in regard to the counselling process and confidentiality. This will include your part in ensuring your device in the online session is secure and that you also conduct it in a private space.

Recovery Pathway: identify the challenge or issue holistically, gain insight and perspective – identify the supports and desired outcomes – looking at options and agreeing on a course of action – supporting the therapeutic process and course of action – working through challenges and obstacles – monitoring progress, adjusting pathways, supports and outcomes as needed – exploring new skills, insights, personal learnings, expanding supports and resources – achieving outcomes – evaluating at completion of process and planning post-counselling steps.

Counselling offered to youth and all adults. You are welcome to ask any questions in the contact/enquiry form or during the initial phone call prior to the first session booking.