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If you are facing challenges right now, whether they are tiny or monstrous, and feel you're not coping the way you would like to, there is actually nothing wrong with you! Life is just pretty complicated these days, with a lot of different stressors and often high demands. Social support is not always as frequent or available as we would like, or it might not quite provide us with what we need. In these circumstances, we all need some professional, caring, confidential support and guidance.
A session is a collaborative process between you and me and not something I 'do' to you. I have a deep trust in people’s inner wisdom, and their capacity to overcome difficulties in their life. I see the therapy process as simply the catalyst, the personalized support they need for change, healing and growth to take place.
One of my strengths is listening deeply to where you're at, however vague, unpleasant or extreme, and to find what you need to move forward. I often find myself working with people's emotions, and earlier life experiences underlying those. When we are struggling in life, it is often because of things that have happened to us when we were (very) young, even if that might already be many decades ago!
ACT, Experiential, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Somatic Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed
I’m a registered counsellor/psychotherapist in private practice and an internationally certified mindfulness teacher. Each modality I practise can be powerful on its own. What I have found is when I combine counselling/psychotherapy and mindfulness it leads to much faster, deeper and more profound change in people... and that’s exciting.
In my therapy and counselling work, I have a specific focus on the mind-body connection, and how we can access our subconscious by working through our bodies. We do this by simply tuning into what is going on in the body, and also through simple movements and postures. This, in combination with good old talking therapy, can often really accelerate the therapy process and lead to surprising shifts.
I undertake regular professional supervision, and also continue to keep developing my skills and knowledge by taking part in professional training. I am a clinical member of PACFA and QCA, and also certified to teach mindfulness by both the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS (USA) and the Mindfulness Training Institute Australia and New Zealand.
My initial interest and career was in applied physics and environmental science, and I worked in the field of photovoltaic solar energy. In my early thirties, I had a bit of a wake-up call, and set out on a mission to 'find myself'. I spent several years travelling, exploring and discovering. During that process I learned a meditation technique called mindfulness (during a 10-day silent retreat), It was the hardest thing I've ever done, but also the most beneficial and life changing.
I decided to retrain as a counselor and also to migrate to Australia. I initially worked for a community center as a counselor, and also had the opportunity to teach mindfulness to others. And I've kept doing that ever since, with great passion and enjoyment!
I see people at Moffat Beach (Caloundra) on Mondays and Thursdays, and in Maleny on Tuesdays and Fridays.
There are bus stops close by both practice locations, and there is plenty of parking.
The first session is free of charge.
Further sessions are $90/hr, $70 concession.
Cash, eftpos, or I can send an invoice afterwards.
Astrid de Ruiter
Counsellor, Somatic Psychotherapist
I am a mindfulness and body-based counsellor and psychotherapist, and also an internationally qualified mindfulness teacher, with over 10 years of experience. I love being able to connect with people in areas of their inner world that they might normally not have much of a chance to talk about, or have much awareness or access to. The combination of modalities I use is a gentle yet powerful way to help people resolve issues that might have been bothering them for a long time. ...