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Ms Carolyn Choy

Ms Carolyn Choy

Mobile 0421 191 698
Psychotherapist, Gestalt Therapist

Clin. Dip. (Gestalt Psych), MSc. (Gestalt Psych)

Mobile 0421 191 698

Carolyn is a holistic Gestalt psychotherapist who is passionate about working collaboratively, creatively and empathically with her clients. With the right level of warmth, humour and challenge - whether you can find the words easily or not, she will provide a supportive and caring therapeutic relationship for you to explore all that you bring. With a Masters in psychotherapy from the well respected Metanoia Institute in London, Carolyn is also a member of PACFA.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Coaching / Mentoring 
  • I provide counselling and psychotherapy to adult individuals (18+).

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Conflict Resolution, Cultural Issues, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Emotional Crisis, Existential Issues, Grief / Bereavement, Guilt Feelings, Men's Issues, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Stress Management, Suicidal Feelings, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Dream Work, Existential, Experiential, Gestalt, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Somatic Psychotherapy

    My predominant approach is Gestalt though I also integrate from other existential, somatic, systemic and creative practices. I enjoy the richness that Gestalt provides in paying attention to the here-and-now and the richness that collaborative and creative experience can bring to the therapeutic meeting.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Master of Science in Gestalt Psychotherapy - 2014 - Middlesex University / Metanoia Institute, London
    • Clinical Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy - 2013 - Metanoia Institute, London
    • Certificate in Basic Skills in Counselling - 2007 - Thames Valley University, London
    • Bachelor of Science in Computing Science - 1999 - University of Technology Sydney

    Professional Associations

    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

    Quality Provision

    As a member of PACFA, I am committed to a high standard of practice. On-going continued professional development ensures I continue to keep up-to-date with industry practices and ethical standards.

    Background

    I trained in a Masters programme for Gestalt psychotherapy at the highly respected Metanoia Institute in London, UK. The many changes and challenges in my life, along with wide international travel exposed me to many different ways of being which enables me to see people and situations from a variety of perspectives. I continue to be uplifted and humbled by all that my clients bring of themselves.

    Appointments

    Please contact for availability.

    Transport and Parking

    My location is a 5 minute walk from Wynyard station, in the Sydney CBD.

    Fees

    $120 per 50 minute session.

    Payment Options

    Cash or bank transfer.



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    10 Questions with Carolyn Choy

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • I've always been interested in listening to different people's life stories: how they've endured and overcome challenges and pain, as well as what drives them to be so passionate and loving in life. My initial field of IT was fine as a job, but it didn't fuel my soul. I'm so grateful to have searched and taken this other path which has enabled me to offer all of my experience (life and training) to others. I am enriched in return by each connection I make with my clients.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • I hold a respect and appreciation for difference and always try to look at the world with a loving heart. I feel life wouldn't be as rich an experience if everything were always smooth-going - even if I wish it were just that little bit easier at times!
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I find all aspects of the human journey interesting. Our resilience, our fight for life, our want to make things better for ourselves and for others - I've seen all of these qualities in each of my clients, no matter what specific issue(s) they bring or who they are. In so many ways we're so different and at the same time in so many ways, so much the same.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • My predominant training is in the Gestalt approach, however that in itself encompasses a great deal (dialogic, phenomenological, here-and-now)! I have a real passion for collaboration, body work, and creativity. I work holistically - working with the whole of who you are (mind, body and environment/context), not just with what/how you think! Integrated influences that I work with include existential, systemic, attachment theory, somatic practice, art and dream work.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • Everyone has a different definition and idea of what 'progress' is. Some people can be more critical of themselves and have higher expectations of what they want to happen within a certain time-frame. Those people, as an example, may find it harder to recognise, acknowledge and celebrate other areas of progress - which may well be part of the therapeutic work!

      I'd say that if you're not feeling positive towards your therapeutic experience within 6 sessions, discuss what you're unhappy about with your therapist (just blurt it out!), then if you're not happy after the discussion and don't feel any change in the next few sessions, it might be worth looking for a different therapist. Not all therapists are going to suit everyone, so don't be scared to talk about it with them.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Every client humbles me with the richness of their life experience. I feel that each struggle and each gain enriches both my client and me, particularly in that I can offer clients that sense of us working on their troubles together rather than that I'm working on them or they're working on themselves alone.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Being able to help reduce suffering, loneliness and pain; and increase feelings of self-empowerment, satisfaction and happiness in the confines of the therapeutic relationship and process of collaboration. Therapy is a very personal and intimate experience. Being able to offer all of that to a client within the boundaries of ethical practice is wonderful and challenging; it's very different to what I can offer as a friend to my own personal connections!
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • The love and support of great friends and family get me through those, thank goodness!
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • We are all so different, coming from different contexts, cultures, environments, experiences, etc. that anything that someone says, depending on mood, tone, volume, intonation, body movement, ... anything at all, another person can take it in a completely differently to how someone else might have meant it. Even the unsaid/unspoken is significant - particularly given that we don't just communicate through words.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • A poem that inspires me is Desiderata by Max Erhmann [http://www.cchoy.com.au/desiderata/] and the poem Wild Geese by Mary Oliver [http://www.cchoy.com.au/mary-oliver-poetry/] resonates deeply with me.
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    Ms Carolyn Choy

    Carolyn Choy

    Psychotherapist, Gestalt Therapist

    What I love about Gestalt is the holistic approach of seeing a person as a whole: mind, body and environment. I have a passion for experiential body work and collaborative creativity, so therapy can be much more than just talking. I enjoy the richness of difference and uniqueness within each of us, along with the wish for each of us to be both seen and heard.

    Working with adult individuals, I show care and sensitivity with the many issues clients bring....

    • Sydney
    • Dream Work, Existential, Experiential, Gestalt, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Somatic Psychotherapy