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Ms Christine Koltai

Ms Christine Koltai

Mobile 0412 096 297
Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, Counsellor

Chrissie Koltai

Mobile 0412 096 297

Together we look at life to gain greater understanding of your world, focusing on enhancing self awareness through a sustained therapeutic relationships. Talking makes meaning especially when inner thoughts and emotions are confusing. Being listened to and understood, having a safe place to share your life story is a validating and healing experience. It is this working relationship which enables you to achieve greater resilience and deep abiding personal change.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • Suite 2, 780a Pacific Highway, Gordon, Sydney NSW 2072 0412 096 297 PHONE 0412 096 297

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy 
  • We need to work out together what will help.
    Both short and long term therapy is offered:
    Brief solution based therapy if you have a short term problem.
    Long term when complex and long standing emotional and or relationship issues need to be addressed.
    Meditation and relaxation are offered
    It is important an assessment of symptoms and problems for which you are seeking therapy needs to be made during the initial session/s including any medical problems you may be experiencing.

    This is a confidential service.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Burnout, Childhood Issues, Creativity, Depression, Eating Disorders, Existential Issues, Guilt Feelings, Intimacy Issues, Obsessive Compulsive, Performance Anxiety, Relationship Issues, Spirituality / Religion  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Developmental, Interpersonal, Meditation, Mindfulness, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Self Psychology

    Psychology of the Self is a form of Psychotherapy that works to help people through developing an understanding of their unique experience of themselves, others, and the world. A skilled empathic mode of listening helps clients better understand and use their own emotional experience. Knowing oneself and one's feelings provides a firm foundation for flexibility and choice, safety in relationships providing a spring board from which to realise ambitions and goals and find freedom to be yourself.
    Mindfulness and meditation are like gym for the brain. There are many levels and stages to learn. It's important to start slowly. The practise alleviates anxiety and a busy mind. Eventually bringing about an ease and happier relation with life.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Diploma of Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy - 2004 - Australian College of Psychotherapy
    • Dip Buddhism and Psychotherapy - 2015 - AABCAP

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists
    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

    Quality Provision

    Both my MA and PACFA require rigorous attention to professional development.
    On going Supervision on a regular basis. Participant of Reading and Study Groups.
    On going training through regular attendance of Seminars and Conferences.

    Background

    I am trained in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy mainly Self Psychology and have a Diploma in Adult Psychotherapy. Graduated in 2004
    I have been in Private Practice for 12 years working with a vast array of problems and disorders.
    I specialise in working with artists, having had over 40 years experience in the field.
    I have attained a Diploma in Buddhist Philosophy and Psychotherapy, deepening my skills in teaching mindfulness and meditation..

    Appointments

    Tuesday to Friday 9am - 5pm
    After hours and Saturday is available on request.

    Transport and Parking

    On the train line 5 minutes walk from Gordon Station.
    Car Park available behind practice in Moree Street.

    Fees

    $120 per session of 50 mins.
    Negotiable for those experiencing financial hardship. Students rates are available.
    Medibank Private rebates available.

    Payment Options

    Cash or cheque. Payment is required at the end of 1st session. Monthly or weekly is to be negotiated. Bank transfer available.



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    10 Questions with Christine Koltai

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

    • The inner mind. It fascinated me as a child that I could actually see things and imagine things in my head. I was so curious.
      I have worked in the arts for many years and the creative mind can be both a gift and perplexing. It is a relief to feel the mind untangle when confused. For artists this is especially important when you lose your way. My own personal therapy was a life changing experience and inspired me to learn more and help others.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • Self Psychology deepens empathic understanding of what it is like to be you.
      Buddhist philosophy deepened the understanding of the universal dissatisfaction in all beings and how to bring an end to this pain.
      Zen. How to live in the moment.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • Compassion for self and others.
      The relational aspect and the development of trust between myself and client. Trust is the glue of self experience without it we are often on shaking foundations.
      Integrating body and mind helps us be in touch with our true self and bring relief and or awareness to a busy mind.
      When we are psychologically well, ordinary happiness and being able to be in the present are a great relief and a path to joy, wisdom and equanimity.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Empathic attunement, compassion, patience, love in the truest sense, that is caring, responsible and understanding. Listening and more listening. Where appropriate teaching meditation and or mindfulness.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • Every person is different. People who are coming once a week start to feel better after a couple of sessions and some after 6 sessions. Sometimes progress is hard to measure and it depends on the level of disorder. It's important that people do not feel pressured to be well but feel they have a safe place to tell their story and build a safe relationship with the therapist.

      I ask now and then how the client feels our work is progressing? Its always an interesting conversation.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • It's made me more aware of how important it is to be a reasonably good, kind, tolerant and compassionate person. I am always working on it. The process of learned reflection is eternal.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Seeing people get better and leave. I feel so grateful for their trust in me.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • We are all human.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • War.
      Material greed and grasping.
      Our human capacity to be cruel not only to each other but to ourselves.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • The original film of Imitation of Life directed by Douglas Sirk. I saw it on television when I was very young about 10. It must have been shocking in its time. It helped me see into the world and human suffering and the need to be loved and love. It also made me aware of the great inequities in life and how we are all interconnected.
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    Ms Christine Koltai

    Christine Koltai

    Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, Counsellor

    The mind is eternally fascinating. What makes us believe that we are worthless, anxious, unlovable, unhappy, or tormented by our lack of satisfaction in life? I am interested to help you find out and give you relief to live your life well. As a specialist in the Performing and Visual Arts I understand how the creative and performing mind can struggle when certain work or training destabilises the sense of self, with a background of 40 years in theatre and theatre teaching experience....

    • Gordon
    • Developmental, Interpersonal, Meditation, Mindfulness, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Self Psychology