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Ms Christine Wilde

Ms Christine Wilde

Mobile 0409 900 315
Holistic Counsellor, Somatic Psychotherapist

Professional Chambers (Above Capital Chemist)

Mobile 0409 900 315

Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious or depressed? Do you have anger outbursts? I understand what it's like to feel swamped by life's demands, like there's nowhere to turn. I will sit with you and really listen to your needs, concerns, hopes and dreams. Although it can be uncomfortable at first to talk to a stranger, being able to unburden yourself in a confidential setting can be a huge relief. I look forward to helping you to find or regain your sense of balance, wholeness and connectedness

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • 9 Sargood Street, O'Connor Shopping Centre, Canberra ACT 2602 0409 900 315 PHONE 0409 900 315

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Phone Consultations, Internet Consultations 
  • I will usually answer an email within a day or so of you sending it during the working week. If you email me on the weekend I will answer as soon as I can the next business day. If I haven't replied within a few days there could have been a problem with the email getting through to me, so I invite you to follow up with a text or try emailing me from my website: www.christinewilde.com.au

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Addiction, Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Childhood Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Emotional Crisis, Grief / Bereavement, Guilt Feelings, Postnatal Depression, PTSD, Self Injury, Trauma Recovery  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Creative Arts Therapy, Experiential, Hakomi, Interpersonal, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Self Psychology, Somatic Psychotherapy

    My approach to counselling and psychotherapy is a holistic one, based on developing a safe and trusting relationship with each client. I believe that our mind, body, and emotions are integral elements that combine to make each person unique. Our mannerisms, body language and ways of moving and breathing can give us profound insight into our early life's interactions.

    As we explore together the themes in your life I will periodically ask you what you might be noticing inside. How are you experiencing your thoughts and emotions in the present moment? What is your breathing like? This is the essence of mindfulness. Becoming mindful of thoughts and feelings allows the development of self-reflection and insight, the key ingredients for change.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Diploma Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapy - 2012 - ACCSP
    • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training - 2015 - Lifeline Canberra
    • Mental Health First Aid - 2015 - Australian Red Cross

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Counselling Association

      Quality Provision

      To ensure I am providing you with the best possible care, I participate in regular clinical supervision sessions, attend ongoing professional development training, and continue with my own personal psychotherapy. I read the latest journals and publications and participate in webinars and online training. I am currently half-way through Art Therapy training and look forward to adding that to my skill set in July 2018.

      Background

      My early working life in the 1980's consisted of private and public employment in clerical and support roles. Then came my career as a full-time mother of two children and home maker, during which time I also taught calligraphy classes. From 2000 onward, I have operated my own home-based business and in 2009 I began training as a counsellor and psychotherapist, from which I graduated in 2012. I have worked in private practice as a Holistic Counsellor and Psychotherapist since 2013 and have enjoyed helping many clients on their journey towards happier and more fulfilling lives.

      Appointments

      Tuesdays 11.00am-8.00pm
      Thursdays 11.00am-8.00pm
      Fridays 11.00am-8.00pm
      Saturdays (fortnightly) 10.30am-5.30pm

      Transport and Parking

      1/2 - 3 hours free parking at O'Connor Shopping Centre. 
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      ACTION bus routes 1, 3, 8.

      Fees

      $100 for a one-hour session.
      Concessions may be negotiated if on a low income.
      Medicare or Health Fund rebates not applicable

      Payment Options

      Eftpos, cash or internet bank transfer.



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      10 Questions with Christine Wilde

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

      • During my late 20's and early 30's I felt overwhelmed by the demands of being a full-time mother and I felt I wasn't coping. I began to see a psychotherapist with whom I felt safe and accepted. Together, we explored the recurring themes in my life, their origins, challenges and opportunities for growth. As my sense of self grew, so did my ability to meet the challenges that life offered. Psychotherapy made such a big difference to my feelings of well-being and confidence, that I decided I would like to be able to help people in much the same way.
      • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

      • In my work I have been influenced by attachment theory, neurobiology, trauma recovery, bodywork and the Hakomi method. Attachment theory teaches us how important our early care-giving environment is and how we can be wounded by neglectful and/or abusive treatment. Neurobiology is increasingly teaching us how attachment and traumatic experiences shape the brain, and how, through neuroplasticity, the brain can repair itself. Trauma recovery is about what happens to the mind and body during trauma and how to effectively assist people to reclaim their bodies and their lives. Bodywork is an essential element of my holistic approach. It is safe, gentle and easy, e.g. raising and lowering arms in front of the body in time with breathing in and breathing out. Hakomi invites little experiments into the work, e.g. notice your reaction inside when I say "I am worthy of feeling loved."
      • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

      • The particular aspects of the human journey that I am interested in are those which cause suffering. There are common ingredients to people's suffering, e.g. feelings of fear, loneliness, desperation, betrayal, rejection, loss, emptiness, pain, anger, or numbness. We develop various ways to cope with this pain, e.g. using drugs, alcohol, food, sex, talking, shopping, gambling, isolation, or violence, to try to either feel alive or numb the pain, or somehow fill a life that is devoid of connection.
      • What method/s do you use?

      • I sit opposite you and listen with empathy and curiosity to the story of your life. While I do this I pay attention to what I notice about the way you sit, talk, breathe and move. This can tell me a lot about your experience and I will at times ask you what you notice about those same things. Being curious together about your uniqueness, will allow themes to emerge about your life that may indicate where you might be feeling stuck in patterns of behaviour that you feel unable to change. Working in this way can give you an opportunity to become conscious of those patterns and consider other ways of responding to the relationships and events of your life.
      • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

      • Often a client will feel some relief even after just the first session, through feeling heard, understood and accepted. When a person is able to 'unload' and feel as though someone cares, then they will begin to 'feel better'. Progress can also be made in small ways on a weekly basis and it is useful to regularly reflect on what is helping, so that I can tailor the work can be tailored to meet each client's specific needs.
      • How has therapy made you a better person?

      • Through my journey of personal therapy I have gained a deeper insight into my own development from childhood through to adulthood. I am more patient and understanding with myself and others as a result. It has also helped me to understand what it is like for clients to share their deepest concerns, and to have those concerns validated and affirmed. Working as a therapist has deepened my compassion for the suffering of others and my ability to sit with clients' painful stories and accept their anger, fear and pain.
      • What do you like most about being a therapist?

      • I like being able to help clients feel better and live happier lives. I feel immensely grateful for my clients' trust in me and the process of therapy, and being able to share their journeys of self-discovery and empowerment. I feel great satisfaction in helping clients build self-esteem and feel greater satisfaction in their lives. I am honoured when clients courageously entrust me with their vulnerabilities and achievements. I like how the relationship with each client develops as trust grows, and as trust grows, the work deepens.
      • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

      • Oh yes, everyone has 'bad hair' days, or days when they 'get out of the wrong side of the bed!' My own therapy has shown me that this is a temporary state and I have learned how to nurture myself so that I can regain my balance and sense of humour. This also helps in my work with clients, to be able to empathise with their suffering, to know that it will eventually pass and to help that process along.
      • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

      • I think the fast-paced life most of us lead can also lead to a life lived on the surface, being tossed around by the waves of emotions (whether they are acknowledged or not). If we continue the analogy of the waves on the ocean, there are many peaks and troughs on which we can ride and feel overwhelmed or swamped, and the froth and bubble of life can take up all our mental and emotional energy. I think it is important to be able to dive beneath the surface where the waters are calmer and clearer, for rest and rejuvenation. Meditation and mindfulness practices, as well as getting in touch with what is happening in the body, are important ingredients in leading a deeper life 'below the surface.'
      • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

      • I like the poetry of Hafiz and Rumi. Here's a couple of short poems from each of them:

        Hafiz (from "The Gift")

        'The Sun Never Says':
        Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth,
        "You owe Me."
        Look what happens with a love like that,
        It lights the whole sky.

        'It Felt Love':
        How did the rose ever open its heart
        And give to this world all its beauty?
        It felt the encouragement of light against its being,
        Otherwise, we all remain too frightened.

        and these two poems from Rumi (in "Love Poems from God")
        'Relationship Booster':
        Here is a relationship booster that is guaranteed to work:
        Every time your spouse or lover says something stupid
        Make your eyes light up as if you just heard something brilliant.

        'I Guess You Won't Mind':
        Great lions can find peace in a cage.
        But we should only do that as a last resort.
        So those bars I see that restrain your wings,
        I guess you won't mind if I pry them open.

        This book on relationships offers some good insights:
        "The Five Love Languages" by Gary Chapman
        I learnt a lot about myself and my husband through reading that book.



        (I will update this list as the names of other inspirations come to mind)
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      Ms Christine Wilde

      Christine Wilde

      Holistic Counsellor, Somatic Psychotherapist

      Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious or depressed? Do you have anger outbursts? I understand what it's like to feel swamped by life's demands, like there's nowhere to turn. I will sit with you and really listen to your needs, concerns, hopes and dreams. Although it can be uncomfortable at first to talk to a stranger, being able to unburden yourself in a confidential setting can be a huge relief. I look forward to helping you to find or regain your sense of balance, wholeness and connectedness...

      • O'Connor Shopping Centre
      • Creative Arts Therapy, Experiential, Hakomi, Interpersonal, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Self Psychology, Somatic Psychotherapy