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Mr Ernst Meyer

Mr Ernst Meyer

Mobile 0405 235 798
Somatic Psychotherapist

Psychotherapy, Sydney CBD and Hills District

Mobile 0405 235 798

Coronavirus turned the world upside down. It rocked our worlds. It washed away the predictability and security we took for granted. And just when we need people the most, "social distancing" forces us to deal with this crisis in isolation, with limited or no access to family, friends, and colleagues. Psychotherapy, as a non medical practice, aims to address the difficulties people have with living life. For many, there has never been a bigger challenge than COVID-19.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • 185 Elizabeth Street, Level 10, Suite 1017, Sydney, NSW 2000 0405 235 798 PHONE 0405 235 798
  • The Cove, 80 Cecil Ave, Castle Hill, Sydney NSW 2154 PHONE

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Coaching / Mentoring, Online Video Consultations 
  • Short, medium and long term counselling and psychotherapy for adolescents and adult individuals.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Addiction, Alcohol / Drug Dependency, Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Burnout, Childhood Issues, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Eating Disorders, Emotional Overwhelm, Existential Issues, Grief / Bereavement, Life Transitions, Men's Issues, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self Harm, Sexual Abuse, Suicidal Feelings, Trauma Recovery  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Self Psychology, Somatic Psychotherapy

    Psychotherapy is a non medical practice which aims to address difficulties people have with living life.

    Depression, anxiety, panic attacks, compulsive actions, aggression, traumatic experiences, issues with eating, undiagnosable body aches and pains, loss of energy, grief and loss, abuse, sexual difficulties, or relationship issues are examples for such difficulties.

    Together we will explore the question "what happened to you?", instead of "what is wrong with you?".

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy - 2014 - Jansen Newman Institute
    • Diploma of Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapy - 2012 - ACCSP

    Professional Associations

    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia
    • European Association for Body Psychotherapy
    • International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology

    Quality Provision

    I am required to undergo regular clinical supervision, and participate in ongoing training as well as professional education.

    Also, in the particular field of psychotherapy that I am working in, it is a requirement for the therapist to be in his/her own personal therapy.

    Background

    Due to my background in the police service (Germany) and the IT industry (Australia) I am familiar with the difficulties and pressures of both "front line" jobs and commercial environments.

    In recent years I have been predominantly working with survivors of traumatic experiences, people who carry a diagnosis of PTSD.

    Appointments

    Flexible times and locations, please call

    Fees

    Initial Consultation: $150

    Ongoing Therapy: $150
    (limited reduced fee appointments are available for people experiencing financial difficulties)

    Payment Options

    Cash or bank transfer.

    Languages

  • English
  • German


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    10 Questions with Ernst Meyer

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

    • After a crisis in my private life I was looking for different ways to live my life. In my search for a more meaningful life I first participated in a couple of self help courses and eventually I enrolled in a training program for psychotherapy.

      Being in my own personal therapy was part of my training, and I first hand experienced the gradual changes that emerge in psychotherapy.

      After three years of "hands on" training I continued my education with another three years of academic studies in the field. As part of my academic studies I did volunteer work. I had the humbling experience of sitting with very troubled members of the community and listening to their stories. It was then that I decided to open a private practice, and be of service of those in need.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • I consider the work I do as "applied philosophy".

      It is my view that mind and soul of a human being cannot be grasped and made sense of by focussing on perceived mental illnesses or functioning, behaviour and thinking.

      Instead, I believe that lives need to be seen in the context they are lived in. All of us are born into cultures, grow up and adapt to certain circumstances, have life experiences, make choices - add out biological heritage to this and we get a more complete picture of the whole person.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I see psychotherapy primarily as a human science, and am interested in how non-medical approaches are promoting long lasting growth and change.

    • What method/s do you use?

    • The concept of "method" suggests that a practitioner is "doing" something to or with the patient. I reject that notion - humans are not things that need to be fixed.

      Instead, my aim is to provide meaningful support for all of person, not just "get rid of" symptoms.

    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • This depends on which issue the client brings into the room. Someone who experienced a single traumatic event in adult life will need different support than someone who grew up in, and had to adjust to, a traumatic environment.

      In general though, I see it as progress if a client feels better on the way out of the therapy session than they did an hour earlier. If the client manages to carry this "feeling better" into their life outside of the therapy room then that's progress.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • I am grateful that both the organisation I trained with as well as my professional association insist on psychotherapists undergoing their own personal therapy. The value has been immense both on a personal and a professional level.

      To be more precise, therapy has developed my critical thinking as well as self-reflective and relational capacities. Because of the body-inclusive approach to psychotherapy I am practising, I have moved from an understanding of "I have a body" to that of "I am a body". I am aware of my bodily senses as well as my emotions, and have an awareness and understanding of what these feelings and emotions are trying to tell me.

      What is of utmost importance for both my private as well as my professional life is my capacity to sit comfortably with discomfort. I don't get easily triggered, but remain in the present moment, and continue to stay in relationship with those around me.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • It is both an honour and an obligation when a person decides to work with me in a therapeutic setting. For me it is impossible to not be touched by the lives of other people.

      To answer the question: to see people change in ways which are meaningful for them, and which ultimately allows them to live life without the additional support of psychotherapy.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Of course I do, but I hope it doesn't show.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Coronavirus. At the same time, this crisis also offers us an opportunity to reflect. What is it that we have lost? Are we really missing it? What is now taking it's place, and what is our relationship with this "new normal"?
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • In general: stories of survival, against the odds.
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    Mr Ernst Meyer

    Ernst Meyer

    Somatic Psychotherapist

    I am a trauma-informed practitioner who provides holistic/comprehensive support in times of crisis.

    COVID-19 has upset and changed the word we live in, and it has upset and changed us in the process. This upset cannot be sufficiently captured via the diagnostics manuals of psychiatry or mainstream psychology, and we cannot just think ourselves out of this crisis, or "get over it". Instead, it is my conviction that an emotionally-aware approach is required. That's what I am offering.

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    • Sydney, Castle Hill
    • Self Psychology, Somatic Psychotherapy