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Ms Fiona Halse

Ms Fiona Halse

Mobile 0414 191 541
Psychotherapist, Counsellor

Fiona Halse Counselling & Psychotherapy

Mobile 0414 191 541

My priority is to work respectfully alongside you, creating a safe space to know and understand yourself better, while growing in self-acceptance. By providing careful attention and effective support to explore your experiences and your habitual responses, psychotherapy can help you understand yourself and your personal way of being in the world. Through this exploration you can experiment with new choices around unhelpful or limiting patterns to find happier ways of being.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • 30 Farrier Lane, White Gum Valley, Fremantle Perth WA 6162 08 9335 7723 PHONE 08 9335 7723

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Clinical Supervision 
  • I offer individual counselling and psychotherapy as well as couple therapy and relationship counselling, aiming to assist each client to flourish in the ways that are most important to them. I work with a broad range of syptoms of distress to restore wellbeing, and am interested in the overlap of psychotherapy, meditation and compassionate practice.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Addiction, Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Childhood Issues, Communication Issues, Conflict Resolution, Depression, Existential Issues, Family / Parenting, Grief / Bereavement, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Sexual Abuse, Spirituality / Religion, Trauma Recovery  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Experiential, Hakomi, Inner Child, Marriage and Family, Meditation, Mindfulness, Somatic Psychotherapy

    The Hakomi method and its principles inform my work. This method is "...a beautiful expression of the partnership model that recognises not only the essential partnership between body and mind but between therapist and client; that shows that inclusion, empowerment and non-violence make it possible for us to listen to ourselves and move to new levels of consciousness." Raine Eisler, author.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Hakomi Integrative Psychotherapy - 2001
    • Grad Dip Counselling - 2009 - Curtin University
    • Master of Counselling - 2010 - Murdoch University
    • PACFA Reg. Clinical 20713 - 2009

    Professional Associations

    • Hakomi Australia Association
    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

      Quality Provision

      Fiona has had eight years of formal training in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and over 17 years of experience, coupled with extensive Professional Development Courses and supervision.

      Background

      I have over 17 years experience in non-government organisations and private practice, counselling adults, couples and families. This experience includes short, medium and long-term counselling and psychotherapy, and professional supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists.
      Personally, my deep involvement in personal growth and meditation practice for over 35 years underpins the understanding and compassion that I bring to my work.

      Appointments

      Available Tuesday to Friday with 9.00am to 5.00pm session times.

      Transport and Parking

      Parking available free on site. Close to bus route.

      Fees

      Individual sessions (one hour) are $110.
      Couple sessions (one and a half hours) are $150.
      [Discounts available for those with low income.]

      Payment Options

      Cash, EFTPOS, or netbank transfer.



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      10 Questions with Fiona Halse

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

      • Since I was a teenager I have been interested in meditation, therapy and personal development, yet didn’t think to work as a psychotherapist till I was nearly 40. I was attracted by the level of integrity and “whole human beingness” required in this work and passionately wanted to learn how to do it well. I have since come to realise how much it is about being rather that doing. At that time I wanted to be what the work would require of me, and I still do.
        In my journey I had met and been a client of many counsellors, then in the late 90’s I had the fortune to experience some exceptional therapists practicing Hakomi Psychotherapy. The grace and seamlessness of change I experienced with this method inspired me to undertake a Hakomi Training. From there I took on the challenge of this precious work, hoping to help other people free themselves from unnecessary limitations and suffering.
      • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

      • The principles underlying eastern religions, Buddhism in particular, have resonated deeply with me. The practices of meditation and compassion, which are seen as fundamental to spiritual development by many, have shown themselves to be well aligned to the practice and application of psychotherapy. I have found that mindfulness practice strengthens our conscious self and helps us dis-identify from the stories and emotions we tend to get caught in. Whether we call it self-awareness, witnessing, mindfulness, or simply reflection, I find it helps.
      • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

      • I find I am increasingly interested in things like acceptance and self-compassion. The lack of these traits obviously causes much unnecessary suffering, yet they are not easy capacities to develop.
        I am also at times curious about the transpersonal aspects of our lives, not that I call it that even to myself, but that’s a word for big picture stuff like fate, life journeys, purpose, and death. I think of this as the spiritual side and think it is important for all of us, though often we get so caught up in our lives that we forget about it.
      • What method/s do you use?

      • I find the way I work is quite influenced by the client in front of me as I do try to offer something that will make sense to the client and hopefully feel satisfying. I listen and try to help a client know more clearly what is going on in them. I am guided by the principles of Hakomi psychotherapy and at times use it's techniques, such as inviting a client into mindfulness and noticing their present experience with them.
      • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

      • Hopefully there will be something satisfying about the process from the first session, yet clients are each unique with variable life circumstances and different amounts of work to do to gain wellbeing. Therapy can of course be unsettling. Generally as clients we want to feel happier and more confident and this can happen from one session or it can take a long time. Also, clients arrive at therapy with their own tendencies in how they perceive things, such as being optimistic or pessimistic, resilient or anxious. So these tendencies of perception can at times influence someone’s sense of progress.
      • How has therapy made you a better person?

      • I’m in my 50’s now and find it difficult, looking back at the big changes, to separate out the influences of therapy from life's influences. Yet looking back, what I know has been truly healing is to have had several wonderful therapists who have seen me, recognised me, and welcomed me with their loving presence and acceptance. Through therapy I have learnt to love myself better and to be more loving. Also the safe environment created by therapy has enabled me to explore and transform some painful places that I otherwise wouldn’t have gone to, particularly places connected to shame. Therapy groups have been powerful in opening me up to the human sufferings we all share.
      • What do you like most about being a therapist?

      • Well I think it is a blessing of a profession in that it requires me to be present, attentive and compassionate, and that is a good state to spend my time in. Yet I guess the most rewarding moments are when, through the grace of therapy, a client is able to be with some part of them in a new way and a gentle yet powerful transformation unfolds.
      • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

      • Of course I have days when I get lost in my old stories of “not good enough” or other versions of pain take over. Sometimes I can catch myself in this tightening-up-against-what-is and remember to soften and open my heart a little. Then I can feel compassion towards myself.
      • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

      • I am deeply concerned about the level of environmental destruction humans have caused, including of course climate change. I am concerned that we don’t even have a conversation about addressing our environmental footprint through addressing the human population explosion.
      • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

      • My main inspirations in life have been spiritual ones, including masters and teachers I have had the blessing of being in the presence of including Osho, Papaji, Sogyal Rinpoche and Linda Clair. Currently I am re-reading When things fall apart by Pema Chodron, an American Buddhist nun and student of Chogyam Trungpa. Yet I also enjoy reading P.G. Wodehouse for a bit of emotional uplift and relief.
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      Fiona Halse

      Psychotherapist, Counsellor

      I have over 17 years experience in non-government organisations and private practice, counselling adults, couples and families. This experience includes short, medium and long-term counselling and psychotherapy, as well as professional supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists.
      My deep involvement in personal growth and meditation practice for over 35 years underpins the understanding and compassion that I bring to my work....

      • White Gum Valley
      • Experiential, Hakomi, Inner Child, Marriage and Family, Meditation, Mindfulness, Somatic Psychotherapy