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Mr Geoff Heard

Mr Geoff Heard

Mobile 0417 518 157
Counsellor, Somatic Psychotherapist

Mobile 0417 518 157

I aim to help you gain a better understanding of yourself and work towards acceptance of your past and present circumstances, thereby developing a more mindful and grounded presence from which positive change may come about. As we explore your experiences, thoughts and feelings, the safety of the therapeutic relationship may become a place to learn and grow. When appropriate, the process may be enhanced, with body awareness, simple touch, and integrative bodywork.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • Katoomba Natural Therapies, 122 Katoomba St, Katoomba, NSW 2780 0417 518 157 PHONE 0417 518 157
  • Glenbrook Yoga Space, 14A Hare St. (Entry from King St), Glen brook, NSW 2773 PHONE 0417 518 157 0417 518 157

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Workshops / Courses, Workplace Training, Phone Consultations, Internet Consultations 
  • I work mainly with adults in one-to-one therapy.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Borderline Personality, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Intimacy Issues, Life Transitions, Psychosomatic, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Sex Related Issues, Sexual Abuse, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Bio-dynamic Massage, Developmental, Experiential, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Somatic Psychotherapy

    I call my approach Embodied Relational Psychotherapy (borrowed from the Chiron centre in London). It means the therapeutic relationship is at the centre of the work, and we must work to build a space of respect, safety, and trust. It is in this field that you will be able to integrate your experience into learning and growth. Any touch or bodywork is negotiated, and while with some clients the bodywork becomes the focus, for others verbal work is sufficient.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Dip Somatic Psychotherapy - 1997 - College for Experiential Psychotherapy, Sydney
    • Grad Dip Multicultural Education - 1994 - University of New England
    • BSc Physics - 1978 - University of Bristol

    Professional Associations

    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

      Quality Provision

      I maintain clinical registration with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. I engage in regular individual supervision, peer supervision, and personal therapy.

      Background

      I have 21 years experience as a psychotherapist, and 31 years as a bodyworker. Apart from this I have travelled and worked as a teacher in various settings, including voluntary work in Africa and migrant education in Australia.

      I enjoy wilderness activities, and practise yoga and meditation. Currently I'm engaged in more formal training in the teaching of mindfulness, and teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in the Blue Mountains.

      Appointments

      Mondays 9am - 8pm
      Wednesdays 9am - 5.30pm

      Transport and Parking

      Katoomba Natural Therapies is in the centre of the town and has ample street parking.
      Glenbrook Yoga Space has ample suburban street parking.

      Fees

      Fee on application and may be negotiable.

      Payment Options

      Cash or electronic funds transfer.

      Languages

    • English
    • French


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      10 Questions with Geoff Heard

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

      • I first studied massage, and was intrigued at the way people would, week after week, re-create in their bodies the tensions I had massaged away the week before. This led me to investigate the mind-body connection, and eventually to study Somatic Psychotherapy, in which mental, emotional and physical experience are seen as not only connected but as facets of a greater whole.
      • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

      • Relational, Somatic, Psychodynamic, Humanist, Existential, Phenomenological. The evidence is in to show that the principal factor influencing the outcomes of therapy is the quality of the relationship developed between therapist and client, in particular the level of safety and trust that develops between the two. This was the emphasis in my earliest training and has remained my bottom line. Deep listening and attempting to feel into my client’s experience is the basis of my work.
      • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

      • I like to explore the possibilities for healing opened up by viewing mind and body, psyche and soma, as inextricably linked aspects of a person’s whole being. In this way the innate healing capacities of the organism may be accessed, linking mental and emotional patterns with body sensations, posture, physical impulses and movement. Yoga and creative movement are somatic practices which particularly interest me.
      • What method/s do you use?

      • Creating a relationship of safety and trust, staying present, listening, empathising, reflecting, feeling, being human. Body awareness, touch and massage techniques, where appropriate, to help the client to deepen their knowledge and understanding of themselves and empower them to direct their energies and ideas. Regression to earlier states, and looking back at the clients’ unique path of development may be stages we move through on the road to integration.
      • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

      • When they start to feel more satisfied with themselves, with others, and with life in general.
      • How has therapy made you a better person?

      • I think that we are all good people, its just that stuff gets in the way of our making our goodness and creativity felt in the world. I have managed to remove some of the obstacles, especially around taking responsibility for myself and my needs. Somatic work particularly has helped me deepen self awareness and become better at self-regulation (looking after my own well-being), hopefully making me a better friend and partner.
      • What do you like most about being a therapist?

      • The privilege of being let into others lives, which I never take for granted.
      • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

      • Yes, because I’m human. It can also happen that what feels like a bad hair day is the result of relationship dynamics within a therapy session, useful information about the process and not to be missed.
      • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

      • On a world scale, many of the basic requirements for living a dignified life are missing. Millions of people do not have sufficient food, land or security to raise healthy families. The causes are complex, but I think we need to take responsibility for the way we live and make a priority of looking after each other and the Earth.
      • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

      • ‘The Spell of the Sensuous’; Perception and Language in a More Than Human World’ by David Abram.
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      Mr Geoff Heard

      Geoff Heard

      Counsellor, Somatic Psychotherapist

      My journey into therapy began many years ago when I discovered that massage and bodywork could make an enormous difference to my sense of well-being. This led me to learn and practise massage, and then to wonder why some of us are so unwilling to relax into our bodies and allow ourselves to be fully alive. This led to the study of the bodymind and my current practice of embodied relational psychotherapy....

      • Katoomba, Glen brook
      • Bio-dynamic Massage, Developmental, Experiential, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Somatic Psychotherapy