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 Jodie Gale

Jodie Gale

Psychotherapist, Counsellor

The Psychosynthesis Centre

Holistic and integrative counselling and psychotherapy sessions provide a resting place from the busyness of life and a space for you to explore your inner and outer life, your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Therapy is helps you to heal and reconnect with your authentic self. I provide an empathic, compassionate and confidential environment to facilitate you along your journey. I love watching my clients 'blossom' and make significant long lasting changes in their lives :)

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • Manly Clinic, Manly, Sydney NSW 2095 0431 878 858 PHONE 0431 878 858
  • Allambie Clinic, Allambie Heights, Sydney NSW 2100 PHONE 0431 878 858 0431 878 858

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Assessment, Coaching / Mentoring, Workshops / Courses, Workplace Training, Professional Training, Educational Resources 
  • I am a leading specialist in women's emotional, psychological and spiritual health and well-being with over 15 years of experience in the field of psychology.

    I provide soul-centred psychotherapy + eating psychology for women as well as run workshops in Manly and Allambie Heights on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

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    Areas of Special Interest

  • Addiction, Adoption / Foster Care, Alcohol / Drug Dependency, Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Childhood Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Emotional Crisis, Fertility / Pregnancy, Grief / Bereavement, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Spirituality / Religion, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Developmental, Dream Work, Existential, Inner Child, Mindfulness, Psychoanalytic, Psychosynthesis, Self Psychology, Soul Centred Psychotherapy, Transpersonal

    Psychosynthesis has been described as the 'psychology with a Soul'. At the core, human beings are viewed as whole and unbroken not sick or diseased.

    Conceived and developed by Roberto Assagioli, Psychosynthesis is an approach to counselling and life that includes working with past trauma, current experiences in the here and now and the potential that often lies deeply hidden within.

    Psychosynthesis is a holistic model that includes body, feelings, mind, sexuality and spirituality.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Masters in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy - 2008 - Middlesex
    • Diploma in Psychotherapy - 2008 - Institute of Psychosynthesis
    • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - 2005 - Institute of Psychosynthesis
    • Cert. Eating Psychology - 2015 - Institute for the Psychology of Eating
    • BSW - 2011 - University of Sydney

    Professional Associations

    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

      Quality Provision

      I work in accordance with PACFA and ARCAP's Code of Ethics.

      I receive monthly supervision for all my client work and regularly participate in post graduate training and self development workshops.

      I have significantly journeyed my own individual, couples and group therapy.

      Background

      Addictions: alcohol, food, internet, i-phone, shopping, drugs, gambling etc
      Adoption, infertility and IVF
      Anxiety, stress & depression
      Anger management
      Early childhood trauma or abuse
      Emotional/life crisis
      Food, eating and body image issues
      Mindfulness, meditation & visualisation
      Relationships
      Self-esteem/worth/confidence
      Self-development, men & women's
      Systemic relationship/family therapy & constellations
      Spirituality & interfaith
      Value, meaning and purpose in life

      Appointments

      By appointment only

      Transport and Parking

      The Manly clinic is a short walk from ferry and bus stops and there is parking in Whistler Street carpark.

      The Allambie clinic is a short walk from Allambie Rd bus stops and there is ample off street parking.

      Fees

      90 minute initial assessment therapy session: $270.00

      50 minute ad hoc therapy session: $150.00

      50 minute weekly therapy session: $130.00

      Payment Options

      Payment by cash or electronic transfer
      No credit cards or eftpos

      "Inside every human being is a special heaven whole and unbroken". Paracelsus



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      10 Questions with Jodie Gale

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

      • In the early nineties, I was working at a new age bookstore and crystal shop in Covent Garden in London, when I discovered a book called Swimming with Wild Dolphins. That day, I zipped out at lunch time and booked a flight to Dingle, a small fishing village on the South West Coast of Ireland where Fungie, a wild bottlenose dolphin had made his home. I continued to swim with him for 15 years, but it was this first encounter that I had what Maslow called a peak experience. In many ways, my spiritual awakening shone the light on the darkness that I had been living with for most of my life.

        I returned to London and so began my self-development journey through many women’s workshops and then weekly, long-term psychotherapy sessions. The unconditional love and acceptance that I received from my therapist helped me to heal my early childhood wounding, chronic low self-worth, addiction and disordered eating.

        In 1998, I attended an open evening at The Institute of Psychosynthesis in London, participated in their four day Fundamentals, then submerged myself in their Foundation Year; predominantly for my own self-development. Having worked through my own suffering, I felt that I had something to offer others and decided to train firstly as a therapeutic counsellor, then as a psychotherapist.

        Nowadays, I consider myself to be aligned with what Jung called, a wounded healer of the soul.
      • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

      • The soulful, holistic and integrative approach that I work with is called psychosynthesis. It was founded by Italian psychiatrist and neurologist, Roberto Assagioli MD, who was a colleague to the likes of Freud, Jung and Maslow. He was a pioneer in the field of humanistic, transpersonal and spiritual psychologies and was way ahead of his time (early 1900s), by integrating mindfulness and spirituality into western psychological disciplines. Today, there are schools all over the world with psychosynthesis practitioners leading the way in areas such as mindfulness and neuroscience as well as revamping national health systems and addiction treatment centres with the psychosynthesis holistic and psycho-spiritual approach.

        Psychosynthesis as a modality, is loved by both therapists and clients because of the hopeful context that is held. If someone is suffering with addiction, depression or an eating disorder for example, and they are being told, ‘once an addict, always an addict’ or, ‘you are suffering with a mental illness, disorder or disease and you will need to manage that for life’; many people find this doesn’t fit for them and this labelling adds to the sense of hopelessness that they may already be experiencing. From the first session, clients hear, ‘even though you may feel or think this way right now – you are not broken, diseased or in need of a cure. At the core, you are whole and unbroken and we’ll work together in a way that you can begin to realise and actualise this wholesome way of being’. One of my favourite quotes to support this is by Geneen Roth, ‘your eating disorder [for example] is an attempt to fix something that has never been broken’. This way of thinking and working turns the dominant disease, illness and medical model on its head.

        Psychosynthesis is therefore non-pathologising and each individual is viewed by the therapist through what we call bifocal vision; ‘the client as a Self, a being with a purpose in life and with immense potential for love, intelligence and creativity…also as a personality, an individual made up of a unique blend of physical, emotional and mental characteristics’ (Whitmore, 2000, pg. 70). For example, someone suffering with an eating disorder is often immobilised by their identification with the body. When they hear, ‘you have a body but you are more than your body’ – they often see themselves clearly for the first time. This provides hope and motivation to change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours in addition to providing a context for the work.

      • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

      • I am interested in women's emotional, psychological and spiritual health and wellbeing as well as a particular focus on eating psychology.
      • What method/s do you use?

      • I draw from a broad range of theories and techniques:

        Techniques

        Talk therapy, Dream work, Symbolic art work, Journaling, Creative visualization, Meditation and mindfulness, Home work and self-reflection, Psycho-education

        Theories

        Acceptance commitment therapy (ACT), attachment theory, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), eating psychology, eco-psychology, existential psychology, feminist and women’s psychology, gender psychology, Health at every size (HAES), humanistic psychology, Indigenous psycho-spiritual wisdom, Jungian psychology, mindfulness techniques, neuroscience, object relations, psychoanalysis, psychosynthesis, sociology, systems and family therapy, transpersonal and Spiritual psychologies
      • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

      • Although clients report feeling better and start to make changes within the first few sessions, psychosynthesis psychotherapy is not a quick fix, or, a come when you feel bad kind of therapy. It is a process of self-awakening, a journey of the soul and a (re) discovery of who the person was always meant to be!
      • How has therapy made you a better person?

      • Therapy has made me a better person through building awareness of self and others.
        Psychotherapy has the following benefits and will help you to:
        Find resolution of the pervasive underlying causes of your problems
        Heal from early childhood trauma and abuse
        Find freedom from self-destructive thoughts and behaviours
        Build a toolbox of coping and life skills
        Facilitate healthy life long changes
        Build a strong foundation for healthy relationships
        Increase self esteem, self worth and self confidence
        Become more intuitive and creative
        Reconnect with your true self
        Discover value, meaning and purpose in life
        Get in touch with your whole being: body, feelings, mind, sexuality and spirituality
      • What do you like most about being a therapist?

      • When women first arrive at my door – their lives are often full of chaos and they are frequently drowning in a sea of despair, suffering and a sense of hopelessness. I love witnessing overtime how they grow, blossom and transform their lives.
      • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

      • Of course - they are a part of life!
      • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

      • Apathy...
      • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

      • One of my favourite books of all time is Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning . Ultimately, Frankl suggests that we cannot avoid suffering in life but even under the most difficult circumstances, we can derive a deeper meaning from it.

        I like the process of rather than trying to eradicate our suffering, welcome it with open arms like we would a guest who has come to stay for a while. Treat it with acceptance, compassion and empathic love. Engage and build deep relationship with it. Ask, ‘what is the value, meaning and purpose of this suffering?’ This will help us to find value, meaning and purpose in life.
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       Jodie Gale

      Jodie Gale

      Psychotherapist, Counsellor

      Sydney Soul-Centred Psychotherapist + Eating Psychology Specialist, Jodie Gale, is a leading specialist in women’s emotional, psychological and spiritual health and well-being. She has a private counselling, life-coaching and psychotherapy practice in Manly and Allambie Heights on the Northern Beaches of Sydney....

      • Manly, Allambie Heights
      • Developmental, Dream Work, Existential, Inner Child, Mindfulness, Psychoanalytic, Psychosynthesis, Self Psychology, Soul Centred Psychotherapy, Transpersonal