there is a field.
I will meet you there." (Rumi)

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 Mano Suttner

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Mano Suttner

Mobile 0449 871 548
Counsellor, Life Coach

Psych Counselling Sydney

Mobile 0449 871 548

I work with you to uncover the blessings hidden in crises and difficulties. To facilitate this process I use my life experience, and skills gained from years of counselling. I have a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and currently am a recovery case worker at Mission Australia. I have also worked as a Mental Health Professional at Beyond Blue. I see the goal of therapy as helping clients generate an ongoing experience of gratitude and contentment, no matter what their circumstances.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • Shop 9, 1094 Anzac Parade, Maroubra, NSW 2035 0449 871 548 PHONE 0449 871 548

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Coaching / Mentoring, Educational Resources, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • Areas of Special Interest

  • Alcohol / Drug Dependency, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Existential Issues, Family / Parenting, Gambling, Grief / Bereavement, Intimacy Issues, Life Threatening Illness, Life Transitions, Men's Issues, Psychosomatic, Relationship Issues, Spirituality / Religion  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Buddhist Psychotherapy, CBT, Interpersonal, Meditation, Mindfulness, Solution Oriented, Somatic Psychotherapy

    I work primarily with the immediacy of the relationship - what happens between me and you from moment to moment. Secondary to this living process I work with you to notice, write down and question your thoughts. I was trained in this approach by the More To Life community, and have also been influenced by the work of Byron Katie. Other influences are my years of meditation and mindfulness practice, and body-mind movement systems such as chi gong. For those clients who are drawn to it, we explore post personal psychology, the notion that ultimate freedom is never "of the person but from the person."

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Masters in Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy - 2014 - Jansen Newman Institute

    Quality Provision

    As a member of CAPA / PACFA I am required to do ongoing professional development. I also have supervision regularly in my role as a Recovery Case Worker at Mission Australia.

    Background

    I was involved for a decade with the More To Life programme. I did a lot of volunteer counselling in the framework of this organisation, and also participated in the programmes ongoing support groups for several years. I currently work at Mission Australia, supporting people previously diagnosed with a severe or chronic mental illness to live in the community instead of being re-hospitalised.
    I bring all of my life experience to bear in our counselling sessions, including drawing from the various roles I have played as teacher, student, poet-author, son, brother, husband and father.

    Appointments

    Currently full, can place clients on waiting list for June/July 2020.

    Fees

    The first session is $80.00 for an hour. Ongoing sessions are $110.00 for a 50 minute session.
    Skype / Facebook Messenger sessions cost $50 for the first session of 60 minutes, and $70.00 for ongoing sessions of 50 minutes each.

    Payment Options

    I do not have credit card facilities. Payment is by EFT before the session, or by cash at the time of the session. For online counselling payment is before the session.

    Languages

  • English
  • Hebrew
  • 10 Questions with Mano Suttner

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

    • I did not choose it. It happened just as birth and death and everything in between just happens. Our stories about choosing things are made up post facto. Nevertheless, often our conscious - or unconscious - intentions do manifest, and one of my life intentions has been to reduce suffering and to be part of creating abundance.

    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • Advaita - Non Dualism. The More To Life Programme (www.moretolife.org). Byron Katie. Gangaji. Eckhart Tolle. Krishnamurti. Yoga and Somatic psychotherapy. The Talmudic Sage Hillel. Permaculture. Narrative Therapy. Mindfulness. Laughing meditation. Poetry - words as bridges and as concealment devices.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • Balance. Body-mind connection. Abundance consciousness. Creativity. Parenting and reparenting. Developing self compassion. Connection, bliss and presence as the antidotes to addiction. Going beyond the idea of being a person.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • The method of no method. The power of “I don’t know”. Genuine listening and hearing. Asking generative questions. Relationship - but that cannot be reduced to a 'method'. Honouring the client and what happens between us from moment to moment. For me therapy is a sacred space – and by sacred I mean one that has been set aside as special, and that is fresh and alive.

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

    • Certain beliefs are associated with feelings of wellbeing, other beliefs are associated with experiences of suffering, of contraction and heaviness. Some of the work we may do is examining the beliefs the client has, and seeing if these beliefs are true or false.

      Although in colloquial speech feeling and belief are used interchangeably, in therapy it is very useful to distinguish between them. "Progress is being made" is not a feeling, as such, it is a belief. Feelings just are what they are, present or absent, but beliefs can be questioned.

      When a client writes or phones to make the first appointment they may begin telling themself they are making progress. When they believe the thought "I am making progress" there are likely to be accompanying sensations in the body - perhaps a losening, or expansion, or lightening.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • It has not made me a better person. It has helped me accept myself as I am, and others as they are, in any given moment, and to cast aside the veil of judgement.

    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Laughing and crying with clients. Earning their confidence. The privilege of having people’s vulnerabilities entrusted with you. Seeing clients shift. Modelling constancy, reliability, respect and sensitivity. Seeing the gifts that clients already have and then watching as the client begins to see them too.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Yes. Often.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Self avoidance. Trying to control, sedate or numb our feelings. The projection of these disowned feelings - our shadow self - onto some “other”, blaming them instead of taking radical responsibility for our own emotional wellbeing.

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

    • There are so many, whew....

      Books - “I Am That” by Nisargadatta Maharaj. The writing of Raymond Carver, David Sedaris and The Psalms of King David. "Who Would You Be Without Your Story" by Byron Katie. "Silence Speaks" by Eckhart Tolle. Principle Ethics, a chapter in the Talmud.

      Film - Broken Wings (director Nir Bergman); Happiness (director Todd Solondz); American Beauty (Sam Mendes), Korczak (directed by Andrzej Wajda).

      Devotional music ala Krishna Das, Michael Shapiro, Snatam Kaur, Shlomo Carlebach and many more.

     Mano Suttner

    Mano Suttner

    Counsellor, Life Coach

    "Out beyond ideas of wrong and right,
    there is a field.
    I will meet you there." (Rumi)

    Counselling is a partnership.

    All counselling is based upon building a trusting, respectful and professional relationship. Drawing on what happens between you, the client, and myself from moment to moment, I seek to raise awareness of your strengths and assets, as well as of long-standing habits and false beliefs that may be getting between you and a more fulfilling life.
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    • Maroubra
    • Buddhist Psychotherapy, CBT, Interpersonal, Meditation, Mindfulness, Solution Oriented, Somatic Psychotherapy