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Mr Marcus Dally-Law

Mr Marcus Dally-Law

Mobile 0459 634 700
Relationship Therapist, Counsellor

Ever Forward Counselling Services

Mobile 0459 634 700

Seriously Enjoy Doing Stuff – this is both my personal and professional philosophy for the year 2021. So while we will absolutely work through your problems and concerns, at all times the goal of counselling is not for you to just be okay – but to ensure that you feel content, joyful, challenged, connected and fulfilled in life.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • 56 Domain Way, Craigieburn, Melbourne VIC 3064 0459 634 700 PHONE 0459 634 700

Services

  • Counselling, Couples Therapy, Coaching / Mentoring 
  • Relationship Counselling, Individual Counselling

    I particularly enjoy working with diverse clients and relationships. If you have felt concern about seeking help because you are concerned about judgement, please get in touch. I work with the LGBTIQ community, those in arranged marriage, platonic relationships, open relationships and ethical non-monogamy.

    During 2021 I will be releasing a number of online courses which can work in conjunction with counselling or taken as an independent self development activity. Details of coursework and release dates can be found through my website. Feel free to get in touch if you would like updates as these are being developed.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Burnout, Decision Making, Depression, Emotional Overwhelm, Existential Issues, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Gender and Sexuality, Intimacy Issues, Life Transitions, Men's Issues, Pre-marital Counselling, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Sex Related Issues, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Ericksonian, Existential, Gestalt, Interpersonal, Journal Therapy, Marriage and Family, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Solution Oriented, Transactional Analysis

    I utilise an integrated approach which incorporates both therapeutic theories, such as Person-centred therapy, Narrative therapy, Solutions focused therapy and Gestalt therapy, alongside knowledge from other fields, gained through study in language, teaching, permaculture and tai chi. Occasionally I may throw in something my mother taught me.

    We will usually focus on things that will work for you and not feel like you are trying to think or act like someone else. We will spend time discovering, describing and improving on your strengths, and apply these to not only reduce your problems, but also make sure that you are actually feeling good about your life.

    We will focus on hope, doing what works and seriously enjoying doing stuff!

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Diploma of Counselling - 2014 - AIPC
    • Bachelor of Art (Linguistics) - 1999 - Deakin University
    • Bachelor of Teaching - 1999 - Deakin University

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Counselling Association

    Quality Provision

    I receive professional supervision, participate in professional development and conduct extensive literature reviews to ensure that I am providing the best services that I can.

    I ensure breaks between each of my clients, so that you never feel like I am rushed or not focused on what you need.

    Additionally, I have learned over time that taking care of myself allows me to give good service to my clients, with a focus on maintaining good eating, exercise and relaxation practise for myself.

    Background

    I took the long way around to work in counselling, having worked initially in Secondary Teaching and then moving into management work before finding my calling in counselling.

    Following completion of my Diploma in Counselling, I quickly realised that larger organisations were not for me and moved into private practice, where I work with individuals trying to find better ways of doing life and people in relationships seeking new ways to connect and feel affirmed with their partner(s).

    Appointments

    Standard appointments run for 50-55 minutes, allowing time for payment and other admin tasks.

    Appointments available Monday to Friday from 10am to 7pm.

    Availability can be viewed through the booking page of my website for your convenience.

    Transport and Parking

    There is plenty of street parking available – though you may need to allow a little extra time for parking during school pick-up or drop-off times as I am opposite a primary school.

    Close to the 529 bus route.

    Fees

    Standard Sessions for Individuals and Relationships: $120

    For New clients:
    Individual Introductory Session - $50
    Relationship Introductory Package - $100

    Detailed pricing and discounted packages can be viewed through my website.

    Payment Options

    Cash, Eftpos, Visa, Mastercard and Paypal payment are all available.



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    10 Questions with Marcus Dally-Law

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

    • I had considered moving into mental health at different times in my life, but it wasn't until 2012, when I was diagnosed with testicular cancer that I had the real 'aha' moment that made me turn my life around and begin on the road to counselling.

      I remember that I sat down and wrote a list of every job, position or role I had had during my life - then considering each one, wrote down which parts of each role I found real fulfillment in. In pretty much every role, the thing that I enjoyed the most was working with people - helping them to discover new skills and abilities in themselves, watching as they experienced change and celebrating with them their successes.

      It brought me to a moment of clarity - where I suddenly realised that counselling was the obvious role for me, and that almost everything I had done up until that point was almost a precursor to my current work.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • There are some clear influences in the counselling sphere - Person-centred therapy, Narrative Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and Solutions focused therapy have all had a major influence on me.

      But beyond these, there are learnings from other fields which have influenced me. One of the most impactful has been David Holmgren's Permaculture Design theories, which suggest ways that we can exist in and interact with our environments that have a positive benefit, cause minimal harm and provide for our needs.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • When I was first training in counselling, I remember a tutor asking what kind of areas I would like to work in - and I said 'Anything but relationship counselling'.

      Now, it is probably the thing that interests me the most. I find such diversity in relationships and so much potential for increased connection, understanding and joy that I leave almost every session feeling a little elated.

      Note, I didn't say 'Couples Counselling' or 'Marriage Counselling'. We have so many different models for relationships now that I think its short sighted not to learn from different styles and models of relationships.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I listen, then I listen a bit more, then I talk a bit and then I listen.

      While my approach is integrative and uses many different methods as tools to change, at the end of the day, clients experience change when they can apply their own strengths, perspectives and skills to their lives in ways that align with their personal values.

      The basis of me helping another person on their journey is first to understand them as well as I can, help them to examine their own life from fresh perspectives and partner in designing experiments to find what will work for them to reach their goals.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • The first step of progress occurs before I even get involved - that moment where somebody decides that they want to experience change and is willing to move out of their comfort zone and seek out a counsellor to speak with.

      The second step of progress usually happens after 1 or 2 sessions, when the client decides that they will share what it is that is concerning them. Make no mistake - this is a huge and awesome moment and I always feel honoured by the trust that somebody show me by sharing their personal story.

      Following that, clients often will continue working with me for 8-12 sessions before they feel like they have reached their goals or feel confident enough to continue seeking answers on their own - though I do have some clients who will have a regular 'check-in' session even years after they initially began.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Once in a while I will go on a cleaning frenzy where I pick everything out of a draw or a cupboard, spread it on the floor, sort what it useful or not useful and then put everything back in a more cohesive and organised way.

      When I see a counsellor or therapist (which I do 3-4 times a year), I usually call it a Mental Tidy. It gives me space to go through the things that I have been thinking and feeling, figure out what has been helpful for me and what is holding me back before deciding what I want to maintain in my life.

      For me personally, this is one of the most powerful uses of therapy - to examine where you are at when nothing is particularly wrong. Then when hard times do arise, I feel more able to deal with them.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • I love people. I love people's stories.

      I remember once having a friend say to me - 'You actually, genuinely like people when you meet them. Its weird.'

      Honestly, its the kind of weird that gets me out of bed in the morning and the reason that I will be working in therapy until I am physically unable to do so.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Literally - yes. My hair won't do anything right unless I've had a shower and then stuck it in place with whatever gummy hair product I have around.

      Figuratively? Absolutely. In a way, though, moving into counselling changed how a bad day feels to me.

      When I have a bad day now, its like an opportunity to learn something which might help someone else later. I can reflect on what happened, how I felt and how I eventually got out of it and maybe one day that will become something I talk about in a session when someone has a similar experience to me.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • People who hold on to their viewpoints too firmly.

      By all means, have opinions, draw conclusions and say what you think, but hold onto these things lightly and be open to having your mind changed or your perspective broadened.

      In politics, holding viewpoints too firmly leads to the subjugation of minorities and subcultures, restrictive government, terrorism and war.

      In people, it leads to distrust, judgement and hatred of others.

      In yourself, it can stop you from understanding your own strengths and inhibit you from learning more about yourself and your capabilities.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • 'Come and Get Your Love' - Redbone

      Honestly, since Chris Pratt danced to this in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, its hard to hear this without doing a bit of a strut walk - a brief moment of self confidence, whether it is real or feigned.

      But beyond that, I actually love the lyrics of this piece which, to paraphrase, say, 'Stop thinking there is something wrong with you because there isn't - and you can have the things you need if you seek them out'.
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    Mr Marcus Dally-Law

    Marcus Dally-Law

    Relationship Therapist, Counsellor

    I am consistently amazed and awed by the strengths and insights of my clients. Even in the midst of emotional or material difficulties, the ability of people to examine and apply their lifetime of learning to find more positive outcomes is breathtaking. As a registered counsellor now working in private practice, my role is to journey with you, offering differing perspectives and models which will aid you in finding your own way forward....

    • Craigieburn
    • Ericksonian, Existential, Gestalt, Interpersonal, Journal Therapy, Marriage and Family, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Solution Oriented, Transactional Analysis