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Ms Michele Stewart

Ms Michele Stewart

Mobile 0414 551 768
Psychotherapist, Counsellor

Valhalla Counselling Practice

Mobile 0414 551 768

Embarking on a journey of self exploration with a therapist can feel like a risky decision as it involves the opening up of both mind and heart in the presence of another. The benefits however can be powerful... understanding patterns, relationships, past hurts and confusing experiences within a caring and supportive environment can be transforming. A skilled therapist can help you connect with and utilise your own resources and find balance in life.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • Suite 301, 166 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney NSW 2037 0414 551 768 PHONE 0414 551 768

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Professional Training, Clinical Supervision, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • Short term counselling and psychotherapy for Individuals only. .
    Supervision of counsellors and therapists, Counselling educator and group facilitator.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Burnout, Communication Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Emotional Overwhelm, Existential Issues, Grief / Bereavement, Guilt Feelings, Intimacy Issues, Life Threatening Illness, Life Transitions, Self Development, Sexual Abuse, Stress Management, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, CBT, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Emotional Release, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Existential, Experiential, Inner Child, Person Centred, Process Oriented

    Coming from an emotionally-focused perspective, I encourage exploration and expression of feelings as the road to awareness and understanding of who we are.
    This can be during a crisis, when making difficult decisions or just taking stock of life. Helping people to speak about, focus on, experience and express their inner world brings healing and change.
    I also encourage exercise, writing, mindfulness practice, reading and other creative tasks to help support this process of change. Another line of enquiry is honouring the wisdom of the body and inviting focus on what our physical self may be communicating.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • M.A Counselling and Psychotherapy - 2013
    • Graduate Diploma in Emotionally Focused Therapy - 2004
    • Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy - 1999
    • Graduate Diploma in Teaching - 1988
    • B.A Theatre - 1986

    Professional Associations

    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

    Quality Provision

    One of my current passions is supporting older women to rediscover their purpose and vitality and in helping them learn to give themselves permission to seek pleasure and connection. Life transitions such as children leaving home, change in relationship and work circumstance or health concerns can be a potent time to begin to plot a reinvention and reawakening of forgotten parts of ourselves.

    Background

    I am an educator /practitioner with over 23 years experience in the counselling field. This includes: faculty membership at the Jansen Newman Institute working as group therapist, faculty member and trainer on post-graduate courses and workshops at the Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy, cousellor for NSW Probation and Parole, consultant for The Australian Organ and Tissue Authority delivering training to allied health professionals in grief and communication skills.I also deliver Communication training for the College of Intensive Care Medicine. In the last 7 years I have also worn another hat working as a specialist therapist/programme manager in the area of eating disorders in both in patient and out patient services.

    Appointments

    Tuesdays and Wednesdays

    Transport and Parking

    Metered parking on the street. Several bus routes go past the door from Central Station. Parramatta road (Broadway) is a 10 min walk

    Fees

    $140.00 per hour session (GST Included)

    Payment Options

    Internet Bank Transfer only
    by prior arrangement.



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    10 Questions with Michele Stewart

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

    • Difficult childhood experiences and getting 'lost' emotionally in my late teens/ twenties lead to a thirst for understanding what it means to be fully human. Training as a therapist seemed the route that offered to deepen a knowledge of myself and to assist others to embark on a journey inwards as well.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • The two greatest approaches for me have been studying Existential psychotherapy and the work of Irvin Yalom . This always brings me back to the idea that for all of us a desire to find meaning, purpose and a life aligned to our values provides a map for life.
      The other school of therapy is Emotionally Focused therapy that holds the view that emotions are these amazing organising processes that enhance adaption and problem solving. We feel for very good reason!
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • Any situation that takes us to our edge, that stretches or reorganises us has the potential for change and growth. This can turn up every day if we become more attuned to ourselves.
      Currently I am very drawn to the process of setting older and the grief and beauty that can provide .
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Emotionally Focused Therapy
      ACT
      Polyvagal theory and calming the autonomic nervous system
      Creative expression such as journalling, drawing or breath
      Existential therapy
      Love
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • I usually encourage clients to plan for 3 sessions and see where they are after that. This gives both client and therapist time to feel out the space, the relationship and get a sense of how they will work together.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Being a therapist and having many experiences of therapy has allowed me to deep dive into relating, conversations and experiences in the most authentic way. It has helped me be more human, vulnerable and open hearted. I am reminded in this work of the beauty of just being present and the gift that is for my self and those around me.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Every day is different. I have the privilege of meeting people at their most raw, fearful ,angry, joyful, hopeful....hearing precious secrets, pain, regrets.. All of this and knowing that holding the therapeutic space makes such a difference in people lives. I see people begin to meet themselves with more love and self compassion.
      And every day I learn something new about myself
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Every one has a bad hair day! I know this is also part of the greater scheme of things. I know how to look after myself with supervision, professional development and self care.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • The most significant problem we face today and that I see as a microcosm in the counselling room is anxiety.
      It leaks out in peoples choices in relationships, work, friendships, expectations of ourselves and others. A little more self compassion, kindness and acknowledgement goes a long way. Remembering that we share this 'being humans' together would help de-escalate what so often is a lurching forward through experiences disconnected from our selves and others.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • David Bowies 'Heroes' gets me every time . Its an anthem and a statement about holding onto yourself in times of great change
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    Ms Michele Stewart

    Michele Stewart

    Psychotherapist, Counsellor

    Embarking on a journey of self exploration with a therapist can feel like a risky decision as it involves the opening up of both mind and heart in the presence of another. The benefits however can be powerful... understanding patterns, relationships, past hurts and confusing experiences within a caring and supportive environment can be transforming. A skilled therapist can help you connect with and utilise your own resources and find balance in life. ...

    • Glebe
    • ACT, CBT, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Emotional Release, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Existential, Experiential, Inner Child, Person Centred, Process Oriented