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Miss Michelle Lam

Miss Michelle Lam

Mobile 0403 347 596
Psychotherapist, Counsellor

Mobile 0403 347 596

Michelle adopts a holistic approach to counselling and psychotherapy as she believes the integration of the body, mind, feelings and spirit lead to personal empowerment, more satisfying relationships and a richer and fuller life experience. She specialises in helping clients who are struggling with the legacy of trauma/wounding that has been experienced in their family, to re-connect with themselves and others using mindfulness and body oriented therapies (including trauma-sensitive yoga).

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • 44 Queen Street, Woollahra, Sydney NSW 2025 0403 347 596 PHONE 0403 347 596

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Workshops / Courses, Clinical Supervision 
  • Areas of Special Interest

  • Addiction, Alcohol / Drug Dependency, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Childhood Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Emotional Crisis, Grief / Bereavement, Intimacy Issues, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Sexual Abuse, Social Skills, Trauma Recovery  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Developmental, Gestalt, Hypnotherapy, Marriage and Family, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Somatic Psychotherapy, Systems Theory

    My goal is to guide and support you through the challenges that you are currently facing so you can be more at ease with emotions that previously distressed or scared you, let go of self-limiting beliefs or behaviours, have more choice and make decisions with clarity and ultimately access increased energy so that you can have the relationships you want.

    Since everyone is different, we will work together to discover your own answers and solutions so that you can achieve your desired outcome. Depending on your specific needs I will utilise a wide range of theories and techniques that will give you the freedom to be the real you and empower you to live a full and vibrant life with a deeper sense of meaning and purpose.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Grad Dip Counselling and Psychotherapy - 2008 - JNI
    • Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy - 2014 - JNI

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Counselling Association

      Background

      Before setting up my private practice I provided counselling and psychotherapy to clients at several low cost clinics in the inner eastern suburbs and the lower north shore of Sydney. For three years I was also an after hours volunteer counsellor for ACON (the AIDS Council of New South Wales) in Surry Hills.

      I now work with individuals and couples in Woollahra and run workshops that help you release blocked energy and emotions, become more connected to your bodily sensations and emotional and intellectual experiences, develop a sense of groundedness and self-compassion, and improve your emotional wellbeing during the busy or difficult times in your life.

      Appointments

      Individual and Couples counselling and psychotherapy from 2.00pm - 9.00pm on Mondays and Thursdays.

      Telephone and Skype sessions are available outside of these times.

      Transport and Parking

      Close to buses on Oxford Street with plenty of on street parking in the area

      Fees

      Individuals $150 per 50 minute session
      Couples $200 per 50 minute session
      Supervision $150 per 60 minute session

      Workshops - please contact me directly for details

      Payment Options

      Cash or direct debit



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      10 Questions with Michelle Lam

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

      • I grew up in a family dedicated to assisting others through the provision of medical and health services to the community so it is hardly surprising that I developed a strong interest in helping others from an early age. In spite of this, I ended up working in the investment banking and finance industry specialising in mergers and acquisitions. After ten years of working in "the industry" I realised that something was missing and I wanted my life to be different.

        So I took what was for me a very brave step - I started my personal therapeutic journey and asked someone for support.

        Even though my journey hasn't always been easy and has sometimes been confronting and painful, I received great comfort in the knowledge that I wasn't alone. Now life is easier and less of an effort to manage (even the difficult moments), my heart is more open, my relationships are richer and more honest and I am living more of the life that I want.

        The dedication that I have to my own self development and my passion for helping others led me to the field of counselling and psychotherapy. I welcome the opportunity to be your companion as you embark on your own personal journey.
      • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

      • I believe that after food, water and shelter, the relationship that we have with ourselves and each other directly influences the quality of our lives. While relationships can sometimes be difficult and bring up distressing emotions such as shame, frustration, anxiety, loneliness and deep sadness and pain, relationships are also the source love and joy and the place where healing of past hurts can occur.

        I take a holistic approach to counselling and psychotherapy which creates an opportunity for the integration of the whole person - thoughts, feelings, body and spirit. If we are not connected to any of these, our ability to live a full life is limited.
      • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

      • I am interested in how a person's particular experiences with others, themselves and the world influence their values, beliefs and ways of being. I am passionate about assisting client's to live a more satisfying life and have more compassionate and nourishing relationships with themselves and the important people in their life
      • What method/s do you use?

      • My fully accredited qualifications provide me with training in many forms of psychotherapy and I have a particular interest in somatic and psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness, family constellations and gestalt which I often adopt when working with clients.
      • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

      • As human beings, we have an in-built desire to talk about ourselves and be well received by another person who is truly present and interested in who we are.

        While all of a client's concerns may take a while to talk about, understand and manage, I believe clients feel some relief from distress within the first 1-3 sessions.
      • How has therapy made you a better person?

      • It has allowed me to have more clarity about what is important to me as a person and how I want to live my life. By having more compassion for myself I have achieved a lovely work/life balance where I can devote my time and energy to the people and activities that touch my heart and make it sing
      • What do you like most about being a therapist?

      • I am grateful for being given the opportunity to connect with another and accompany them on a small part of their personal journey. I am constantly in awe of the strength that shines with a client's vulnerability and humbled by the trust they place in me.
      • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

      • Yes I do. What helps me most is remembering to be kind and gentle to myself. This may involve practicing mindfulness, looking after myself better (such as exercising and sleeping more, healthy eating) and reaching out and connecting with people that are supportive and loving and care enough about me to accept me just the way I am and not try and judge or "fix" me or give advice.
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      Miss Michelle Lam

      Michelle Lam

      Psychotherapist, Counsellor

      I believe that after food, water and shelter, the relationship we have with ourselves and others directly influences the quality of our lives. While relationships can often bring up distressing emotions such as shame, anxiety, loneliness and deep sadness and pain, they are also a source love and joy and the place where healing of past hurts can occur. My intention is to develop a relationship with you that is compassionate, respectful and honest so that you feel seen, accepted and understood....

      • Woollahra
      • Developmental, Gestalt, Hypnotherapy, Marriage and Family, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Somatic Psychotherapy, Systems Theory