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 Pam Danson

Pam Danson

Mobile 0481 840 780
Psychotherapist, Counsellor

Pam Danson

Mobile 0481 840 780

I support people to grow and learn to cope with whatever is disturbing and troubling you. I prefer to work with individuals who are ready to be honest and willing to engage in the work of discovering your greater self.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • online, Yeppoon, Rockhampton QLD 4700 0481 840 780 PHONE 0481 840 780

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • Your life is important and precious: your dreams, hopes, aspirations and sometimes just finding a way to survive. The very fact that you're reading this, shows there's a part of you that hasn't given up hope and is willing to explore to find new ways or value old ways. At points of change, we often need new skill sets, or be guided to delve more deeply into why it's so damn difficult to effect change. Some issues have been hanging around forever, while others just pop up in certain contexts. In each case, while it may seem impossible, what can change is your response to it. The new path is always just out of sight - but responds well to certain attitudes and may need to be coaxed into view. I don't pathologise, psychologise nor judge.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Addiction, Adoption / Foster Care, Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Behavioural Issues, Bullying, Childhood Issues, Chronic Fatigue, Climate Change / Environment, Communication Issues, Conflict Resolution, Cultural Issues, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Dreams, Existential Issues, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Gender and Sexuality, Grief / Bereavement, Guilt Feelings, Pain / Rehabilitation, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Sexual Abuse, Spirituality / Religion, Suicidal Feelings, Trauma Recovery, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Dream Work, Experiential, Focusing, Meditation, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Process Oriented, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed

    I use and draw from a range of modalities from strength based, person-centred, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Focusing/Meditative Listening approaches and also Process Oriented Psychology. What works for you will evolve through the session. Together we will make space to discover the heart of what is troubling you, and search for ways through, that would honour all the different aspects of the situation. I don't diagnose, but observe and reflect, acknowledge, encourage and support where tis needed. I am patient, curious and interested in what makes you tick; what you might consider your purpose in life is, and how life is unfolding in that direction ... with more support.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • M.Counselling (QUT) - 2008
    • M.App.Sci. (Social Ecology) UWS - 2000
    • Certificate in Process Oriented Psychology - 2006

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Counselling Association
    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

    Quality Provision

    I actively maintain an ongoing personal, professional development and supervision practice to ensure your utmost well being and greatest understanding. I also love Iearning! I believe the success or outcomes of our sessions are co-creative - that is, both of us contribute in an interactive way to creating new ways of being.

    Background

    My life experience has been such that I relate to almost anybody. I enjoy finding connections and nurturing the little shoots that show themselves, sometimes shyly at first. I have been working in different therapeutic contexts for about 15 years. I have always maintained a private practice alongside working for organisations (tertiary and NGOs) in bereavement, crisis, corrections, disability and generally as a Counsellor in an organisation. I am shortly to begin working within an organisation specialising in relationship counselling. I grew up on farms - in Victoria and NSW and have maintained a love for anything green that grows along with ecological systems: permaculture, ecology and sustainability.

    Appointments

    as per availability.

    Transport and Parking

    Currently I am only working by phone/Skype or Zoom.

    Fees

    Most people pay $130 per hour, but also have a sliding scale. ($110 - $150 per hour.)

    Please note: I need to be quite honouring of both my time and yours.

    Payment Options

    I require payment prior to our session. This honours and saves disrupting the learnings gained from the session rather than having to switch to financial matters.

    Please deposit to Pamela J Danson
    NAB. BSB: 082 080. Account No: 484 750 560



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    10 Questions with Pam Danson

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

    • I have been so lucky to witness and be inspired by truly gifted teachers demonstrating models which are not only magical but incredibly transparent and made me feel – this is do-able. Initially I was invited to a group by a friend and felt like I'd come home. Over time it has become my vocation that sustains, intrigues and fascinates me. It provided and provides me with tools and attitudes that nurtures a way to be in a crazy and beautiful world. Via my peer, client and mentoring relationships, I am continually in awe of the human spirit and how it manifests in everyday life, wanting its fuller expression. The pointers and symbolic gestures are all around us to our present and future life. To see is a discipline that requires our attention, courage and trust to pursue. The rewards are evident. The path is not so hidden.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • 1. Process oriented Psychology which notices 'the process' we're all engaged in. What we want Plus what is disturbing us. Bringing awareness to this process is where the movement and learning happens. Process oriented psychology encourages me to follow very carefully and precisely the content but also the bigger dreaming process that is guiding your life. I see it as my task to track that process and help make it transparent to you so that you can find the gold at the end of the rainbow!
      2. Somatic Experiencing is the work of Peter Levine who teaches very succinctly a 'bottom-up approach' to working with trauma.
      3. Focusing - more particularly the work of Rob Foxcroft, being what he calls Meditative Listening.
      4. Peripherally, the work of Janina Fisher and Internal Family Systems.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I’m interested in all aspects of health and the human journey. That’s the mystery and the excitement – that no matter who presents with what – there is always a path to follow – the unconscious leaves calling cards clearly for us to follow with our attention and awareness – all we need to do is track it.

      That said, trauma is a recurring theme; as is death and dying. I remain endlessly fascinated by the complexities and possibilities within illness, relationships and our inner world. I remain deeply inspired by the courage and possibilities that clients exhibit in their quest for understanding, growth and the mystery of life.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Grounded in the philosophical approaches above, I endeavour to support the client’s goal, understand that goal in context and why it came about. I will also seek to understand what the impediments are to that goal and how they fit into the scheme of things. I will frame things in terms of language and concepts familiar to the client. I will use dreams if the client brings dreams; I will use pictures if the client wants to draw, I will use dialogue if that arises in the moment, I will use movement if the client is open to that... I will use sound, role play, humour, guess work, compassion and intuition to find solutions and directions. I will feel into the deepest part of myself to see what else might be there... I frequently frame things in terms of parts. Different parts of your psyche or personality. There may be a part that is suffering, another who is critical, another who hates the critical one, another who is determined and motivated, and another who just wants to blob out. Helping these parts relate to each other is usually a huge relief.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • Sometimes its within the first session, sometimes it takes a number of sessions. Most issues have taken years to come to this point - to do the issues justice often requires a number of sessions to firstly understand, to discover patterns, to find relief, to find new directions, to practise different ways of being, to heal old wounds and new, to develop more inner awareness of what we feel and even discover what we think after we’ve gone past the first layer. Tis actually impossible to say - everyone is different.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • I am able to reflect, and wonder what's going on for me, especially when I get triggered. To understand more about my addictive tendencies: to eat and love to sit in cafes - a most wonderful pastime! It has made me pause and reflect what my part in conflicts might be, it has made it easy to apologise and mean it! And also to know and express my own limits and boundaries, without guilt or angst.

      It has given me direction and purpose and perhaps most importantly a way to see the world and my place in it. To gradually shift from a human-centric point of view to a more encompassing view that includes the earth, a spiritual level of reality and a glimpse of a larger process, has helped put things in perspective.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Constantly being challenged by new situations, constantly enjoying the beauty and diversity of the human condition, enjoying deeper and deeper issues and complexity and marvelling at what makes us tick. My own personal growth aids my work with clients and being able to get out of chairs every so often with clients who are up for that allows for more creativity through movement and roleplay and feeling into new possibilities. I keep learning! I always reflect after a session, in my own 'inner-supervision' often gaining insights that I will bring into the next session. The best part is that when things go well, it feels magical...
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Sure, though it is rare that I'm not able to make some space to check out what's going on, and engage with it sufficiently to make my day workable !

      Bad hair days: putting my clothes on inside out, leaving my appointment book at home, double booking, forgetting crucial information, feeling that I missed the most important thing - it always comes to me after the session! Totally human, flawed, self-critical, but a learner! :)
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • That we ourselves can change and that the change we hope and expect from others is also our responsibility. We're rarely aware of our own privilege and capacity to be aware of how hurtful we can be towards others. Its human to identify as the victim of life and very normal, however we are also capable of being at all points along a broad continuum. Being interested in all of our wholeness is generally relieving and more exciting to embrace more of ourselves.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • Riding the Horse Backwards by Arnold Mindell;

      Cry Freedom (film) and Before Night Falls (film)

      Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Janina Fisher.

      In an Unspoken Voice - Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing),

      Feeling Heard, Hearing Others - Rob Foxcroft.

      Nina Simone, Van Jones. Freddie Mercury and Queen. Esther Perel.
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     Pam Danson

    Pam Danson

    Psychotherapist, Counsellor

    Things can change. I am filled with hope and trust in the wisdom of what unfolds, once we allow ourselves to engage with the exploration. Our next steps are waiting for us to focus our attention, that when approached carefully, will reveal what is being asked of us. “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it's not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That's why it's your path.”
    ― Joseph Campbell. ...

    • Yeppoon
    • Dream Work, Experiential, Focusing, Meditation, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Process Oriented, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed