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Ms Robyn Price

Ms Robyn Price

Mobile 0412 585 568
Psychotherapist, Dance Therapist

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Mobile 0412 585 568

I am a Gestalt Psychotherapist and Somatic Movement Psychotherapist with 15 years' experience working with groups and individuals. My approach is relational, creative, trauma-informed and adapted to suit the unique needs of each person. A deep knowledge of body process and nonverbal communication allows me to work with the whole of a person's experience, rather than focusing on words alone.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • Crows Nest, Sydney NSW 2065 0412 585 568 PHONE 0412 585 568
  • North Sydney, Sydney NSW 2060 PHONE

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Group Therapy, Coaching / Mentoring, Workshops / Courses, Workplace Training, Clinical Supervision, Video / Skype 
  • Areas of Special Interest

  • Addiction, Adoption / Foster Care, Alcohol / Drug Dependency, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Burnout, Childhood Issues, Communication Issues, Creativity, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Emotional Crisis, Grief / Bereavement, Life Threatening Illness, Life Transitions, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Creative Arts Therapy, Dance Movement Therapy, Developmental, Experiential, Gestalt, Interpersonal, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Somatic Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed

    We will start with 3-4 sessions to see if we can work together. Establishing a focus for the work is the starting point, in addition to gathering information about your situation. All my work is grounded in the present moment and centres on building awareness of what emerges in the therapeutic relationship.
    Gestalt Therapy is conversational, invites body awareness (mindfulness) and attention to your experience, acknowledges the relevance of your broader life situation, and may use creative experiments to explore.
    A Somatic or Dance Movement Therapy approach uses movement as the initial mode of exploration, while talking, dance and other creative processes are used to deepen understanding and practise new ways of being and relating.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Master of Gestalt Therapy - 2015 - Gestalt Therapy Sydney
    • Graduate Diploma of Dance Therapy - 2004 - Wesley Institute

    Professional Associations

    • Dance Therapy Association of Australia
    • Gestalt Australia & New Zealand
    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

    Quality Provision

    I am a Professional Member of the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia (DTAA), a member association of PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia) and a member of GANZ (Gestalt Australia and New Zealand). I have regular supervision, attend a range of Professional Development workshops each year to support both my Gestalt Therapy and Dance Movement Therapy practice and serve on the Board of the DTAA.

    Background

    I have been working in the healing space for more than 15 years, running groups for adults and children in the disability, aged care, mental health and addictions recovery sectors. I began working with individuals in 2015 and have recently run staff development workshops for a hospitality business. Since 2005, I have worked as a tutor, lecturer, supervisor, mentor and workshop facilitator.
    One of my lifelong fascinations is with the communication process, something I explored as an IT marketing communications manager for 20 years and now as a therapist. I am interested in how humans communicate and fascinated by their stories.
    My DMT work is informed by my love for music, my classical violin and contemporary dance training.

    Appointments

    Crows Nest - Mondays am & pm, Wed & Thurs am, other times by request
    North Sydney - by request

    Transport and Parking

    Street parking - 1-2 hour parking spaces are available in Crows Nest and North Sydney.
    In Crows Nest, several parking stations offer free under cover parking for up to 2 hours.

    Fees

    $140 (inc GST) per hour for individuals
    $160 (inc GST) per hour for couples
    Please enquire about the cost of Group Workshops or Programs

    Payment Options

    Cash
    EFT



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    10 Questions with Robyn Price

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

    • Psychotherapy eventually found me. The seed was planted many years ago as I recovered from a bout of depression in my university days. The catalyst for recovery was a creative dance class run by a woman who would become one of Australia's Dance Therapy pioneers, Hanny Exiner. Through her classes, I discovered the healing power of movement, creativity and connection. I continued to dance, study and teach dance, at the same time as building a career in marketing communications, I began my Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) training in 2002. The subsequent addition of Gestalt Therapy, with its creative, present moment and body-inclusive approach was a perfect fit for DMT and has only cemented my belief in the value of psychotherapy as a profession.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • Long before neuroscience gave it credence, I knew that the body and mind were interconnected and that a person could tap into their personal material through either. In my world view, thinking was not superior. It is only recently that the trauma literature supports such a view.
      Humanism has also deeply influenced my work, along with the combined philosophies of Gestalt therapy, where relationship, difference and community are central.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I am really passionate about people accessing the resource that is their own body - recognising the body as an integral part of themselves, not a less valuable part. So many people I have seen are disconnected from their body and believe that someone else has the answer to their problems. When they learn to be present in their body, to track their own responses, when they recognise the signs of distress, when they use that awareness to make different decisions, that is when change can occur. When the mind and body are working together, we have health. On the human journey, I am floored by how much people can cope with and how many are drawn intuitively to seek help when they need it.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Typically, a person books in for either Gestalt Therapy or Somatic Movement Psychotherapy and so that is where we begin. The meeting, check in and close of each session is the same regardless. Establishing a working relationship is essential, whether or not we are about to talk or move about. In a Gestalt Therapy approach, we are not so much concerned with methods as the relationship that is developing between us and what shows up in the room. By tracking and developing awareness of what is present, there is a possibility for change. Creative processes such as drawing, moving, sandtray etc. allow for exploration of the material. With a movement-based approach, the body is the focus. Words are not as important; rather, following a movement, exploring and exaggerating often leads to clarification and insight. Or not. We are always working creatively with something as simple as the breath rhythm through to the creation of a movement sequence reflecting a personal theme. Music can be useful to support an exploration but is not necessary.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • This is a difficult question as it depends on the individual's readiness to change and also, what is meant by progress. In the short term, we might be develop skills designed to reduce anxiety or to regulate emotions. If that is considered progress, it can happen quite quickly. For longer term work, change often happens continuously, bit by bit, and before the person realises it, there has been a real shift. Typically, once trust has developed in the therapeutic relationship, changes begin to occur. This can take weeks and it can take years but it requires a commitment from both parties.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • It is not my intent to become a better person through therapy but of course, each person I work with, and the relationship we create together, changes me in some way. I definitely have greater capacity for holding people in their struggles, in their emotions, for staying with them, and for acknowledging their successes. Outside work, my compassion and patience continue to grow.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • I love the creative nature of the work I do, where I do not know before I walk into the room exactly what will occur. This excites me and ensures I am completely engaged with the process. Another part of this work I love is hearing people's extraordinary stories, tales of resilience, survival and adaptation. And it warms my heart when the people I see begin to find their own feet and see that change is possible.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Sure, I have days when my concentration is challenged, when I'm tired or something has happened in my life. A person I'm seeing will always know something is up. I acknowledge this and show that as a human being, I have good and bad days, but that doesn't change my commitment to the work with that person. Usually, clients are relieved to know you can have a bad day and still function.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Disconnection. Disconnection is leading to an increase in the levels of fear, anxiety and depression in our midst. Online communities cannot replace the real thing; in fact we have seen recently online communities fostering even greater levels of disconnection, even hatred. With a significant decrease in person to person interaction, a typical human soon struggles when faced with difference, whether it be a different opinion or a different culture. The simple act of building connected communities can turn this around.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • I was incredibly moved by the movie Into The Wild.
      The book A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara shows the incredible resilience of the human spirit. Not for the feint-hearted.
      Another book I was inspired by is The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
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    Ms Robyn Price

    Robyn Price

    Psychotherapist, Dance Therapist

    It takes great courage to enter the therapy room, to make the commitment to change. With each person I see, I am reminded of the innate potential for growth in every human being. I love the work that I do, supporting people to move out of isolation and into a potentially life-changing relationship. ...

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney
    • Creative Arts Therapy, Dance Movement Therapy, Developmental, Experiential, Gestalt, Interpersonal, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Somatic Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed