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Mrs Sonia Scussel

Mrs Sonia Scussel

Mobile 0422 941 676
Counsellor, Solution Oriented Counsellor

Build Your Safe Space

Mobile 0422 941 676

I believe that we all possess the ability to heal and grow whatever our circumstances, but sometimes we need a little help. Making your first call to a therapist can feel scary, but committing to your well-being will be your best decision. I offer a safe space of empathetic and non-judgmental listening to unravel your thoughts and make sense of challenging feelings. I will support you to move past difficult emotions, and learn new skills and healthy habits to improve your day-to-day experience.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • 74 Nollamara Avenue, Nollamara, WA 6061 0422 941 676 PHONE 0422 941 676

Services

  • Counselling, Couples Therapy, Online Video Consultations 
  • Areas of Special Interest

  • Abortion, Adolescent Issues, Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Bullying, Childhood Issues, Chronic Fatigue, Communication Issues, Conflict Resolution, Creativity, Cultural Issues, Decision Making, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Divorce / Separation, Emotional Overwhelm, Family / Parenting, Fertility / Pregnancy, Grief / Bereavement, Guilt Feelings, Life Transitions, Mediation, Migrant Issues, Performance Anxiety, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Sexual Abuse, Social Skills, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, CBT, Marriage and Family, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Play Therapy, Solution Oriented

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Diploma of Counselling - 2019 - AIPC

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Counselling Association

    Appointments

    After hours appointments available
    Weekend appointments available
    Appointment request via email sonia@buildyoursafespace.com
    or via my website (see link below)

    Transport and Parking

    Parking available

    Fees

    Online Counselling 1hr $80
    Face-to-face Counselling 1hr $100
    Ecotherapy Outdoor session 1hr $90
    Couple Counselling 90 minutes $130

    Payment Options

    Bank Transfer
    Online via website

    Languages

  • English
  • German
  • Italian


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    10 Questions with Sonia Scussel

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

    • I find it fascinating to understand how our mind works, how the brain develops. I've been in therapy for a few years, and it cleared my mind. I started learning to become a counsellor later in life, initially it was more an extension of my personal journey. I found it illuminating and felt the need to help others in the same way. I started with volunteer jobs in different associations. I realized how lonely many people feel when they struggle with mental health, and how less sometimes is needed to help them. I went back to studying Psychology and Counselling, and now try to support others overcome their struggle and live a meaningful life.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • I believe in Self-Compassion and Minfulness, these are very powerful tools. Learning to accept and love yourself is a beautiful journey. Depending on the client needs I also use Person-Centred and Solution Focused approach.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • Life Transitions, our brain tends to resist to changes, moving country, city, school. Getting married, divorced, becoming a parent, even simple changes can become challenges and promote anxiety, panic attacks, depression.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • My practice is eclectic and I use a wide range of therapy approaches. I encourage my clients to practice Self-Acceptance, Self-Compassion, Mindfulness, this helps to overcome unhelpful thinking patterns and the natural rigidity that follows. My preferred approaches are Person-Centred, Solution Focused and Acceptance and Commitment. I'm aware that every client is unique and has different needs, so, while these are my preferred approaches, I switch to other tools tailoring the therapy to the client needs.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • After the first session there is usually a feeling of relief, however the length of therapy depends on the issue, how long the issue has been there, how the client responds and other support available outside therapy. I would say between the 5th and the 10th sessions there is an established sense of well-being, but there might be follow-up sessions needed.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • It increased my self-awareness and ability to feel compassionate toward myself. It gave me the roots I always missed throughout childhood, adolescence and as a young adult. Therapy gave me a different perspective of my past, helped me to learn how to become more mindful and the tools needed to become a better version of myself.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Every single time I realize a client doesn't need my help anymore. In that moment I feel so accomplished and grateful for the honour of being part of that journey, I'm amazed by the transformation a human being can have when they move from despair to hopefulness. Witnessing the human ability to flourish, it's an incredible and fulfilling feeling.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Like everyone else. I'm still human and life is not kinder to me than it is to everyone else. Fortunately I now have the tools to understand these moments and the capacity to not feel trapped in them.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • There are countless problems. From a mental health therapist perspective, I feel that there is a lack of mental health education from childhood on. Introducing knowledge of mindfulness, empathy and self-awareness in schools would prepare many children to become grateful and accomplished adults and most likely solve more than one of the problems we are facing.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • Books
      Mindsight and Parenting from the inside out by Daniel J. Siegel
      Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff
      The Gift of Imperfection by Brene Brown
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    Mrs Sonia Scussel

    Sonia Scussel

    Counsellor, Solution Oriented Counsellor

    I’m a certified counsellor specialising in Life Transition Counselling and Ecotherapy. I’ve been through many life transitions, this is probably why I developed a special interest in how to overcome them without being completely flooded by overwhelming feelings. I offer support, online and in-person, to people who are going through difficult life changes, struggle with their day-to-day lives, and are experiencing sadness, loss, loneliness, anger, feelings of unworthiness and low self-esteem,...

    • Nollamara
    • ACT, CBT, Marriage and Family, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Play Therapy, Solution Oriented