Time & Space Therapies
Let's face it: the act of living is hard. We can feel disconnected and alone in our struggles and sometimes it's hard to see a way through tough situations. But I have learned first-hand that our challenges can be handled if we have someone who really listens, who takes the time to help us understand what we've experienced and how it has affected us. The road ahead can feel safer and clearer if we have someone walking beside us while we figure things out. That is the essence of how I work.
***Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, I am now offering online counselling only. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you need help managing your mental health during this difficult time.***
CBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Existential, Interpersonal, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Schema Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed
I integrate into my approach the wide-ranging wisdom of many schools of psychotherapy and counselling, as determined by the needs and preferences of each person I see. Those listed above are a good sample of the approaches I may draw from. There is no singular proven formula for good counselling, but I work always with the common factors of good therapy in mind, most importantly: a good working relationship between two people, characterised by trust and understanding.
I am a provisional member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), which has stringent membership requirements, including ongoing professional development. I also attend regular individual and group clinical supervision, as well as my own individual counselling.
My career path has not been straightforward, but all of my experiences in other fields inform my work as a counsellor. Being a high school teacher gave me a rich understanding of our intense vulnerability when we are young, and my work as a massage therapist taught me of the vital role our bodies play in our mental wellbeing. Perhaps most importantly, I have done the hard yards over many years as a client in therapy, which has brought me to a place of acceptance and forgiveness, of myself and of others, in so many ways.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, online counselling hours are:
The Hughesdale rooms are a five-minute walk from Hughesdale Station on the Pakenham-Cranbourne line. Plentiful free street parking.
The Wheelers Hill rooms are a short walk from bus stops on Routes 693, 753, 754 and 804. Free parking at front.
***Note: I am offering online counselling services on a sliding scale for people financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We can discuss what is realistic for you during your first session.***
Regular fees are $120 per 50 min session.
Cash, credit card or EFT deposit.
I am here for individuals and couples who are struggling to find a way out of their problems. I hold hope for people who feel hopeless, love for people who feel unloveable, and safety for people who feel threatened. Then, bit by bit, once people are ready, I help people start to feel it for themselves. This process takes time but it is one of the most rewarding things we can do for ourselves and the ones we love....