Sensitive support and tools for your life's journey ...
I offer a mindfulness based approach to Counselling and Therapy and specialise in Relationship Counselling. Located in Mt Pleasant, Mackay.
Counselling & Therapy
A confidential, compassionate environment where you will be heard.
Life has its joys and sorrows, ease and challenges for us all ...
Whilst you may be resilient most of the time ... sensitive support along the way can be helpful.
Your focus may be personal or workplace ... emotional stress, grief and loss, anxiety and depression ... loneliness ... relationship matters ... pain and illness ... facing challenges ... past or present trauma ... anguish and despair ... dealing with crisis and change.
Every individual and relationship is unique so I listen to what issue/s are important to you, how they are impacting you and what changes you want to create.
Often our backgrounds, external pressure, lifestyles, relationships, our ways of perceiving and our patterns of relating impact us too. At times an issue in the present highlights a matter/matters impacting you from the past. We will discuss how to proceed. Exploring the background of the presenting difficulty is usually vital to self understanding, releasing held tension and enabling skills and confidence to maintain change.
Throughout our time together you will be supported to attend to your self care, deepen self awareness and understanding, increasingly let go unhelpful impacts from the past, as well as strengthening skills and confidence for living.
When supporting couples, I am an advocate for both of you and your relationship. My aim is to support you both to deepen self awareness, identify your strengths alongside any difficulties impacting your relationship.
As you deepen awareness of what is happening within and between you, you will recognise helpful and unhelpful patterns of perceiving and relating impacting you and your relationship. Throughout this process you are empowered to tend your personal wellbeing and empowered with skills and confidence to create a rich and rewarding relationship.
Close relationships are precious ... offering friendship, intimacies, understanding, acceptance, appreciation and encouragement ... yet relationships require close care and attention to thrive. You may welcome help for the journey from romance ebbing to rekindling intimacy, from drifting apart to deepening connection, from heartache to healing hurts, from tension to compassion.
How may you benefit?
As an individual
Depending on your situation and your aims, these are some of the ways you may benefit from our time together:
- Coping with intense emotions and building emotional resilience
- Deepening self awareness, self acceptance and confidence
- Skills and strategies to deal with a difficult siutation
- Healing past trauma and moving gently forward with greater ease
- Embracing your life situation and identifying your inner resources
- Clarifying values that guide your choices
- Motivation moving forward with your goals and direction
- Improving communication and other life skills
If your focus is relationship matters
As an individual and/or couple, you may be at a stage where you wish to focus on one or more of the following to benefit you and your relationship:
- Getting to know each other and exploring compatibility
- Clarifying values and expectations, important to ending tension
- Dealing well with differences and resolving conflicts constructively
- Unhelpful dynamics limiting emotional and physical intimacy
- Navigating change with resilience ... birth, illness, moving, retirement
- Managing difficulties with extended family, friends or others
- Recovering after loss ... loss of work, grief, separation
- Rebuilding trust and affection after a rift
What to expect?
You will be heard and respected. Your concern/s and your aim are the focus. We will collaborate in choosing the best way forward.
Each session will focus on how you are progressing, what is important to you on the day alongside a continuing focus on your concern/s and your aim/s. Alongside reflecting and exploring changes at your own pace, there is an option for you to attend to some reading between sessions if you like to read.
For some it can be an easy step to seek assistance, for others a more difficult step. You are welcome to call to discuss how I may be of support to you. I can also offer to meet with you for 15 minutes to discuss your needs and if I may be of service to you. There is no fee for this.
On my approach
I am committed to empowering you! Whilst I utilise various counselling approaches, clinical research highlights that it is not specific techniques but the quality of relationship between a person and their therapist that is most beneficial. I love my work and it is an honour to journey with each person, supporting their commitment to transform suffering into greater peace.
I utilise various mindfulness based counselling approaches - cognitive, experiential (not experimental), emotional release techniques and creative arts therapy tools. I offer short and long term therapy for individuals and couples as well as workplace services.
I attend to both personal and professional development. I hold full membership registration as a counsellor with the Melbourne Institute of Experiential and Creative Arts Therapy (MIECAT) and the Psychotherapy and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA).
Fees and Health Funds
Some funds offer rebates for counselling. Please check with your fund as their provisions and rebates often change.
I recommend initial sessions are 1.5 hrs to learn about you, the matter/s you want to focus on, your aims and your background. Subsequent sessions tend to be 1 hr or you may prefer 1.5 hrs.
Some matters may require one session, other matters more. I am committed to empowering you and supporting you at your pace.
I offer a sliding scale of fees / flexible fees based on household income.
If our focus is at all work related, the fee is tax deductible.
Please feel free to discuss your circumstances and fees.
Standard Fees (Income based)
Initial Session: 1.5 hrs $75 - $150
Subsequent Sessions: 1 hr - $50 - $100
Youth 13 - 17yrs : 1 hr $50 - $75
Children under 13yrs : 1 hr - $50 - $75 (Includes session & brief liaising)
If you need regular support for some time alternative fee options are available.
For more information about the best services for your needs or to organise an appointment - just give me a call!
Empowering you and your relationships.
"I lacked self confidence and was fairly anxious. After some time dealing with the past, my beliefs, I have greater self acceptance and life is generally easier."
"You have helped me so much - I am ever grateful."
"Anger impacted my work and personal life. I now understand where the anger comes from, what triggers it and I'm dealing with difficult situations without reacting."
"We have turned our relationship around. We were heading for separation and now we are communicating a lot better and a lot happier."
- T & J
"We had separated and now we are learning more about each other and rebuilding our relationship. We even celebrated Valentine's Day together."
- D & R
"We were growing apart, working opposite shifts and not communicating well. Now we are making time to be together and communicating a lot better."
- N & M
My warm well wishes to you on your journey through this extraordinary thing called LIFE. QUALIFICATION DETAILS
- Masters in Experiential & Creative Arts Therapy (Counselling) (MIECAT, Melbourne)
- Post Grad Diploma in Experiential & Creative Arts Therapy (MIECAT)
- Neurolinguistic Programming / Neuro Semantics (Petersen Events)
- Diploma of Oriental Therapies (Shiatsu) (Nature Care College, Sydney)
- Diploma of Remedial Massage (Nature Care College, Sydney)
- Yoga Teaching (Oki Yoga Dojo, Japan)
- Diploma of Teaching (QIT, Brisbane)
- Cert IV in Workplace Assessment & Training (MADEC, Mackay)