It can feel like a scary thing if you have never had counselling before. But, it’s not, honestly! We provide counselling for a broad range of issues. All of our counsellors are trauma-informed in their approach, and, very importantly, all have been and continue to be clients themselves through supervision.
Whether you are interested in long-term psychotherapy, short-term solutions focussed lifestyle coaching, relationship or family therapy, we can assist.
We provide counselling for individuals, couples, families and workplaces in the form of an EAP. Counselling is available face-to-face or over the phone or virtually.
In all we do, our purpose is to enhance emotional intelligence through human connections.
We offer a range of approaches for therapy and counselling.
Walk and Talk Therapy
Walking and talking can be a brilliant option for a lot of people.
Not all clients feel comfortable talking in a counselling room and some find it positively uncomfortable!
Side-by-side walking can feel safer and less confronting and gives you the benefit of movement and being in nature whilst getting the help of a therapeutic relationship.
Walking and talking therapy is when the client and therapist walk together, and the client is encouraged to share their struggles and life situations. According to research, walking and talking encourages healthy activity and can make significant positive differences in anxiety and stress.
Walking helps to heal.
Walking causes bilateral stimulation, which helps balance the brain’s left and right sides. This helps facilitate the processing and healing of emotional memories.
What about confidentiality?
It is common to see two people walking side by side and talking; walk and talk therapy looks no different. However, if you are concerned about this but would like to do some walking sessions, it can be helpful to have a plan in place in case either of you bump into someone you know on your walk.
Do I have to keep on walking and talking?
No, you can have a mixture of both face-to-face and walk and talk.
Depth Enquiry(TM) is a powerful therapeutic approach for resolving trauma and underlying shame.
It is generally a reasonably relaxing yet transformative experience.
First, we identify your most troublesome negative core belief – things like ‘I’m not good enough’, ‘I’m unloveable’, ‘Im broken’, and so on. Negative core beliefs often originate from a trauma of some type. They are then easily activated in day-to-day life and result in a greater than appropriate emotional response to a situation.
For example, my core negative belief is not being good enough, particularly in the looks and intelligence stakes. When this is triggered — for example, not being able to find jeans that fit or being spoken over in a meeting — I can experience a significant emotional response that is not in keeping with the trigger itself. Since working on this core belief using depth enquiry, I have noticed a new belief of feeling good enough: subtle but enormously impactful. The way I look at photos of myself has changed considerably, and I am less defensive when I feel I am not being respected intellectually. Other changes are related to where the core belief originated that I won’t go into here, but believe me, they are all good!
Family Constellations is a powerful therapy that helps to reveal systemic influences (eg family, workplace, internal) on an individual and bring a new experience and a shift in the influences.
Typically held in a group setting, people come together to support each other as they take turns to work on their ‘issue’. The facilitator will guide the process where the person working will choose others to represent people or parts of their system.
The people representing can report what they experience in what often feels like a magically helpful and realistic way. It’s a tough experience to explain. I have participated in many, and I will usually start feeling a bit sceptical and always end feeling moved and wowed.
Devised by Bert Hellinger after spending time with a Zulu tribe in Africa and noting the importance of respect to the ancestors was to them and how cleaning and directly family members were able to communicate with each other. Hellinger honed and refined his method to form the basis of the family constellations approach. Initially, this therapy focused only on family relationships but has grown to include work with any systems. In Europe, it is a fairly standard approach used to help businesses work out where issues are coming from that could hinder success.
The constellation approach can be used in individual therapy by using objects to represent aspects of the system.
Gestalt therapy is a branch of psychology that encourages self-awareness and acceptance. Gestalt is a German word that loosely translated means, to become whole.
By gaining greater awareness of the different parts of themselves and further, for clients to accept these parts rather than trying to make them wrong or banish them in some way, the Gestalt approach results in a feeling of being more fully yourself.
Gestalt used to be known primarily for the chair work that its founder Fritz Perls was famous for. Chair work (where a client will imagine a part of themselves or a family member and imagine them being in a chair facing them and engaging in dialogue) is used sometimes by some practitioners. But the essence of this approach can, and is, used more subtly by many more.
Gestalt is client-centred and the relationship between client and therapist is central to the whole process. The approach explores not only the client’s inner world, but also what happens in the relationship between the client and the therapist. This is often incredibly helpful information about what happens in other relationships that the client has elsewhere.
To accommodate for different needs, we provide 25 minute, 50 minute and 110 minute long sessions. No rebates are available, and packages are available for long term ongoing clients.
If you need help straight away, or can’t afford to see someone privately, please check out our Support Services and Useful Resources.
‘Change comes about when you become what you are, not when you try to become what you are not.’
~ Arnold R Beisser
Support Services and Useful Resources
- Health advice (healthdirect Australia) – 1800 022 222 (24hrs)
- Mental Health Crisis Team– 1800 629 354 (24hrs) or (02) 6205 1065 (24hrs)
- Alcohol and Drug information service – 1800 422 599 (24hrs)
- Family Drug Support – 1300 368 186 (24hrs)
- Domestic Violence Crisis Service – (02) 6280 0900 (24hrs)
- Canberra Rape Crisis Centre – (02) 6247 2525 (24hrs) or (02) 6247 1657
- Child Abuse Prevention Service – 1800 688 009 (24hrs)
- Child protection (from sexual assault or abuse) – 1300 556 729
- Beyond Blue Free Counselling
- Youthline – 13 1114 (24hrs)
- Lifeline – 13 1114 (24hrs)
- Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800 (24hrs)
- Child, Youth and Family Gateway – 1800 647 831 (9am-9pm excluding public holidays)
- Pregnancy Crisis counselling – 1300 139 313 (24hrs)
- G-Line (Problem Gambling, Crisis Counselling and Referral) (TTY) (24hrs)
- Men’s Line – 1300 789 978 (24hrs)