Our ServicesSome of the services we offer...
Below is a list of some of our extensive service offerings. Click on the heading to find out more. (We will be adding more information over coming weeks, so be sure to check back or subscribe to our newsletter using the form on the right.)
Relationship and Marriage Counselling
Understanding yourself and your partner’s behaviors can bring about deeper relationships and lasting change!
Is it time to talk?…
Relationship/Marriage counselling is a safe way for couples to explore and to find methods to deal with conflict and argument in their relationship
As a relationship counsellor I support couples in identifying and applying themselves to any problems or difficulties they may be experiencing within their relationship.
I demonstrate and teach positive interactive and communication techniques providing a safer environment where couples can listen and interact with each other in order to obtain a greater understanding of their own and each others needs and concerns
I provide an unbiased environment whereby both parties get an opportunity to speak and be heard.
What happens during therapy?
A relationship counsellor will generally gather some background information. History may be obtained by way of general discourse or at times by a questionnaire. Both methods help the therapist learn more about an individuals ethnic and cultural background, their beliefs and values.
A common rule in relationship counselling is that there will be time during each session for each partner to talk without interruption from the other partner.
Some couples will seek a one on one session with their counsellor before they begin together.
With the assistance of the counsellor there is ongoing opportunity for couples to practice their listening and communication skills as part of the mediation process in a safe and calm environment.
Examples of issues that couple present to counsellors include, lack of connection, differences of opinion, control issues, conflict and arguments, infidelity, trust issues, financial problems, inequality, sexual issues, addiction, stress, approaches to child rearing, blended families, fear of intimacy – to name just a few.
Creating a lasting relationship
Human relationships are one of the most wonderful yet difficult things we attempt to negotiate in our lives. They are fraught with emotions, passions, conflicts, desires, needs and wants. We all come at them differently, influenced and impacted on by our our family of origin, life experiences, our often poor and basic communication skills and fears of intimacy. In effect we are often unable to achieve truly deep and intimate relationships with ourselves or with others.
Relationship counselling is centred around learning better relationship skills, learning how to value oneself and being able to share a rich emotional connection with another person.
Crisis Counselling focuses on a single issue that is or has become overwhelming, traumatic or critical. Addressing the problem earlier rather than later can avoid long term psychological, social and medical problems.
Family of Origin Groups
Knowing where we come from and understanding the dynamics of the family and or the environment that formed us, can give us a totally new perspective on how and why we are what we are, do what we do, and behave in the ways we think we should or shouldn’t.
Stress is a common but oftentimes overwhelming experience of modern day life. Stress can manifest as flight and fight responses, anxiety, depression, irritability, insomnia, fatigue and sometimes, chronic pain.
There are many common and uncommon reasons for stress that can detrimentally affect our relationships, our body, mind and emotions. Stress can be caused by family issues, workplace issues, drug abuse, addictions, lack self worth, isolation, financial issues, to mention just a few.
Stress reduction techniques can be used to manage stress at any time, while clear recognition of stressors and management of mitigating circumstances can be identified and resolved.
Depression is a serious but common condition in which most people feel hopeless, sad and or discontented. Feeling depressed can result in lethargy, isolation, and suicidal ideation.
Common symptoms are related to feeling worthless, unhappy, angry, anxious, crying frequently, having difficulty concentrating, viewing life and or self negatively, feeling shame, fear, and experiencing aches and pains in the body.
It is important that those suffering from depression be assisted to identify their own strengths, autonomy and uniqueness towards change, new goals and new life choices. Depression needs to be tackled before it becomes worse. There are many effective treatments and professionals to help you turn things around!
Everyone experiences some level of anxiety somewhere, sometime in their’ life, either in association with real life stressors, such as trauma, stress, change, or as a result of mental health issues, such as posttraumatic stress disorder. When levels of anxiety feel overwhelming and debilitating, when they reoccur frequently, or leave the individual feeling incapacitated in everyday life, an intervention should be sought in order to avoid severe impairment such as panic attacks and or other ailments – headaches, digestive issues, fainting, insomnia, agoraphobia and social anxiety…
Anxious behaviours can be inherited learned or both and can be reactive in certain situations. Understanding these situations and triggers that link to anxiety onset are beneficial.
Bullying is an attempt to isolate a person from the common group. Bullying in often systemic and ongoing and can escalate in frequency by oral or bodily attack, overt hostility, extracting favors. Bullying induces feelings of low self-esteem hopelessness, isolation, shame, anxiety, anger, and at times subsequent bullying behavior by the victim.
Bullying can interfere in the development of social skills and normal relationships.
Grief and Loss
Grief is a reaction to any form of loss of importance to the grieving subject.
Creative Process Groups
Art Therapy is offered at our clinic with creative process groups running throughout the year.
You can read about Art Therapy for Individuals and Groups in our blog here.
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Art Therapy for Individuals and Groups
Art therapy is a way to initiate an exploration into ourselves from an internal and instinctual perspective, to enable us to find ‘the world within’, separate to the world we negotiate on a day-to-day basis. Through this process we find out things about ourselves that may have previously been hidden from us.
Art therapy utilises the creative/art process in whatever form we choose to journey into our inner selves. Choosing from an array of art materials, or items found in nature, through music, dance, words, prose, metaphor, storytelling, and myth, we begin to explore our individual and unique expressions. This may at times be painful, change can be a challenge, however, when we travel on our own individual journey we experience new worlds with new understandings and new outcomes
Art therapists work from their rooms or offices or in public arenas such as hospitals, schools, prisons, aged care facilities or recreation centers.
All therapy must be respectful and progress at the speed and intention of the client/s. Clients can explore in a one on one situation, working closely and privately with the therapist, fostering a rich symbiotic relationship of discovery and support, or from within a group, no less a journey of discovery but one that tends to provide a wider range of responses and expression as we realize we are not alone in our humanness, or in our experiences and our issues. We hear and see reflected in others, both similarities and differences. Groups support each other and pay witness to the individuality and uniqueness of others. We are moved and stimulated by others, as we realize that we all experience both adversity and growth throughout our lifetimes, finding our own understanding and solutions to healing and wellbeing.
Groups reveal the human condition from a unique and individual perspective in company with others uncovering their own processes and outcomes.
Art therapy enables us to look differently at ourselves creating symbolic statements of our lives and experiences to finding alternate realities and possibilities. Art therapy does not mean we have had to have any exposure to, or experiences with art or art materials, or with any other modality. Feeling free to express in whatever form instigates a different way of interacting with the self
By recognising outmoded habits and expectations, old patterns of thinking and being, of emotional pain, and deeply entrenched opinions about ourselves, we gain our own understandings, which may not necessarily be those of well meaning others.
The use of hypnosis as a therapeutic technique.