My approach is collaborative, strength based and trauma informed. The course of counselling/therapy is determined by the client and the focus is on reconnecting with the capacity to make wise choices. Tapping into what a person already knows about a situation is helpful and I encourage feedback as we work together to determine what really matters and which approaches are most helpful. I encourage developing a range of interpersonal resources and self soothing strategies for the person to practice between sessions. Psycho-education is an important part of my role and supports active engagement and involvement in the process by the person.
Seeking professional help is a positive step towards meeting life's challenges. It takes courage to reach out and ask for help and there are many varied emotional reactions to a first session (from nervousness to relief and more). It is important for the counsellor to recognise and normalise the range of those emotions. The first session lays down the foundation for a trusting and safe relationship between the person and the counsellor. The role of the counsellor is to be non judgemental and listen, to support a space for the person to be fully heard.
"Wellness encompasses many aspects of our selves including the physical, psychological, emotional, mental and spiritual. Having social supports and feeling part of a community also contributes to our sense of well being. Paying attention to all of these aspects are an important part of creating more meaningful relationships and building capacity to cope with life's challenges. www.becomingconnected.com.au
Thursday 9.00 am - 8.00 pm and at other times by arrangement