How I work

 

I strongly believe that the right treatment, for the right person, at the right time is important and effective for success. The way I work is very attuned to my clients' needs. For exmple, it may not be appropriate for you to receive IST (inner space techniques) where in fact, it may be more appropriate to receive support, learn skills or take practical steps and create a plan to move forward.  My style, therefore, is not a one-size-fits-all kind-of-style.  Depending on your circumstances, the type of problem, or any other concern, I will work with any of counselling, psychotherapy or IST, or I may use a blend.  I have no set time limit although to achieve best results, it's best to come for a minimum of 6 sessions.  However, under a mental health plan referred by a GP, 10-12 sessions, are preferred.  

 

Some areas we may explore, learn skills and bring change to, include (but not limited to):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • general unhappiness

  • grief and loss

  • mental health

  • meditation

  • mindfulness 

  • mood disorders

  • parenting adolescents

  • relationships

  • relaxation and recuperation

  • sexual abuse

  • spiritual direction

  • suicide and self-harm ideation

  • addiction

  • anger

  • anxiety and stress

  • complex trauma

  • communication skills

  • confidence and self-esteem

  • depression

  • distress tolerance (managing distressing situations)

  • discovering your true Self

  • domestic and family violence

  • emotion regulation (keeping yourself on track)

  • frustration

Therapy models I use:
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

  • Eye Movement Densesitisation and Reintegration (EMDR)

  • Harm reduction

  • Inner Space Techniques (IST)

  • Meditation

  • Mindfulness

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Relapse Prevention

  • Somatic psychotherapy (IST)

  • Trauma Informed

Counselling

People often wonder what the difference is between counselling and psychotherapy. Basically, counselling and psychotherapy are often used interchangeably, however there are some slight differences. Counselling is generally seen as short term, goal oriented and solution focused.  In counselling we may focus on what's not working; finding ways to bring change, within a certain time frame (generally within 10-12 sessions). We may focus on ineffective and faulty belief systems, or look at bringing practical solutions to other concerns such as addiction.  This type of therapy (for example Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) or Solution Focused Therapy) is preferred when working with mental health plans as referred by GP's.  CBT is the most widely used therapy in treatment because it's seen to be 'evidence-based', which means that it has gone through rigorous research methods and tested to be effective to bring results. The specific skills and practices that I use are introduced at any time throughout the therapy. We may set goals, make plans and work with changing negative thinking patterns and belief systems - whether it be short term or longer term therapy.  

 

 
Psychotherapy

As mentioned under 'Counselling', the difference between counselling and psychotherapy is generally short term vs long term.  Psychotherapy is considered longer term and looks at deeper operations and the causes as to why you do the things you do.  As Freud says "it's bringing the unconscious to the conscious".  Looking at why you do what you do. Gaining insight into your unconscious operations is a powerful process and allows you to then make different choices and do things differently.  

Having said that, I don't necessarily agree that psychotherapy needs to be long term. Powerful shifts can happen within several sessions.  It does, however, depend on how willing and prepared you are to see these unconscious parts of yourself.  Although one important aspect that I will stress here, is with some mental health concerns such as PTSD and complex trauma I tread very carefully when exploring the unconscious.  There are many other powerful ways in which I work wtih these aspects. Although, it also very much depends on the person. As I said, the right treatment for the right person at the right time.  

Psychotherapy is powerful for bringing long term changes to your life. When you become aware of how you do things and the 'why' you do them, you begin to live differently

 
Inner Space Techniques (IST)

 

IST is a set of therapeutic and healing techniques based on the inner space of meditation. It incorporates:
 

 

There is a great deal of valuable information to explain IST that merits having its own page.  Click here to read about IST.

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