WHAT IS THERAPY?
Therapy is a collaborative treatment which is based on the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the client. Therapists are trained and experienced health professionals that provide a non-judgmental, supportive and objective space where clients can work through current and past individual, interpersonal and life problems, traumas, negative experiences, phobias or fears so that a more fulfilling life can be achieved.
A good therapist draws on several theories of psychotherapy to guide them through the process of understanding a client's history and presentation. My therapeutic approach is integrative and I combine multiple approaches such as Eye Movement Desensitisation (EMDR) Therapy, Mindfulness and Meditation, Somatic Approaches, Gestalt Therapy, Schema Therapy, Sex Therapy, Relationship Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Positive Psychology, practical life skills training, and communication training.
WHY SEE A THERAPIST?
Therapy enhances emotional and physical resilience and increases happiness, inner contentedness and intimacy in everyday life. Anyone can see a therapist and you do not have to be mentally ill to benefit from therapy. It's very normal to experience challenges and difficulties in life and asking for help from a trained and experienced professional is a great way to work through your problems.
Therapy may be of help if:
you feel overwhelmed and feel like things are getting on top of you;
you feel exhausted, depressed, anxious or stressed;
you are having troubles sleeping;
work is getting on top of you;
you are binging on food, alcohol or drugs to cope;
you’re having difficulty finding a solution to a problem that has been troubling you for some time;
you find it hard to open up to family or friends;
you are trapped in the past and cannot get over a traumatic experience;
your work life, relationships or friendships are suffering;
you feel angry, frustrated and irritable;
you have experienced a major life event including the death of a loved one, relationship break up or traumatic event/s.
One of the best ways to move forward is to book an initial appointment with a therapist. This way, you are taking the first steps towards healing and you can find out more about how therapy works and if you will benefit from it.
What to expect an appointment
Clients are assessed according to their personal, family, relationship and medical histories. The client's presenting problem is viewed in the wider context of past and present experiences, relationships, sexuality, family, religious and cultural background, values and motivations and short and long term goals of therapy are identified. Therapy goals may be achieved quickly or they may require a greater amount of time. The therapeutic process involves personal enquiry, self- reflection and delving into emotions and feelings. And while challenging, it is also profoundly rewarding and facilities breaking through blocks and personal growth.
AREAS OF EXPERIENCE
Illness and mental health
Grief and loss
Life purpose and life coaching
Fears and phobias
Feelings of not coping/overwhelm
Substance abuse and addictions
Workplace issues and workplace bullying
Resolving the impacts of traumatic relationships
Parenting and blended families
Meditation and breathing