no matter how stuck you are, there is a way towards change
A safe, confidential and supportive space to support you through your Challenges
Learn new, healthier ways of being so that everyday life becomes easier and more fulfilling
Who is psychotherapy And counselling for?
You are not alone - everyone needs help from time to time. There are a wide range of reasons why people seek help. You might be feeling flat and disinterested, wanting to live a more meaningful life. Perhaps you are wondering why you keep having the same problems in your relationships or wanting to find a way through anxiety and depression. Whatever your reason, big or small, is a genuine reasons to seek therapy.
Some possible reasons to see me:
Feeling lost and confused
Difficulties in your relationships
Being overwhelmed by anxiety
Struggles with depression
Chronic illnesses like fatigue or pain
PTSD or suicidal tendencies
Wanting to live a more fulfilling life
Looking for more balance and joy
Can't stop your busy mind and find rest
Always stressed and on edge
What is counselling?
Counselling focus on immediate problems and developing strategies to help develop healthier behaviors and ways of coping. Counselling usually is shorter term in nature and is usually recommend for shorter term issues.
What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy shares the same elements of counselling. The difference is psychotherapy explores deeper, underlying patterns to support fundamental change within us. Psychotherapy takes a deep commitment to not only developing new strategies but developing new ways of being. This work looks deeply at how our body, mind and emotions are expressing and is informed by research into how the brain and nervous system works and what supports change. This usually longer term work and is recommended for longer term issues.
MORE THAN JUST TALKING
Just talking is not always enough to make change. Simply talking about problems can result in going round in circles, or just scratching the surface of important issues. Research now tells us talking is not enough to change. We need to learn how to notice directly what is happening in not only our minds but our body as well.
We know many unconscious traumas and emotions are held in the body. By bringing our attention to the present experience, this information can be seen, understood, and transformed. This then enables new ways of being to be found. Essentially, the capacity to directly observe our experience, rather than simply talking or engaging in mental reflection, can be a potent and transformative experience.
More than focusing SOLElY on the past and problems
It’s important to look at how your past maybe contributing to your problems. Yet we also need to focus on what is important to you now. This includes exploring what is seeking to emerge in your life and how to live more closely aligned to these values. For some people this might be discovering what brings them meaning and purpose, for others this could be exploring what work aligns to your values. I help you discover what’s important and meaningful, and how to move in that direction with all your heart.
It’s the fit that’s most important
You are at the heart of what I do. I work in a relational way which holds our relationship at the centre of what we do together. This is essential as research shows the relationship that we form is the biggest indicator of success in therapy. I offer a warm, collaborative and accepting space where all of you is welcome. You will be treated with kindness and respect.
What is Psychosynthesis psychotherapy AND counsellinG
Psychosynthesis is a holistic approach and has often been called the psychology of the self. Imagine you the conductor of the orchestra directing all the different instruments of your life so that they play in harmony. This is Psychosynthesis; learning the art of how to conduct your life in harmony. At the heart of this approach is a belief that we are all moving towards a greater place of harmony and fulfillment in our lives, and sometimes we need a hand to learn how to play in tune. Psychosynthesis is a flexible approach that encompasses many other modalities when appropriate.
Some of the other modalities I use
· Acceptance Commitment Therapy
· Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
· Person-centered Approach
· Attachment Theory
I do not work with couples. I work with challenges in your relationship on a one to one basis. This can support you to then engage in couples counselling, if you choose. I can refer you to appropriate couples therapist.
Formal QUALIFICATIONS and ASSOCIATIONS
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy
Registered member of PBANZ (Psychotherapist Board of Aotearoa New Zealand). Registration #PB824
Clinical Member of PAnzA (Psychosynthesis Aotearoa New Zealand Australia).
I have also completed various other workshops and trainings such as: Non-violent communication, assist applied suicide intervention training, mindfulness training, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindful commitment coaching.
I undertake regular professional development to keep up to date with current research. I have regular supervision with a registered PBANZ supervisor. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have.