My Mantra ‘Support is the foundation’, without proper foundation, there is nothing…
I believe it is important for an individual to know the kind of counsellor they have booked in to see. Some counselling styles and personality’s can compliment, enhance or create discomfort with the individual. Good rapport is important for both client and counsellor, especially the client. Everyones form of psychological counselling is different.
I believe ‘supporting’ an individual is paramount, whether big or small, depending on the individual’s circumstances. Sometimes having that someone to bounce thoughts and feelings off can be more important or as important as finding a solution. We (as humans) are complex physically, just as we are emotionally.
My style of counselling is a combination of being supportive, nurturing, filtered through a problem solving approach, and predominantly person centred. This generally means putting an emphasis on the person coming to form an appropriate understanding of their world and themselves.
My experience and knowledge is accumulated and sourced from many areas of life. This includes a broad spectrum of backgrounds, professional and non professional skills, experience, qualifications, soft skills, and a great thirst for understanding and gaining knowledge, both practical and universal, all working together. I am a trainer and coach, nutritionist, motivator, date and relationship support mentor, and holistic healer.
I do not paint every client with a blanket view as ‘someone with unresolvable problems’, I see clients as people who may be experiencing negative feelings and/or life stresses (mental or emotional) beyond their control, which can and does happen in life.
My Unique Spin on Things!
I believe in the fields of counselling and psychology in Australia as a whole needs a major shift in thinking. I admire America (in this area) as they are quite open minded. Client appointments are acceptable, if not encouraged. The typical view held by many Australians can be negative and embarrassing booking in to see a counsellor or psychologist. Feelings of shame or weakness take over. When in
When in fact that person may just be feeling down, un supported in certain areas of life, experienced trauma, feeling lost, may not have positive friends and family, or no family, or do have family that aren’t supportive or negative themselves.
There are too many combinations to mention, as every individual has their unique story and problems. If you are experiencing any of the points mentioned above or a point I haven’t mentioned (as there are too many to cover) please do not hesitate to contact me, give me a call.
Make that appointment! I’m not intimidating, (if you are shy) in fact I’m quite the opposite and friendly.
Example: Real life circumstance ie male who went to counselling, and what happened?
Let’s call him Andrew. Andrew worked in the finance industry, in his thirties, successful, well spoken and social. He got a cancer scare and had a relationship break-down; no one was there for him at the time. Friends he thought were friends showed their true colours, family were not around.
He fell into a depression he never experienced before and became a heavy drinker for one year. Andrew decided he simply wanted someone to talk to, to make sure he was not going mad, why? Everyone else was not around. So he reluctantly booked in to see a counsellor. After some sessions
Andrews’s sense of self returned and he realised he wasn’t losing the plot, because someone was there and present, at a time when isolation was at its peak, I call it ‘emotional confinement’. The basis of this short story is that Andrew got better! Not overnight, or even a couple of months, slowly but surely he felt his own life was headed somewhere positive, again. More importantly he felt better. Counselling is not that bad, in fact it can be helpful and positive.