Counselling

Counselling

 
 

I offer a compassionate counselling service that is unique to every woman and her situation. Allowing her to feel heard and understood in a safe environment free from shame and judgement.

My aim is to support and empower women through periods of change and emotionally difficult times. Empowering women to navigate their life and the mess that it can sometimes feel like it’s in with insight, respect, hope and strength.

I believe you have the desire and the capacity to grow towards fulfilling your true potential, and that you’re the expert on your own life. Counselling is a way of assisting you to identify and define your emotional issues and to help you better understand yourself.

Therefore, I don’t give advice. I will work with you to help you understand yourself more fully and to find your own inner resources. With greater self-awareness and trust in yourself, I hope that you will be able to make constructive changes, leading to a more satisfying and meaningful life.

I apply an integrated approach to counselling, meaning that I combine different but complementary counselling methods that have been taken from different models of therapy. These are Person-Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. Using an integrative approach allows me to be flexible in providing a service that suits your situation.

I offer face-to-face and online individual counselling sessions, allowing women to openly talk about their emotional challenges.

 
 
1 Individual Counselling for Young Women

It’s not uncommon for young women to struggle with how they’re feeling. It’s a time of enormous change, physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Here are some common struggles that young women experience that counseling can help with.

  • Family problems
  • Friendship problems
  • Romantic relationship problems
  • Difficult life events
  • School struggles (high school or university)
  • Moving out of home
  • Not knowing what type of career or job to pursue
  • Learning how to manage and cope in ‘the real world’
  • Identity (Who am I? Why do I think and act the way I do?)
  • Feelings of depression, anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Stress and time management
  • Bullying
  • Anger management
  • Big life decisions
    2Individual Counselling for Mothers

    It’s not uncommon for mothers to struggle with how they’re feeling. Becoming a mother is a time of enormous change, physically, mentally, and emotionally. And, according to research, 74% of women won’t reach out for help until they’re past the point of coping, which is not ideal for them or their family.

    Throughout motherhood we’re in a constant state of change. Women can benefit greatly when they’re able to openly talk about their feelings and emotional well being both during pregnancy after their baby is born, and throughout the motherhood journey.

    Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of shame around perinatal anxiety and depression because mothers expect to be happier than ever after they’ve had a baby and if they’re not they must be a horrible parent. But they’re not.

    Here are some common struggles that mothers experience that counselling can help with.

    • Perinatal anxiety and depression
      • Prolonged teariness, feeling hopeless or ‘flat’
      • Feeling hopeless or worthless, unable to enjoy things
      • Not being able to rest or sleep even if the baby is
      • Constant worry about the baby, feeling on edge and unable to relax
      • Racing thoughts, can't switch off, restless
      • Intrusive thoughts that shock or scare you
      • Frequently angry, frustrated or irritable
      • Changes to appetite – weight loss or gain
      • Panic attacks
    • Identity. Parenthood can send mothers into an identity crisis: Who am I as a mother? How am I different from my own mother? The same? This can be very confronting!
    • Intimacy issues, sexual and non-sexual. A mismatch in intimacy can cause conflict and frustration
    • Becoming a mother (The very clever Elly Taylor has researched and identified that there’s actually twelve transitions into parenthood) physical, financial, psychological, emotional, cultural, relational, social, sexual, spiritual, generational, gender role, vocational, time
    • Adjusting to your parenting style from baby to infant to child to adolescent
    • Divorce and separation
    • Low self-esteem
    • Career changes
    • Stress and time management
    • Anger management
    • Relationship conflict with friends and family
       
       

      Fees:

      Individual counselling sessions are $120 per 60 minutes.

      No medicare rebates are currently available.



      Phone number: (03) 9013 4863

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