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Therapy is about change...
Counselling is the provision of trained professional support that facilitates powerful and positive change. If you are thinking about going to counselling then chances are that you want something to be different. You may want to act or feel differently or you may want a relationship or situation to change.
You may be feeling overwhelmed or stuck. Wellness and positive change always comes from expanded self-awareness. Awareness about how we think, awareness about how we feel, awareness about how we behave, and why.
Being aware of our own emotions is a vital. Many people are unaware of how they are feeling. There is a common misperception that we primarily act on logic or rationale. Feelings, in fact, are the powerhouse of our lives yet we are often unconscious of, or not in touch with, our own emotions.
Feelings traditionally viewed as negative such as hurt, jealousy, disappointment, anger, resentment, shame, guilt, self-hatred and sadness are often avoided. They can be avoided for many reasons. We may have learned in our families or communities that certain emotions are unacceptable or that there is something wrong with us if we experience them. In reality all of our emotions are healthy indicators.
The more a particular emotion dominates our experience (e.g. loneliness, anger or injustice, sadness, a sense of failure, helplessness, fear or anxiety, etc) the more it is an indicator, or clue, pointing to an underlying injury to our psyche that needs attention and healing. This injury will not heal by itself.
The more we ignore, deny, hide, indulge or suppress our feelings the worse our life experience invariably gets. In therapy all emotion, including ‘negative’ emotion, is welcomed and worked with. There is no judgement. This type of personal work provides the insights that facilitate powerful and positive change. Many clients report that their lives begin to make sense, often for the first time.
Counselling & Phychotherapy
As a therapist I hold a strong respect for the uniqueness and importance of each individual. My aim is to work in an empathic and collaborative way and provide a safe and supportive environment where you can transcend what keeps you from greater happiness and living life to your full potential.
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Counselling is crucial where there has been sexual, physical, mental and emotional abuse.
Most psychological injury is caused by prolonged exposure to a damaging experience or situation. This is usually something or someone in our childhood environment.