A Humanistic approach to therapy.
My approach acknowledges that mental distress is a natural occurrence, one that our bodies and minds are well equipped to deal with, and regardless of how vulnerable and overwhelmed we feel, we can heal and overcome just about anything with the right support. Therefore when working with my clients, I take a person-centred approach to ensure you feel unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence. This means, I treat you with the respect you deserve for living a life that only can have lived, I am without negative judgment and I strive to empathise with you so that together we can work to better understand what you need. What all humans need is to feel secure, so that is my top priority. Our working relationship therefore must be strong and secure in order for real deep healing to occur. Therefore I am professional and hold strong ethical boundaries, but I also let you see my humanity and my passion for humanity.
Humanistic therapist's understand that mental wellbeing is not seperate from our the physical, social or emotional aspects in our life, so unless we address the whole self when addressing the mental and emotional symptoms, the relief if any that may come from short terms treatments, will be just that. Therefore, my approach works to provide support and education that help develop a deeper understanding of the cause, how and why it has manifested in the way it has, what it needs to heal and what you need to sustain vitality.
One of the first steps is in strengthening the relationship you have with your emotions. If you feel threatened by anxiety and act in resistance to it, then you're essentially generating an internal environment that stimulates more fear (anxiety). Therefore, my work will help teach you ways in which to rebuild a healthy relationship with your emotions so that you can process them without them causing you more suffering, and more importantly so you can learn to live in response to your internal world and trust in it.
So when working with trauma of any kind, grief, loss, and depression, I use Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. This is a method that creates self-awareness, emotional regulation and the ability to live with inner peace.
Part of working with the 'whole-self', means beyond what may bring you to counselling, I am also concerned with how your sense of worth, identity and overall wellbeing has/is being effected by your past and present experiences. This means acknowledging everything in your environment that may have an influence: relationships, culture, society, family and friends. My role therefore is to support you to become conscious of who you are beyond these influences; all the conditions that have created obligation and a suppression of the self. My approach also aims to counter all of the conditions and develop a trust in the self, one that most people have never had, due to the systems that we are born into constantly controlling, instructing, judging and directing all that we do. Therefore in therapy together we will work to undo all the ‘should's’ until you get to the point where you know the difference between what you think you 'should' do, from what you know you need and want to do.
Working with me will enable your language to develop from:
to: ‘I feel…because I need…so I will….’
I believe the process I offer works to inspire self- awareness, which further develops self-acceptance, and inevitably encourages and sustains deep internal healing.
I offer counselling and psychotherapy to people 16 and above, of all genders, wanting to work with:
Trauma, Abuse of any kind (past and present), Grief, Loss, Anxiety, Depression, Dissociation, DID, Relationship issues with self and others, Substance dependency, Pre/ post-natal and parenting issues, Health anxiety, Illness and wellness, and much more...
Methods and Approaches I integrate into my practice are:
Mindfulness Based Cogntive Therapy (MBCT)
Non-violent communication (NVC)
Neuroscience and Psycho-education
Art and Sand-tray
Sand tray, art therapy, mindfulenss etc, do not appeal to all clients, therefor I support clients in choosing what methods they feel comfortable using and we go from there. Some clients might say im curous about sand tray, but not sure im ready, therefore I take note of that, and we come back to it later when the client is ready.
There are no expectations placed on you, its your journey.
Mindfulness comes from Buddhism. The approach I teach and incorporate is based on engaging with and accepting the self. I teach breathing and grounding exercises to emotionally regulate, re-engage the nervous system and heal from PTSD.
Neuroscience and Psychoeducation
I teach my clients about the effects that trauma and abuse can have on the nervous system, from various resources such as PODS, Peter Levine’s work on somatic experience and much more.
Visualisation encourage a deeper exploration of the unconscious, whilst the interactive nature ensures this is practiced in a safe, non-directive and gentle way, which ensures you stay in control of the journey.
Sand tray helps to connect with the unconscious in a safe, gentle and non-directive way, and allows for a depth of exploration that sometimes words cannot explore or express...Most clients find this is a very beautiful way to work, even those who at first find it a little intimidating. There are no rules, its play!
Your needs are the primary guide, not a method or theory, rather I only introduce theories and methods that support your individual needs. Person-centred ethos trusts in the innate nature of humans to self-actualize, it has full faith in the goodness of humanity and works to support autonomy.
Methods and Approaches integrated into my practice:
“When the other person is hurting, confused, troubled, anxious, alienated, terrified; or when they are doubtful of self-worth, uncertain as to identity, then understanding is called for. The gentle and sensitive companionship of an empathic stance… provides illumination and healing. In such situations deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift one can give to another.”
― Carl R. Rogers
Schedule a Session
Mobile: 0415 837 831
Room 5 at Renew @ Unley,
82 Maud St Unley 5061 SA
No need for a referral from a GP.
30 mins Consultations are free.
Concession available for unemployed and single income families.
Fees $80-$120 per hour session.
Please don't let your financial situation get in the way of seeking support, call me and I will do my best to try to arrange something that can work.