Warm, grounded and inclusive Mental Health Counselling for women of all kinds
I believe mental health isn’t ‘all in our heads’, and that physical wellbeing, social and cultural factors, and our own skills and resources all play a part in our quality of life.
My approach to mental health places the individual needs and preferences of each client at the heart of counselling, and uses holistic, evidence-based therapeutic approaches that are drawn together by a ‘common factors’ framework – a bedrock that combines the simple elements of all good counselling to organise therapy and promote positive change.
My practice focuses on therapeutic work with women of all kinds.
evidence-based therapies I draw from include:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),
- ‘Third Wave’ Cognitive Behavioural Therapies,
- Mindful Self Compassion (MSC),
- Motivational Interviewing (MI), and
- Grounding and other ‘bottom up’ tools and skills that help support the body to integrate and feel safe. These are often (but not always) drawn from mindfulness practices.
Whatever the tools we use, my clients can expect to receive counselling with a grounded, practical and strengths-based spirit that puts individual experience first and adapts to each person’s particular counselling preferences.
Some Common ways that mental health counselling can help:
- When you need time and space to unpack and transform complex personal or health issues,
- If you’re looking for a supportive mental health professional for ongoing therapeutic needs,
- Providing help to develop the practical inner-skills, tools, and resources that underpin a better quality of life,
- Offering skilled assistance and care while you work to transform your experience of depression or anxiety,
- Contributing therapeutic support in times of isolation, grief, or unexpected life changes or transitions.
I have a special interest in, and extensive experience with:
- Clients living with chronic illness, including chronic mental health challenges.
- Adult children of parents with emotional or mental health challenges.
I am a registered member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA, Level 2) with a Master’s Degree in Counselling (Monash University) and a postgraduate qualification in teaching (The University of Melbourne). I am a formally trained teacher of secular styles of meditation and mindfulness.
“The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality” ~ Andrew Solomon.
Individual meditation and mindfulness training
Meditation and mindfulness are powerful practices, embedded with skills that work to support better emotion regulation, self acceptance, and a transformative approach to experiencing chronic symptoms such as anxiety, pain and fatigue – among many other benefits.
Despite these proven benefits, meditation can be difficult to adapt to your needs without guidance. Getting professional feedback can be a great first step to a safe and happy practice.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Education
If your organisation is looking for an engaging educator and session facilitator with teaching experience, you can click here to get in touch and find out more.
I am a grounded, strengths-based counsellor with a strong belief mental health isn’t “all in our heads”, a dedication to evidence-based practice and a special interest in supporting clients with chronic illness.
Four Seasons Wellness Centre – 305 Johnston Street, Abbotsford, Vic