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What issues can you help me with?
As a trained counsellor and psychotherapist, I can help you work through the following issues:
Feelings of anxiety or panic attacks
Headaches, frequent illnesses or unexplained body symptoms
A change of life circumstance such as divorce, retirement, loss of job or new job
Erratic moods or behaviours that you find hard to control
Low self-worth and negative self-talk
Inherited family trauma
Feeling isolated or lonely
Relationship difficulties, work difficulties, dealing with difficult people
A loss of hope, meaning or direction
What is talk therapy?
There are many types of talk therapy - I use interpersonal therapy - with a focus on intentional conversation. This means I focus on our relationship, I listen to you and help you figure out some options to deal with the issues you’re facing, or help you find a more helpful way of thinking or approaching it. We engage in some practical problem solving and talk about what matters to you most.
Talking can be helpful in a number of ways:
It can help you sort through your thoughts and clarify what’s going on.
Talking can help you get perspective or create a space for varying perspectives.
Regularly talking to an empathetic, non-judgemental person can help stabilise and regulate your mood.This is called limbic revision.
What is body psychotherapy?
Body Psychology is a holistic body mind approach built upon disciplines such as psychology, psychoanalysis, characterology, psychodynamics, bio-energetics and the work of Freud, Jung and Reich, as well as the latest techniques of body-orientated trauma resolution and neuroscience. It is also informed by the work of Core Energetics, founded by Dr. John Pierrakos which is based on his work with Alexander Lowen (cofounder of Bioenergetics).
It is based on the evidence that unwanted or unfelt emotions during our life create chronic tension, armouring and defence patterns in both the body and personality. It works to bring consciousness to how we block our energy and recreate defence patterns adapted in childhood that keep us limited and disempowered.
Why try body psychotherapy?
You may intellectually understand that you have anxiety, depression or trauma, but it will be difficult to work on the issue if you are holding, restricting or moving your body in a way that keeps your pain numbed. Body psychotherapy helps you get out of your head and into your body which can make you feel more ‘real’ or alive and able to make positive changes in your life.
In order to avoid intense emotions, its common for people to numb themselves - with alcohol, drugs, binge-watching or overwork, - suppressing grief, fear or anger. Body psychotherapists work with body-mind to access suppressed feelings and destructive patterns, distorted self-beliefs and unresolved emotional conflicts. Embodiment creates a lasting change in behaviour - there is no constant vigilance to maintain a mask or an act.
Body psychotherapy can increase your tolerance for strong emotions and your capacity for pleasure, supporting you to feel more joy, to change, to grow, to love, to engage more fully in life and to be more energised.
What is transpersonal counselling?
Transpersonal therapists use a range of tools to help you explore your inner world, including art and symbol, story and myth, dreams, meditation, rituals, energetics and altered states. The transpersonal approach helps you explore central questions about the meaning of life to help you to navigate your way through your life transitions, emotional crises and other issues. It can help you uncover the different masks you wear in life or the roles you play and how they may help or hinder you from leading an authentic life.
The transpersonal approach is a good choice of therapy for people who have anxiety, depression, or stress, or who are undergoing a change of life circumstance such as coming of age, motherhood, divorce, illness, retirement, loss of job or other life transition, or who are looking for meaning, purpose or direction in their lives.
What is nature therapy?
Nature therapy is based on the idea that people are connected to and impacted by the natural environment and that there are positive physical and mental health benefits of connecting with nature. The beneficial effects of nature result not only from what people see but from what they experience through other senses as well. Interventions include nature meditation, bush therapy, adventure therapy, mindfulness walk and horticulture therapy.
Nature therapy can be helpful in a number ways:
outdoor activities in a nature environment - such as a forest, ocean, urban park or garden can reduce stress and restore energy.
rhythmic exercise such as walking in a nature environment can help you get ‘unstuck’ when tackling difficult issues and can encourage deeper thinking by improving your mood with physical activity.
the sense-ation of embodied awareness that comes with a mindful nature experience helps you feel more grounded, connected to your body and to the earth.
What would therapy session at Wild Earth Counselling and Psychotherapy be like?
The first session will always happen indoors, where we will have a conversation about what has brought you to therapy. Next, we will work out a plan based on your issue that fits your goals. My approach is holistic, and I take all kinds of factors into account to create an appropriate plan. As each person and situation is unique the content and pace of therapy is always guided by you.
Your talk therapy/counselling and nature therapy sessions would start first indoors where we would have a conversation to help you clarify your question or issue. I draw from a range of contemporary theories to facilitate the therapeutic process: including attachment theory, humanistic psychology, trauma theory, neuroscience and mindfulness based approaches.
We might stay indoors and continue our conversations and practices or your next sessions could include walking in the local park, mindfulness practices, meditation, or guided imagery. It can include anything from a strenuous hike, to sitting under a tree. It all depends on your needs and wants.
Your body psychotherapy sessions would start with a get to know you discussion and a body reading to find where you are holding tension in your body. All body psychotherapy sessions are conducted indoors in a safe contained space. We might start with some simple exercises to connect you to your body and some breathing techniques. This might progress to other specific exercises, such as kicking, hitting into a pillow, using a roller to release tension in your back and shoulders or yoga type poses to increase feeling into parts of your body. We will only do what you feel comfortable with.
Your transpersonal counselling sessions might start with a conversation to help you clarify your question or issue. Then depending on what you prefer, we could do a guided meditation or dream discussion, followed by an art or writing exercise to help you explore your issue and its meaning in your life. Or we could go on a mindfulness walk in nature, focussing on the breathing and body sensation, giving you the space to connect with your intuition, followed by a counselling session.
What are your opening times and locations?
I currently see clients on Tuesdays at Surry Hills, Sydney. Other appointment times may be available on request.
How do I make a booking?
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How much does a session cost?
My fee is $95 a session payable by cash, or bank transfer. I will give you a tax invoice and receipt.
Can I claim a Health Insurance Rebate?
Sadly no, however my fee is lower than a standard psychotherapy session so you will still be paying less than if a Health Insurance company provided a rebate.
What if I need to cancel a session?
A minimum of 24 hours notice is required to cancel a session.