Megan's Counselling Blog...

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Welcome to Inspire Change Counselling!  I am excited to announce that I recently opened my new counselling home located right in the heart of Port Adelaide. Located at 124 Commercial Road, my counselling home is a safe, comfortable and confidential space where we spend time focusing on you.

23rd June 2021

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Relationship Counselling, Marriage Counselling, Couples Therapy it is one of my very favourite areas of practice.  Why?  I love getting to know couples and I enjoy helping them to build the skills they need to resolve their differences.  Counselling can help couples to rebuild their relationship by helping them learn how to gain a deeper understanding of each other's perspectives.  Counselling for couples is facilitated in a safe, respectful and trusting environment where each person can feel comfortable to share how they are feeling.  If you would like help with your relationship couples counselling could be the perfect solution for you.

EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing

I am lucky enough to currently be training in EMDR.  The practice of EMDR involves the processing of painful memories by recalling the experience and pairing it with bilateral stimulation of the brain such as eye movements.  You may be familiar with EMDR if you have watched "The Me You Can't See" where Prince Harry bravely opens up to Oprah about his struggles with mental health.  Prince Harry credits EMDR with helping him cope with his childhood trauma.  

EMDR assist people to heal from the emotional distress and associated symptoms resulting from traumatic life experiences. 

 

If you think EMDR might be able to help you then watch this space because I look forward to offering this service soon.

A little about anxiety...

Anxiety!  It is unpleasant at its best and absolutely debilitating at its worst.  Anxiety can feel like you are drowning, like you are suffocating and it can be extremely terrifying!  We all experience anxiety at some stage of our lives.  Some anxiety can be useful as it can motivate us.  Anxiety can help to protect us from danger and activate us to react faster in an emergency.   Many people with severe anxiety truly believe they are suffering a heart attack.  Feelings of panic, nervousness, sweating, shaking, gastrointestinal problems, tiredness and hyperventilation are all symptoms of anxiety.  What can help with anxiety is gaining the support of a professional. Someone who can understand, empathise, listen with empathy and perhaps even relate to your experience.  Counselling can help with anxiety and so can seeing your GP.  The very best thing you can do for anxiety is to get the help that you need and deserve.  Anxiety you are not alone.

When families don't get along

Families are extremely complex there is no doubt about it!  When children do not get along when they are young that is to be expected.  What we probably do not expect is our children not to get along with each other as adults.  Unfortunately in some circumstances our adult children do not always get along with us.  When families do not get along it can be a significantly stressful experience for everyone, especially the parents.  It is not uncommon to feel symptoms of depression and anxiety and it's a problem that can be difficult to talk about with friends.  This is where counselling can be helpful for you.  Discussing your problems in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space can help you to release your emotions, see clarity on the issue and gain the support that you really need and deserve.  Yes families are extremely complex, please know that you do not have to go through it alone.

The Importance of Empathy

Empathy is a word you will hear often in the counselling environment and it is integral towards the successful outcome of therapy.  Empathy means my ability to 'step in to your shoes' and understand your feelings and perspectives and being sensitive towards your thoughts and experiences.  Empathy allows me to build a strong relationship with you where you feel listened to and understood.  It is sad but unfortunately not everyone has empathic people in their lives and this could be a good reason to attend counselling with someone like me.