My counselling approaches

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive behaviour therapy can assisting you by helping to teach you how to change your unhelpful thoughts and behaviour and is effective in treating both mental and emotional health issues such as depression and anxiety.  CBT can teach you practical self-help strategies using a positive approach that is realistic.  CBT is used to treat psychological problems like including depression, anxiety, anxiety disorders and irrational fears.  CBT gives you the skills to challenge and override negative thoughts associated with depression and changing patters of thinking that are associated with the experience of anxiety and can really be considered 'skills for life'. 

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. 


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing)

Depression and Anxiety Counselling

Talking therapy is a very effective treatment that works towards helping to overcome depression.  Being able to express your emotions in a confidential, safe and non-judgemental environment is an extremely useful way to release the pain you are feeling inside.  Talking therapy can help you to understand your relationships with others and help to to gain a new perspective on difficult situations.  Some people who come to counselling are looking for help in how to deal with the circumstances that present themselves in every day life while other people wish to talk about events that happened to them as far back as early childhood.


Person Centred Counselling

My preferred approach to counselling is person-centred counselling which embraces the belief that people have the potential to understand themselves and have the capacity to resolve their own problems. This is achieved with the help of the counsellor’s knowledge, theory and personal qualities of expressing empathy and understanding. Person-centred counselling is very much centred on the counsellor’s ability to be genuine with the client and express their respect for them by not judging their thoughts, behaviour or circumstances. Through expressing an accurate level of empathy, understanding and sensitivity towards the client, they can work towards self healing.

Counselling and the NDIS

Counselling is also provided under the NDIS scheme and falls under the category ‘therapeutic support’ which as stated by the NDIS provides facilitating self-knowledge, emotional acceptance and growth and the optimal development of personal resources through assisting participants to work towards their personal goals and gain greater insight into their lives.  I provide services under the NDIS for self-managed and plan-managed participants.