Supporting change through counselling
NEW INSIGHTS. NEW FREEDOMS.
Counselling is the process of resolving a problem or concern with a Counsellor, also known as a therapist. Your tension may be about conflict in relationships, transitioning from work to retirement or even starting a business, ageing with health issues or a disability, caring for older or younger people, sadness or aloneness in the loss of a significant person, or even fear about the future through COVID-19 and beyond.
Change occurs as a therapist helps you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so that you can develop a better understanding of yourself and your relationship with others. Your Counsellor will support you to find solutions within your resources, whether that is about making changes in your life or finding ways of coping with the problem when it can’t be fully resolved. Your Counsellor is not a solution provider but can offer you other perspectives of the problem in order to arrive at some solution.
Counselling is typically delivered as planned and regular sessions. It can be ad hoc, a single session or regular sessions. It can be short-term (3-6 sessions) or long-term (more than 12 sessions). You are the driver of support through counselling. You can choose between in-home, telephone and/or video sessions.
Note: I do not offer a Medicare subsidised psychological service but you may be able to claim costs through Medibank or ahm.
What to expect
Your first session:
Your first session will be about your reasons for therapy, what you want to achieve from therapy and agreeing how to work with your therapist. Working together includes discussing how often you will meet, time of the meeting, fees, cancellations, ethics of practice and so on. A written agreement between you and the counsellor acts as a reference for therapy sessions.
Counselling sessions are typically 50 minutes, except for the first session. All information is confidential. The sessions generally follow a pattern of introduction, information gathering, discussion, conclusion and 'homework' or goal-oriented tasks.
NO SPECIFIC REASON NEEDED
NO GP REFERRAL REQUIRED
NO LIMITS TO SESSIONS
WE WORK TOGETHER
I started in the aged care sector in 2001 working across direct care, research, advocacy, community development and counselling. I graduated with Honours in Social Science from Macquarie University (2007) and with a Master of Counselling from the University of Notre Dame (2017). I currently support people in counselling in a Government-funded service, EAP and private practice, where the latter focuses on older adults.
From a counselling perspective, I remain curious about existential and narrative therapy as a therapeutic practice to deal with the stories of our life as older and younger people. I am also building expertise, through study, in Grief and Loss as a way to support people in existential crises.
I am registered as a Provisional Member of Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), and NDIS Provider of Therapeutic Supports. I am currently the Convenor of PACFA’s Special Interest Group/Older People, a position of advocacy + education for members to support older people in counselling.
I believe counselling has the potential to support one's life journey at any age, stage and role.
I love good coffee, pastries, cheese and bread. I enjoy commenting on posts about ageing and counselling as a way to educate and challenge narratives. I am curious about my world because it’s a way to expand knowledge and grow!
I am not a crisis or emergency service. If you or a person you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call 000 or your local mental health crisis team (1800 011 511 in NSW) or present to your nearest hospital’s emergency department.
Carlingford NSW 2118
ABN: 15 795 724 534