Stress, anxiety, depression and panic attacks create some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience. Through counselling and individualised care and planning, the aim is to provide you with the tools you need to help manage these often-debilitating conditions. Learning to understand these uncomfortable emotional responses can help you to recover perspective, motivation, balance, and help you to rediscover personal fulfilment and joy.
Many individuals can experience physical symptoms associated with painful and traumatic events. Anxiety, fear, shame, guilt, and hopelessness are just a few of the emotions that can persist after traumatic events. These trauma related symptoms and emotions can be managed or overcome with guidance, support and trauma informed approach. It is important to understand our emotions, upack feelings of guilt and shame, allow for the grieving process, and create a safe space for understanding, acceptance, self awareness and healing.
Healthy relationships are essential for our health, happiness and overall wellbeing. These relationships need to be nurtured, be understanding, compassionate, trusting and supportive, to be able to thrive. Achieving this can take work and time, along with patience.
Dysfunctional relationships can lead to mental, emotional, and physical distress or trauma, and it can feel challenging to transform these types of relationships into a nurturing one. Relationship are constantly changing and evolving which can increase discomfort and problems with communications as values and life circumstances change. I can offer a relationship an opportunity and the tools required for change. The aim is for these relationships to thrive by encouraging positive communication styles, reconnection, understanding, acceptance, empathy and mutual respect. My services include relationship, family and parenting support.
Women are often juggling a combination of home life, family, social and work commitments. Most women are good at multitasking and communication however their self-care is often put behind the needs of others, including family, friends and other commitments. Women's health can be complex and misunderstood; often women do not feel heard when expressing their stress and health concerns. If these concerns are not met with understanding, empathy and support, it can negatively impact on their health and wellbeing. I strive to empower women to live their best life. My women's health services include, mental health support, health promotion and support for those struggling with chronic pain, pelvic pain, including endometriosis and PCOS, anxiety, depression, pre and postnatal support, maternal stress, relationship concerns, trauma and change of life.
Men's mental health and wellbeing is quite often minimised, misunderstood or mismanaged. Men often face many difficult life challenges such as ongoing work-life imbalance, stress and unresolved trauma, which can significantly impact on their ability to cope and can reduce resilience over time. Men often choose to internalise their stress, which can lead to a breakdown of communication and reduce their ability to cope over time. This can lead to poor decision making, substance abuse, behavioural addictions, and an inability to relate, communicate or socialise with friends and family. At that point relationship breakdown and increased mental and physical health problems occur. Early intervention and prevention of poor mental health in men can also help reduce the risk of chronic disease and the increased risk of addication or suicide that can often be prevented.
The internal changes that occur naturally as a child moves into adolescence are challenging enough, without the addition of the modern-day external factors that can influence them in our fast-paced ever-changing world. There are many internal and external factors that can negatively influence how our children think, grow and develop. This can potentially contribute to mental ill-health if not identified and managed, which can make adolescence and their transition into adulthood feel very confronting. It is my role as a youth mental health counsellor to help your child identify and understand their deeper thoughts, feelings and beliefs. I can help support emotional regulation, create understanding and explore how to navigate away from negative behaviours and challenging thoughts. The goal is to increase self-awareness, positivity, develop healthy communication styles and relationships, to build resilience and create a sense of wellbeing.
Our physical health is directly impacted by our mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing. Health and wellbeing can be achieved when a client has a good understanding of how these important factors interact with each other. Health support arms a client with the understanding, support and tools that can empower them to help overcome barriers they may face when confronted by lifestyle change. This strategy can give the client an advantage that may allow them to potentially prevent or better manage ill-health or chronic disease.
Our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health are each as important as the other. If one is out of balance, then they all will be. Balance and wellbeing can only be found when all the pieces of the puzzle that is our life, are put together in a way that reflects the persons basic needs and core values.
It is important when seeking this balance, to allow yourself some space and time to take the opportunity to appreciate the little things in life that give you joy and to learn to breathe again. Taking some time out for some simple daily mindfulness practice can be key in helping you regain balance, clarity and vitality.
Counselling can be extremely beneficial to individuals, couples, families and youths who are looking to improve their lives by supporting their mental & physical health, relationships & wellbeing.
My books are open to local, rural, remote or interstate clients preferring online or phone sessions. Please contact me by phone or email to discuss making a time outside of my usual consulting sessions.
I am now consulting regularly at Bluestone Cottage Centre for Health in Strathalbyn and appointments can be booked online by clicking HERE.
Bluestone Cottage Centre for Health is located in Strathalbyn and this family owned and operated health clinic provides the local community with a professional centre which promotes a holistic approach to achieving wellbeing in a warm, friendly and relaxing environment.
The centre prides itself on providing a professional, personalised service to a wide range of clients, with the aim to achieve optimal health results. The experienced team are degree and diploma qualified professionals and offer a variety of services ranging from Naturopath & Nutritional Medicine, Remedial Massage, and Acupuncture.
Summer Love is a parent education and support service based in Mount Baker that provides professional, holistic and quality pre- and post-natal support to new parents by an experienced Registered Nurse & Midwife, Sara Rist. You can find out more HERE.
Summer Love is a caring, warm and engaging professional service. I am pleased that we can provide parents with quality information and support for their journey into parenthood and beyond through our group sessions.
Reiki is a spiritual practice of healing and the Japanese name for the practice is commonly translated as Universal Life Energy, or Universal Life Force. Reiki stands on its own as a therapy, and can complement other therapies or conventional medical treatments. Reiki is intended to promote and enhance relaxation, wellness and balance, and can reduce pain.
As a Level II Reiki Treatment Practitioner with 25 years experience and a registered member with Reiki Australia, I abide by a Code of Conduct and continue my professional development. I practice the Usui System of Natural Healing, which can reach physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels.
In accordance with the traditional practice of Reiki, I use a sequence of passive hand positions, on or over the body, which correlate with the major systems and organs of the body and certain energy centres. The practice of Reiki does not require the removal of any clothing, since clothing, and other materials are not a barrier for the energy.
Reiki is gentle and open to be interpreted and accepted by a person’s individual belief system.