Welcome to a professional, safe and confidential Counselling and Psychotherapy service where you can address concerns and challenges, talk about your thoughts, feelings, experiences, dreams and aspirations, get to know yourself more fully and find a more meaningful and wholesome way of living your life. I offer you a sacred space to look at your interpersonal, emotional or behavioural concerns, relationship issues, feelings of general dissatisfaction, mental health concerns or other important matters in your life and embark on a journey of personal growth, self- awareness and healing. I know for myself that healing truly begins to take place as we move through our stories and explore that which is preventing us from living life to the fullest.
What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counselling is generally targeted to short term consultations, usually centered around a specific issue needing a practical and immediate solution or outcome.
Psychotherapy is a pathway for self-exploration and self-discovery. We begin by gently looking at our past conditioning and progressively we transform outdated ways of navigating and being in the world. We re-discover and re-connect with those aspects of ourselves that have been squashed down, disowned and forgotten, we observe the organic unfolding of self-expression and authenticity and we finally find a way to align with what is important, meaningful and purposeful in our life.
The importance of the relational space in Counselling and Psychotherapy
It is important for me that you understand how I practice to avoid any misunderstandings.
I wholeheartedly believe that something almost magical happens in a therapeutic space where individuals are held with genuine care, empathy and respect. I hold you with kindness as you talk about your life as it happens while also guiding you to stay mindfully present to your emotional and physical experience in the here and now as we converse.
I do not offer instant solutions, advice, magic recipes or instant fixes as I believe you have your own rhythm and your own wisdom. I challenge your thinking, encourage you to look deeper and to also listen to your own wisdom so that you can arrive to new insights and make new meaning.
Our relationship is the bedrock of our journey together and I will hold you with respect and heart while you journey towards what feels right for you. You will bring into our relationship certain ways and modes of relating and I will respectfully and carefully listen for and interpret unconscious material. Helping you decode the unconscious part of your communication and understand the ways in which you interact and behave in therapy provides insight into your outside relationships with others. By engaging in this relational process together, you will develop right relating skills and will experience more fulfilling and loving interactions with others.
I am trained to work in a psychotherapeutic manner. Talking therapy is not enough to create substantial change; it makes us go around in circles and just scratch the surface of the root of our ongoing issues. I will encourage you to mindfully direct your attention to your mind, body and feelings as they are portals to the various ways in which you experience and perceive life. Mindful attention and a sensorimotor approach is at the core of the work we will do; research shows this approach helps re-train the nervous system to regulate discomfort and rewires the brain.
Change and healing requires will engaged, patience and perseverance and the kind of shift that I work for with clients takes some time. Several weeks or even a few months is too little time for us to make any REAL difference in the long patterns that have led you to struggle and feel in the ways you do now. You are nevertheless, free to consult with me for as few or as many sessions as you like and choose. We can talk about this and discuss. You may wish to have and introductory session to see if we are the right fit for each other.
About sessions and appointments for individuals and couples.
Counselling and Psychotherapy Services are offered in a quiet and tranquil setting to people who live in Hamilton, Matamata, Cambridge, Morrinsville, Tirau, Waikato and Waipa Districts.
Self referrals are welcome.
Individual sessions: weekly or fortnightly sessions only (to be negotiated based on client needs and after first assessment).
Couples therapy: requires combined and individual sessions.
Duration: 1 hr. of therapy.
Working hours: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm (late appointments by arrangement only).
Payment method: Required 48 hrs. prior to session.
Cancellation fee: 48 hours’ notice required or full fee applies.