The counselling process can support you to develop insights, generate solutions and consider choices. We work in a non-judgmental way.

Counselling

Overview

Individual sessions are scheduled for an hour and half to allow time for integration of expressive - experiential work.

The cost of your session is based on a sliding scale and takes into consideration your income and ability to pay. Fee payment assistance is available for asylum seekers, refugees, humanitarian entrants and new arrivals by request and application.


Values to support you :

Our approach works because it concentrates on five key elements that contribute not only singly but together create powerful explorations, self-awareness and fulfillment of one’s full potential.

  • I focus on the healing and self-realization within each individual.
  • I value the rigorous training, clinical experience, supervision and authenticity of working over the last seventeen years with a variety of issues, problems and challenges that clients bring to therapy.
  • I provide a trusting, safe and secure environment so that you are able to explore areas which may be difficult, embarrassing, painful and/or shaming.
  • I seek to create a collaborative, supportive and challenging relationship to help you grow, understand yourself better and make changes
  • I practice a holistic, balanced approach that integrates body, mind emotion and soulful meaning making.

I offer a variety of ways of working with you tailored to suit your situation. These include:

  • Experiential processes that focus on a person's inner experience and how they process their emotions in their body. A couple of the more well-known processes are two-chair dialogue and the focusing work of Eugene Gendlin.
  • Creative arts processing like sand play, clay work, mask building, working with pastels to explore creative ways of thinking outside the box.
  • Cognitive focused processes that look at belief systems, personal and family myths and distorted thinking that are no longer relevant or helpful.
  • Emotion focused processes that help a person to make sense of their core emotions and the many layers of emotion that affect one’s thinking and behaviour.
  • Music that clients have experienced as pivotal and which were significant, key or critical turning points that lead to a momentary sudden change in "quality, depth or direction....(as) if a metaphorical new door to a new unexpected room is opened" (Bohm, 1992, p. 675).

Group Work

The Living Tree organises discussion, dreamwork, meditation and experiential circles focused on personal growth and the promotion of states of relaxation, wellbeing and healing.

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