Through the process of counselling, we connect with purpose and the collective intention of reflecting on and accepting or resolving a lesson through our way of being with a professional willing to connect with compassion and support our journey.
This one on one service for young people or adults in private practice, schools, community organisations, or in nature provides confidential support for individuals to address challenges affecting their social, emotional, psychological, developmental, intellectual, spiritual, occupational, or physical wellbeing.
Melissa Shadforth is a person-centered practitioner who integrates theories of modern psychology with scientific mind-body practices and life experience. Melissa believes the therapeutic relationship is core to creating a safe space for present moment awareness, reflection, and exploration of a more integrated way of being. Melissa also collaborates with other practitioners in private practice at IMI to support healing of the whole person through an integrative approach, including biological, psychological, social, and spiritual elements.
How can Melissa help you or your child?
While cultivating trust, confidence and encouraging curiosity as the interactive process unfolds, Melissa supports clients to connect with their inner wisdom, develop insight, and cultivate compassion, connection, regulation, resilience, and inner trust to respond to life rather than react – and ultimately become their own advisor.
Through counselling, the client engages with Melissa in purposeful conversation and connection with the intention of accepting or resolving a specific challenge, life transition, health concern, or other imbalance through the process of solution identification, application, accomplishment, and growth. Further, the integration of psychotherapy modalities and scientific mind body practices can support the development of insight across a client’s way of being. This can help the client adapt and adjust to align with their true self and break unhelpful cycles to allow new patterns of relating to emerge through the security of the therapeutic relationship. Essentially, to find a more peaceful state of equilibrium from within.
Refer below for testimonals received from clients in response to the counselling process with Melissa.
Melissa Shadforth works with children, adolescents, and families in private practice, schools, nature, and other safe locations by request to serve the needs of the group.
Refer to the group therapy programs offered through The Collective Journey or reach out to enquire about bespoke programs for schools, homeschool students, or peer groups on scheduled CPDs (continuing professional development days for teachers), sporting teams, or community organisations and other group counselling opportunities and workshops.
Refer below for testimonals received from clients in response to their counselling process with Melissa.
What is Nature-based counselling and adventure therapy?
It's a diverse field of practice combining adventure and outdoor environments with the intention of achieving therapeutic outcomes for those involved.
Ethically speaking, these programs are based on the principles of:
Positive regard for all people
Respect for differences in culture, gender, age and identity
Strong family and community connections
Transparency, informed consent, confidentiality
Selection for ‘readiness’ to participate
Attention to individual and group needs and hopes
Supportive physical, psychological, and social environments
Tailored adventure experiences
Provision of options and choices
Respect for cultural custodianship of country
Increasing self-awareness and reflexive practice
Safety and no harm to self, others or natural environments