“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
― Carl R. Rogers, On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy
As a person-entered practitioner, I meet clients where they’re at without judgement and integrate theories of modern psychology with scientific mind-body practices and life experience. At the Integrated Medicine Clinic, I collaborate with other IMI practitioners to support healing of the whole person through an integrative approach, including biological, psychological, social, and spiritual elements; with the therapeutic relationship being core to creating a safe space for present moment awareness, reflection, and exploration of a more integrated way of being. In school, I integrate the school counselling service with parents, teachers, senior leaders, and other practitioners supporting the wellbeing of students.
How can I help you or your child?
While cultivating trust, confidence and encouraging curiosity and feedback as the interactive process unfolds, I support clients to connect with their inner wisdom and develop insight, compassion, connection, regulation, resilience, and inner trust to respond to life rather than react – and ultimately become their own advisor.
Through counselling, we engage through purposeful communication with the intention of understanding or resolving a specific challenge, life transition, health concern, or other imbalance through the process of acceptance or solution identification, application, and growth. Further, through the integration of psychotherapy modalities, the client can develop insight on their way of being. This can help the client adapt and adjust to align their thoughts, words, and actions 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 as we make sense of our story.
We can learn about our internal world through our relationships and in the words of Carl Jung, everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. Being curious about these irritations can deliver opportunities for self reflection and growth, or, we can choose to react, suppress, or run. Fortunately, if we avoid the lesson we will have another chance when it appears in a different time and place! Receiving professional support can be like finding a cloth to polish the mirror so we can see the irritations with greater clarity and accept or overcome them with more ease and less running.
Refer below for testimonals received from clients in response to the counselling process.
I connect with young people 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 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 group counselling process.
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