Roll for Growth, Social Skills & Social Anxiety

During a session last week, one of my participants mentioned how much he enjoys this style of counselling. “This is really fun, and I like being able to tell my story.” Not only that, the group are fully engaged through the whole session. That’s why I’m so passionate about this form of therapy: for them,Continue reading “Roll for Growth, Social Skills & Social Anxiety”

Mindful communication

When I was on the railways I found myself devouring books on world philosophy, in search of wisdom and meaning. Reading these brought me to seek a more fulfilling calling in life, and when I learned about counselling, and how it could be a career option for me, I knew I’d found my path. OneContinue reading “Mindful communication”

Services for Melbourne and Covid-19 impacted communities

I’ve said before that the benefit of conducting sessions online means I can be accessed at your convenience. In times like these – the Covid-19 pandemic, it also means counselling can be accessed in safety, if you’re concerned about becoming exposed. As I watch with a second wave hit the east coast, I am remindedContinue reading “Services for Melbourne and Covid-19 impacted communities”

Body scan meditation

The body scan meditation is another potent tool for relaxation, anxiety, and releasing stress. It can also be surprising – especially if you find yourself holding tension in areas you’d hardly considered. This does more than relieve tension – it helps you recognise it, helps you find where stress is stored in your body. DuringContinue reading “Body scan meditation”

What is: Debriefing

Have you ever had something happen to you, and there’s been nobody to talk about it to? Or nobody you feel would understand, or nobody who’d just shut up for five minutes and let you finish? Welcome to debriefing. Debriefing is one of the more understated but valuable uses of time in the therapeutic space.Continue reading “What is: Debriefing”

What is: Telehealth?

Providing counselling services online seems strange at first sight, but quite convenient and feels more comfortable, and natural than you’d expect. I’m a 28 year old nerd and former FIFO worker – I am no stranger to video calls and connecting with others online. Covid-19 restrictions led to many workplaces adopting work-from-home procedures, and healthContinue reading “What is: Telehealth?”

The resilience of autism parents: Things that inspire me

So this weekend I saw an advertisement for a “supporting parents of children with autism” class, and I was intrigued! I am a parent of a child with autism – I’d love to know more. So I booked in, and I’m waiting to do it. In the meantime – I wanted to hear from otherContinue reading “The resilience of autism parents: Things that inspire me”

What is: A registered health professional?

In the light of a recent scandal where a known con artist had been masquerading as a mental health professional, and providing services and workshops which enabled abuse and stigmatised at-risk individuals, I think it’s a good opportunity for us to take a moment to look at the different types of mental health worker, andContinue reading “What is: A registered health professional?”

In support of others

This #mentalhealthmonday, lets talk about our loved ones. Supporting those we’re close to is a big topic that requires a lot of care, so I’ll likely make several posts on this topic. We can start, though, on what to do when we notice changes in our loved ones, and asking if they’re okay. Sometimes weContinue reading “In support of others”

What Is: Person-Centred Counselling?

Person-centred counselling, or person-centred therapy, is a style of therapy that focuses strongly on the client’s experience and expertise with their life. Rather than seeking to explain unconscious drives and forces, the therapist and the client work together and form a therapeutic alliance. Carl Rogers founded the person-centred counselling style, putting him up there withContinue reading “What Is: Person-Centred Counselling?”