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My Approach

When dealing with long term life issues, I believe it is necessary to take an integrated approach in order to better understand the situations at hand. I take a comprehensive approach which to considers all aspects that can potentially be impacted or associated with your emotional and mental health. 

Person centred

I apply person-centred communication and take a comprehensive approach when working with you. 

What is a person-centred approach?

 

The most important aspect of this approach is you. The person-centred refers to the fact the counsellor observes the whole person respectfully, rather than seeing them as a problem. The relationship between client and counsellor is the foundation for this approach. Through the person-centred approach, it is the counsellor’s aim to provide the client with a safe non-judgemental space where the client can talk freely and be heard with an unbiased view.

You will be treated with respect and dignity and given the opportunity to lead the conversation. This means you will be encouraged to explore and understand yourself and your challenges. Three core values of this approach are:

 

  • Empathy (understanding of your perspective and feelings)

  • Unconditional positive regard  (non-judgemental)

  • Congruence  (a genuine and authentic therapeutic relationship)   

The person-centred counsellors do not see themselves as the expert who gives the client directions rather, the client is seen as an expert on themselves. It is a nondirective approach where the counsellor is being authentic and able to understand the client’s viewpoint and acknowledge their feelings. 
The counsellor believes personal potentials include the need to connect with others, to know and be known by others. It also includes being open to experiences, being trusting and gaining trust. The desire to know and care about others, showing curiosity about the world and demonstrating inspiration and compassion. Furthermore, they build a quality relationship and understanding of each individual and value their unique personality.

 

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What does a comprehensive approach look like? 

 

 

Stress and negative thought patterns can affect every area of our lives such as mental and physical health, relationships and work life. Similarly, our mental health states can be influenced by any or all these areas of life.

When dealing with long term life issues, I believe it is necessary to take an integrative approach in order to better understand the situations at hand. I take a comprehensive approach wich to consider all aspects that can potentially be impacted or associated with your emotional and mental health. 

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  • When dealing with complex situations, we will work together, in exploring all these areas to discover the root cause of your situation, this is a process which helps us to develop strategies for lasting change.

  • We will consider:

  • Work-life balance

  • Physical health

  • Hobbies and social environment

  • Relationship issues that may be related

  • to current circumstances.

  • Cultural and spiritual background

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Helping people is not about using our own strength,



It is about helping them discover  strength in them

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The primary modes of therapy 

  • Individual counselling and coaching.

  • Couples, family, and group therapy.

  • Adolecsents counselling and coaching

  • Children's CBT and play therapy

Modes of delevery:

  • One of one in person

  • Mobile service( Meet you at place of choice with in 20 minutes radious from The Gap 4061 Brisbane)

  • On Skype or phone when required. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is a broadly used evidence-based approach that focuses on cognitive and behavioural strategies as the central components of therapeutic change. In most cases it is generally an intensive and short-term style of therapy (from six sessions and beyond) CBT is a goal-oriented practical approach of helping the client.

CBT believes that people’s emotions and behaviour are influenced by their cognition; that is, their thoughts, beliefs, and interpretations.

CBT approaches work with the following: 

  • Cognition

  • Emotion

  • Behaviour 

  • Physiology.

The CBT approach involves changing the negative distorted thoughts to positive, realistic thoughts. It is typically achieved via a three-step process of modifying:

 

  • Negative automatic thoughts (NATs)

  • Dysfunctional assumptions

  • Core beliefs.

 

The process of CBT function on the foundation of the collaborative relationship between the therapist and the client. These techniques help the therapists to understand the client and then to guide the client to better understand themselves and their emotions. These processes enhance the effectiveness of the treatment and help the client to achieve what they expect from the therapy.

Cognitive principles

 

The basic idea behind the cognitive principles of CBT is that people may react differently to exactly the same situation due to the fact the individuals having different perceptions of the same situation. Therefore the same situation can cause various emotions and result in different behaviours in each individual depending on their own perception.

 

 

Example:

Suppose you arrived at a party,  someone you know is already there and they see you as you enter. but she does not seem to notice you. Below are a number of possible thoughts about this event, and some possible emotional responses arising from those interpretations.

 

  • ‘I guess she is not going to talk to me if I say hell,  she’ll think I'm really boring and stupid.’ [Leading to anxiety]

  • ‘Nobody would ever want to talk to me anyway, no one seems to like me.’ [Depression]

  • ‘I can't believe she will treat me this way, I’ve not done anything wrong.’ [Anger]

  • ‘She probably lost the words to say after seeing my dress’ [Amusement]”

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