therapy with me
Accepting that you need help, and then reaching for the phone to make an appointment, are two of the bravest things you will do in life.
Therapy is not just for those who have been diagnosed with a mental illness. It is something we all can benefit from at some point in our lives. Needing help is not a sign of weakness. Seeking help is an act of courage.
You are an expert on yourself and your family. And I have the training and the experience to help you discover the roots of your issues, and to help you create the life you want to live.
I always aim to strike a balance between talk-therapy and do-therapy. Talk-therapy helps you better understand yourself, your past and its impact on who you are today. This is an important step. But talk-therapy needs to be combined with do-therapy so that you are also making practical changes in your life. And this applies to both individual and family counselling.
MY STYLE OF WORKING
I am a problem solver by nature. I work best with clients who really want to make changes. I like to understand various aspects of my client’s situation. So, the solutions I propose are holistic.
It is important that you have the right therapist for your needs. So, if I think I am not the right fit for you, or during the course of therapy, I find that I am unable to help due to a limitation on my part, I will tell you and provide you with referrals.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THERAPY
The very first thing for you to know is that you can share your deepest concerns without fear of being judged.
The first session is about understanding you as a person and why you have come to therapy. The first session is also your opportunity to clarify any doubts you have about therapy. So that by the end of it, we both have a good idea of the reasons for seeking therapy.
At the end of the first session, we will identify –
Issues that you need help with
Outcomes you want from therapy
In subsequent sessions, we work together to help you create the change you want to see in yourself and your life.
Sessions are 1 hour in duration, except EMDR sessions which are often 1.5 to 2 hours.
MY AREAS OF EXPERTISE
I specialise in Anxiety & Depression, Family & Parenting, and Psychological Trauma, particularly early-life trauma. Although I don't practice mediation now, I am a fully-qualified Family Mediator as per the accreditation requirements of the Government of Australia. Therefore, I have a solid background in family dynamics and family conflict, and by extension parenting, child developmental psychology, and childhood trauma.
I am a psychological trauma specialist and have specific qualifications and training in treating symptoms of trauma and the various mental health issues originating from trauma.
My therapeutic approach is integrative, and I predominantly use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desentisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), and Ego-state therapy.