Most people feel stuck or overwhelmed at many points in their life. Sometimes this experience lasts longer or is more intense than we care to deal with on our own. This is normal, and there is usually nothing wrong with you - you are experiencing a very challenging situation and are stuck regarding a way through.
That is where counselling may be useful - it can help shed light on causes of anxiety, depression, grief, lack of motivation. By raising awareness, we can work together helping you bring yourself more peace and life.
With the experience and training explained on the home page of this site, I am qualified, competent, and dedicated to working with a variety of challenges.
We may spend a lot of time, effort, and money on taking care of our material things and physical appearance: Cars, houses, clothing and more. While these are necessary, we sometimes forget about how things are for ourselves. Spending time directly on yourself through counselling can be a valuable investment toward your wellness.
With experience, qualifications, and dedication, I am interested in working with you toward the peace of mind you are seeking.
My person-centered approach means that you get to cover topics you feel are most important. With training and experience, I can help guide sessions toward effective outcomes for you - respecting that you remain the expert in your own life at all times. Meanwhile, I highly value how important it is to keep your information confidential.
Also, I enjoy my job very much which means you get the benefit of someone who is fully committed to your wellness!
Counsellors, psychologists, and psychotherapists are meant to assist you to find your own path to cope, understand, and/or develop new ways of being that work for you. So what’s the difference?
Difference #1 (Psychology vs. Counselling & Psychotherapy):
For psychologists, there is a minimum level of qualification required by a government branch (AHPRA) in registering and applying standards that the psychologist has to meet each year. For example a counsellor or psychotherapist does not have to have any qualification to call themselves a counsellor or psychotherapist; a psychologist must have completed 6 years of specific study to call themselves a psychologist. However, a counsellor or psychotherapist may have excellent qualifications and abilities - it is important you check qualifications for all psychologists and counsellors, and pick one who resonates for you most. Personally, I have completed near 10 years of training including over 8 full time years of university. Four years were in engineering, and the rest was in counselling and psychology (completed degrees in both counselling and psychology).
Difference #2 (Psychology vs. Counselling & Psychotherapy):
Another aspect defining psychology is the research aspect of university training. There is a relatively heavy emphasis on statistical analysis as well as on research methods, design, and interpretation. This is meant to encourage psychologists to use evidence-based methods. For counsellors and psychotherapists, there may be less emphasis on these areas in training, however, evidence-based service is also encouraged and essentially required through counselling and psychotherapy professional membership bodies. Personally, I have completed the majority of research focused training in the psychology program and do include evidence-based techniques.
Difference #3 (Psychology vs. Counselling & Psychotherapy):
Psychologists are trained in formal diagnosis and assessment. Some psychologists choose not to diagnose at all. Some people get better outcomes with a diagnostic style and others like the flow of a counselling or psychotherapy session. Ultimately, you are best to go with what resonates for you. Personally, as a counsellor, I do not formally diagnose, though I do at times use a diagnosis manual if it may assist clients who wish to find their way to a formal diagnosis with another professional who does diagnose, or to inform my approach with a client.
Difference #4 (Counselling vs. Psychotherapy):
Counselling and psychotherapy are different, but they overlap a lot. Primarily, counselling is more "present" focused on today's challenges and psychotherapy delves into earlier life experiences and how they've influenced us today. With psychotherapy, there may be more emphasis on subconscious processes. My style incorporates both approaches as needed by each client.
Similarity #1: (Psychology vs. Counselling & Psychotherapy):
As long as your counsellor or psychotherapist is registered as a professional member of a reputable counselling or psychotherapy association, like psychologists, they are also required to meet stringent standards for academic training and experience, are fully insured, and are bound by a strict code of ethics meant to protect and benefit clients.
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