Counselling for you
Specialising in adolescent issues including anxiety, academic performance, social skills, school refusal.
Also specialising in grief and loss including bereavement, separation, divorce and life transitions.
My purpose is to empower you to find your inner strength, to be the best version of yourself as you navigate the challenges you are currently experiencing. My philosophy is that we all have the resources we need both within and around us to create the life we seek. Sometimes we need professional help to tap into those resources and find a pathway forward.
I have 2 areas of specialty:
The essence of wellness is to value the unique qualities that make you ‘you’.
Diploma of Counselling
Bachelor of Education
Masters of Educational Studies
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Help for teenagers with anxiety, depression, learning and motivation challenges.
As a former maths, health and physical education teacher, I have always enjoyed working with young people. Aside from teaching, I worked at the Centre for Adolescent Health and most recently I have worked in a school in a non-teaching role. I have seen the impact of the digital age and the difficulties we all faced during the lockdown caused by Covid-19 and can see that many adolescents have struggled socially, emotionally, physically and existentially. I love to help young people find themselves amongst the noise and to tap into their inner resources to find their purpose and a bright hope for their future.
I have a good understanding of the challenges that may confront students during their education path and will help you or your adolescent find tools and strategies to reduce stress and anxiety with a view to navigating the challenges with confidence.
Many young people suffered greatly in the extended lockdown in Melbourne in 2020. They spent way too much time on screens, isolated from friends and devoid of normal activities such as sport. Without the usual social connections, life became very small and at the same time very uncertain. It is not surprising that many became withdrawn and anxious during a period of life where they are already navigating the tasks of adolescence, physically, emotionally, cognitively and socially.
Adolescence is a time of great change anyway, without the added complexities of a global pandemic. Parents were under stress trying to work and manage their family and intimate relationships and for many, there was the stress of the uncertainty of their financial future.
Many students happily returned to school, took on board the lessons learned from online learning and got back into the old routines. For others, they had thrived during their home schooling period without the social pressure of their peers and they found themselves very anxious about the return to campus life. Some are still anxious to the point of refusing to go to school which is a source of great distress for families.
I specialise in using evidence based therapies to work with teenagers to help them better manage their thoughts, feelings and behaviours for better life experiences.
Common Issues adolescents face:
- School and cyber bullying
- Body image problems
- Eating disorders
- Relationship issues including family and peers
- Low self confidence/self esteem
- Lack of motivation/purpose
I am available for evening sessions at affordable rates.
Grief and Loss Support
Grief and loss come not only from bereavement but also from separation, divorce, relationship breakdowns, illness, disability and life transitions.
Grief is a normal and natural response experienced when a loved one or something we hold as precious is lost. It is an individual thing and there is no ‘right way’ to grieve. Cultural norms and well meaning family and friends might lead you to think that you have got the grieving process wrong in some way. The intensity and length of the grieving process are unpredictable. Your grief is unique to you.
It is time to seek professional help if you find it difficult to go about your daily routine due to intrusive thoughts about your loved one, you have not yet accepted the loss, you feel stuck or feel very down with little optimism about the future.
Talking to a non-judgemental counsellor can give you a safe place to work through your grief and pain to process those emotions and find peace and hope again. You may find that family and friends are telling you it is time to ‘move on’ and they are no longer as willing to listen to how you feel. They may even start to avoid you if they find the emotion too difficult to deal with. This is where I can help.
If you think I can help support you at a difficult time in your life, please complete the booking form below and I will contact you to see how we might be able to work together to develop tools and strategies which will help you move forward.