I provide relationship counselling for individuals and couples in my consulting room in Avalon. The room is as safe and friendly as my little dog who will be delighted to greet you. The dog can be locked away before you arrive if you’d prefer.
INDIVIDUAL RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING
I have extensive experience and training in many areas of the counselling field, however my speciality is working with individuals who are experiencing relationship pain, whether with partners, or with various family members or even within friendships. Visit my “how I work” page to read more.
I work with couples who are experiencing negative and destructive patterns of communicating and help them develop the skills for forming and maintaining healthy and loving relationships. I also work with couples who have committed to a relationship and want to learn how to make it work as well as they can. Visit my “how I work” page to read more.
I offer meditation practice and instruction for those who are interested in learning more about themselves and who wish to foster an increased ability to self soothe and relax, using various breathing techniques.
I can help you to free up from unhelpful beliefs, habits or negative thought patterrns with the use of Eriksonian hypnosis. This method allows us to create a script together, using words and phrases that have meaning for you, facilitating a way to loosen blocks you may have to change or to help with pain management.
EFT (EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE)
Developed from Thought Field Therapy by psychologist Roger Callahan, this is an energetic therapy which uses our body’s energy system to release blockages created by negative thought patterns. We release these by tapping on accu pressure points throughout the body, rather like ‘do it yourself’ acupuncture, without the needles! I have been doing EFT with my clients for 14 years and many report feelings of immediate relief as well as the reassurance and comfort that comes with knowing you have a tool you can use any time you need it. It works especially well for those who have experienced a trauma of some kind.
LENGTH OF SESSIONS
I meet with people individually who are either currently in relationship and struggling or with couples experiencing difficulties. All sessions are 60 minutes in length, unless you choose a 90 minute couple consultation which can be arranged in advance.
• initial sessions
The first session is a ‘getting to know you’ conversation in which I will make a thorough assessment of your needs and goals for therapy. In the initial session you will experience how I work and have a strong sense of how we can work together as well as getting a good feel for the environment in which we will be working. You may feel hopeful and have a sense of relief because you have taken the first step in creating the relationship you desire. Clients often report that they experience new awareness and insights from this very first session.
• subsequent sessions
For individuals, subsequent sessions are 60 minutes. For couples, sessions are generally 90 minutes – occasionally 60 minutes depending on your needs.
LENGTH OF THERAPY
This of course is a very difficult question to answer because every client is different and has unique needs. The length of therapy can depend on a number of factors, which may include the type of issue, the amount of time that negative patterns have been ingrained and the willingness and motivation you have to change.
On average, clients can tend to have between 8-20 sessions. Some research suggests that it can take 3-4 months to start experiencing long-lasting change, however many clients report that they notice changes after only a few sessions. Some clients may need medium to longer term therapy, which may last longer than a year.
Together we determine how often you will attend, based on your needs and schedule, which may be weekly, fortnightly or monthly. In my experience, the clients who have the most positive outcomes from therapy attend weekly, or schedule and attend sessions on a regular basis.
COUNSELLING OFFICE LOCATION
63 Elvina Avenue, Avalon (Google Maps link).
I am in the block between Kevin Avenue and Wollstencraft Avenues. The house is one down from the corner with Kevin Avenue.
The location is a 10 minute walk from the bus stop at the Shell garage in Avalon or 5 minutes from the bus stop by the ambulance station.
If arriving by car, there is ample parking in the street but don’t park directly outside the house as there are double white lines which could mean a parking ticket!
COUNSELLING OFFICE HOURS
I see clients Monday through Thursday and I am flexible in scheduling to accommodate your needs.
My counselling office location is at 63 Elvina Avenue, Avalon 2107 (Google Maps link).
Please enquire by phone to make a booking or to ask about the fee schedule. I offer a 10% discount for 6 sessions booked ahead and pre-paid. This option may be chosen at anytime in our work together. Please note I have a 24 hour full-fee cancellation policy payment.
Pay as you go, cash or cheque or by mutual agreement, internet banking by arrangement upon receipt of appointment reminder text.