Counselling

Counselling provides an opportunity for you to talk about challenges you have faced in the past or are currently experiencing. This is done in a private and confidential environment so you can talk freely about emotional and social issues that may be difficult to deal with. Counselling can also help you get your life back on track by helping you to resolve any issues that are causing problems for you. 

Trauma

Severely distressing events in our lives have a tremendous impact on our psyches. They affect us far deeper than we think and can re-surface when we least expect them. If you have experienced trauma such as sexual abuse, or  are a victim of domestic violence, I can help you deal with these experiences. If you have experienced traumas associated with assault, injury or accident, these experiences may come back and affect your ability to cope and feel normal. Through counselling I can help you to process them to reach a path of closure. You can then move on without being emotionally or psychologically crippled by these past traumas.

Remember that each one of us deals with trauma in a very personal way. We may exhibit a wide range of responses, ranging from being afraid, on edge, feeling anxious and panicky, or even feeling guilty. Some withdraw into themselves and cease to socialize with friends, some cry and feel sad all the time, while others express their trauma by being angry and violent themselves. If you are experiencing any of these reactions, reaching out and talking to someone is a good first step. Unburdening  yourself and shining a light onto these dark episodes is the best way to heal and move forward again.

Seeking the support of a professional will help you manage the feelings that seem to destroy your sense of peace and well-being. It is important that you find someone who you can talk to in a confidential and private setting. A good therapist, counsellor and confidant can help you find stability as you move on and pick up the pieces again. 

Relationships Difficulties –

  • Strained family relationships

  • Divorce

  • Family law processes 

  • Living with family members affected by mental illness

  • Relationship difficulties personally and professionally

Relationship Difficulties – it is hard to go about your daily activities when you are constantly aware of strained family relationships, an impending divorce, ongoing family law processes or the finality of a divorce that caused the family to break up. Sometimes, it is the burden of having a family member affected by mental illness or debilitating disease. Other times, it may be strained relationships at work that can cause uneasiness and stress.

Relationships are very important in our lives. Loving and supportive relationships are essential so we can continue to grow and realize our full potential. I can help you with the insight, knowledge, skills and other approaches you need to enable you to change and get rid of unhealthy relationships that bring you down. I will help you identify relationship patterns that are unhealthy and unsuitable so you can avoid falling in the same traps as before, and instead learn to strengthen those that are positive so you can go on and build stronger bonds with the people you love.

  • Low self esteem

  • Negative thought patterns

  • Anxiety, depression

  • Lack of motivation

  • Addictive behaviours 

  • Emotional eating

  • Distorted eating patterns

Low self-esteem, negative thought patterns, anxiety and depression need to be dealt with head-on. Lack of motivation, addictive and destructive behaviours, emotional eating and distorted eating patterns need to be diagnosed and corrected as soon as possible to avoid further harm and damage to oneself.

Do you often wonder how it would be like to live freely without the burden of addictive and destructive behaviours? You may have seen the effects of emotional eating and unhealthy eating patterns. You know how destructive they become if not corrected early enough. 

 I will guide you in learning to be mindful around eating and form a new relationship with food so that you keep your body nourished without feeling guilty. I will help you through mindfulness techniques so that you can stop using food to fill the emotional gap when you are feeling low. Yes, you can have a healthy relationship with yourself and the people around you without using food as a crutch. By going to the heart of the matter, you will discover new ways of coping so that your response to stress is a healthier and more sustainable approach. Remember, you are a beautiful person!

 

COUNSELLING $120.00 per hour

Medibank Private Rebates are available


Elspeth Haswell-Smith Level 3 Member of the Australian Counselling Association, Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHHC).

Founder of Food for Life Coach.