You have typically strived to get the most out of life. You love a challenge and until now felt pretty satisfied with life. Things are starting to look grey. You may be going through a difficult life transition or event such as divorce, grief, retirement, facing redundancy, bullying in the workplace, career change or aging? You have lost the energy and confidence you once had and may even feel depressed and anxious at times. This is effecting your interpersonal and family relationships, health, and effectiveness at work. You feel "stuck".
Many people feel 'stuck' with behaviours, feelings, habits or situations that they find hard to change. This can limit the potential to flourish and live life fully. Everyone has their own strengths and coping skills, and the right counsellor will help you to notice your pre-existing strength and resilience, and work with you to find ways to tackle your challenges and live the life you really want to live.
Are you a woman who's got what you always wanted but find that it still doesn't make you happy? Are you feeling stuck, sad, lonely or angry? My clients often feel this way. They also often compare themselves to others and struggle with perfectionism. They tend to feel frustrated they haven't achieved more with their lives, worried they'll never live up to their full potential & afraid that that familiar dull empty feeling will never go away. My clients tend to be very hard on themselves and wary of others, experience anxiety or depression on a regular basis and tend to over work, drink, eat or spend.
I like to work collaboratively with clients to establish some therapeutic goals, explore creative expression, address trauma and facilitate growth. There is no prior experience with art making required as it's more about the process than the final image. There is usually a focus on sensory regulation in addition to evidence based practice that incorporates DBT skills and principles. WE are a provider for the NDIS.
Since my first client in 1998 I have known that trauma & distress are visceral in nature. One can’t think oneself out of distress, but needs to gently feel the feelings – in the safety of therapy – to express them in a physical, somatic way through talking, breath, movement, acupressure, tapping, mindfulness, & felt-sense techniques. By bringing your issues, thoughts & feelings into the session we work together to untangle & understand & describe the patterns – the psychodynamics – that have sat underneath the formation of these issues. Over time, with increased self understanding & awareness comes release, relief & self-acceptance.
I work with people in different life stages from teens and young adults navigating life challenges to parents in the early stages or further on. I work with women and men navigating the midlife transition who may, or may not, be in crisis. I welcome older adults who may be exploring new spiritual, psychological and physical territory. I welcome LGBTIQ+ folks. My goal is to support you in addressing the needs you bring and to support you to grow towards being the most whole and integrated person that you can be right now. Often our problems show up in the form of anxiety and/or depression but we are all in a unique situation.
For most of us, there’s likely to be times when we could do with some support as we navigate life’s challenges, transitions and crossroads. Perhaps you’re here because you simply want someone to listen to you, I mean really listen to you as you navigate some pretty difficult stuff. No solutions, no ‘homework’, just compassion, understanding and an empathic ‘ear’.Or perhaps you want to create some positive shift in your life, need help getting unstuck or navigating a career crossroad - even change course completely. Maybe it’s time to bring some lightness into your life, to take some simple steps to feel better all round.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Ainslie are psychologists, licensed counsellors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualised treatment.
Services offered, education, and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Ainslie then may specialise in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counselling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How do I find psychologists in Ainslie with the specialty experience I’m looking for?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Ainslie, or Child Psychologists in Ainslie.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Ainslie psychologists specialising in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Ainslie specialise in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or counsellor who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
Can I afford counselling?
Yes. Most counsellors offer reasonable rates or will work on a sliding scale basis. Many accept health insurance. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the counsellor.