WHAT IS STARTING WITH A COUNSELLOR LIKE?
Sometimes, the hardest part is just making the initial call. You may have had a recent event that has really upset you and given you the impetus to make the call. If you fell confused or distressed, you will be taken seriously and encouraged to explore the thoughts that are upsetting you by a qualified and experienced therapist.
The immediate goal of a Psychotherapist is to settle and alleviate emotional pain experienced by the client. This consists of a series of conversations filled with unconditional positive regard for the client before any treatment can begin. This allows the client to feel understood and heard, enabling the therapist to see through the eyes of the client, allowing for a deeper understanding before any therapeutic intervention can be made. These conversations are entered into with a spirit of sensitivity, understanding and warmth. Clients are invited to speak about anything that is troubling them. This can include negative thoughts about yourself or others, pain, depression, feelings of shame, guilt, despair, obsessive habits and trauma. You may also wish to speak about your future hopes, dreams and desires.
Psychotherapists are mental health practitioners who come into advanced clinical work through training in the field of psychology, counselling, social work, mental health nursing and general practice medicine. Psychotherapists are also known as counsellors. Psychotherapists do not give advice, but aim to create within the client, a condition of self reflection and personal insight that allow the client to discover their own personal insights while being supported safely in the presence of the therapist. This is then followed on by the counsellors chosen modality that they determine will work best for the client. Alyse is known as an Integrative Therapist and will choose the model that best suits the client, however, the psychodynamic model is often used, which pays attention to developmental history, childhood trauma, childhood attachments, play and memory.
WHAT ABOUT MEDICATION?
Psychotherapists do not administer medication, however we can refer clients to a medicating specialist such as a psychiatrist or clinician, after which you can decide to continue in therapy with the psychotherapist while taking medication.
AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST
Counselling for clients and their families.
Client advocacy, anxiety attacks, emotional crisis, panic disorders (particularly agoraphobia), depression, women's issues, youth issues at school or in general, intellectual disability, mental health challenges, rescue workers requiring trauma recovery, mental health issues affecting work and stress management.
HOME THERAPY SERVICES
If you are experiencing severe agoraphobic or anxious symptoms, and find it hard to go about day to day living, Alyse can come to your home and work closely with you, one on one to regain your confidence, self esteem and independence.
BOWRAL ROAD COUNSELLING AND RETREAT CENTRE
Alyse also owns and operates the Bowral Road Counselling and Retreat Centre in Mittagong, where you can come and stay for intensive counselling from three to five days. Please see accompanying page for services and pricing.
Phone 0477 458 777 for a confidential friendly chat directly with Alyse about your specific needs.
77 BOWRAL ROAD MITTAGONG NSW 2575
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