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  Work with a professional, qualified Trauma Counsellor in the Southern Highlands

Personal statement from Alyse:
I believe passionately in equal rights and a world without discrimination. I advocate daily on behalf of people living with mental health issues and or disabilities to ensure that they are included and supported within their workplaces and all other areas of our community.
My other passion is to support adult children and targeted parents of parental alienation, particularly in the category of severe P.A. I am currently researching a PhD on treatment protocols for adult survivors of severe level child psychological abuse (also known as "parental alienation.")
I welcome new clients to contact my practice.
With gratitude, Alyse
Who Are Clinical Psychotherapists?

Clinical 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. Clinical Psychotherapists may also be known as counsellors.


Psychotherapists do not give advice but aim to create within the client a condition of self-reflection and personal insight that allows the client to discover their own personal insights while being supported safely in the presence of the therapist. The counsellor's chosen modality follows this, which they determine will work best for the client.


Alyse is an Integrative/Clinical psychotherapist and will choose the model, or combinations of, that best suits the client. However, the psycho-dynamic model is often used, which pays attention to developmental history, childhood trauma, childhood attachments, play and memory.

Our Counselling Rooms

We have three quiet and comfortable purpose-built therapeutic spaces. There are two x one-on-one counselling rooms and one large group/couples counselling space. Our large group/couples space can accommodate small intimate groups to work through specialist issues. This space also has a new kitchen and adjoining comfortable lounge area to cook light meals while watching the bird life outside. The themes in our counselling area are stone, rainforest, ocean, wood, and water, and they are designed especially so that clients feel calm and soothed by all elements of nature.

Mindfulness Garden Counselling Space

Counselling sessions can be conducted outdoors in any of the four private garden spaces. Please see the photos. Clients also have full access to the property's gardens, both front and back, and are more than welcome to come in before their counselling session times, grab a cuppa and enjoy the flora and fauna that reside around the many water features throughout the garden.


We also have a dedicated mindfulness garden filled with hand-painted plaques with gentle words of wisdom and ideas for grounding yourself with nature that takes you on a journey of self-reflection and mindfulness as you meander along the undulating pathways, past water fountains, chimes and hundreds of fairy lights.


We also have a shaded BBQ area, seating for up to 16 people on a hand-built red cedar table, hammocks to relax in under the 50-year-old oak tree, yoga mats, and a hand-forged fire drum for lazing by the fire.


If you want to rest quietly with a cup of tea or a glass of local cool climate wine and a homemade cake or biscuit, we have an assortment of old rocking chairs, some antique, to play "Goldilocks' on along the shaded verandah while you watch our wildlife feed and play in the overhanging tree tops.

Soothing Drinks, Homemade cakes, Biscuits and Chocolates for clients

Clients can access free tea and coffee from the reception area or from the kitchen in the large group space to enjoy a cup of tea (including assorted herbal and chai), instant coffee, pod coffee, water, chocolates and homemade biscuits.

What is Psychotherapy?

The immediate goal of a Psychotherapist is to settle and alleviate the 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 and 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. 

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