Areas of Special Interest
Adult survivors of Parental Alienation
Parental alienation, a family dynamic in which one parent engages in behaviors that are likely to foster a child’s unjustified rejection of the other parent. Unfortunately this behaviour among families is a recognised form of child abuse, and it leaves in it's wake many adult survivors who can find life very challenging. When looking for a therapist who counsels adult survivors of parental alienation,it's imperative that they have a deep, extensive knowledge of the clinical literature regarding pathological alignment, alienation and estrangement, and pathological enmeshment, as well substantial knowledge and understanding of borderline, narcissistic, and sociopathic personality disorders. Counsellors dealing with this type of work also need a high level degree, like a Masters or above. The reason for the latter point is that such personality disorders are not only common among alienating parents (and virtually ubiquitous among severe alienators), but are often missed by non-specialists, in part because individuals with these disorders tend to be master manipulators who are charming and highly-skilled at managing first impressions. They also tend to be pathologically dependent which helps to explain the pathological enmeshment with the child.
Alyse is herself an adult child of PA, and is currently studying this field for her PhD research. Alyse only works with the adult survivors, not with children or parents who are currently experiencing PA themselves.
If you are experiencing severe agoraphobic or anxious symptoms, and find it hard to go about day to day living, I can come to your home and work closely with you, one on one to regain your confidence, self esteem and independence. You can even be supported fully to go out shopping or to try and achieve any activity of your choice. Prices for personal support are determined on an individual basis.
I have worked extensively counselling clients to become job ready and then to support them to stay in their job and become the best worker they can become at their work site through my previous employer "Jobsupport". Many of my clients are currently in work and experience ongoing forms of mental health issues and or a disability. Having ongoing counselling, great support in the workplace, good communication and understanding bosses are the keys to maintaining long-term employment. Support comes in many forms and can be support on the job, at lunch, after work, it's all up to what suits the clients best interests. Support can include: on going counselling, mediation with your employer or on the job support or assistance to leave your job if it's just not working for you anymore. Help is entirely individual. Rates for this type of support are negotiated on an individual basis.
Therapy for Rescue Workers
I specialise in trauma recovery for first responders / emergency rescue workers. I hold a full accreditation as a State Rescue Board certified Primary Road Rescue Officer in the NSW State Emergency Service. I have extensive experience in rescues, ranging from motor vehicle accidents, rescue from heights and depths and search and recovery. This allows a deep level of empathy and lived understanding into trauma recovery for rescue workers from SES, Police, Fire and Ambulance. I have received awards for services rendered for my involvement in the 'Thredbo Landslide' rescue from the NSW Former Premier Bob Carr and State Liberal MP Dr Liz Kernahan.
Do you need an advocate? I have professional experience with clients living with intellectual and mental health issues to prepare for, gain and maintain employment from her prior position with Jobsupport Inc, Kingsgrove, NSW.
I can provide client advocacy, individually tailored to your needs and budget and am available for advocacy work with employers on behalf of employees if you are having trouble getting your opinions across, or your voice heard in your workplace. Sometimes, employers may need assistance to tailor programs to suit employees experiencing difficulties, and this can be done easily and efficiently through advocacy.
Often it is in an employers best interest to support an employee going through hard times to stay in work, as training a new person can be expensive and time consuming. Helping an employee to get through a hard time can produce more loyalty and gratitude as well as a deeper commitment to the company once they are feeling better.
It is often a good idea to have mediation between an employer and employee if either party feels that they are not feeling understood. It is important to try and do this before warnings are handed out, which can often frustrate employers and scare and intimidate employees. Sometimes a simple conversation can keep all parties happy and the employee can thrive in their employment.
Ongoing counselling support through difficult times at work can often be the key to maintaining employment. This can be long or short term depending upon the people involved and individual needs. This can take many forms, from face to face work place visits, to phone support counselling.