Breaking the cycle of unconscious thinking patterns, influenced by the past and revealed in a person's present behaviour.
"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." Buddha
Clients may present with:
Depression, eating disorders, over-reaction to criticism, relationship issues, anxiety, stress, panic attacks, anger, rage, fear, abusive behaviour grief and loss, lack of self worth, not feeling connected with themselves or others, or simply a lack of passion for life. These sufferings can be viewed as defences against feeling the pain of loss. Many issues that we experience are a reflection of either trauma or unhelpful beliefs often brought on by having unavailable or inaccessible primary care givers in our formative years. As we explore and begin to understand these lost parts of ourselves, grieve over the loss and look at our unconscious thought patterns around these experiences, the opportunity is presented for developing new and more helpful ways of thinking and being.
B Ed, MSc (Masters in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Counselling), IMAGO trained couple's therapist, Three-year postgraduate research and training in the treatment of personality disorders with the Masterson Institute in New York. Member of PACFA (bound by their code of ethics), AIRTA (IMAGO) Singles and Couple's
I am a psychodynamic psychotherapist and I believe that unless we reflect on the way we perceive ourselves, our way of being and how we interact with others we are doomed to repeat unhelpful patterns.
"What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself." Abraham H. Maslow
On a personal level, I have been married for over 38 years, my husband and I have two married sons and we are grandparents to six grandchildren. I would like to think that I bring a wealth of experience from the knowledge, training, struggles, disappointments, successes, failures and achievements of my life to the benefit of clients.
Professional development is an ongoing priority consisting of attending relevant workshops and seminars, gaining supervision and exploring research in collegiate groups.
Personal Development is also a priority that I consider essential for all counsellors and therapists and has been ongoing giving me an experiential understanding of the process of transformational thinking and being. The adage that one can only take clients as far as they have been themselves holds some truth.
"Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people." Carl Yung