Individual & Family Counselling

Individual & Family Counselling 2021-10-26T12:10:46+00:00

Project Description

Individual Counselling

Individual counselling allows me to facilitate a healing and safe space, to help individuals with struggles that they are facing in their personal lives. Attending Therapy can be hard and discomforting, and it is important that I ensure that You feel comfortable, safe and cared for, while being treated with utmost dignity and sensitivity. Individual counselling provides the space to explore various aspects of your life and the relationships that have an impact. With this, we will interactively explore avenues to gain direction, and move forward towards a healing, positive and effective change. The therapeutic process is tailored to each client’s specific challenge or needs and is thus unique for each client.

I work with individuals on a variety of struggles, which include:

  • Managing Stress (Personal & Work)

  • Burnout

  • Finding Balance in Work Life

  • Assertiveness

  • Self-Esteem, self-image and confidence, including struggles around weight, body image and eating.

  • Difficulties in relationships or in interpersonal struggles (conflicts)

  • Abuse – Emotional, Physical & Sexual (Children & Adults)

  • Grief, loss and bereavement

  • Alcohol and substance use

  • Addictions including gambling and sex, pornography, masturbation

  • Divorce and Separation

  • Career Challenges

  • Psycho-Oncology

  • Health Counselling – dealing with health difficulties

  • HIV Counselling & Testing

  • Commitment Anxiety

  • Phobias

  • Panic Attacks

  • Generalised anxiety disorder

  • Exam anxiety

  • Social Phobias

  • Success Inhibition

  • Fear of failure

  • All types of performance anxiety

  • Self-worth / Self-confidence Issues

  • Fear of authority

  • Relationship Issues

  • Grief

  • PTSD

  • Procrastination

  • Motivation

  • Fears

  • Feelings of Guilt

  • Relationship Issues

  • Smoking Difficulties

I am a Certified Brain Working Recursive Therapist (BWRT). To assist clients with their therapeutic goals, I use integrative therapy and specifically the Integrative Interactional approach to counselling. In this approach (as a way of conceptualizing and guiding therapy), I then draw on a variety of techniques depending on the need of the client and what is the most optimal method of assisting in resolving difficulties. The patterns that emerge in our lives (through interaction or in relationships) are often the core to our struggles. This together with the uniqueness of each person who walks through my door helps me to develop an intervention strategy (using the Interactional Pattern Analysis – IPA). The IPA helps direct the therapy process. In other words, I work with a plan in counselling, bearing in mind what the client brings to the room each session and what the clients therapeutic goals are.

Family Counselling

Families can be a source of support, encouragement and love but sometimes relationships within families are put under strain and family members feel isolated or overlooked. Family counselling can help when siblings aren’t getting on, or when parents and children are going through a divorce or separation. Forming a new family is a challenge and it is at this point that many parents contact Relate for some support to help everyone settle.

Our family affects who we are and who we become, both for the better and for worse. We learn our vocabulary, our habits, our customs and rituals, and how to view and observe the world around us.

We also learn how to love, and how to interact with others from these first important relationships. If we are born into a healthy family with healthy relationships, we are likely to learn how to maintain healthy relationships. If we are born into a dysfunctional family that struggles to connect, we may also struggle to connect with others.

Nearly all families deal with some sort of dysfunction at one time or another, yet most families retain or regain a sense of wholeness and happiness.

Family Counselling offers families a way to do this – a way to develop or maintain a healthy, functional family.

  • Better understanding of healthy boundaries and family patterns and dynamics

  • Enhanced communication

  • Improved problem solving

  • Deeper empathy

  • Reduced conflict and better anger management skills

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