I have been practicing as a psychotherapist for over 5 years. I am not a psychologist, and this means that our work together does not focus on diagnosis. I work with a wide array of clients dealing with the issues of living, and the challenges of thriving. Don't hesitate to call and a have a chat about how therapy might be of benefit to you.
Deciding on which therapist to work with can be confusing, as there are a lot of different types of therapist working in Melbourne. On this page I share a little about how I work. If what you read here appeals to you, then please get in touch for an initial session and we'll take it from there. If you have any questions, please get in touch.
Please note that I also offer Skype and Telephone Counselling.
Wild Mind Therapy is:
- Client Centered
I work in a client-centered way. Client-centered therapy derives from the work of Carl Rogers and is a perspective that recognises the client's authority with respect to his or her own experience. In other words, you know what is and isn't working for you, you know how you feel about things, you know what you are curious about. That's where we start, together.
I work relationally. Relational therapy recognises that relationships make up the fabric of our lives. Most people come to therapy, at least in part, to improve their relationships. Therapy is a special type of relationship. We'll explore how we experience ourselves and each other in relationship, and in doing so, learn about what we are bringing to all our relationships. In this way you can come to understand what is getting in the way of building deeply nourishing relationships, and through this process you will find yourself able to open to deeper connections with others.
I work experientially. The richest source of information about our 'lifeworld' is our experience in the here-and-now. An experiential approach recognises this, and also that how we are in therapy parallels how we are in the world. Together we will explore our 'lifeworlds'. That is, we'll explore what is it like for us to be in the world. This includes our thoughts, behaviour patterns, posture, language, expectations, reactions, triggers, imagination, intuition and how things feel in our bodies.
I work with a number of art-therapy modalities. Creative arts therapy is not for everyone, and there is no compulsion to 'get out the pastels'. But many clients find that incorporating creative expression into therapy enriches and expands their therapy experience. When we create, we express our innermost selves. Creativity is risky territory for many people for this very reason. It is also deeply empowering. This requires no talent, just a dash of courage and playfulness. Practically this means that in the session we might draw, paint, make noise, move, dance, write, go for walks, use symbols etc.
I work transpersonally. Sometimes this is a focus of therapy, and at other times it is in the background. The transpersonal perspective recognises that life is inherently mysterious. There are multiple layers to our being-in-the-world beyond what is immediately apparent. I work with many clients around unusual psychological experiences, on non-ordinary states of consciousness. As a transpersonal therapist I respect the fundamental mystery of being in the world, and work with an open mind.