Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.
I have a degree in Psychology with honours but chose to become a Counsellor. I wanted to move away from the clinical, formal approach that is Psychology into the Counselling space which is more person-centred. In Counselling you are the one in control, the one that sets the pace and the direction, I am here to help you achieve your goals. I believe in the power of lived experience and bring to my Counselling practice my own experience of mental health issues. For me, education is one element (yes, a very big element) but having lived experience means I know where you are at this moment. I have been there and worked towards some effective outcomes to strengthen our mental health.
Counselling is a form of ‘talk therapy’ that is confidential and non-judgemental. Unlike talking with family and friends Counselling is not about giving you unwarranted advice, suggestions, or opinions. I work with you to find what works for you in your world.
I am passionate about educating and counselling our children, and teenagers, especially in their own mental health and well-being. If we teach our children, while they are young, to work through issues we are setting them up to be strong adults. I also want to help parents navigate the teenage years, as this is a time of great angst for most parents. As a parent of teenagers, I have been through this, and I know how hard it can be.
When working with children I love using my skills in art therapy and find I form a connection with children quickly. Some of my young clients have found it hard to find Counselling that fits with them and incorporating art therapy certainly helps them engage.
“You don’t have to be positive all the time. It’s perfectly okay to feel sad, angry, annoyed, frustrated, scared and anxious. Having feelings doesn’t make you a negative person. It makes you human.” Lori Deschene