Counselling with me

 

I am passionate about assisting others to empower themselves. Negative and challenging situations happen in all our lives, and I am here to provide you with support and compassion, while helping you build additional life skills and strengths. I will take the journey with you.

 

I work differently with each person as each person has different concerns, different personalities and different goals.

 

What you can expect when working with me is compassion, understanding, acceptance, integrity, honesty, reliability and confidentiality. The counselling space is non-judgemental and non-critical. You can also expect to be challenged at times, however this is done in a safe, respectful and empowering manner. I will always believe in you and will help you recognise and develop your own strengths, abilities, courage, happiness and capacity to cope.

 

Undertaking counselling is a self-caring and nurturing activity which gives you a chance to unpack your concerns in a safe and non-judgemental environment – this is a space for you to just “be”. The counselling room is a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment. Confidentiality is assured.

My experience

Over the past 20 years, I have worked with many people who have faced a variety of issues and challenges. These include:

  • Childhood sexual abuse

  • Adult sexual abuse

  • Physical / domestic violence

  • Emotional / mental abuse

  • Loss and grief

  • Self harming behaviour

  • Depression

  • Sexuality or gender identify confusion

 

Counselling is not only for traumatic events, but also for helping work through positive changes in life, for example getting married, a new job, moving house, etc.

 

The counselling modalities I work with

While I have studied, and am familiar with, a number of different counselling therapies, I primarily work with a combination of solution-focused therapy, person-centred therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy and narrative therapy. I adapt my approach to ensure the best result for the person I am working with.

 

Regardless of the counselling theories I use, I work with compassion, respect, integrity and mindfulness.  I understand that what you are dealing with is hurtful and challenging, and I support you, and work with you to bring sense and understanding to what you are experiencing.

 

Signs you may need counselling

 

Life can be hard sometimes. It can be unfair, cruel and unkind. Life can also be difficult to understand, decisions can be confusing, misunderstandings occur and there disagreements, worries and unforeseen problems.

 

Despite all of this, I believe you deserve to feel happy and satisfied most of the time, know your life is meaningful, know you are a worthwhile person, and have good people around you. Sometimes feeling like this comes easily, and at other times, we need to work through the challenges that life throws at us. If you do not feel content, positively challenged and mostly comfortable with your life then perhaps counselling could be beneficial for you.

 

Ask yourself the following questions to check if counselling is the right path for you at the moment.

  • Have you suffered a trauma and can’t stop thinking about it?

  • Someone you care about has died?

  • Feeling dissatisfied with your life, but don’t know what to do about it?

  • Want to talk to someone who is independent and totally separate from everyone in your life?

  • Feel like you don’t want to burden others in your life with what you are feeling?

  • Experiencing headaches, digestive issues, skin irritations or other physical symptoms that you believe are due to anxiety?

  • Feeling sad and/or depressed and not sure how to lift yourself out of it?

  • Want to move in a different direction in your life, but don’t know where to begin?

  • Have a life-changing decision to make but not sure how others will take it?

  • Having issues with, or concerns about, your partner, children or family?

  • Experiencing nightmares, having trouble sleeping sleep, or it is hard to get out of bed in the morning?

  • Overindulging in alcohol, drugs, medications, etc?

  • Feeling stressed?

  • Having trouble making decisions?

  • Dealing with a difficult work situation?

  • Had a recent breakup and feel like you are lost and alone?

  • Feel you’re not functioning as well as you used to?

  • Your family or friends are concerned about you?

 

Everyone is likely to need extra support at certain times in our lives and counselling is not only for those “big” things that happen, but also for the times when you are feeling slightly overwhelmed, a bit “off-track” or confused. 

Further information

Please contact Linda Wilson on 0431 693 313, or lindawilson333@hotmail.com

  • Relationship / partner issues

  • Family issues

  • Divorce and separation

  • Illness

  • Concern or worry for a loved one

  • Anxiety and stress

  • Lacking confidence and self-esteem

  • Negative body image