Transpersonal counselling is a term used in conjunction with a variety of counselling techniques or modalities that have developed out of the transpersonal psychology movement which began in the 1960s. Transpersonal psychology explores states or areas of consciousness beyond the limits of the personal psyche. Some of the methods I use are induction and state change, deep meditative journey work, narrative therapies, mindfulness, journaling, and working with metaphor, symbols and archetypes.
What is the difference between a therapist and life coach?
There are many different definitions and varying schools of thought on the difference between a therapist and life coach. Having received training and worked with clients in both areas, below is my own personal definition on the differences: Psychotherapy: Good counselling / psychotherapy is person centred. The counsellor holds space, and facilitates the client to move into their own understanding of their issue or difficulty so that healing can take place. Coaching: The client is already at the point of being ready to internalise an issue or difficulty, and embrace change in their life. They are keen to move from A to B, but may have some obstacles and/or limiting beliefs that prevent them from doing so. A life coach will support, motivate and guide the client to understand various points of tensions so that they can self-direct towards their new goal(s) and aspirations.
Where did you train, and do you hold membership with a Professional Association that recognises your training?
My training was with the IKON Institute of Australia. Transpersonal psychotherapy is recognised by the International Institute for Complementary Therapies (IICT), as well as other leading Counselling Associations within Australia such as the Counselling Association of South Australia (CASA), and the Australian Association of Holistic and Transpersonal Counsellors (AAHTC). I currently hold professional membership with the IICT for all of my services and modalities. Is there any specific area as a counsellor that you work within?
I specialise in supporting people experiencing grief, loss, depression, anxiety, and those who are going through an existential crisis as they search for purpose, meaning and value in their life. I also counsel people who suffer from a type of seasonal depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Last but not least, as a result of my specialised training in transpersonal psychotherapy, I provide support to people who are grappling with spiritual emergence / emergency. For an excellent, and detailed explanation on this topic, I encourage you to visit the Spiritual Emergence Network Australia.
If I am not living in Adelaide, or can’t make sessions face to face, can I still book counselling sessions with you?