SOUL CENTRED PSYCHOTHERAPIST
SPECIALISING IN WORKING WITH STRESS/ANXIETY IN ADOLESCENTS AND TEENAGERS
Currently Running “Mindful Presence Workshops” for Adolescents and Teenagers
About Teenage Anxiety
There are many myths about depression and anxiety in young people but the reality is that feeling sad, irritable and anxious most of the time is not a ‘normal’ part of adolescence. Teen stress is a pivotal health issue because of its capacity to disrupt an adolescent’s ability to handle the demands of daily life, yet is often overlooked and is poorly understood. Stress emerges for young people as they enter adolescence, a transition that brings rapid socio-emotional changes.
Teens must confront the challenges of developing healthy relationships with their peers, meet the expectations of school and the responsibilities of family life and cope with naturally occurring physiological and emotional changes. Stress or anxiety left unchecked or unmanaged can have a profound effect on an adolescent’s physical, emotional and psychological well-being, leading to illness, depression and feelings of isolation.
The symptoms of stress/anxiety can vary in degree and intensity, they may include any or all of the following. Excessive worry about events or activities (exams, studying, sporting or music finals), feelings of restlessness, sleep disturbance, irritability, difficulty concentrating, panic attacks, withdrawal from close family and friends, as well as physical symptoms such as muscle tension, headaches and migraines, nausea, tiredness, allergies and loss or change of appetite.
ABOUT THERAPY: WHAT TO EXPECT THERAPEUTICALLY
Therapy will initially focus on providing immediate symptom relief, by incorporating stress management techniques including specifically orientated meditations, guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation and deep breathing exercises. Therapy may then include a combination of the following interventions:
- TMC - (Thought Matrix Meridian Counselling) Identifying and challenging underlying negative beliefs, thoughts and behaviours.
- BLSP - (Bi-lateral Stimulation Processing).
- Gentle Tapping Techniques.
We will explore past and current relationship dynamics and self-defeating behaviours that may be contributing to feelings of anxiety. Therapy serves as both an anchor and a guide, keeping teens grounded while they search for healthy ways to express themselves’ and fulfill their needs.
ABOUT THERAPY: WHAT TO EXPECT PERSONALLY
Every client is an individual and their experience of the world and how they interact with others is unique to them. In my sessions I offer support and guidance and a safe, nurturing and empathetic environment in which a client is invited to explore their current circumstance and freely express their thoughts and feelings in confidentiality. Therapy is orientated towards creating Inner resources and coping strategies for anxiety management, learning self-soothing and self-care techniques, developing better relationship skills, building self-esteem and confidence, creating inner strength skills, discovering ways to overcome difficulties, making changes in themselves and their situations and overall to provide healthy ways to express their individuality and fulfill their needs.
STUDENTS – DURATION OF SESSIONS: ONE HOUR - $80.00, ONE AND HALF HOURS - $120.00
ADULTS – DURATION OF SESSIONS: ONE AND HALF HOURS - $130.00
QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING
Interim Diploma of Soul Centred Psychotherapy. Specific areas of training include:
- Defence Theory and Character Structure
- Trance Therapy
- Mindful Presence Counselling
- Bi-lateral Stimulation
- Therapeutic Ritual
- Tapping Protocols
- Muscle Testing
- Dream Exploration
- Archetypal influences: exploring the different forms of the feminine and the masculine archetypes in mythology and their different influences on the personal, familial and societal experience and their use as metaphors.
OTHER CERTIFICATES INCLUDE:
Certificate of Soulful Presence Counselling
Certificate of Thought Matrix Meridian Counselling and Healing
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE COMPLETED IN 2011
“Solving the Jigsaw” – An organisation centred around changing the culture of violence
Certificate of Completion: (modules completed):
- Whole school approach to violence and bullying.
- Facilitating respect, valuing diversity, encouraging and maintaining confidentiality.
- Awkward conversations with kids.
- Creating a caring and nurturing classroom and school.
- Responding to conflict within the school community.
- Exploring feelings and emotions in the classroom.
ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF THE ASCP – THE ASSOCIATION OF SOUL CENTRED PSYCHOTHERAPISTS, A CONSTITUENT MEMBER ASSOCIATION OF PACFA –THE PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELLING FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA.
PRIVATE AND PERSONALISED STRESS RELEASE WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS
I can on request work in a personal and private capacity with small groups (work-office, sports clubs, mothers' groups, private clubs). These workshops are designed using Mindful Presence Techniques to provide stress and anxiety relief skills and self-soothing tools, also incorporating meditation practices. Unlike general meditations, the experience is deepened through a process known as “Relaxing and Releasing” – This process is orientated towards releasing tension, tightness and stress in the mind-body system.
ABOUT MINDFUL PRESENCE WORKSHOPS
“Mindful Presence Workshops” is a program designed specifically for providing teenagers with resources and strategies for coping with stress and anxiety, teaching self-care and self-soothing skills and building self-esteem and confidence. These workshops came into being because of the increasing numbers of adolescents and teenagers that were seeking support and guidance for the many and varied stresses and anxieties associated with exams, study and school life.
For more information on these workshops, or if you require a program, please refer your enquiry to - firstname.lastname@example.org
Following you will find a list of the most frequently asked questions about therapy by teens, written for teens.
TEEN THERAPY AND COUNSELLING – THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- HOW PRIVATE IS IT?
Therapists respect the privacy of their clients and they keep things they are told confidential. A therapist won’t tell anyone else including parents – about what a person discusses in his/her session unless that person gives permission. The only exception is if the therapist believes that their client may harm themselves or others.
- DOES IT MEAN “I’M CRAZY”?
Absolutely not, there’s nothing wrong with getting help with problems that are hard to solve. Just like students often see tutors or coaches for extra help with schoolwork or sports, getting help in dealing with emotions and stressful situations takes courage and maturity. It’s always better to look for solutions to problems instead of ignoring or hiding them.
- WHAT IS THERAPY?
Therapy is a process that’s a lot like learning, through therapy people learn about themselves. They discover ways to overcome difficulties, develop inner strength skills or make changes to their life or their situations. Often, it feels good to have a person to vent to and other times it’s useful to learn different techniques to help deal with stress.
- I’M NOT SURE? - SHARING MY PERSONAL INFORMATION.
It might take a few meetings with a therapist before people really feel like they can share personal stories. It’s natural to feel that way, trust is an essential ingredient in therapy – after all, therapy involves being open and honest about sensitive topics like feelings, relationships, problems, disappointments and hopes. A therapist understands that people sometimes take a while to feel comfortable sharing information.