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Gestalt Therapy

Recently, some students attended an advanced counselling skills workshop on Gestalt Therapy and found it quite immersive, intense and confrontational; here’s a glimpse into why… GESTALT is a German word that refers to configuration or pattern, form or shape and may refer to holism. Holism is the idea that natural systems and their properties should…

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Supervised Visits For Children – An Insight

CREATING SAFE SPACES FOR KIDS Information and Interview with Sandy from Kids Reunited Inc. I’ve known Sandy for about 8 years when I had the opportunity of meeting her while she developed Kids Reunited Inc, a not-for-profit organisation that reunites children with parents they do not live with.   While visiting the Australian Institute of…

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CBT Techniques

How do you incorporate these in a counselling session? Below you’ll view some example segments from a training session for counsellors however these can also be useful within your own families. Last week we held the final of the S.I.A. (Skills In Action) which have been superseded by the V.I.P Coaching Sessions (Click here for the…

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Counselling From The Car With Kathleen

As you read this I’m holidaying in New Zealand! What a send-off!  There were lots of delays and dramas with the flight cancelled and us having to be diverted to Sydney, wait an hour or two and then onto the beautiful New Zealand. But we made it and isn’t that what life is all about?…

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Follow On From The 'Starting Your Successful Business' Event

Do YOU know the difference between reading something and doing something? Participants at the event last Sunday “Starting Your Successful Business” realised that it’s not all about the nuts and bolts, or the specific steps you need to actually start any business. It’s all about the ‘Ws’… ● Why am I wanting to start? ●…

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What Not To Do

We’re at the end of the financial year and the start of a whole new phase – some say financially, some say different things. To add a little humour to the seriousness of the posts I’ve been writing lately and to also celebrate the passing of the financial year, please entertain yourself by spotting the number…

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Balancing A Range of Clients

Working in the field, particularly ‘part-time’ can be a balancing act.  There are many factors that need to be considered before heading out: Health of the therapist or coach is the number one priority. Calendar of appointments on certain days of the week pre-planned Times scheduled with 15 mins in between each session of 45…

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A Day In The Life Of An Assessor

I thought it might be interesting to share a few brief thoughts on my experiences as an assessor. Working with groups of students is similar to working with clients.  They are human beings with problems and wanting to share.   This sharing is such a positive experience when the locked-up story is unrecognised and unheard.…

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The Counselling Setting

There is so much confusion around something that can be so simple… Bring it all back to basics.  Over the next few weeks there are going to be videos streamed on what to do if you decide to practise your skills at home.  There’s going to be some focused therapy sessions you can achieve even…

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First Counselling Session

One Client’s Interpretation or Feedback Making a decision to generate an appointment for counselling (or even one on one coaching) can arrive either spontaneously or after several days, weeks, months even years of contemplation.  Either way the first session can be a little nerve racking.  Here is one person’s experience however only one person’s interpretation…

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