I practice counselling and psychotherapy using a client-centred approach, which caters to the needs and issues that each individual client brings to therapy. This means that my approach depends upon what you the client presents when you engage in therapy.
There is a wide variety of different counselling and psychotherapy methods or modalities. Research suggests that the quality of therapeutic alliance between a therapist and client is more important and effective than any specific method or modality. Consequently, no single type of therapy is more effective than another. However, many clients are keen to understand how their concerns will be tackled.
I would describe my orientation as integrationist as I utilise different therapeutic approaches, depending on the individual’s unique issues and preferred ways of working with me.
My therapeutic focus centres around supporting individuals who are aware that there are aspects of their lives which need to change in order to bring them a renewed sense of understanding, hope, empowerment and enjoyment.
Using multiple modes of expression, clients are given opportunities to explore their identity, life milestones, relationships, and their emotional and mental health concerns. I explore how your past history, present social and cultural context, thoughts and behaviours influence and impact on your life today.
I support my clients to tap into their own experiences, self-awareness, insights and meaning making to make subtle and powerful changes over time. Through therapy, clients discover the connection between how changes in their thinking, behaviour and being have a notable impact on their relationship with themselves and others.
I believe that our emotional and psychological health can be healed through consistent caring and preservation activities. Understanding what thoughts, behaviours, choices, may put your active recovery off course, we work on how to understand and minimise the influences that tend to unsettle your sense of wellbeing.
Angela has twenty years in organisational development, people leadership, coaching and therapeutic roles. She holds a Bachelor of Adult Education (Human Resource Development) from the University of Technology Sydney; and a Graduate Diploma of Counselling from the Australian College of Applied Psychology.
Angela’s areas of interest and expertise include:
- anxiety disorders
- autism spectrum disorder
- cultural identity
- gender identity and sexual orientation
- grief and loss
- parenting and carer responsibilities
- physical health
- relationships and
- loneliness & social isolation.
Clients may choose to focus on specific mental and emotional health issues such as anxiety and depression, or may find that they would benefit from dealing with specific life events or developmental transitions such as:
- beginning and ending relationships
- grief and loss
- loss of physical health
- understanding and sharing your gender identity or sexual orientation, or
- caring and parenting responsibilities.
Helena’s process of working pluralistically with each client recognises an individual’s unique qualities, personality, culture and needs. Having worked with clients and families of diverse backgrounds for many years, Helena acknowledges the strengths, resilience and knowledge that people bring to their personal circumstances.
The value of the therapeutic alliance is regarded as the most important factor in creating positive outcomes of emotional and psychological healing for clients. Helena endeavours to develop and honour the therapeutic relationship as an important support mechanism for growth and change. Having the underpinning of the person-centred approach Helena collaborates and builds a close bond with her clients’ to increase insight, gain new perspectives and inform change.
Helena has over 18 years of experience working with young people and adults as a counsellor, drama and creative arts facilitator, restorative justice practitioner and mindfulness coach. Helena also utilises expressive and creative arts in her therapeutic work with individual clients and groups to aid self-exploration and self-expression.
Helena works with clients in the areas of:
- Grief and loss
- Adolescent issues
- Anger management
- Self-defeating behaviours
- Social skill building
- Lack of assertiveness
- Communication problems
Clients may also wish to explore their therapeutic journey through puppetry, masks, drama, movement or mime along with talking therapies. Expressive therapy can be a potent force for connecting to the authentic self and Helena aims to provide a safe base for those whom creativity and imagination are an important means of expression.