gmt psychology


Counselling and Therapy Services

Firstly, what is the difference between counselling and therapy? The answer may depend upon who you ask. My perspective is that counselling addresses our mental health symptoms whereas therapy addresses the original causes of our mental health problem.

In terms of providing a service to clients, there is a role for both approaches. Nevertheless, many people without training in mental health have genuine and useful counselling skills, such as teachers, coaches, managers and general health practitioners.

However, if we truly wish to understand the why of our own mental health, we do need to delve deeper. In so doing, we need the skills of an appropriately trained mental health practitioner, such as a psychologist. To do otherwise can be dangerous and inadvisable. When we approach treatment in this more profound way, usually we achieve better treatment and life outcomes. It just takes longer and may require more courage by each individual client but the rewards can be many and the outcomes liberating.

Meanwhile, through the services I offer, being both counselling and therapy, I am committed to helping and supporting my clients in achieving the positive changes they desire in their lives. Sometimes, we struggle with issues that affect our lives in unfavourable or unsustainable ways - issues such debilitating anxiety, entrenched depression, problematic anger, unresolved grief and trauma, relationship difficulties, and disadvantage. In addressing these issues we seek to improve the quality of our lives and relationships, so that we can achieve contentment and our potential: to experience well-being, to flourish, and to succeed.

We cannot change the past, but we can change the way we feel about the past;
We cannot control the future, but we can learn to be happy in the present.

We may not be able to change who we are, but we can change what we do, and how we respond to situations in our lives. In doing so, we are able to change our thinking and - ultimately - how we feel. My role is to support you and coach you, as you make these positive changes and, in time, for you to reap the personal benefits.

Be encouraged that the shift from illness to wellness is liberating, and that my practice is committed to a total wellness perspective, encompassing mind, body, and spirit. I trust I can be of assistance to you, as you find meaning, passion, and joy in your life; to lead and guide you, as you develop the confidence to reach out and make changes in your life.

The well-being and safety of every client is central to my psychology practice, as is the respect and non-judgemental approach I extend to all my clients. I operate under the ethical guidelines of the Australian Psychological Society, encompassing the highest levels of ethical and qualified professional care.