MBCT is a non invasive, supportive and therapeutic approach to help bring about change.
I work with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, behavioural issues, anger management and grief & loss.
My client base consists mainly of Children suffering with anxiety and behavioural issues (which are usually symptomatic) and their families.
I work in a natural outside space as I find the children most comfortable here. I work in a play based environment so we use different props/toys/drawing/books to explore different issues.
Sometimes my own children are involved in a group based scenario, making it less invasive and easier to explore their emotions and feelings with each other. Having a daughter with high anxiety she is practised in strategies for coping, and children find it easy to learn from one another.
This therapy needs a minimum of 6 sessions (45 minutes per session) which will then be assessed and revised if more sessions are needed. I have an open communication with the parents as we move forward in the sessions.
I completed my Mental First Aid for Youth Certificate 2018.
Putting all my techniques together I have a found a high success rate in children and their families being able to use strategies and techniques to find new levels of happiness and peace.
This is a combination of cognitive therapy and mindfulness.
Mindfulness involves paying attention to each event experienced in the present moment within our body and mind, with a non-judgmental, non-reactive and accepting attitude. In learning to be mindful, we can begin to counter many of our everyday sufferings such as stress, anxiety, and depression because we are learning to experience events in a more impersonal and detached way.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a relatively short term, focused approach to the treatment of many types of emotional, behavioural and cognitive problems. The application of CBT varies according to the problem being addressed, but is essentially a collaborative and individualised program that helps individuals to identify unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and learn or relearn healthier skills and habits. CBT has been practised widely for more than 30 years. It has been researched extensively, and has demonstrated effectiveness with a variety of emotional psychological and psychiatric difficulties.
Together they are wonderful combination. As the individual learns to challenge their negative thoughts, they learn tools to observe their feelings and emotions, which in turn stops the negative Behavioural patterns.
They learn to be present and observe thoughts and emotions by using the strategies taught, allowing the individual the skills and tools to cope themselves, to self regulate, have better cognitive control therefore creating more self awareness, a better sense of self and a higher self esteem.
Along with reducing symptoms, MBCT also helps understand the underlying issues and make decisions in your life that can provide healing, growth and positive change.
Please contact me if you would like more information, have any queries or would like to know pricing. I am based in the Northern Suburbs and I look forward to connecting with you.