What to expect
Counselling is a personal journey. You have an innate desire to grow and develop to your full potential. You also live in a complicated 21st Century world and life can give you experiences that may block you from reaching your full potential.
No two journeys are alike; my approach is personalised to your specific goals. During your first appointment we will explore your experience to help ascertain in which areas of your life you would like some help. This counselling process is referred to as a person-centred approach.
By using a person-centred approach, I put you at the centre of the counselling process. You are the expert of your life and therefore you set the pace. I have found this approach ensures your needs and desired outcomes drive the counselling process.
This person-centred approach can help you reconnect with your inner values and sense of self-worth – helping you better understand your feelings and behaviours to reach your full potential.
You do not need a referral or mental health plan to engage in registered counselling services with Companion Therapies. Our standard sessions are 50 minutes whilst longer sessions are 80 minutes. We offer sessions Monday – Friday and on Saturdays by appointment. Please click the "Book an Appointment" link on our website for the current availability.
I look forward to meeting you soon and begin working together for a better way of life.
Hazel the Assisted Therapy Dog
Hazel is my Groodle (Golden Retriever x Poodle) who is in training to become a certified Assisted Therapy Dog. She works 2-3 days per week and may be present at your session. Hazel’s presence helps to put you at ease and can assist the counselling process.
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is not a new concept but is in the beginning stages here in Australia. The symbiotic relationship between dogs and humans goes back many millennia. Dogs have been shown to have an ability to interpret and respond to human signalling, allowing a two-way attachment bond. These types of bonds are crucial for our mental well-being.(1)
Further research has shown the animal human bond is beneficial in many ways. It helps to lower pain,(2) lower blood pressure and heart rate, and even lowers levels of salivary immunoglobulin-A levels as found in those with depression and/or anxiety (3) and also help to create a sense of safety and wellbeing within the counselling environment (4) to name a few of the benefits of AAT.
If you would like further information on our services for Animal Assisted Therapy, please feel free to contact me to discuss if AAT is right for you.
*Future services for mental health wellness visits to your workplace or facility will be available soon!
**If you have a phobia of dogs or other questions and concerns, please let me know before your appointment.
1. Payne E, Bennett P, McGreevy P. Current perspectives on attachment and bonding in the dog–human dyad. Psychol Res Behav Manag. 2015;8:71-79 https://doi.org/10.2147/PRBM.S74972
2. Marcus, Dawn A., The Science Behind Animal-Assisted Therapy. Curr Pain Headache Rep (2013) 17:322, DOI 10.1007/s11916-013-0322-2
3. Complementary health practice review, Volume: 12 issue: 1, page(s): 51-62 Issue published: January 1, 2007
4. Compitus, K. The Process of Integrating Animal-Assisted Therapy into Clinical Social Work Practice. Clin Soc Work J 49, 1–9 (2021). https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335043502_The_Process_of_Integrating_Animal-Assisted_Therapy_into_Clinical_Social_Work_Practice