Most people seek counselling when a problem emerges in their life, one that feels too big to deal with on their own. Counselling provides a safe and confidential space, in which to explore the situation or issue, so that you can determine whether it is, or is not, a problem, and how you can best deal with it. With counselling you get to;
Activated counselling is what's on offer here at the Albury Clinic, and it's not going to be the pefect fit for everyone. If you are in a place where you feel that you need a whole lot of emotional support, with say ongoing weekly sessions, that might go on for quite a lengthy time; where you will talk about the problem over and over, and revisit it in each of your sessions - then activated counselling may not be for you. For what I've described here is more of a passive experience, where the counsellor is mirroring back what you have said so you can reflect, consider and potentially gain more understanding of yourself and your situation.
Now don't get me wrong, I think this is a great way of working, however, it's not necessarily the best choice if you want to get past the problem and back into the rhythm of your life with a bit more speed.
Activated counselling is, as you can imagine from its name, a bit more action oriented. Activated counselling, as it is delivered here in Albury Wodonga, is more directive, in that it is focussed on you moving through the problem, beyond it, and over to the other side. The process of activated counselling does allow you the opportunity to reflect on your thoughts, feelings and attitudes, but in a more condensed way, for that is only a part of its purpose. Activated counselling is more about recognition and acceptance of what is, then a discovery process to determine the resources and attribtues that need to be drawn on, or the tools and techniques you might need to learn and apply, to move you along your path, so that the problem quickly lies behind you, back in the past.
I always think that each person is a complete individual, even unique - and when you are traversing lifes journey, you want a solution that is going to suit you and your own particular point on the path. Irreverent as it may seem, I think of choosing a counsellor, and a way of working through problems, as a bit like the process of peeling a potatoe. We each have our own personal preference and tend to feel more comfortable with one style of 'potatoe peeler' over another, right?
Standard sessional fees apply for Activated Counselling and you can find them at the bottom of the page by clicking here. As with hypnosis and the other change work on offer, packages will offer you the best value. The first session is always longer, usually an hour and a half, and thereafter, the standard ongoing sessions run for about 50 minutes. Most people find that valuable and measureable change has occurred within six sessions, so that would be the general recommendation. If you are seeking counselling solutions through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) please feel free to contact me by phone on 0409777116.
Sessions can be done in person here at the clinic in Albury, or by distance via Skype or Facetime. For some people, the convenience of online sessions from their own home or office is paramount - there is a saving in time and money by not having to travel, you get to access the service from wherever you are located, and frankly, depending on your personality, you may find that its more comfortable in your own physical surrrounds to talk about your situation. Interestingly, there is quite a bit of evidence to support that online sessions can be more effective.
If you would like to make an appointment, or need to have a quick phone chat to determine if Activated Counselling is for you, then you can call Karen personally and speak to her on 0409777116. Do leave a voice message with your number if you get voicemail so she can call you back, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and leave your number with her that way.