In individual counselling, clients get the full support of the therapist to explore their problems without being judged. Instead, clients experience, sometimes for the first time, being really listened to. They are offered a fresh perspective to their problem with the safety to explore and self assess how they are responding to it. From here it is possible to explore what is in their power to change.
Counselling For Couples
Every couple has unresolved differences and disagreements which can often lead to feeling disconnected, misunderstood, criticised and unappreciated by the other. Life stressors can tip the scales and lead to more chronic feelings of disconnection. The longer differences remain unresolved the higher the risk of falling into unhelpful reactive cycles marked by criticism and defensiveness which could lead to separation or divorce.
Like Couples, being in a family can provide much nourishment, support and security. However, families are also in a constant state of flux, dealing with change and problems that cause stress. Is it any wonder that family relationships are affected? Under these conditions family members may experience a decrease in connection with each other and possibly an increase in conflict amongst some of its members.
For all the joy there can be in parenting, at times it can be frustrating and stressful. Whether it is the cause of conflict with your partner, trying to manage your child’s emotions or behaviour, managing a blended family or looking for support as a single parent, counselling can help.
Family therapy provides a helpful space that gives teenagers a voice and supports the transition from parent/child to parent/young person relationship. It can also help improve family relationships by giving teenagers the support they need and parents the confidence to relate to their adolescent.
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Kind Words From People We Have Helped
“It was important to us to find a counsellor who allowed us to speak about deeply personal and painful things in a safe and supportive environment. It was particularly important for my husband to feel comfortable opening up in counseling sessions. We both “clicked” with Monica. She listened to the issues at hand and was able to offer new perspectives on situations, creating a shift in what had seemed an insurmountable impasse. We came away from our sessions feeling empowered, and more in tune with each others needs. Now we see Monica periodically, whenever things get a bit “wobbly”, to help us tune into each other’s feelings and needs. This gives me a lot of comfort and reassurance; that we have a support and resource at hand for when things get really tricky.”
As a same sex couple there’s always the fear of being misunderstood or people making assumptions based on stereotypes and generalizations. These concerns were completely irrelevant with Monica. Monica approaches our couples counseling with a delicate balance of openness, assertiveness, and gentleness. She has helped us to see the bigger picture issues when we’ve been bogged down in the minutiae. Monica is both an informed and sensitive practitioner and we are so grateful to have her wisdom when we lose perspective.
Ollie and Rebecca
“I was referred to Monica by a friend about 8 years ago. I was going through a very rough time with my husband. He had cheated. My world had collapsed and I thought that my marriage could never recover from something like this. I had never been to a counsellor before and was extremely reluctant to see Monica initially. As soon as we walked into her office, she immediately made me feel comfortable.”
“Monica doesn’t provide a silver bullet. But that is very appropriate. What she does provide is an emotional and intelligent space – with lots of direction for when we couldn’t get there ourselves – toward better understanding. And that has been our relationship saviour.
We love her and honour her.”
Anne and David
Location And Directions
If using public transport – By bus to Bondi Junction Interchange followed by a 10 minute walk to 17 Edgecliff Rd, Woollahra. See here for more info: www.transportnsw.info/routes/bus
By train to Bondi Junction Station, followed by a 10 minute walk to 17 Edgecliff Rd, Woollahra. See here for more info: www.sydneytrains.info/
By car – 2 hour free of street parking available on Edgecliff Rd and surrounds.