Counselling, Psychotherapy & Mindfulness Services in Melbourne
You can change. The things that are holding you back, causing pain, ruining your relationships and hindering your career, don’t have to last forever. You’ve already taken the hardest, most important and most daunting step: deciding you need to change. Now all you need to do is find someone to help you uncover the not so obvious reasons, ingrained inner conflicts and issues that are stopping you from living life to the full.
We can help. With grief and loss, trauma, depression, phobias, addictions, anxiety, failed relationships, confidence, communication, and countless other troubles. Firstly, you and your counsellor decide on whether you have the ability to work together collaboratively and then decide on the most suitable treatment — counselling, psychotherapy or mindfulness therapy — then, together, we identify and eliminate the underlying cause.
What are counselling, psychotherapy & mindfulness therapy?
Mindfulness Therapy is a research and practice based system of mind training predicated on meditation principles that teaches you how to attend to your thoughts, feelings and body sensations intentionally and without self-criticism. You’ll learn to experience yourself with acceptance and respond appropriately, rather than reacting automatically. This allows you to know all parts of yourself more fully and therefore provides the opportunity to completely engage yourself in relationships, work and life. In fact, psychoanalytic psychotherapy can be combined with mindfulness therapy, often rendering deep improvements in self esteem. Counselling is used to help deal with more current life challenges, whereas psychotherapy deals a lot with the past.
Counselling is a private, confidential discussion (or, more usually, series of discussions) where a professional counsellor helps you explore a particular difficulty you’re experiencing in your life. Your counsellor’s role is to listen carefully, without judgement and to help you see things more clearly, and maybe from a different perspective. To help you choose an appropriate course of action to overcome your troubles. And to support you as you pursue that remedy.
Is talking to a friend as effective as seeing a professional?
A good friend provides invaluable support when you need it most. Sometimes even effective advice. But there’s a big difference between a friend and an experienced, qualified counsellor.
Friends are less likely to tell the truth. That’s just human nature. Your friendship is important to them, and they don’t want to hurt you, so if the truth is not what you want to hear, a friend may not offer it. Friends are also biased. Their natural inclination is to see things from your point of view. And, of course, friends are rarely qualified professional psychotherapists. Their advice, while valuable, isn’t founded on years of personal study and centuries of psychological science.
And that’s not all. Their friendship is important to you too, so you’re more likely to be worried about how they’ll respond to what you say, and how you think and feel.
One of the most important distinctions between a friend and a counsellor or therapist is that in a friendship, the needs of both parties come into play and require consideration and fulfilment. In the counselling or therapy room, the practitioner puts their own needs aside and focuses on what you need. A good clinician doesn’t ask their patient for emotional support or disclose problems occurring in their personal life. It is an arena for you to sort out your feelings, figure out solutions to recent and long-standing problems and to be known, validated and accepted by an empathic, supportive and non-judgemental other.
University-qualified, professional psychotherapists
There are, naturally, different types of counsellors. At Bayside Psychotherapy, we’re university-qualified, professional counsellors and psychotherapists. We have degrees in counselling and postgraduate qualifications in psychotherapy. We are Members of PACFA and other respective counselling associations, which mandates a strict code of ethics and skills for practice. We are also extensively trained in Buddhist psychotherapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, hypnotherapy and NLP, and dream analysis. In other words, we have the counselling experience and understanding required to gain a deep understanding of your internal issues, and our treatment is governed entirely by your needs, not by our relationship.
All of our counselling and psychotherapy sessions happen in a completely confidential, caring, non-judgmental environment. (In our Melbourne clinic, or by Skype if you would prefer to work remotely.)
We all need help every now and then
Most adults experience psychological troubles at some point in their lives. In fact, it’s far more common than you think. 1 in every 6 people you meet on the street have had — or are having — troubles with anxiety or depression.
If only more of them sought help!
Counselling, psychotherapy and mindfulness therapy work
Professional counselling, psychotherapy and mindfulness therapy are among the most effective treatments for the majority of common psychological disorders. Research shows that even average therapy is more effective than GP care. And with a very good therapist who measures effectiveness, the results are impressive: At least 65% of clients show significant improvement by the end of their therapy. However, sadly therapy has culturally entered ‘Medical Model’ territory reducing its nuanced relational and creative processes to little more than cookie cutter simplicity. Choose your therapist wisely.
Even if you’ve already tried psychological treatments already…
Even if you’ve tried counselling or psychotherapy and found it unsuccessful, please don’t give up on the method itself. One of the most important considerations in therapy is the therapist-patient fit. With a therapist who makes you feel heard, understood and unconditionally accepted, you’ll soon find yourself feeling truly recovered.
Call us on (03) 9557 9113 to find out if we can help
Please call us in Melbourne on (03) 9557 9113 to see if we can help. Your call is completely confidential, and there’s absolutely no obligation.