How I Could Support You – Mind Momentum Counselling for Women
Have you ever thought about reaching out to a Counsellor, but felt uncomfortable or anxious about making an appointment “to talk” to someone?
Are you experiencing symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks, mood swings, relationship problems, work stress, or feelings of depression?
Professional counselling can be a very different experience, and perhaps not as daunting, as what you may imagine it to be.
There are many different types of therapists, counsellors and psychologists out there. And just as many ways (methods or modalities) that they use, to work with and support their clients.
So much of what makes counselling successful for any client, is the relationship they have with their support person. The importance of feeling heard, understood and emotionally validated is so, so important to getting to where you want to be, and feeling your best. It is this relationship that can pave the way for trust and connection to form, which can then allow a client to dig deep, in a safe environment, to gain new insights, gain clarity, find their greater strength and personal power to move forward in their life.
For those of you who have not felt heard or validated in a previous counselling session, I encourage you to try again, with someone new. This may make a world of difference for you.
Although I use some of the same methods that a psychologist or other counsellor may use (including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focussed Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction techniques), my focus is always on allowing the client to be in control of the session and what is discussed, allowing the client to decide how frequently they would like to “chat” or meet again, and how many sessions they feel comfortable continuing for.
My clients can commence seeking support, take a break if / when they like, and come back a few months later, without the need for visiting their GP again, getting another referral, or re-telling their story to someone new, again.
As a private practice counsellor there is no need for a referral from a doctor, there is no need to be on a month-long waiting list (which can be very common in Sydney), no need to feel the pressure of fitting everything into 6 x 50-minute sessions. My focus is 100% on my client’s emotional wellbeing, not on ticking boxes, or working within a limited framework.
As a private practice Counsellor, the only person that sees your session notes or personal details, is me. And, as a registered Counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), my work with clients is always bound by their code of ethics.
As my online clients know, I often spend over an hour with them on an “instant messenger” chat session (on a medical-grade secure platform).
I provide additional value by emailing clients in-between sessions (at no added charge), if they need additional support.
I often email clients supportive documents so they have these on hand to read and re-read when they like (within the secure, confidential platform that I use).
And for those clients choosing e-mail based counselling (so you can write to me, as much as you like, whenever you like), I often invest double that amount of time in preparing each email response back to my clients.
The practical ways I choose to work with my clients include 2 very different ways:
1) ONLINE – Counselling & Support:
I understand that some people will only ever feel comfortable reaching out for support if they can be anonymous (although you don’t need to be, this is up to you).
I can appreciate that many people who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, panic or depression find it really difficult to leave their house at times, and the thought of meeting with a stranger to talk about their feelings and thoughts feels too uncomfortable to do face-to-face.
2) HOME VISITS – Counselling & Support:
For many women, particularly mums at home with their baby, it can feel overwhelming to even think about getting to another appointment on time.
Can they get care for their bub for the appointment time they have been given?
Can they take their bub with them to the appointment?
Will their baby cry through the entire session?
Will they get parking, and be able to take the pram into the consultation room?
This is why I offer the practical and helpful solution of home visits to many women in Sydney.
I will come to you, in the privacy and comfort of your own home, at a time that suits us both.
Please, don’t ever feel like you can’t reach out – I have done my best to make this as easy as possible for you.
If you have any questions, or if any of this sounds of interest to you, please don’t hesitate to be in touch via the links below.
Wendy Gilroy is a Mother of 2, and a professional Counsellor for women. Wendy has a degree in Psychology, a Masters degree in Addiction Studies, and a Diploma of Counselling. She lives in Sydney, Australia, and offers secure ONLINE counselling for women around the world, as well as telephone, face-to-face and home visit services for mums.
Disclaimer: This is for information purposes only. If you have any concerns about your physical or mental health, please consult your healthcare practitioner for medical advice.