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A Mental Health and Wellbeing Counselling Service that collaborates with you to achieve sustainable changes across your lifespan.



To Make an Appointment -

Please contact the developer of Sustainable Life Counselling:

Helen Murdoch

Contact Details:

Mobile: 0404309302

Email: helenjomurdoch@gmail.com

 

Why Seek Counselling?

     Mental Health, just like physical health, needs our attention in order for optimum development, maintenance and growth. If we are feeling ill we seek the help of a trained professional. The same should be said for Mental Health. If we are struggling to adjust to our individual life circumstances or we are distressed, then seeking a trained counsellor can assist to develop better mental health and wellbeing. Trained counsellors are ethically bound to provide confidential counselling and protect your privacy. There are a few exceptions to confidentiality that your counsellor should discuss with you prior to any counselling session usually relating to harm to yourself or others. This confidentiality gives you the opportunity to discuss matters openly with someone that can provide a non-judgemental space for you to tell your story. It is in the building of this trusting and non-judgemental relationship that an individual can begin to discuss matters that are hidden or personal. It is through these discussions that an individual can discuss hidden areas in their life, thus making them more visible and understandable, which can in turn lead to personal growth and development.

    How can counselling help with mental health? Evidence suggests that connecting and communicating with other people and is vital to our livelihood. In a study completed on Romanian Orphans left alone for many hours per day, it was found that brain and physical development slowed. The study revealed, through brain scans, that children of the same age being cared for in a people rich and caring environment, had larger brains and better physical development, than the Romanian Orphans. This example of extreme neglect simply highlights the need for individuals to connect with caring individuals for optimum health and wellbeing. Counsellors therefore, can become part of the caring environment that can assist with mental health and wellbeing.

    Counselling can assist you to understand what has brought you to this point in your life and then the counsellor can be a support person as you take steps towards improving outcomes for better mental health and wellbeing. It does not do this with, you, the individual, being passive, while the counsellor does all of the work. The counsellors role is to help you tell your story and to listen with a non-judgemental attitude. The counsellor may give you some points to ponder, key moments and turning points in your life for you to analyse and consider. You may be asked to analyse your strengths and personality traits, with structured activities, that will assist you to have clarity of mind and move you to actions that provide better outcomes. You may be asked to consider your values and your family values and how they have influenced your life. The counsellor’s role is to assist you to focus on unconscious ways of thinking and knowing that may be preventing progression of your mental health and wellbeing.

     Finally, the counsellor uses evidence-based practices that are proven scientifically to assist with mental health and wellbeing. There are many studies that have been completed to prove the value of the types of counselling that can assist individuals improve mental health and wellbeing. Counsellors are trained in a range of techniques and theories that have good studies to suggest their effectiveness. Some of the types of counselling that a counsellor may be trained in include, Cognitive Behaviour, Mindfulness, Solution Focused, Narrative, Person Centred, Gestalt and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. All of these therapies have studies that can prove their effectiveness in assisting individuals achieve better mental health and wellbeing. Use the contacts button to find out how you can access a qualified counsellor.