Alyson established The Centre for Counselling and Therapeutic Services to provide practical, emotional support and information to people for a range of life circumstances. Alyson has a particular interest in supporting people navigating planned or unplanned and repeated home relocations. This interest was borne from her lived experience growing up in an airforce family.
In the early years of my life, ‘home’ was little more than a concept. My parents met in the Royal Australian Air Force (R.A.A.F). They were married within 5 months of that meeting, and the following spring I was born in Newcastle, New South Wales. It was the early 1970’s. The Airforce way of life meant that for the first 15 years of my life, we moved home, school and community every 12 – 18 months. I went to five primary schools, two high schools, lived in five states, two countries and moved house 11 times before I turned 12.
For the first 10 years of my life, I had little more than a temporary sense of ‘home’, and hence there were times when I really didn’t feel like I belonged anywhere. The transient nature and culture of the Airforce was unique, and not a commonly shared experience amongst my peers. On the one hand the lifestyle was a great adventure, whilst on the other hand, the sorrow of departure became a heavy burden to bare. I travelled around North America and Europe for most of my 20’s. This was the gift that emerged from constant home moves: a sense of adventure that took me to far way places. I spent seven years living in the Northern Territory before returning to Melbourne where I now make my home in the Geelong region of Victoria.
‘The Centre’ offers individual counselling, psychotherapy and group therapy to anyone wanting to find, or re-discover a sense of ‘home’ inside themselves. Alyson has extensive experience working with people who use drugs and / or alcohol to cope with a sense of ‘homelessness’.
Rhythm 4 Wellness programs are based on re-connecting with our natural sense of rhythm in the wake of change and transition, and for overall health and wellbeing.
Qualifications and training
Bachelor of Counselling – Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP)
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (Beg)
Diploma Transpersonal Counsellling – Phoenix Institute of Victoria
Cert IV Alcohol and Other Drugs – Dept of Health, NT Govt.
Accredited senior DRUMBEAT Facilitator – Holyoake Institute, WA.
Sandplay Training Modules I, II, III and Relationships in the Sand – Tracks in the Sandtray, NT.
The Wheel of Existential Practice – The Centre for Existential Practice, NSW
Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). reg. provisional.
Register No: 23894
Australian Counselling Association (ACA). Level 3, 8916.
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