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THE CENTRE FOR COUNSELLING AND THERAPEUTIC SERVICES


ACKNOWLEDGING AND CELEBRATING THE FULL SPECTRUM OF HUMAN EMOTIONS AS MEANINGFUL ASPECTS OF LIFE

I established The Centre for Counselling and Therapeutic Services on the Bellarine Peninsula, near Geelong, in 2017 to provide counselling and therapy support, practical information, and a connection for people navigating a range of difficult life circumstances.

I provide counselling and therapy support for people dealing with:

  • Grief and loss
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Stress, Trauma and traumatic experiences
  • Ageing and end of life
  • Life transitions
  • Life limiting illness
  • Emotional, physical or psychological pain
  • Relationship challenges
  • Self-esteem and confidence

I provide individual counselling and therapeutic group programs, to adolescents through to adults for  60 or 90-minute therapy sessions using a range of modalities. Servicing the Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula and the Surf Coast, I provide counselling in person, via the web (Zoom), or via the telephone.

‘Coming home’ to your ‘centre.’

The ‘centre’ part of our name is a reference to the place inside. That still places where we ‘come home’ to ourselves when events outside of our control threaten to destabilise our natural sense of rhythm.

Many things in life are outside of our control. My mission at The Centre for Counselling and Therapeutic Services located in Clifton Springs is to offer you a counselling service that can help you find your way home to your ‘centre’ so that you can navigate life’s trials and tribulations in ways that work for you. Using a range of therapeutic modalities, I aim to provide therapeutic support to the community in and around Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula, and Surf Coast regions.

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“I truly believe that only when head and heart work in harmony, can we attain our full human potential”

Jane Goodall

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THERAPY SERVICES

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I offer individual counselling as well as group therapy programs and drumming events for emotional and mental health and l wellbeing.

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I offer counselling in a warm and nourishing environment in Clifton Springs. My counselling approach is informed by relational and exploratory frameworks that will help you understand and make sense of your experiences so that you can find your way through the challenges that bring you to therapy.

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Somatic experiencing is a body-orientated therapy that supports the release of accumulated stress and trauma that gets ‘trapped’ in the body. It resets the nervous system, releases stress and enhances vitality.

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Relieving stress, tension and anxiety, drumming therapy activate’s neural patterns in the brain to facilitate healing. No musical experience is necessary for this therapy.

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Sandplay involves placing three-dimensional figures in a sandtray. The story created serves as a reflection of the inner world and opens up the expression of what may be outside the grasp of the spoken word. It can gently release trauma, inner tensions and emotions leading to growth and healing. Suitable for children, adolescents and adults.

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Understanding our dreams is a way to develop self-understanding and insight. Working with dreams in the counselling space can add a dimension to the therapeutic process that helps provide clarity and new insights about ourselves and our experiences.

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Accessing the ‘felt-sense’ wisdom of the body, focusing is a process of acknowledging, sensing and listening to the stories our bodies hold and know as a guide to your deepest knowing. . Focusing can be an accompaniment to the overall therapeutic process.

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MEET ALYSON

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With over 20 years of counselling experience, I have worked as a counsellor in community settings and therapeutic services throughout Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula and the Surf Coast, supporting people through many of life’s emotional upheavals, changes and transitions.

As a counsellor, I have a particular interest in supporting people navigating grief and loss, life-limiting illness, ageing and end-of-life. Also, I support people struggling with non-death grief and loss, stress and trauma.

Drawing on a range of theoretical frameworks in my counselling practice including body-orientated therapy (somatic experiencing, focusing) and creative therapy (drumming therapy, sandplay therapy, dreamwork) I aim to support you to acknowledge your emotions and experiences with compassion. My approach to counselling and therapy is to provide the conditions that support connection, expansiveness, self-understanding and acceptance, and the emergence of ‘possibility’ so that people can navigate and understand the meaning behind their emotions and experiences. Through counselling and therapy, I hope to help you create a pathway forward for you to live your life in a way that matters and benefits you and others around you.

I am a clinical member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA register no: 23894) providing counselling and therapy services to adults residing in the Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula and the Surf Coast regions.

Contact me for counselling services.

Contact me to learn how I can support and guide you on your healing journey—in-person, web (Zoom) or telephone counselling and therapy appointments available.

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Mission

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To provide the conditions that support the acknowledgment of all human emotions, and experience as signposts to meaningful self-understanding, compassion and growth.

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Vision

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To live in a world where people are understood and accepted as each having a story to tell, and that accepting the story as meaningful, whilst allowing space for the story to emerge, ultimately leads to a sense of  ‘home’ and ‘belonging’.

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Values

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Acceptance

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Freedom

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Curiosity

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Playfulness and Creativity

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Trust

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Bodily knowing

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If something you have encountered here moves you to take another step, please send me a message using the form below.  

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Acknowledgement of Country

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For thousands of years aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have met on this land; telling stories, doing business and embodying culture. In this culture there is a story for every mountain, every creek, every hill, every rock, and every being.

The Centre for Counselling and Therapeutic Services would like to acknowledge the first custodians of Australia and their connection to community and country. We pay our respects to their ancestors past, and elders present and emerging. May we honour them by continuing to share stories and bring our personal mythology to bare on the world. 

We express our sorrow for the lasting impact of colonisation on their culture, language and sense of home. 

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