Individual Therapy

At one time or another we will all experience personal challenges or difficulties in our lives. Some of these experiences can be worked through by talking with a trusted friend or family member, or by figuring out our own ways to manage the problems and cope. There are, however, times when these challenges are too much for us to manage on our own and seeking support and strategies from a professional such as a counsellor can really help untangle a situation, issue or our feelings.

Counselling Therapy offers a space for you to be heard and your story to be acknowledged in the tender presence of a counsellor.

A counsellor is a trained and highly skilled professional who offers expertise & perspective in a collaborative process. They also holds space for your story, suggest strategies for resolving symptoms and provide guidance as you move towards personal growth & healing.

Ultimately, counselling can be a helpful tool for people to come to terms with the problems they are facing, and set a plan to help them build resilience and eventually get to a better place.

Counselling can mean different things to different people, and your journey in therapy will be uniquely your own. However, generally the counselling process involves addressing your problems in a positive way by helping you to clarify the issues, set goals & explore options, develop strategies, process experiences and increase self-awareness.

For some, the simple act of telling their story in a space they feel heard is helpful.

Couples Counselling

Research shows that for long lasting relationships, couples must become better friends, learn to manage conflict and create ways to support each other’s hopes for the future. Couple’s counselling can help you and your partner achieve this.

There probably isn’t such thing as a perfect relationship, but a healthy thriving relationship should includes safety, respect, compromise, friendship, and intimacy. Couples with these characteristics are more likely to have a healthy relationship and know how to communicate effectively with each other.

Couples therapy is a process of identifying interaction and communication patterns that are negatively impacting the friendship, intimacy, and fulfillment of needs of one or both partners in a relationship. Therapy together can help provide effective ways to help you and your partner feel better about your relationship and allow you to deal with any negative feelings or behaviours you have within your relationship. By talking about and developing tools to help you overcome your issues, you can work towards a healthier relationship in the future.

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How Christen Supports You

Christens approach at Providence Therapy is best suited to:

  • Life Transitions

  • Addiction

  • Trauma/ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Abuse/Assault/Physical Violence

  • Childhood Sexual Abuse

  • Disturbing/ Lost memories

  • Self-esteem difficulties

  • Chronic Pain

  • Stress & Anxiety

  • Phobias

  • Panic Attack

  • Depression

  • Mood Disruptions

  • Grief & Loss

  • Communication & Relationship Issues

  • Performance Related Difficulties/ Enhancement

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The Counselling Process

The first stage of counselling is a time where therapist and client get to know one another and work to create a secure, compassionate and collaborative therapeutic relationship. The relationship is a key aspect of the therapeutic process, and it is important that the client feels comfortable to explore what brought them into therapy. The first few sessions involve creating a space for the client to tell the story of their lived experiences in the presence of an attuned and empathetic listener. The therapist will ask some questions as they gather information to better understand the clients concerns and discuss symptoms they may be experiencing. During these first few sessions the therapist and client will also establish a direction for future therapy to help address the clients concerns and the therapist may also suggest therapeutic tools to the client to help bring some relief to the symptoms they may be experiencing.

Once a relationship of trust has been established the therapist and client will begin work on a deeper level. This work may include the use of specific therapeutic interventions depending on established therapeutic goals. This work may also include additional strategies to manage symptoms. During this stage, therapy may involve the processing of information, building a deeper self awareness, and working towards the positive change the client may want to make in the future.

The process and length of counselling may vary depending on the needs of a client. For some, counselling may end when the client feels they have met the goals they have set out at the start of therapy. For others, time in therapy may be on going if they find the support beneficial for their long term mental health; though the frequency between session may vary. Our hope is that as individuals reach their therapeutic goals and find new strategies for moving forward from their concerns, they will develop a more positive outlook , build resilience and flourish as they move into the future.

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Confidentiality

Counselling with a trained and qualified therapist also provides a confidential space to seek support. This means that everything discussed in the therapeutic setting remains between you and the therapist unless something is addressed that threatens your well-being or the well-being of others. This ethical and legal requirement will be discussed in full in your first counselling session and any questions you may have regarding confidentiality can be discussed prior to therapy. 

There are many different approaches to counselling, and these approaches used may vary depending on the concerns of a client. Anyone who is struggling with a personal concern can seek counselling and there is no issue that is too big or too small to ask for support.