" Knowing yourself is the beginning of all Wisdom" - Aristotle
I predominantly help individuals who would like to improve their most important relationships and gain deeper emotional clarity. Perhaps you have feelings of insecurity that get in the way of you having a happy and healthy relationship, or the negative patterns in your most important relationship cause emotional distress for you.
I am here to help you realise your full potential and live a life that is more aligned with your authentic self. Working on yourself enables you to have stronger, thriving relationships with others.
When you experience emotional or psychological distress and feel overwhelmed by it, it feels like the problems consume you that it becomes so difficult to find a solution or a way out. Imagine holding a book so close to your face that your nose touches it, the words in the book will be blurry and you can't read anything, but once you hold the book further away from yourself the words on the page become very clear and readable. Counselling works in a similar way, it gives you a distant or outside perspective to your problems so that you can find some clarity and resolution for your issues.
If you would like to work on yourself to improve your relationship with significant others, or simply improve your own wellbeing from issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, low self-esteem, or challenging life transitions, then contact me now!
Child & Adolescent Counselling
Growing up and achieving important developmental milestones in the context of our modern lives can be a challenging task for children and young people. Some children and teenagers may need the support of a professional to deal with these challenges.
I provide specialised counselling for children and adolescents to address common childhood issues such as:
anxiety or depression
coping with grief due to the death of a loved one or other significant losses.
self-esteem issues and bullying
difficulties with regulating emotions
experience or exposure to a traumatic event
adapting to changes within the family, e.g. relocation, new baby, illness, etc.
Benefits of Individual Counselling
Individual counselling has many benefits, and it is not something that needs to be reserved for people with severe mental health issues only. Here are some outcomes you can expect from going to individual counselling or therapy:
Brings clarity and more understanding about the issues you are struggling with
Improves self-confidence and self-esteem
Improves the quality of your relationships
Improves emotional and psychological well-being
Develop positive ways to cope with your problems
Develop healthy boundaries in relationships
Manage and resolve conflicts in healthy ways.
Working with me
What to expect in your first session
The first appointment is actually a get-to-know-you session, but foremost, I want to make sure that you feel safe and comfortable in the space with me. I would do this starting with general conversations about how you feel coming to therapy, especially if it's your first experience in counselling. If you have had previous counselling, I would talk to you about your previous experience of therapy and discuss if you have any particular expectations of me. I will also be open and transparent about what you can expect from therapy, how I work, and informing you about important policies in place, such as privacy and confidentiality, fee and cancellation policy, etc.
I also like to get to know you as a person in general, so before we speak about what brings you to counselling, I may ask you about what you do, whom you live with, how you spend your free time and whatever else you want to share with me about yourself. This way I start building an understanding of your current distress in the context of your life circumstances. We then try to explore what brings you to counselling, why you decided to seek help now, how the issues are affecting you emotionally, socially, physically etc, how long you have been dealing with your current problems, and what you have tried to do to resolve the issues. We will work together to make a plan for your ongoing sessions with me.
Child & Adolescent Counselling Sessions: I usually meet with the parent/guardian to do a developmental assessment and discuss the issues they are most concerned about their child. In some cases, especially adolescents, who may want to have a private session without parental involvement, I meet with the young person from the beginning, however, signed consent is required from both parents or legal guardians to provide therapy to all children under 18 years of age. If a child or adolescent is the referred client, I respect their confidentiality and privacy, which means I do not share contents of the therapy with parents, other than general feedback; unless the child gives me permission to share with parents or any safety concerns become apparent.
Individual Counselling at Lotus Bloom
Face-to-face appointments are available at Seven Hills, NSW (easy access for people in the Hills and Western Sydney areas).
Online sessions are also provided via a secure telehealth platform like Zoom.
Individual Counselling sessions: $140 (60 minutes).
*(after-hours and weekend appointments incur an extra $20 surcharge).
The number of sessions required depends on your unique circumstances and issues. I also offer a free 15-minute phone consultation prior to the session, so that you can get to know me or ask me any questions.
How to book your appointment?
You can book your appointment online on our client portal by clicking on the book now button below.
Alternatively, contact me during business hours.
Please note that I do not respond to crisis calls. If you are in a crisis and need immediate support, contact 000 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Still unsure about seeing a counsellor? Read up on my blog here: Busting 8 Common Myths about Therapy