Counselling, Psychotherapy & Gestalt Therapy
Leeann is a qualified Psychotherapist and Counsellor located in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. She works with Individuals, Couples, Families and Young People covering a wide range of issues and concerns. Leeann has specialised training in Group Therapy and Gestalt Therapy, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
Graduate Diploma in Psychology
Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Therapy
Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Bachelor of Music
Counselling is particularly helpful when facing the challenges of life, perhaps a specific issue or event, a relationship difficulty, or an area of life that is not satisfying. Many individuals, couples and families find relief, hope and courage through the extra support that counselling provides. They gain clarity and a new perspective, and are able to move through their situation in new ways, toward resoultion.
Psychotherapy offers a deeper exploration of a persons life and their experiences. We are all shaped by the experiences we have along the way and we develop patterns of behaviour and thought. These, in turn, shape the way that we perceive and respond to life around us. Some of these patterns lead to success, and some have quite the opposite effect. Through exploration of who we are and how we interact with the world around us, we can release past burdens that may cloud our vision and come to new understandings, resulting in profoud shifts of perception and more satisfying outcomes.
Gestalt Therapy is a present-centered, experiential and relational approach that offers respect for the whole person within the context of their whole life and environment. At the heart of gestalt therapy is the aim of expanding and deepening awareness in order to facilitate personal growth and well-being. in particular, our present and immediate experience (here-and-now) is emphasised over talking about and interpreting the past, with the assumption that all of our past experiences are somehow contained and/or alive within the present. Creative experimentation arising from within the therapeutic process is a dynamic and powerful feature of gestalt therapy.
The relationships we have with those around us offer the possibility for exquisite joy and happiness, as well as disappointment, hurt and suffering. For every relationship we enter, we each bring along the experiences that shape who we are and the resulting 'lenses' through which we view the world. it can be hard to see each other clearly at times, and it is easy to attribute how we feel to others' behaviours. However, the truth is that the relationships around us, and how we respond, are reflections of our own internal state of being. Who we attract into our lives, who we choose to spend time with, what patterns of behaviour we allow ourselves to be part of, and how willing we are to communicate and be flexible, are all areas of potential exploration and growth.
The first important relationships we experience are those within our family of origin - those who are destined to introduce us to the world and provide us with our first interactions. These relationships form a kind of blue print for what we know and it is here that we experience our first lessons in love, joy, excitement, sadness, anger, fear, etc. How these emotions are supported, or not supported, by ourselves and others forms the building blocks for our future experiences and decisions in life.
As we grow, our capacity for intimacy (the ability to be emotionally close to another) is impacted by our prior experiences. These may be positive experiences based on love, care and respect, or negative experiences tainted by neglect, disregard or even abuse. As we search for satisfying and joyful relationships in our lives, it helps to become aware of past experiences that might be holding us back. A key indicator of our potential for intimacy lies in our ability to embrace differences between ourselves and others, and our willingnss to be flexible with each other. Intolerance and rigidity are signs that our past may be influencing our present relationships more than we realise.
Communication is an integral aspect of successful relationships and it is important to realise that we communicate with each other in many different ways. What we say, how we say it, what we don't say, and what we do and don't do, all speak volumes. Good, clear communication is a powerful tool that fosters understanding, connection and harmony between people. When communication breaks down, however, misunderstanding, disconnection, and discontent can arise. Understanding our own styles of communication, and becoming aware of areas where we may be incongruent and sending mixed messages, is an essential aspect of satisfying relationships in both our personal and professional lives.
No matter how much time we spend with another person, it is important to realise that we can never know another person completely. There is always more to learn and be curious about - we are all having our unique expereinces, learning and growing all the time. The personal and relational patterns we fall into however, can become a kind of default setting, predicting the experiences we will have and making life, and others, seem as if they are 'fixed' entities. This is particularly true when there are unresolved issues, tensions and dissatisfaction.
Relationship counselling offers an opportunity to explore all of the above aspects of our relationships, and provides the possibility of reolving past and current conflicts, raising awareness of how-we-are in relationship, and renewing our ability to see each other clearly. With this, comes the potential for greater vitality, joy and satisfaction in our interactions with those around us.
Woodside - Adelaide Hills - South Australia