Counselling & Psychotherapy

Children and adolescents

 

Helping you help your child

Every child is unique and getting a true understanding of the individual child’s strengths and challenges is a complex process.  A child who appears to be having trouble with behaviour or learning could have challenges in any number of areas. Serafin has a broad range of experience in child and adolescent mental health and will conduct a thorough and comprehensive assessment, make potential referrals, and an multidisciplinary team (MDT) formulated treatment plan for children who present with issues including the following:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Self-esteem
  • Divorce / separation
  • Trauma
 

Couple counselling

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Has the delight, connection and commitment in your relationship been replaced with hindrances and heartbreak? Are you and your spouse or partner routinely struggling to communicate, effectively resolve conflicts and meaningfully connect? Are you feeling frustrated, isolated or angry about the patterns of negative intensity or withdrawal that have come to define your relationship? Are you beginning to realise that you don’t really know and/or like your partner or perhaps even yourself? 

Don’t let your relationship issues go untreated

If you’re looking for a skilled, experienced and compassionate couples therapist, I invite you to email me to book in a free phone consultation to discuss your specific situation and to answer any questions you have.

 

Stepfamily therapy

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Joining your life with another person is challenging enough, throw in some children, an ex partner, and multiple sets of in laws, you end up in a situation that can often feel impossible and leave you feeling like you have no control over many aspects of your life.  There is almost no part of your life that is simple, which is why seeking support from a therapist who specialises in stepfamilies can help.  You will learn to communicate around these very challenging topics and begin to work as a team with your partner.  

Figure out how to:

  • Communicate kindly around parenting with your new partner
  • Build a solid relationship with your stepchildren

  • Co-parent with an ex-spouse (or ex-spouses)

  • Parent your mutual child, including how to include stepchildren when a new baby is coming into the family

  • Manage discussions around finances.  Explore the frustrations that may occur when a significant portion of income is going to another household and how you can communicate successfully around these challenging issues.

 

Individual counselling

 

Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or stress?

Are you coping with a major loss or trauma?

If any of the above are true, then individual counselling can help. Let's work together to provide a customised approach to help you overcome the challenges that are negatively impacting you.

Many of the people we help are successful professionals who are trying to find the same level of competence and happiness in their personal life as they experience in their professional life. Others are feeling good about many aspects of their personal life but they want to find more meaning and connection in their lives overall. Still others are ready to address pain and experiences that have been avoided for too long.  

Therapy is hard hard work but it also has the potential to be life altering and transformative in a way that will not only impact you for the better but will impact those you love for the better as well.

We Offer Employment & Workplace Support

We Offer An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) supports employees of organisations in dealing with personal, family and work-related concerns that may impact their wellbeing, work performance, health and safety, or workplace morale. This service is of considerable benefit to both the employee and the organisation.

An EAP supports organisations to provide both preventative and proactive interventions for both work and personal issues that may adversely affect the performance and wellbeing of staff.

Common work-related issues addressed in EAP include: 

  • Managing stress and difficult situations

  • Dealing with difficult customers

  • Workplace conflict and interpersonal issues

  • Achieving work/life balance

  • Change in the workplace.

 Common personal issues addressed in EAP include: 

  • Relationship issues

  • Parenting and family issues

  • Anxiety

  • Communication issues

  • Grief and loss

  • Managing stress.

 

Family therapy 

 

Our basic premise is that everyone in the family has contributed in some way to the current problems, and therefore has an important role in helping resolve those same problems.  As a result therapy with us may involve any number of family member combinations, including child only, parent/parents only, child/parent, siblings, or the entire family. If your intention is to “fix your child”, then we may not be the right fit for you. But if you’re interested and open to growing and learning (and having fun while doing so!) then you’re likely to benefit a lot from working with us.

 

Trauma-Informed Yoga & Body-Centered Psychotherapy

 

This is one of our flagship offerings

Our Yoga Psychology Programme has been developed employing the latest research of Bessel van der Kolk, David Emerson, Judith Herman, Pat Ogden, Peter Levine, Richard Miller, and Steven Porges (Polyvagal Theory).

Yoga has shown to be an effective method for healing trauma held in the body, and can be a powerful complement to other forms of therapy.  Trauma-informed Yoga is taught in a very specific manner, emphasising control over one’s own experience. 

Empirical evidence demonstrates that traumatic events can leave an imprint on the cells and tissues of the body, leading to dysregulation and imbalances in nervous system function that manifest as symptoms of trauma such as insomnia, chronic anxiety, depression, relational problems, and disordered eating.  Due to the impact of trauma on the nervous system, an individual experiencing symptoms of trauma may be constantly hypervigilant, chronically depressed or fatigued, have chronic pain, feel numb or dissociative, have biorhythm disturbances (such as sleep and metabolic issues), and adopt unhealthy coping mechanisms. 

Yoga, as a physical and mental practice that invites individuals to reconnect with their bodies, can facilitate healing through providing a conduit for the safe, controlled release of traumatic energy held in the body (Van der Kolk, 2014).  

 

Pre- and post-baby therapy

 

Does this sound familiar?

You and your partner spend endless hours discussing and picking the perfect name for your baby. You stress and lose sleep over how the delivery will go. You research and register for baby items, hoping that this specific toy, book, miracle blanket or sleep sack will make the transition to parenthood easy.

However you did not spend much if any time discussing role division, sleep deprivation, conflict resolution, parenting styles and most importantly how you will stay connected as a couple.  Having these discussions pre-baby is important because once the baby arrives, you may end up operating in survival mode.

Opportunities to have long conversations have long gone, and so has your patience.  Now you may not even want to talk about anything. 

The best gift you can give to your children is a happy, loving relationship. As a new parent we can help you form realistic expectations and prepare for the enormous amount of change that will occur in your relationship, life, and home. 

Pre- or post-baby therapy can help you:

  • Navigate division of labour roles. Together as a couple you will learn to communicate your needs
  • Recognise the power struggles you and your partner have, and how they are destructive to the relationship
  • Balance your life as a parent, your life as a couple, and your life with friends, family, and occupation
  • Learn how to handle extended family.  Discuss boundaries and what is best for your new family
  • Identify areas from your family of origin that are causing conflict within your relationship. This often becomes magnified after baby is born.