- You are not the only one who has issues
- Everyone feels vulnerable in certain situations in different degrees
- Negative reactions are the result of deeper issues
- Issues arise from learned behaviour and past experiences
- Behaviour can be modified
- You don’t have to be a victim
- Change will occur if you are willing to change
- Inner peace is about making the right choices
- You have the power to take control of your own mind
- All problems have a solution
Commonly asked questions
How many sessions will I need?
Sessions are not predestined it is entirely up to you how far you want to take your own self development. Every session you have you will learn something different about yourself. The idea of counselling is to give you the tools and strategies to deal with the initial problems that are causing you concern, however, often people elect to learn more as they find the journey of self discovery enlightening and empowering .
Can you help me?
I can help anyone who wants to be helped.
Am I curable?
I have been asked this by many people usually with a sense of humour attached. I do not work with mentally incurable people, psychiatrists are trained for that. Everyone that comes to my practice is curable.
I don’t know what my problem is I’m just not happy!
If you are not happy there is definitely an underlying problem that you need to deal with. Many people that come to me know they have problems but can’t identify what they actually are.
Why am I so sensitive?
You are overly sensitive because of self-esteem and confidence issues. When you are being judged or criticised it sets of trigger connected to a negative belief which in turn sets off an emotional reaction.
In my younger days I lived in Sydney for a number of years. For someone who is interested in human behaviour it was a perfect place for me at the time, self development workshops and courses were springing all over Sydney and becoming very popular. One particular course I did over a period of 6 months with 17 other participants literally changed my life. At the time I believed life went on without any control on my part, I did not understand at the time that I had the power to make choices that could change the outcome of many situations and increase my levels of inner peace, a word I was not familiar with back then. To do this old patterns and conditioning had to be replaced with new beliefs and behaviours. I found this new way of handling myself both liberating and empowering. I knew this is what I wanted to teach, I wanted to help people feel good about themselves, I had never felt so committed and so certain about anything in my life
In the beginning I started working with friends who then recommended me to other friends, 12 months later I quit my job and started my own counselling practice. In 1989 I moved to Melbourne where I had a very successful business called Hawthorne Self development. Around 1997 although I had been counselling for many years accreditation was becoming a necessity, I decided to do a diploma for counselling with The Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors.
Over the years I have developed a unique question based style that identifies the source of the problem in the initial session. Once the problems are identified we can then work on strategies that will eventually eliminate or reduce the discomfort of the issues that were of concern.
In 2006 I moved to Perth and started my own practice Breakthrough Counselling which is now located in Inglewood. Assisting people to improve their lives has constantly been a passion of mine and a privilege.