This is my older site on which I used to host a popular blog. I intend to revive that blog soon, to address some of the issues I am seeing with clients in 2020. The world is changing rapidly - economic recession, pandemic, climate change, as well as the many of the pressures of modern life - and many people are struggling to find resilience, hope, strength, purpose in times when precisely it is needed most. Add to this the struggles people face always face regarding self-worth, relationships, making like work, creating emotional happiness, etc.
I define myself as a personal growth professional rather than a mental health professional. That is, I am not a psychologist assessing and treating mental illness, and I have worked hard to distinguish myself from such services. Rather, I help people more generally with the challenges of living: with getting through life's common or big challenges, and with creating greater purpose and happiness within. My approach is based on a broad knowledge of counselling and psychotherapy, including its deeper insights while focused very much on practical outcomes. I also draw very much on my background before becoming a counsellor: first as a monk and then as a lecturer in philosophy. To find a way forward people often need to connect with what is truly meaningful for them, with what motivates and inspires them, with their deeper desires, with their nature and strengths. People need to create a solid framework of meaning in which things like happiness, hope, and resilience are made possible. It is with these things that I help people.
I usually work in Melbourne and Bendigo, although in line with my values around "local living" I am shifting increasingly to video and phone, from my home in central Victoria.
Soon you will see writing here on creating inward and outward resilience, meaning, and happiness in the face of today's challenges. See here to make a booking with me, and follow my reflections on Instagram and Facebook.