Counselling for Adults

Peace is not the absence of trouble or hard work or stress or desire.  To be at peace is to stand calmly in the middle of these things – to have a quiet centre and still engage with the turmoil around you.

 What do we do:

Separated partners

  1. Psycho-dynamic counselling for issues such as working through life changes: grief, trauma, loss, change in how your relationship functions, change of job, decision-making regarding making changes.
  2. If you wish, Pat will use your spiritual framework – Christian, Buddhist, Evangelical or New Age – to assist you to change your life to be the way you want it to be.
  3. Pat uses relaxation strategies, guided imagery, mindfulness and non-religious meditative practices to assist you with your life change.
  4. Mental Health issues such as Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, Bipolar, etc. are accepted as clients/patients.
  5. EAP through your work may be arranged

Where:

  • Cairns clinic rooms, Far North Queensland, Australia
  • Mareeba clinic rooms, Far North Queensland, Australia
  • Dimbulah Community Centre
  • In special circumstances, your home
  • By telephone or Skype

Cost of Clinical Help:

$150.00 per hour payable by cash or eftpos/credit card.

With a GP Mental Health referral (we need to have a copy of the form, not just a letter from the doctor), Medicare will either refund approximately $83.00 per session.  However, in special circumstances where the client/patient eligible, there is no cost involved. EAP through your work may pay for sessions.

 

Four Essential Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

  • Have a shower/bath 30 minutes before going to bed
  • Keep your bedroom clear of electronics such as TV, radio and computer
  • Have a snack of milk and grain (corn flakes, wheat) but no sugars- combination is slightly sedative in nature; or have a small cup of soup.
  • Keep a little book of things that you enjoyed during the day, e.g. saw a beautiful flower, heard a song that reminded you of a happy time in your youth

Ten Essential Tools for a Healthy Relationship

  1. Be polite, say ‘thank-you’ frequently for the little things.
  2. Do at least one thing each week that is fun together, even if it’s weeding the garden.
  3. Say ‘I love you’ every day.
  4. Kiss good-bye each time you part even for a few hours.
  5. Be curious about how your partner sees life, it will be different from yours in many ways.
  6. Go out on a ‘date’ at least once a month.
  7. Look at your partner with love, it will shine in your eyes.
  8. Smile. Often. Even when you’re blue.
  9. Know that the power struggle will too pass. All arguments have a beginning, middle and an end. Look to the end, not to the beginning.
  10. Remember, nothing stays the same, not your partner, not you and not the world. Adapt. Change. Survive.