Health Wellness Counselling

Experience of Change and Growth

Therapy can help to co-create change and growth. Besides many outcome studies that show efficacy, we see in therapy practice the results of people’s life changes.

No promises of course and we are all very skeptical indeed about counselling – but mostly because that personal decision to commit to therapy is the hardest go! This is true for all of us!

With no promises and no false claims, below are a range of possibilities that are documented in the literature and observed in clinical practice.

  • Phobias released and resolved,
  • Chronic fears overcome and managed,
  • Pain management to reduce pain learned in mindfulness and hypnotherapy skills,
  • Mind-body healing and increased personal awareness,
  • Healing from trauma and past hurts,
  • Dynamic goal setting and life-direction opening up,
  • Increased capacity to cope in relationships and deal with life stress,
  • Depression managed and able to move forward,
  • Anxiety reduced and managed in ways that open new perspectives,
  • Low self esteem transformed into sense of empowerment and confidence,
  • Confusion and doubt worked through toward clarity and well-formed beliefs,
  • Misdirection and mistakes reviewed and new paths in life opened up,
  • Chronic illness management and increased capacity to self-care,
  • Mental health issues discussed and managed in cooperation with carers,
  • Behaviours of concern assessed and practical planning agreed on ways forward,
  • Senior later life issues discussed and unresolved issues, hurts, and regrets released,
  • Chronic workaholic patterns explored and more balanced and healthful lifestyle realised
  • Issues prior discussed with many therapists now resolved because perhaps the time is right and your therapist really gets what is happening for you,
  • Religious or cultural or familial associated issues, hurts, trauma, violence, or abuse, brought into therapy with leading to a sense of personal relief, maybe even an internal resolution or at least a reduction of the pain of regret, grief, loss, and traumatic stress

Counselling Psychotherapy can either be brief solution focused, or can be longer term over months or years.

Many people make therapy a major investment in ongoing wellbeing by visiting a therapist monthly or bi-monthly once they have established a strong foundation through more regular sessions.

We observe however that many of our clients resolve issues within therapy fairly quickly. Our client evaluations are also rated in the high satisfaction range and include evidence of client’s perceptions that their issues have been addressed if not resolved to a degree that provides a high satisfaction with the therapy experience.

We are always working ourselves out of a job because our primary goal is to help you to gain capacity to grow, change, and resolve your issues now and in future. We want our clients not to need a therapist. This means that we aim where possible to teach and provide methods for personal growth, problem solving, mindfulness, and a greater personal capacity to manage life’s challenges.

Psychotherapy and Counselling

Counselling Therapies and Psychotherapy are on a spectrum from person centred talk therapy to strategic action-focused and goal-oriented methods for problem solving and moving forward. The method and approach largely depends on what you are seeking – then together we can find ways to help or refer you to other options that may provide a way forward.

Our clients seek our independent counselling therapists for help across a wide range of areas like,

  • Personal growth
  • Life coaching
  • Spirituality
  • Grief and loss
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Creative-arts therapies
  • Trauma and healing
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Weight management and diet support
  • Senior’s Counselling
  • Hearing Loss Counselling
  • Chronic Health Issues

Counselling traditionally relates to listening and sharing your story in a therapeutic relationship. Psychotherapy works with strategies for change.

Both methods work best together but ironically most therapists do one or the other. At Ability Therapy Specialists we combine these fields of expertise and integrate methods into a seamless best practice approach.

Counselling for Hearing Loss

This is a specialist area we offer by request of people in our region, given that no such services exist in the community. We are not audiologists. We are Counsellors and Psychotherapists. So our work with hearing loss helps clients with the psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual experiences of dealing with hearing loss.

  • Hearing loss can be insidious. People can have major hearing loss without realising this for years.
  • Loss of hearing can exist in certain frequencies, and effect people in quite different ways.
  • Various levels of hearing and deafness create unique challenges in communication, and effect relationships, intimacy, and family life in many ways that are often not discussed openly.
  • These additional social layers create challenges for spouses and family when living with someone with hearing loss.

But the good news is that all these and more issues can be addressed in sensitive and helpful ways. Research shows that strong audiology support combined with therapeutic counselling and psychotherapy increase patient resilience and satisfaction with their chosen path of intervention.

  • Dealing with testing, hearing aids trials, getting used to aids, surgery, chronic issues that cause discomfort, and hearing loss associated with aging are all extremely challenging.

Many studies show that hearing loss counselling is a key factor in easing the adjustment challenges. However, counselling is no substitute for expert medical and audiology assessment. But as an adjunct to audiology, specialist counselling therapy is highly regarded.