We are an experienced multidisciplinary team providing the best possible treatment for a range of mental health conditions and life issues. We specialise in the treatment of anxiety, trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We have a particular interest in EMDR Therapy. We provide evidence-based counselling and psychology services to adults, children, adolescents and couples in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
We are warm, compassionate and non-judgemental in our counselling approach. We believe that change is possible and that even the most longstanding or persistent issues can be overcome. We are committed to providing high quality services with an emphasis on respect and working in partnership with our clients, empowering them to make positive changes in their lives.
“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”
What We Do
At Mindful Living we provide counselling and psychology services to adults, children, adolescents and couples who are experiencing a variety of issues and concerns. In addition to helping you process traumatic events, we can help you learn practical skills to better handle thoughts and feelings, live mindfully and purposefully in the present and experience greater vitality and hope for the future.
Past or recent trauma
Grief and loss
Difficulties in the workplace
Concerns regarding sexuality and/or intimacy
Self-harm and suicidal thoughts
Loss of life direction
Feeling emotionally 'out of sorts' but not sure why
We specialise in the treatment of anxiety, trauma and PTSD. We also provide clinical supervision and EMDR consultation to mental health professionals.
Practical, skill-based therapy
Our approach to counselling goes beyond simply talking about issues and is practical and experiential. Right from the first session, you will learn helpful tools such as mindfulness that will empower you to live more purposefully and feel confident to handle challenges.
Sustainable, lasting change
We are committed to helping you go further than just ‘managing’ your symptoms, to resolving your core underlying issues. We utilise EMDR Therapy, an evidence-based model of therapy that changes the way the brain processes information and experiences, leading to profound and lasting change.
An individualised approach
Our therapy sessions produce effective, lasting results because we deviate from a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. We are skilled in a number of therapeutic models and tailor our approach to meet your specific needs, not the other way around. We encourage your feedback to ensure that you feel respected, empowered and benefit from your counselling experience.
Expertise in working with trauma and PTSD
Many counsellors assert that they can work with trauma but may not have specific training or skills in this area. In contrast, our therapists have worked in specialised sexual assault and family violence counselling services, providing counselling to survivors of complex trauma. We engage in ongoing specialist trauma training and know how to treat trauma safety and effectively without requiring you to re-live past traumatic events. This reduces the risk of you being re-traumatised by your therapy experience.
The name ‘Mindful Living’ stems from our commitment to helping people live more mindful, fulfilling and purposeful lives. To this end, we utilise a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including the following:
EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for resolving traumatic life events. The goal of EMDR Therapy is to process distressing memories, thereby allowing us to move into the future with healthy adaptive coping skills, no longer defined by the legacy of the past. EMDR changes the way the brain processes information and experiences, leading to profound and lasting change. Following EMDR treatment we can still recall past events, but they are no longer disturbing or upsetting. EMDR enables trauma to be remembered rather than re-lived.
CBT is an effective treatment that focuses on how ones' thinking affects their mood and behaviour. CBT aims to help a person identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts and to learn practical self-help strategies. CBT can be beneficial for anyone who needs support to challenge unhelpful thoughts that are preventing them from reaching their goals or living the life they want to live. It is based on the understanding that thinking negatively is a habit that, like any other habit, can be broken. Steps are taken to engage in new, more helpful behaviours in order to increase quality of life.
ACT is an evidence-based type of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy aimed at helping us to live mindfully in the present moment and take action that is guided by our personal values. ACT teaches a range of mindfulness and acceptance skills to help us more effectively handle painful thoughts and feelings so they have much less impact and influence on our lives. ACT is based on the premise that pain is an inevitable part of the human condition, but that it need not stop us from having a fulfilling life. ACT teaches us how to let go of struggling against or running away from pain, so that we can be freed up to connect with what really matters to us, and take action to increase our quality of life.
Mindfulness involves non-judgementally paying attention to what we are experiencing in the present moment. This might involve following our breath going in and out, listening to the sounds around us, or noticing our feet on the floor. This sounds simple, but mindfulness is a powerful, evidence-based tool for enhancing psychological health. Neuroscientists have discovered that regular mindfulness practice literally changes the human brain! Mindfulness grounds us in the here-and-now and enables us to detach from unhelpful thoughts, regulate distressing emotions, gain clarity and make proactive rather than reactive choices. Mindfulness is also great for increasing focus, concentration and self-compassion. We teach our clients a range of skills that they can use in everyday life.
"Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life."
SHANNON L. ALDER
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