Grief and Loss Counselling

So much of our emotional distress can be related to an experience of loss. Loss of a loved one, either through the finality of death or through a breakup, is something many people have experienced. There is an emptiness that is difficult to express and requires support to navigate. However, feelings of loss can also come from lost opportunities, a lost sense of purpose, or through a loss of a particular sense of ourselves, e.g. through an accident, failure, etc. All of these examples create a similar emptiness that can be challenging.

Grief and loss counselling can range over a period of time as different people experience loss in different ways. However, the goal of this service is not to keep you in sessions over an extended period. The goal is to navigate the emotions and address them. By naming and mapping your feelings around a situation of loss, we can find ways to let them go and move beyond the sense of helplessness that loss can instil.

If you are experiencing emotional dis-ease connected to a loss, these sessions are useful for you. Any feelings of grief without a clear sense of their connected loss can also benefit from exploration within the format of these sessions.

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One-on-One Motivational Speaking

Sometimes people need support to remember or find what makes them specifically who they are and why this makes them different, important, and impactful. Through a short, three-session series of meetings, I help you rediscover or redefine what is most unique about you. We explore where you are having an impact and how you can modify any negative self-perception and accentuate your positive self-perception.

These sessions can be enjoyed by anyone who’d like to reconnect with a better self-image and can be particularly enjoyed by professionals who are finding it difficult to notice where they’re having an impact in the modern work environment.

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Supportive Youth Dialogue

Being a child, being a teenager, and being an adult can be difficult. Our emotional well-being can be impacted at any stage of our life cycle. Too often, though, we are unable to connect to younger people and determine their emotional challenges as, somehow, less worthy than those of an adult. We are nostalgic for our own youth and idealise this period. This can discount the true impact of growing up on our emotional self.

Supportive Youth Dialogue provides a safe, non-judgemental space for young people to explore any sense of emotional dis-ease that they have. These sessions follow no fixed pattern, but, instead, flow where the youth would like to delve. Much like we learn to read, we also need to learn about our emotions. Feeling emotions is innate, but what to do with those feelings and how to keep from being overwhelmed by them is something that is learned and adaptable.

Youth dialogue sessions can proceed as long as the child or teen is experiencing progress and desires to continue receiving the benefit of a safe space for discussion. Alternatively, they need not continue long-term and can come to a natural conclusion quickly. As long as the child themself is able to make an informed choice about their sense of contentment, they can come and go from such sessions as they desire.

If you are the parent of a child whose emotional well-being is your priority and you’d like for them to speak to someone, or if you are a young person and recognise that you’d like to speak with somebody, these sessions are designed for you.

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Family Coaching

It is extremely common for families to feel like there is no communication happening between anyone. Parents can be stressed, teenagers can be aloof, and children can be rambunctious and distracted. All of these conditions, fluid as they may be, can have negative impacts on communications between family members and can create a situation where exchanges struggle to move beyond surface exchanges. Or, when attempts at deeper communication are made, family members struggle to express themselves even when they’d like to do so.

Family coaching is a five-session program where family members have the chance to express themselves in individual sessions and the family works together as a group. One to two in-house sessions are also scheduled (where possible).

Over the course of the sessions, families learn about the basis and practice of intentional communication, ie as something that can’t be taken for granted. Our native language, our main tool of communication, is something everyone learns passively. It frustrates us that something that came to us with no obvious effort requires such applied effort to make sure it’s being used accurately and beneficially.

Concentrating on communicative techniques that make sure you’re truly expressing the message you wish to convey and hearing an intended message, Family Coaching helps families feel heard and to hear.

If you’re in a family, the chances are that these sessions can improve your communicative dynamic. A fresh space, a fresh perspective, and a fresh motivation to connect with those closest to you are all benefits of Family Coaching.

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Relationship Coaching

One of the most important decisions we make with our own lives is the choice to spend it with another person. It is common to the human experience to intimately involve ourselves with another being and share more of ourselves with them than we do with anyone else. Ever.

The challenges wrapped within this choice are sometimes best faced with a supportive mediator to assist in effective exchange and growth.

Relationship Coaching is available to anyone in an intimate, life-sharing situation. We are well beyond distinctions of ‘traditional’ and ‘non-traditional’, so these arbitrary lines do not determine who is likely to benefit from this service.

Are you in a relationship of any makeup that you think could benefit from a neutral perspective?  If you would like to be more engaged with your partner or address deeper issues impacting on your connection, this service is directed toward you.

Relationship Coaching can be long-term when under particular stress, but the goal is to conclude the sessions by number 10. There is a clear recipe to a good relationship, so the sessions are designed to explore this recipe, role-play examples, put it into practice, and follow up with support sessions to discuss progress.

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Leadership and Facilitator’s Workshops/Consultation

How do we hold space and remain authentically ourselves when we’re ‘in charge’?  Too many people adopt a persona distant from their core being and fall into stereotypical roles when they are faced with the responsibility of guiding a group – a group of two to a group of thousands.

You’ll frequently hear people speak about ‘natural leaders’. Although I agree that there are people more at ease with the roles and responsibility of leadership or group facilitation, not all the people who take on such roles are comfortable. And those who are talented at leadership have learned what facets of their personality to apply and what skills better accomplish their goals as a leader.

The dis-ease that can come from such a position is the disconnect with your more authentic self, ie who you are when you feel comfortable, safe, supported, and valued, versus who you become when you feel the pressure of the position.

Moreover, the dialogue of leadership and facilitation is doomed to a negative reception if it is a one-way channel, so all stakeholders in a professional relationship can benefit from this service.

Leadership isn’t a top down process. Leadership is self-control and self-awareness at all levels of an organisation. When people value their own leadership qualities, they’re able to make more valuable contributions.

The nature of this service is bespoke. Depending on a company’s, an institution’s, or an individual’s needs, I offer one-on-one sessions, condensed active-participation seminars, or longer-term consultations for larger environments with many facets of leadership and participation at play.

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