Counselling for Earthly Inhabitants

The phrase, counselling for earthly inhabitants, invites our attention in a specific way.

Counselling in TasmaniaIt started when I was reading some introductory paragraphs in a book about contemplation. The opening section of the book claimed the basic requirement for leading a thoughtful life is humility. My impression is that in our contemporary culture, humility is ranked low among qualities necessary for living ...

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What is Empathic Counselling?

Thinking about empathic counselling

I was seated in the living room of a friend where a small group of us were just finishing up our monthly meeting of dream sharing and discussion.  As is often the case, we were all marvelling on how much easier it was to make sense of our seemingly chaotic dreams when we are talking about them with others.  I was aware that it wasn’t simply others that was crucial to my ability to interpret my dream, ...

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Counselling Whole Persons and Their Parts

How does counselling whole persons and their parts at the same time work?

I want to pick up on the question raised in the previous musing of how do we know when it’s most helpful to approach ourselves as a single, whole person or a person made up of many different and sometimes conflicting parts. My best simple answer is, for most of us, most of time, we can’t know. It takes a bit of trial and error, sometimes called floundering, ...

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Counselling for the Whole of Us

What is a counselling for the whole of who we are?

Now and again, it happens in my work as a counsellor and in my personal life that the word, “holistic”, comes up. I like the word, I’ve liked it for a long while now, but it’s only recently that I’ve started to ask myself what exactly does it mean, and, more importantly, what do I mean when using it.

My Macquarie Concise Dictionary provides me with the following for the ...

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What Makes for Depression

What makes for depression?

Mostly I’ve been educated to be a responsible person, and, at the same time, not a depressed one. When I claim that mostly I’ve been a responsible person, I mean that, by and large, I’ve done things I was expected to do in order to be thought a good person. Being responsible means I have responded to those expectations. Since my childhood, when I started seriously working at being responsible, I have had the expectation that one ...

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Couple Counselling is an Art in Listening

 

Why is Couple Counselling an art in listening?

Relationship CounsellingStaying together in a primary relationship can require endurance. Moving through the difficulties that inevitably arise in it can demand resilience to bounce back from the hurtful words that may be spoken or behaviours that we may wish had never happened . It is this latter quality that provides the title and theme of ...

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Choosing a Counsellor for You

Choosing a counsellor for you.

Choosing a counsellor Launceston Choosing an appropriate counsellor for ourselves takes a bit of work, thought and intuition. It may not usually be as crucial a decision as choosing a life partner, a career or where to invest our life savings, but, I reckon there are instances when it can be. As in other areas of ...

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Anxiety and Depression, those “Small” Decisions

We are making decisions all the time. Each day numerous moments call upon us to decide on some matter however small. Should we buy the piece of furniture we want or the one we can afford; should we return a friend’s phone call on the answering machine now or wait until we feel like talking to that friend; should we drop a few coins in the busker’s hat or just walk on by; should we mention on the job application ...

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Counselling Relational Conflict

The following personal experience taught me something about counselling relational conflict, whether that conflict is with another or inside me.

A few nights ago, I woke up at about three in the morning, declaring to myself, “I must do it! I must do it!”

For a couple of days, I had been feeling extremely stressed. I had talked to a friend that morning, who was badly in need of help, and as a result, I was uncertain what to do. I strongly ...

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Loneliness

I caught an ABC program on Radio National the other day as I was preparing my lunch–a salad, which is pretty much what I have for lunch every afternoon with the exception of Christmas Day dinner and the odd time there’s nothing in the garden or the fridge. It was a program about loneliness. My ears pricked up because I’m interested in loneliness. I’ve experienced my share of it and I often see it directing the behaviour of others in ...

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