Counselling Psychology New Farm, Brisbane
Sally Cooper Ma. Counselling; Ba.SocSc
Counselling practitioners work cooperatively with clients to develop responses to difficult life circumstances.
Issues may include depression, self-esteem, anxiety, grief and loss, communication and relationships, work and career, stress, life transitions and difficulties caused by addictions, trauma and abuse.
Counselling usually addresses particular issues or concerns for an individual, couple or family. The counsellor will focus with the client on dealing with the feelings and reactions experienced, and will assist the client in developing his or her own resources to find a way of moving forward. Issues of personal meaning, relationship to self, and the impact of past events and trauma are dealt with.
Sally acknowledges that many clients share their initial feelings of nervousness and concern in "talking to a stranger about their problems”. This is why she focuses on providing a calm, pleasant and relaxing environment and engages with people in a positive and professional approach.
How can counselling assist me?
Through the counselling process, clients are assisted to gain insight, to become aware of choices they did not initially recognise, to find more effective ways of relating, and to develop personal resources and resilience.
There are many different styles of counselling and Sally uses an integrated approach to therapy, drawing on a range of well researched theories and frameworks including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Theory, Systems Theory, Person Centred and Solution Focused approaches.
Sally encourages the clients to approach counselling as an opportunity for education, problem solving and skill development.