Our Services

Courage Couch Counselling

Anxiety

Anxiety is the most common mental illness in Australia, affecting an estimated 2 million Australians every year. Sadly, only around one third of people living with anxiety seek treatment.

While it’s quite normal to feel anxious in stressful situations, if you are feeling you are living in a state of extreme anxiousness all the time, for no particular reason, this could be a sign of a psychological disorder and it’s time to seek some help.

If you’re not sure what an ‘unhealthy’ level of fear should feel like, it may show in some of the following symptoms:

  • Insomnia
  • Feeling fearful, uneasy or panicked with no reason
  • An increase in heart rate and breathlessness, chest tightness
  • Muscle tension
  • Inability to concentrate, make decisions, or be still or feel calm
  • Overthinking everything
  • Nausea
  • A fear of attending events
  • A fear of leaving your house or area of comfort

If you’re experiencing some or all of the above it might be time to sit down with me and have a chat on the couch.

Depression

Depression can be an extremely debilitating experience that can affect your quality of life.

Depression can range in form from mild to severe and often leaves people feeling ‘stuck’ in their sadness, hopelessness and a sense of not ever being able to imagine being happy again.

Signs of depression can include loss of appetite, motivation and low self esteem. Other signs that you might be experiencing depression include:

  • Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day
  • Significant decrease in taking an interest in life in general, or being able to find pleasure in activities
  • Changes in your weight
  • Feeling fatigued, fidgety or listless
  • Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day
  • Significant decrease in taking an interest in life in general, or being able to find pleasure in activities
  • Changes in your weight
  • Feeling fatigued, fidgety or listless
  • Inappropriate feelings of guilt
  • Lack of concentration or finding it hard to make clear decisions

Post Natal Depression

Postnatal depression and anxiety is not something that can only happen after your first baby. It can actually occur after any baby.

While it’s important to note that many new parents can develop postnatal depression or anxiety, some people are considered at a higher risk due to events or issues in their lives, or their personal make up.

Some factors that may contribute include:

  • A family history of anxiety or depression
  • A disappointing or traumatic birth
  • Trouble within a relationship or abusive, controlling behaviour
  • Life stressors
  • A difficult pregnancy
  • Lack of emotional or social support

The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. All of our sessions are designed to help you free yourself from feeling ‘stuck’ and provide you with tools to continue on your wellness path

Grief and Bereavement

The emotional turmoil and suffering you feel when someone you love is taken away is a natural response to loss.

Often the grief can become overwhelming and you may experience a wide range of difficult or unexpected emotions including shock, profound sadness, frustration, depression and even guilt. This can also have an impact on your physical health and make it hard to think straight or sleep and eat.

All of these reactions of grief are normal, and the more significant the loss the more intense your grief will be. You may feel loneliness and need reassurance that these feelings are completely normal and you are not alone.

Coming to terms with and learning to live with losing someone you love is one of the biggest challenges you will face in your life, and is not always triggered by a death. Grief and bereavement can occur as the result of:

  • A relationship breakdown, including friendships
  • Loss of health
  • Losing a job or financial stability, or retirement
  • Loss of a pet
  • Dealing with a loved ones serious illness

Even small losses can trigger a feeling of grief. What ever your loss, it is deeply personal and often triggered at random, unexplained times, even when you feel that you are ‘living well’ with it. Friends mean well but can say inappropriate statements that trigger you. It helps to have a neutral person to talk to in grief.

Whatever the cause of your grief, there are healthly ways to learn to cope with the pain and come to terms with your loss. You can find new meaning and eventually be able to live with it and move on with life, whilst not forgetting who or what you lost .

I can walk next to you through these stages of grief and bereavement.

Stress Management & Burnout

Constant stress – whether caused by relationships, home pressures or workplace stresses, can leave you feeling depleted, disillusioned and completely helpless.

Ignoring stress triggers and ineffective management can lead to burnout. 

Burnout is a state of mental, emotional and physical exhaustion that often comes on after prolonged periods of excessive stress. As time goes on and the stress continues, you find that motivation, productivity and energy are hard to find, and the feelings of resentfulness and hopelessness can become overwhelming.

These negative effects of burnout can start to affect every area of your life – home, work and social – and can actually make you more vulnerable to illnesses.

You could be on the path to burnout if:

  • You find it hard to have any good days
  • You have no energy left to care about your home or work life
  • You are overwhelmingly tired all the time
  • You have lost your desire to socialise
  • You feel under appreciated or that nothing you do makes any difference 

It’s important to reach out when you feel like you are reaching a point of burnout. I can work with you to give you tools to manage the stress triggers in your life and help you make the necessary changes to put you back on a path of a happy life.

Personal growth is a process of working through and overcoming the blocks that keep you from becoming the person you really want to be, and setting and reaching new goals. It is a process that allows you to learn about yourself, others, and how you can live your life with meaning and purpose.

Personal growth can also be based around a desire to improve relationships with those you love. This could be an opportunity to work on personal emotional regulation and communication skills.

Sometimes letting go of old habits and behaviors that no longer serve us, and making healthier choices while learning and developing new perspectives, can be the most transformational time of your life. Often it’s hard to see the limiting beliefs, and patterns that hold us back.

Personal Transformation

The process of transformation is one that opens us up to see that we are more than what we believe ourselves to be. It allows you to see things from a different perspective and reveal the hidden, authentic parts of yourself that you may have put aside to ‘get on with life’.

Changes can happen over the lifespan that cause a need to reinvent yourself, these can include:

  • Divorce
  • Career or industry change
  • Returning to work after a long absence
  • Leaving the workforce to become a stay at home mum
  • Becoming an ‘empty-nester’

When you give focused attention to your own transformation and growth, you are empowered to unlock emotional, mental and sometimes spiritual elements of yourself that allow you to grow, transform and live a more empowered life. Growth and transformation counselling offers guidance and support, along with tools to help guide you through your own transformation.

I would love to chat to you about how I can help guide you through your own personal growth and transformation journey.

Relationship Counselling

Counselling can help a couple to:

  • understand the relationship they currently share and how they feel about each other
  • rediscover why they were attracted in the first place
  • find out what they want from their relationship and from each other
  • consider how both parties contribute to the current relationship
  • identify what they are prepared to do to make the relationship work.

Counsellors don't make judgements on who is right or wrong; they don't tell clients what to do; and they don't try to persuade people to stay together or to separate.

 
 

Our Team

Caroline Jane

BA (Communications) Grad. Dip. (Counselling)

As someone who is naturally empathic and able to genuinely walk in other peoples shoes without judgement, I was destined to be a Counsellor. As my second career I bring skills from my work in communications with me. My heartfelt desire and joy is in helping people overcome suffering, feel better about themselves, their life and the journey they are on. I believe we can all grow and change for the better, and that growth is never-ending.

We can become content and more highly evolved emotionally but only once we’ve accepted our darkness and our light. And this growth is about embracing all of ourselves. Life is about constantly engaging and learning but it is ultimately about love and growth. It begins with you; it begins with honesty and self love.

If you are looking to overcome depression or anxiety, relieve the weight of grief or grow through a life change or struggle, it begins with you having the courage to be open and honest. Openness will lead to surrender … which will lead to you taking control of feelings that may be holding you captive right now.

In our therapy sessions; Humanistic, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and PsychoDynamic are methods I prefer but am open to whatever approaches you may need or feel more comfortable with.

Spirituality and mindfulness are also elements that I am capable of introducing to you to or exploring more with you.

I take a holistic approach to healing.

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor of Arts – Communications (Deakin University)
  • Graduate Diploma – Counselling (Australian College of Applied Psychology)
  • ASIST Suicide Intervention Certificate
  • LIFELINE Telephone Counselling Training

Work Experience

  • Headspace – Counsellor
  • Lifeline – Volunteer Telephone Counsellor
  • 5 years in Private Practice

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