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Who We Help

Counselling and Therapeutic Services

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We provide therapy services, holistic counselling and clinical hypnotherapy services for young people (12-18), adults (18-64) and older adults (64+). Our goal is to promote health and wellbeing, as well as long term emotional stability, cognitive changes, and behavioural changes in the clients that we serve. We provide individualized psychotherapy services in and around Blaxland, in NSW Lower Blue Mountains area.

We work with people with a wide range of emotional, cognitive and behavioural issues, for example, people who have anxiety, depression, panic attacks, emotional disturbances, stress management, anger management, trauma and PTSD. We use a holistic approach - which takes into consideration the physical body, emotional and cognitive processes, and well as spiritual considerations - always... always working within the clients framework (e.g. Christian counselling for Christians, Buddhist based counselling for Buddhists, and working with a persons "sense of self" for Atheists and others).

Adolescents and Young Adults

In our experience, young adults and young people can smell "BS" a mile away, and, quite frankly, they can't stand the stench! They don't want to see a counsellor or psychologist who tries to be their friend. They (usually) don't want to talk to a stranger about their feelings (not initially, anyway), and they certainly don't want to speak to someone who talks about other people (e.g. "I had another client just like you and this is what they did..."). They hate being judged and told that they are wrong!. For parents reading this... your daughter or son is unlikely to want to change in order to please you!

However, like almost everyone else on the planet, adolescents and young adults DO want to feel better about themselves... and they DO want to understand what's happening to them and around them... and they WILL (usually) talk to someone who is willing to listen and is willing to coach them on how to "get through" their current problem, without coming out the other end damaged or broken.

So if you are a teenager or young adult reading this, I promise:

Want to give it a try? Give us a call, ask for an appointment with Janine.

Adults and Older Adults

Just like adolescents, adults and older adults have their own specific likes and dislikes, needs, wants and desires. At Skills4LIfe, we aim to help you, no mater what your age or stage of life, to feel better. Just like teenagers, you might not want to change (or see the need to) but if you are reading this page, you are likely to want to "feel better" than you do at the moment! Am I right?

So what do you need to do to "feel better"? Depending how low your mood is, you may want to pick up the phone and make an appointment - or if you are very low, you may choose to speak to your GP and ask for a referral. Talking to a psychologist for the first time can be daunting - so for this reason, you can ask for me (Janine) to call you for a 10 minute phone chat - this will give you an opportunity to make sure I sound ok to you, and I'll be able to help you identify what you might say to your GP, or what types of issues you might want to work on. Counselling and therapeutic strategies can help with a wide range of issues, from daily stressors, life changed, difficulties at work (or home) and within your relationship, self-esteem and confidence problems, through to severe trauma.

Therapies offered