In my view, counselling therapy represents an extraordinary opportunity to take stock of who you are and what you want at this particular moment in your life. What is it that you find yourself dwelling upon these days? Which emotions are most colouring your sense of self, and your relationships? What possibilities are – or are not – currently available to you? And most importantly: how will you make use of the answers that you uncover, to become more essentially and courageously yourself? These are some of the questions that we might explore if we were to begin working together.
My particular approach to counselling is highly relational, integrative, and non-pathologising. This means three things:
I believe that the supportive and radically non-judgmental bond that you and I will foster can itself serve as a safe testing ground for new ways of thinking, feeling, and being. After all, counselling and psychotherapy is not just about achieving insight: it’s also about bringing that insight to life within your relationships, your work, your hobbies, and your community.
I don’t believe that there is any one “best” kind of counselling that will serve everybody equally. Instead, I draw upon several different therapeutic approaches – including existential, cognitive-behavioural (CBT), and psychodynamic – to support a bespoke process that is reflective of your innate individuality. Please navigate to the Fees and FAQ page to learn more about these three approaches.
I believe that every psychological experience is of value – even those that feel confusing, embarrassing, frightening, or terrible. The mind is an inherently self-protective ally, and when we suffer, it’s likely our mind’s way of signalling to us that we need to make a change. Counselling helps us to decipher our suffering and to respond more openly to our mind’s call.
As a psychological counsellor, I’m equipped to explore a wide variety of issues, including:
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Immigrant / Expat Challenges
Military / Veteran Mental Health
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Spiritual / Existential Crisis
Work- or School-Related Stress
Finally, I note that counselling is not mere advice. In my own experience, it’s a brave, exciting, and oftentimes challenging exploration of the woods and the mountains of the mind. It’s both an experiment and an adventure: one that you and I will embark upon side by side, in pursuit of your own Self. A bit like Walt Whitman once wrote: “Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged. Missing me in one place, search another. I stop somewhere, waiting for you.”
©2021 Carl Conradi
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