‘ASKING FOR HELP AND SUPPORT IS A SIGN OF STRENGTH AND SELF CARE’
To live well is to be well. How we think and what we feel impacts on our physical and mental wellbeing. Counselling can support us through the many phases of our life and help us to achieve our own inner balance. Areas of support may include life coaching, career, life fulfillment, healthy lifestyle, relationships, sex therapy, sexual identity, family, divorce, addiction, healing from abuse, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bullying, social issues and self empowerment. Lea has over 25 years of experience in all areas counselling.
Chronic illness can be debilitating and cause personal suffering, leaving the person overwhelmed, isolated and depressed. Guilt, shame, withdrawal from life, depression and even suicide can occur for the person suffering from chronic illness. Counselling supports emotional recovery through acceptance and empowers the person to take back control of their life to a place of 'inner wellness'. Lea's experience with chronic illness includes; depression, insomnia, migraines, arthritis, eating disorders, endometriosis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, stroke, heart disease, growth disorders, cystic fibrosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease and other chronic illnesses.
Breast cancer significantly causes grief and trauma for the woman, her partner and family members. Counselling is vital to ensure stability and wellbeing throughout treatment. I offer sensitivity and expertise in supporting women through breast cancer. This may include counselling support through part or full mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation or breast reconstruction.
cancer & other life threatening illnesses
If you or a family member have been diagnosed with cancer or a life threatening illness, most likely you are feeling overwhelmed. Grief, helplessness, anger and fear are all common emotions that may be experienced at this time. Accessing counselling can help you manage these feelings and bring back emotional stability. This enables you to make informed, conscious decisions regarding your health and life. Counselling services aim to provide you with support and independence, so you and your family members can become a strong connected support team for each other. Lea has extensive experience and specialises as a counsellor for all types of adult and childhood cancer and other major illnesses such as stroke and heart disease. This includes comprehensive care for breast cancer, prostate cancer, bowel cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, melanoma, leukemia and aplastic anemia.
Professional counselling after being diagnosed offers a non-judgemental space to assist in processing thoughts and feelings. Being given a life threatening diagnosis can be an isolating experience. Many people try to protect their family and friends from the seriousness of the situation yet they need to process their own emotional responses. The counsellor does not direct choices but helps to rebuild emotional stability. This then becomes a base for conscious decision making, while being supported with compassionate understanding and care.
Counselling is available for partners, parents, siblings, extended family members and friends. Shock and grief are common emotions that may be experienced when a family member or friend is diagnosed with a chronic or life threatening illness. It’s difficult to provide emotional support for each other at this time. Family counselling for either individuals or family groups helps families come together to a stronger place through management of grief and bereavement. Lea specialises in bringing family members together to create care plans and care teams to provide support for your family member or friend.
As the founder of the Art Therapy program at the Royal Childrens Hospital in Melbourne in the early 1990's, Lea has exceptional counselling skills in working with children through conversation and art therapy. Counselling support can be vital for children with a chronic or life threatening illness or for children with a parent or sibling with a life threatening illness. It is often extremely difficult for a child to cope without professional support. A child often needs help expressing their feelings. Lea offers art therapy, sand play and clay work as important tools to help children explore and express their feelings through the counselling process. Counselling for children dealing with divorce, eating disorders, bullying and healing from abuse is also available.
End of Life Support
Counselling for the dying person and their family members can transform the dying experience from one of fear, grief and loss to that of acceptance and care. Counselling at this time is extremely beneficial to complete any unresolved issues or final wishes to bring completion into one's life. Lea has extensive experience, understanding and depth of compassion for supporting decisions in planning and facilitating a quality death for the dying person and their grieving family and friends.
Grief is a powerful human emotion we feel when there is tremendous loss. The experience can be so overwhelming that it debilitates even the strongest of us. Grief and bereavement counselling is offered to both individuals and families to support and navigate the persons grief experience with compassion and understanding.
Addiction is a chronic illness that impacts drastically on ones quality of life. Counselling support is available for addictions such as smoking, drug, alcohol, sex or gambling. Living and Dying Well Counselling supports pre counselling and follow up counselling for the world class rehabilitation centre 'The Cabin' in Chang Mai, Thailand.
Navigating lifes challenges can impact a committed relationship. Lea is skilled in guiding couples through effective communication, speaking and listening skills to create common ground for both people to thrive.