Why choose Run It Past Me?
Do you feel stuck or lost, even hopeless?
Is pain from your past or worry about your future making it difficult to enjoy the present?
If so, I want you to know that there is hope!
You're feeling stuck or overwhelmed. You just need let off some steam or bounce an issue off someone but you'd prefer not to bother your family or friends. We can brainstorm to uncover the next best step for you.
Disconnect from your habitual, personal thinking and build a stronger, conscious connection between yourself and your own wisdom. You can live a more contented, creative and authentic life.
This common contract provides emotional support through a difficult period or covers one particular issue in depth. Space will be created for you to explore, develop understanding and construct meaning from life's struggles, as well as uncover insights and alternatives for the future.
PREPARE/ENRICH is a customised couple assessment which is completed online and identifies your strengths and growth areas. One of the most widely used programs for premarital education, it is also used for marriage counselling, marriage enrichment and couples who are dating and considering engagement. As a qualified facilitator, I will provide feedback sessions based on your assessment results. During these sessions she will help you discuss and understand your results as well share proven relationship skills.
The program has these goals:
- Explore relationship strengths and growth areas
- Learn ``conscious loving`` skills
- Learn assertiveness and active-listening skills
- Learn how to resolve conflict
- Learn to cope better with stressors
- Focus on personal, couple and family goals
“Clients report online sessions via telephone or Skype are less intimidating than face-to-face sessions and they generally feel more relaxed and in charge of the process. It is surprising how effective telephone and Skype therapy sessions are. Although client and therapist may be thousands of miles apart, they feel like they are in the same room.”
Psychology Today, July 2010
Your mental wellness is your most valuable asset in life! Given my background and my continued commitment to ongoing education, you can be assured that you will be in safe hands. My qualifications include a Graduate Diploma in Counselling which I obtained from the Australian College of Applied Psychology in 2010 and a Bachelor of Education from the Melbourne College of Advanced Education (now Melbourne University) in 1985. Although Run It Past Me is not a crisis service, I have also completed the Mental Health First Aid workshop and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and can offer support if you, a family member or friend are having thoughts of suicide.
Work-experience-wise, I was extremely fortunate to be employed part-time by Lifeline Northern Rivers as their Mentoring and Support Officer from 2009 until August 2015. My role was to supervise the 70+ (wonderful!) volunteer telephone counsellors, making sure they were happy and following Lifeline procedures. I also worked on the phones as a volunteer Crisis Supporter for 16 years.
My exploits include living in the USA as a “foreign exchange student” in the magnificent northwoods of Minnesota when I was 18 (for 12 months) and as an expatriate-wife in Connecticut, just up the road from New York City (for 4 years). A short time after returning to my hometown of Melbourne, I visited the beautiful Byron Shire for my cousin’s wedding and fell instantly in love with the local “tribe”, the magnificent natural environment and community-minded culture. I have lived in Bangalow since 2002 and with my now-husband Pete since 2004.
My friendly, responsive coaching and counselling style has been influenced by a wide variety of psychological disciplines including the Three Principles, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-Centred Therapy, Existential Therapy and Mindfulness which I access intuitively to help you uncover your own answers, your own truth.
Although I may point you in a direction that helps you see things more clearly, I will never directly tell you what to do. (Well… OK, I might make the odd tentative suggestion!) But primarily, I will offer questions that direct you inward and support you as you learn to trust your own “inner guru” and the answers you’ll discover, because everyone is unique and you are always the expert in your own life.”
Face-to-face in Bangalow, NSW, Australia
Byron Bay – Bangalow – Clunes – Ballina – Mullumbimby – Brunswick Heads – Lennox Head
Sessions are also available worldwide from the comfort of your own home or office via Telephone, Skype or Zoom.