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Counselling - Tamika Dwight-Scott

When is the best time to see a counsellor?

We often experience times in life when things seem difficult or challenging. Using the metaphor of a river, sometimes the river can be calm and smooth and at other times it can rough and treacherous, with rocks, rapids and waterfalls. Life can be like this too as we have periods where life seems smooth and calm and other periods where it all seems out of our control.

It is during periods of crisis or challenge that you may seek out a counsellor. As an experienced and reputable counsellor, Tamika is able to support you in a caring and compassionate way.

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What kind of things need to be discussed with a Counsellor?

If something is troubling you, stopping you from sleeping or having peace of mind, it is advisable to get support. Some common issues are:

This list can go on and it needs to be highlighted that counselling does not need to be a long term or lifetime commitment. Sometimes you may just need some immediate support to get through an external challenging event that is causing you grief. However, if there is past trauma or pain, the healing process may take a little longer. Healing does not happen overnight but it can happen with support.

“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

Anais Nin

What to expect when you see Tamika

  • An opportunity to talk openly about your issues and gain a new perspective or outlook.
  • Assistance in understanding and accepting feelings. Counselling is not a magic cure to fix or solve your problems, however, it will provide you with clarity and help you come to a resolution.
  • Gain awareness of unconscious patterns of behaviour. Once you are aware of something, you have the capacity to make a conscious decision to choose different behaviours or responses.
  • A respectful and safe environment. You can expect to be supported and accepted with no judgement.
  • Assistance to identify and achieve your goals. The first session is to assess your needs, expectations and the number of sessions needed. The number of sessions can be reviewed at any time.
  • Confidentiality – Tamika works to a strict code of ethics where everything discussed within the counselling session is strictly confidential unless there is clear evidence that you or someone else may be a risk. Please refer to the policies and guidelines section of the web site for further detailed information.

If Tamika feels your needs could be better met by another therapist or different modality, this will be discussed and a referral will be made to an appropriate professional

Does it mean I am ill if I seek out a counsellor?

No, not at all. Tamika will not treat you as a sick person but as a person needing extra support in difficult times. Seeking out a counsellor does not indicate illness, however, there are some symptoms of an illness – such as depression, anxiety etc. – then counselling can be helpful.

Doesn't asking for help admit failure?

No, in fact seeking out support is seen as showing great strength. Often you go through life giving support to others and denying your own needs. Needing support is a normal part of life and asking for it is the first step towards a new path. It is often assumed that you are strong if you don’t seek support, where in fact it is the complete opposite. Those who can admit to their difficulties are considered the strong ones.

Seeking out counselling can be life changing, however, it will not work unless you really want to heal and make positive changes in your life. Benefits of counselling will vary for each person as we are all individuals on our own personal journeys.

Reaching out is the first step

Don’t waste another minute, your brighter future starts right now. You are the one person who can make the decision to change your circumstance and your life and you can do it by choosing to get help.

There is no shame in seeking support, just courage in choosing to do something different. I offer you a safe and supportive environment where we can work together to bring peace into your life. Make your appointment today