Holistic Therapist

 

holistic therapist

 

 

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
 things that change. But it doesn’t change.


People wonder about what you are pursuing. 
You have to explain about the thread.


But it is hard for others to see.
 While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt 
or die; and you suffer and get old.


Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
 You don’t ever let go of the thread.  ~ William Stafford

 

Holistic Therapy

My Journey Into the Field of Holistic Counselling

Many of us know from a young age what our vocations are. In my case, I wanted to become a counsellor and social worker. It would be the thread I would hold on to.  

Unofficially designated the ‘therapist’ in my circle of friends, I was always the first person people went to in times of crisis, angst or indecision.

My school careers advisor suggested I work as a receptionist and forget about studying social work. In listening to her advice I would learn an invaluable lesson around trusting one’s intuition.

I fell into hairdressing and navigated depression and an eating disorder. Seeking the help of a transpersonal counselor at the age of 20 became a transformative experience.

With newfound confidence, I went on to work in Europe. I realised that as a hairdresser I was a therapist by proxy. Apart from learning active listening skills, the wide range of people I worked with broadened my views and grew my empathy.

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An Aura reading taken at the annual body, mind, spirit expo

After discovering the tarot I became versed in archetypal psychology and Jungian ideas around the collective consciousness. On my weekends off work, I began doing card readings for people at markets and cafes. After an agent recognised my talent at reading I expanded into the festival circuit and other avenues, both in Australia and Europe.

It is said that our intuitive abilities are like a muscle that grows with use. Working as a reader helped me to recognise my intuitive nature.

Studying Buddhism helped me better understand the nature of the mind and the value of meditation in helping to settle disturbances. Exposure to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (thoughts create feelings and feelings create behaviour) and the work of Carl Rogers further expanded my understanding.

Upon returning to Australia I studied Reiki, holistic healing and other natural therapies. After taking over a hair salon I transformed the space so I could do both hairdressing and natural therapy in one place.

Like many people navigating their late thirties, I had a midlife crisis, which I would later recognise as an awakening. The relationship I was involved in turned abusive. I lost my self-esteem and the joie de vivre I had always shown. It took all my strength to leave the relationship and move back to Sydney.

Only appreciating my freedom after it was taken, I vowed to move into social work. After formal studies in Youth Work, Community Services and a Social Science degree I began a private practice working as a counselor.

I now find that the kaleidoscope of life experiences I’ve had and the natural therapy modalities I've trained in are complemented by my formal education in counselling.

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In addition to working one-on-one with people, I also run women’s circles, breathwork classes, teach tarot and self-development classes as well as offer a variety of retreat programs in the Blue Mountains.

Inspired by the Buddhist notion of progress rather than perfection, I continue to work on my self-development, stirred by what author Audre Lorde once said:

"We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes a habit."

The middle passage of our lives serve as a major crossroads. Seizing the invitation to follow the path of the heart makes life infinitely richer and may well be the most effective means of finding inner peace. Robert Frost immortalised this decisive moment we all face at some point, saying:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read a little about my story.

I hope we get to work together to help you find your guiding thread,

Ginny

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What is a Holistic Approach?

  • What is holistic therapy?

    Holistic therapy involves taking into account the whole person. Abraham Maslow believed the destiny of a tree is to grow straight and tall. Many factors limit a seeds’ potential. Access to sunlight, water, the strength of the grove and the activity of pests all help or hinder a tree’s growth. So do a range of influences impact ours. What is a holistic therapy? One that encompasses the entirety of the psyche and takes you beyond the rational mind. Read More
  • What is a holistic therapist?

    The Western medical approach has been to segregate our bodies and minds into a machine of cogs. A holistic therapist invites people to explore the mythic, or symbolic, dimension of our lives. This holds that we each have a high destiny and that a greater intelligence whispers to us through synchronicity, the law of attraction and other universal principles. When I attempted to compartmentalise my inner life and my work life, a sense of flow eluded me. Upon integrating who I am with what I do, life opened up. Read More
  • What is holistic healing?

    Holistic healing therapies treat the human body as a miraculous, interrelated organism. Theta healing helps shift entrenched mental beliefs, breathwork helps release trauma stored in the body, tarot provides wisdom from the subconscious, reiki and energy healing works with your energetic and subtle body, while intuitive counselling ties all those threads together. Read More
  • What is holistic counselling?

    Holistic counselling is an approach where the external circumstances of your life (eg financial state, relationships, work-life, family life etc) are given equal weight to your internal state and where you are on your soul’s journey. Conventional counselling typically takes the soul out of the equation leading to more of a compartmentalised approach where the symptoms are treated rather than the root causes. Read More
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Holistic Healing Therapies

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    I have had amazing experiences with Ginny. I feel I can open up so much and I receive so much insight and guidance. I always leave feeling positive and confident. My daughter knew nothing of spiritual healing but I took her to see Ginny for reiki and she loved it and felt her head was clear and she was focused and was reassured. - Bernadette O

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