What is Salvage Counselling?
David works from a Person-Centred framework. This means he works with you as an equal partner in helping to overcome the reason or reasons you have chosen to see him. He understands that you are the expert in your own life, and as such, helps to draw out the forgotten strengths, skills, abilities, and dreams so that you can get back to finding joy.
To achieve this, David will work with you, at your pace, for as many times as you believe is necessary. Each session is 45 minutes in length.
David has experience in many reasons why people choose to receive help from him, including
There are many reasons why a person may be suffering the effects of trauma, including childhood experiences (including neglect), adult experiences such as work place bullying/harassment, domestic violence, motor vehicle accident, or even being a bystander to a trauma event. Other traumas can be natural, including bushfires, droughts, and pandemics.
If you have disturbed sleep at night, find yourself thinking of the trauma event more often than not, are more angry or irritable than usual, and are not coping with daily hassles as well as you used to, it may be useful for you to seek help about this.
You don’t have to live through this. There are ways to help.
This is also known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
This is a common reaction to an extreme or terrifying event that threatened your life or safety. Some people, who experience such an event, may not develop the signs of PTSD until years, sometimes decades, after the actual extreme or terrifying event.
Signs of PTSD include flashbacks (current environmental triggers bring you “back” to the terrifying event), nightmares of the event, intense emotional or even physical reactions to the flashbacks or environmental triggers, such as a racing heart, shallow breathing, and sweating. You can never really relax, and may even always be “looking over your shoulder” for signs of danger.
Thankfully, there is many evidence-based treatments for this condition, and you don’t need to endure this problem. If this sounds like you, or you want to know more, give David a call.
We all feel sad at times. Sadness is an appropriate expression of feeling after loss either real or perceived. Sadness is transient, and people are usually able to pick themselves up and get on with the job of living.
However, sometimes the sadness is persistent, and starts interfering with the business of living, such as your occupation, school, relationships, and other responsibilities. It also may start interfering with your sleep, your appetite, your energy levels, and your self-esteem.
If this is something you have noticed, you may need to think about talking to someone to see if you are becoming depressed. David has experience in this area, and can help you using evidence-based interventions so you can get back on track.
Like sadness, we also can all feel worried at times, or have some stress or apprehension about our ability to cope with a future event, such as a job interview. This is again normal, and its function is to motivate us to prepare for that event.
However, if this apprehension or worry does not go away, is related to no particular future event, and starts interfering with your everyday activities such as your occupation, schooling, relationships, hobbies, and other interests, then it may be a good idea to talk to someone.
People know when they have anxiety because the worry is interfering with their sleep, they cannot relax or concentrate, and they have physical symptoms that are persistent such as a racing heart, sweating, and shallow breathing.
We all have relationships. We are partners, parents, sons, daughters, boyfriends, girlfriends, friends, or siblings. These relationships are important to us. They are important for our wellbeing. But we are not taught how to maintain these relationships or how to “do” them successfully. Thus, it is no wonder we need help now and then to deal with problems we are having with those we have relationships with.
If you believe your relationship is strained, and need help with this, David is experienced in this area. This may include talk therapy to help understand what the issues are that are putting strain in the relationship, or the learning of communication skills so you can better communicate going forward. This may involve talking to all members of the relationship separately, together, or a bit of both.
Workplace counselling is about providing an employee a safe place to talk about issues that trouble them, and allowing counsellors to help them find their own solutions to problems or develop better ways to manage issues.
Workplace counselling my include working with issues such as excessive workload, workplace bullying or harassment, tense relationships with co-workers, or even a trauma event in the workplace, all of which interfere with productivity, morale, and wellbeing.
David can provide a safe, non-judgemental place for you to explore what is troubling you in the workplace.