What is a counsellor and psychotherapist?
As a counsellor and psychotherapist, I am a qualified professional who can facilitate healthy discussion, provide insight, and explore areas causing concern. I am supportive, non-judgmental, and respectful, and everything occurs in a confidential environment.
While the two aspects are very similar in practise, counselling is often provided through shorter-term consultation, whereas psychotherapy can involve frequent and longer-term treatment.
For counselling, the focus is on more current specific issues, significant life changes, and general well-being. Psychotherapy is usually about understanding and increasing insight through exploring emotions and behavioural patterns at more depth over our lifespan.
How can I help you?
With the support of counselling and psychotherapy, you are encouraged to explore feelings and emotions where your concerns can be raised and understood. You can start to understand those distressing thoughts and feelings, and find more effective ways to cope and overcome your pain and discomfort.
Individual counselling and psychotherapy is a supportive and confidential process to assist you in working through life stressors, whether they are short or long-term struggles. Counselling can help you to gain clarity and consider a range of possibilities, options, and consequences – both good and not-so -good.
We will work together in a safe environment to identify stressors, develop new goals, and improve your support and strengths towards a happier life balance. You will be supported, acknowledged, respected, and valued throughout the process.
Sometimes we can recognise that our feelings are due to a particular circumstance, such as relationship problems, bereavement, childhood issues, or illness. Other times, we may have no idea what is making us feel the way we do and all we know is that our lives have become uncomfortable, difficult, or even intolerable.
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People seek counselling and psychotherapy for a wide variety of reasons, including:
- Anxiety/panic attacks
- Fears and phobias
- Low mood/depression
- Grief, loss and loneliness
- Low confidence/self-esteem
- Childhood issues
- Relationship issues
Through counselling and psychotherapy you can:
- Identify unhelpful thinking patterns and self-destructive patterns of behaviour
- Have healthier and happier relationships
- Improve confidence and self-esteem
- Understand and gain relief from trauma, abuse, pain, and loss
- Gain support and assistance through bereavement
- Feel more positive and happier in yourself and towards others
- Communicate more effectively
- Gain a greater sense of calm and general well-being
- Build your awareness and skills to better manage and tolerate stress
- Improve sleep quality
- Increase your energy and get back to exercise and sports
- Improve concentration and memory
- Start enjoying those things that you might have been avoiding
- Feel more focused and confident in making decisions
You may find it difficult to talk to other people about your concerns, and have kept these quiet for some time. Counselling can be an enormous relief to finally share those feelings and begin to understand your concerns in a way like never before.
The support and help you need to find your way back to a clearer mind
WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING
Here are some comments past clients have shared
“Over a period of six months, she was able to help me understand my feelings and enabled me to accept myself, and raise my self esteem.
The tools she has given me will help me to negotiate my way through tough times in the future!
I would recommend Kylie to anyone who needs an independent and approachable person to help put things in perspective when nothing in life seems to make sense.”
“I initially sought Kylie’s assistance several years ago when struggling to cope with a period of upheaval in my workplace.
Her friendly, relaxed manner enabled me to “open up” and I felt very comfortable discussing personal matters with her and expressing my feelings more freely, and in more detail, than I had been able to with my family, friends or partner. When my Mother passed away earlier this year I knew Kylie would again be instrumental in helping me cope with the loss.
She has helped me through some extremely emotional and difficult times in my life and I would highly recommend her services.”
“From the moment I met Kylie, she made me feel so comfortable that I was able to express my thoughts without feeling like Kylie was judging me. I felt as though Kylie really listened to me showing me empathy and suggested some great techniques to help me.
I always walked out feeling a lot clearer in mind and body as Kylie had a way of explaining why I was feeling the way I was and it all seemed to make sense to me.
I have recommended Kylie to my friends and family in the past and they had similar experiences.”
“My whole life through I had a very difficult relationship with my mom who manipulated everything in my life.
Kylie was the first counsellor who really helped me to reach all my goals in such a short time. Through her I learned that life is about choices and that every choice I make in my life brings its gains and losses. But if I make a choice for myself each time, I can deal with the consequences much better because it was MY OWN choice.
Kylie, I would like to thank you once again for doing such an excellent job. I would recommend you to anyone who is looking for a great counselor.”
“Following a stress-related breakdown, my coping skills had gone and Kylie helped me regain them bit by bit using a variety of methods. I was particularly impressed by Kylie’s perception and ability to analyze the situation- as a professional myself I appreciated the feeling that we were working together to regain my skills. At the same time, she was great in lifting my spirits when depression settled and I thought I would never get better; she constantly reminded me of the progress I had made.
I cannot recommend her highly enough for anyone going through stress burnout.”
“I have been a carer for my wife who has Secondary Progressive MS for the past 9 years. During that time I have sought counsellor support from various sources. For various reasons I have not found someone that I felt comfortable with or someone who has provided me with salient advice. That situation changed when I received counselling from Kylie Lepri.
I have found Kylie to be a very professional, insightful, personable counsellor who has been empathetic and has provided me with worthwhile strategies to address my needs. Kylie is someone with whom I feel comfortable, a counsellor who is perceptive and has tailored her support and advice to meet my individual situation. Counselling is such a personal experience and I feel that Kylie is a counsellor with whom a client can develop a propitious and productive rapport.”
“All Kylie’s help and support in counselling gave me the tools to feel much stronger and more optimistic.”
“Kylies caring and empathy as my counselor made all the difference. Her constant, gentle questioning guided me towards a place where I could see things more clearly, a place where I could begin to reflect on who I am and what’s important to me.”
“I have seen Kylie at various times in my life when I didn’t feel I had adequate resources to cope with the difficulties I was experiencing. During these times, I highly value the safe and attentive environment Kylie creates. I feel I can be open and honest, with both her, and myself without fear of judgement and I feel that I have been heard and understood.
Kylie helps to create a space for open exploration and suggests practical and interesting actions, which provide extra ballast for me when I am feeling overwhelmed with aspects of life”
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