Counselling Services

“It is worth remembering that the time of greatest gain in terms of wisdom and inner strength is often that of greatest difficulty.”


~Dalai Lama

 

Dare To Say Yes is a professional counselling & personal development service,  located in Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia, offering adults and couples guidance in personal, work-related and relationship difficulties in a warm, caring and confidential environment.

 

Areas of specialisation:

All life experiences and issues related to loss in all its many facets:

 

  • Loss of a Loved One / Grief
  • Marriage/Relationship Breakdown
  • Job Loss / Loss of one’s business
  • Serious illness or disability – Loss of health
  • Infertility – Loss of becoming a (biological) parent
  • Being overweight – Loss of the socially accepted body shape
  • Loss of one’s home
  • Life Transitions: empty nesting; early retirement
  • Cultural adjustment concerns
  • Personal development, Direction and Life Purpose

 

 

Relationship Counselling


Couples may seek relationship counselling to strengthen their communication skills and enliven their intimacy. They may wish to address areas of concern and growing resentment to prevent more serious issues from developing. Issues of concern may arise in relation to poor boundaries, poor communication, intimacy issues, balancing work and family life,  too little quality time, responsibilities regarding home duties, blended family issues, fly in – fly out situations.

Communicating and staying connected during hard times can feel impossible. When two people are no longer able to relate to one another, their relationship is in crisis. This inability to relate may lead to an affair or keeping secrets from one another. It is important to have the resources to keep talking and being willing to hear the other. There are skills that help to listen and to be heard, and to express feelings and needs in a non-confrontational manner. These skills become especially important when the unbearable needs to be expressed and acknowledged. These skills may bring a new, deeper way of relating to the relationship.

 

 

When Do We Choose Counselling?


People come to counselling because they have a crisis, difficulties or concerns, which causes emotional distress or upset, or even a disruption to their life, as is the norm for experiences of loss.

The emotional distress that results from a crisis or disruption is overwhelming and frightening. Perhaps we no longer view the world as safe, predictable and benevolent. We need to make sense of this experience, understand why we are in such a state and gain the skills and resources that empower us to get resolution from these life events. Inner resources not only help us to navigate the difficult terrain of our inner landscape, but empower us to move beyond solving problems and coping, to consciously building a more fulfilling, content and joyful life.

“We live in a complex, busy, changing world. In this world, there are many different types of experiences that are difficult for people to cope with. Most of the time we get on with life, but sometimes we are stopped in our tracks by an event or situation that we do not, at that moment, have the resources to sort out. Counselling is a really useful option in these moments.” John McLeod, An Introduction to Counselling, 2003, p.1.

 

 

Sessions:


A counselling session is 1 hour.

Couples sessions are 1 ¼ hour.