Counselling and Psychotherapy

Although Counselling and Psychotherapy overlap, there are some differences. Counsellors generally focus on specific behavioural solution focused problems or life changes such as bereavement or addictions, whereas Psychotherapists focus more upon restructuring of the client’s internal processes such as thinking, feeling and core belief’s.  Psychotherapy generally takes a longer period of time, depending on the clients needs. Counselling and Psychotherapy is invaluable for treating any crisis situation, management of stress, grief and trauma, relationship or family problems and any emotional or psychological problems. Therapy sessions may be for an individual, a couple, a family or a group, as required.

Counselling is a short term process that focuses on a behavioural change or facilitation of a transition usually over 3-6 sessions.

Psychotherapy is a longer term process that considers your life experiences and how they influence the present and delves deeper into the root cause of a presenting issue. Usually over 6 sessions plus.

When deciding between these two approaches consider:

Is this a relatively new problem that is contained within a specific set of circumstances?

Would you rather look at your thoughts and behaviour with a minimum amount of time commitment?

If so choose solution focused counselling, coaching or hypnotherapy.

If this a recurring problem in your life, and it’s important to you that you figure out the underlying issues or root cause and recognise you get stuck in certain patterns and want to change the way you respond – choose psychotherapy.

Consultations are confidential, professional and usually up to an hour in length. Frequency of consultations will depend upon the style of Counselling utilised and the severity of the problem presented and may be either short-term or long-term. Therapy is usually offered face to face but can also be available by telephone, or skype.

See practitioner page for info about counsellors, and psychotherapists. Please contact practitioners for appointments.

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Brief Solution Focused Therapy

This is short term counselling or therapy focusing on specific issues. Desired outcomes can be evident in as few as six sessions. It’s not necessary to go deep into your past to find ways of changing your future. You can learn to change behaviours that don’t work for you as well as you’d like.

You can learn:

  • How to improve your techniques when relating to others
  • recognise unhealthy pattern of behaviour and how to change them
  • New options to change how you experience things
  • respond in a more positive way
  • manage stress or anxiety more effectively
  • Build meaningful relationships and improve communications

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Mindfulness interventions

Many people find it hard to cope with the pressures of modern living. Every day, a quarter of a million people miss work because of stress, with 75 per cent of all illnesses thought to be stress-related. And when times are hard, It can be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing and yoga. It helps us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we’re better able to manage them.

Practising mindfulness can give people more insight into their emotions, boost their attention and concentration and improve relationships. It’s proven to help with stress, anxiety, depression and addictive behaviours, and can even have a positive effect on physical problems like hypertension, heart disease and chronic pain.

Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy

Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy is a very gentle way of exploring our inner world, in a co-creative way. Mindfulness is used during the session and helps support the client to be present and witness what is happening in a compassionate way. Both client and therapist are held in the present moment working with what arises, in an atmosphere of curiosity, and acceptance.

In this state we can exploring the core processes (thinking, feeling, and moving, internal and external sensing) which allows us to discover the core material and belief’s which shapes our lives. This therapy is a powerful tool for transformation, working with the body, breath, and sound, and discovering creative ways to change beliefs and behaviour that hold us back.

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This therapy brings together the practice of Mindfulness Meditation with Core Process Psychotherapy to assist you to be fully present, from moment to moment, with their experience. When we access and learn to stay with our core processes (thinking, feeling, moving, external sensing, and internal sensing) it allows us to explore and change the core material which shapes our lives.

The body never lies, thus, it becomes a door that can be opened to reveal the whole character and belief system of the individual. Core Process Therapy is a powerful way of accessing and transforming limiting beliefs and behaviours. Through compassionate self-study, exercises and mindfulness meditation, we have the opportunity to look deeply at our beliefs and free ourselves from limiting core schemas to live more fully.

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

MBCT is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) eight-week program, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Mindfulness-based therapy is used to treat anxiety, depression, and stress related conditions. Research shows that MBSR is enormously empowering for patients with chronic pain, hypertension, heart disease, cancer, and gastrointestinal disorders, as well as for psychological problems such as anxiety and panic.

Mindful Relationship Therapy

handsIn mindful relationships we focus on the relationship to grow both individual’s capacity for personal wholeness, fulfilment and evolution.

Mindful relationship therapy is different to other couples counselling. We appreciate each other’s differences, and do not try to change the other but work with these differences. We discover new skills to communicate and resolve conflicts.

Despite our longing for deeper connection in our relationships, many people find themselves stuck in familiar patterns and lost as to how to overcome these difficulties. This can happen not only in our romantic relationships, but also in other relationships that are important to us, such as with friends, parents, family members, children, co-workers, and neighbours.

The key ingredients that create and sustain a deeply fulfilling relationship:

Take responsibility. Responsibility is the willingness to take ownership over any “baggage” that we bring to our relationships—most of our core wounds, and fears. When we chose to take responsibility for our part in arguments and misunderstandings, we create an space for something different to emerge.

A willingness to be vulnerable. Vulnerability is the courage to open so that we may be seen. We can chose to love and respect ourselves enough to share all of ourselves with our partner, even the parts that we think are unlovable. When we give the gift of vulnerability to our partner, we are opening the space for them to share their vulnerability with us as well. It is only then that we can love each other fully for who we truly are.

Listen deeply to each other. Listening is the gift of our full presence, with an open heart and without judgment or fixing. Often we are listening to form a response. We often want to help by being solution orientated. However, our emotional experiences are not problems, they are simply experiences. Therefore, we suggest listening to your partner’s experiences without trying to fix them.

Form a commitment to each other. Commitment is the conscious choice to be in the relationship. At times it will stir stuff up—it will make you look deeply at yourself and it will ask you to evolve.

Sustaining a conscious relationship requires that both participants choose to be there. I believe there is no shame in choosing to end a relationship when you find that you are both growing in different directions. A conscious relationship is journey not a destination.

Therapy can assist you to navigate these challenges and offer an opportunity to find a way out of the loop. We help couples or individuals focus on and study how he or she experiences these inner and outer conflicts. By focusing on the present moment feelings, sensations, thoughts and belief patterns in mindfulness, we can explore the deeper layers contained in each experience. Through acceptance of ourselves we can be more accepting of others.


Brainspotting is a new technique based in brain science used to process release emotional core material. Brainspotting uses eye positioning paired with mindful somatic experiencing to locate and process emotionally charged material. Any life event which causes significant physical and/or emotional injury and distress, in which the person powerfully experiences being overwhelmed, helpless, or trapped, can become a trapped traumatic experience. Emotional material or trauma is stored or frozen in the body, brainspotting can locate and assist the client to process this through activating the body’s healing response. The therapist is attuned to the client, as the client is encouraged to be mindful of and focused on the body. Often words are unnecessary to treat an issue as the memories are stored in the emotional or limbic brain.

Brainspotting is useful for:

  • Healing traumatic memories/events
  • Inner child work
  • Anxiety, fears, phobia’s
  • Performance enhancement
  • Chronic pain


The Lotus Centre has practitioners in Clinical Hypnotherapy, NLP, Life Coaching & Mentoring, Clinical Psychology and counselling. We are based in Brookvale / Manly / Warringah and servicing the Northern beaches area. We can help you make those lasting changes you desire to live your life to its fullest potential. 



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