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Focus Areas

Grief and Loss

Grief is the natural emotional response to the loss of someone close, such as a family member, friend or a pet. Grief can also occur after a serious illness, job loss, a divorce or other significant losses.

Grief stirs up countless complex emotions, and there is no way to prepare to grieve and some people struggle with grief for prolonged periods without improvement, and as a result, their ability to carry on with daily activities is disrupted.

Grief and loss counselling is a type of therapy that is designed to help individuals cope with the emotional pain and stress that can arise from a significant loss in their life. 

As your Counsellor, I am here to help my clients develop coping strategies and provide support as they navigate through the grieving process..

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Mindful Man - Men's Counselling

In a world that often places expectations on men to be strong, independent, and resilient, the need for men's counseling is gaining recognition.

Men's counselling is a valuable resource for those seeking personal growth, identity exploration, stress management, improved communication skills, guidance, emotional well-being, and enhanced relationships. 

 

By embracing various counselling techniques, individuals can navigate life's challenges with resilience, gaining a deeper understanding of themselves and creating a path toward a more fulfilling life.

 

Breaking free from societal expectations and seeking support is a courageous step towards your emotional well-being.

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PTSD and Trauma

After going through a traumatic experience, it is common to experience a range of overwhelming emotions, unique to each individual, including shock, confusion, fear, anxiety, anger, unsafe and hopelessness. This is particularly normal during the time immediately following the traumatic event.  Trauma can also occur from being exposed to a number of smaller events over a longer period of time. .

Trauma can be in the form of physical abuse, sexual assault, natural disasters, or serious accidents. Trauma can result in a range of emotional and psychological symptoms, such as depression, flashbacks, and nightmares.

Counselling can help with trauma by providing a safe and supportive space for individuals to process and work through their experiences. 

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Stress Management and Burnout

Burnout is not reserved for a particular profession, gender or job role—whether you are a business leader, doctor, care worker or an artist - it doesn't discriminate. 

Counselling can be a helpful tool for managing stress or burnout by providing individuals with a safe space to explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to stress, seek support, and identify changes they need to make to reduce stress.

Talking to a counsellor about stress can also be a key part of addressing and reducing it in the long-term as therapy also helps people learn additional ways to manage stress on their own to supplement talk therapy.

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Relationship/Couples Counselling

Relationship counselling is a therapeutic process designed to help individuals and couples navigate the challenges and dynamics within various interpersonal connections, ranging from dating relationships and cohabiting partnerships to marriages. The primary goal is to help couples navigate issues, improve communication, and strengthen their emotional connection. 

Relationship counselling targets a broad spectrum of issues, including but not limited to communication breakdowns, trust issues, conflict, intimacy concerns, and navigating major life transitions. It is not solely reserved for couples in distress; many seek relationship counseling as a proactive measure to strengthen their bond and foster a deeper understanding of each other..

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Anger Management

Anger is a powerful and complex emotion that everyone experiences at some point in their lives. Whether it's a fleeting frustration or a deep-seated rage, understanding anger is crucial for managing it effectively.
Feeling anger is OK, it’s how you respond to this feeling that matters!

Counseling can be highly effective in helping individuals manage anger issues. Here are some key ways counseling can assist with anger management:

- Understanding the root cause

- Identifying triggers

- Developing self awareness

- Learning coping strategies

- Improving communication skills

- Behaviour change

- Emotional regulation

By addressing the underlying issues and developing new skills, counselling can lead to long-term changes in how individuals experience and express anger, promoting healthier relationships and overall well-being.

ZAR Wellness also offers an Anger Management course.

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Pet Loss

Losing a pet can be a deeply emotional and difficult experience. It's ok to grieve - your pet was special to you. Pets are, for many of us, our family and hold a very special place in our lives. Their loss is deeply felt and many may not understand the connection and attachment we have with our pets which can make talking about their loss with others difficult.

At ZAR Wellness I provide counselling for pet owners by providing validation and support in a safe space where you can open up and process emotions related to your pet - such as sadness and loneliness. I will offer coping strategies and techniques to help you cope with your grief and address any underlying issues or emotions that may arise as a result of your loss.​​

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Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety and depression are amongst the most common mental health issues. 

You are not alone!

Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. Stress and anxious feelings are a common response when we feel under pressure. These feelings usually pass once the stressful situation has passed. 

Depression is a mental health disorder that can cause a persistent feeling of sadness, hopelessness, loss of interest in activities, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, and difficulty concentrating.

Depression can also lead to physical symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches, and digestive problems.

Some people find it difficult to adjust to big changes in life, which can lead to symptoms of anxiety disorder and depression.

Counselling can be an effective treatment for anxiety and/or depression, and can help you develop the skills and support you need to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

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Medical Diagnosis

I just got diagnosed, what do I do now?

​Physical and mental health are often closely linked and receiving a medical diagnosis whether it be life-limiting or a life-changing diagnosis, it can be very overwhelming, confronting and emotionally distressing for the individual and their loved ones.

Doctors and medical providers are trained to identify and treat the disease. Counsellors are trained to treat people and one's experience of disease.

When someone develops a medical issue, they often have severe emotional distress. Medical conditions can also interfere with one’s typical coping strategies. 

Counselling can be an integral part of your treatment, providing necessary support and guidance during this difficult time by working through the flood of emotions, thoughts and feelings you have/are experiencing in counselling.

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Life Transitions

Transitions are often seen as being synonymous with change, and change can be challenging.

Life transitions — be it a career change, roles and responsibility changes, arrival of a new baby, empty nesting, entering or exiting a relationship, or adjusting to a new phase in life can often feel overwhelming, leaving individuals feeling lost, stuck or anxious about the future and navigating these life transitions can be a challenging. 

Counselling provides a safe and non-judgmental avenue for individuals to engage in open and honest conversations, helping them gain insights into their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors, facilitating a deeper understanding of the transition at hand.

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