Minnie Ahuja provides counselling services in the Inner Sydney Region specialising in Relationship and Marriage Counselling
Counselling is a way of helping yourself by talking about your worries and problems. The emphasis is always on you being in control of what is discussed and the way in which sessions develop. The mode of counselling can be short-term, even as short as a one-off session, or longer term over a period of weeks or months. It is generally specific to a particular problem area which you are experiencing.
Information shared by you in individual or couples counselling sessions will be treated with the strictest confidentiality. The rare exceptions to this rule of confidentiality, as required by state law, include the following:
If there is reason to believe you might be in imminent danger of harming yourself or others;
If there is reason to believe that a child or vulnerable adult has been, or is likely to be, abused or neglected;
If there is a valid court order which requires disclosure of information.
You provide written permission to release information.
WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS AS A CLIENT?:
1. You are entitled to information about any methods of therapy, techniques, and possible duration of therapy. If you desire, I will explain my usual approach as well as qualifications.
2. You have the right to decide not to receive therapeutic assistance from me or to see a second opinion from another therapist. I will provide you with the names of other qualified professionals whose services you might prefer.
3. You have the right to end therapy at any time without any moral, legal, or financial obligation other than those already accrued.
4. You have the right to expect confidentiality within the limits described in the confidentiality section.
5. If you request in writing, any records can be released to any person or agency you designate. Also, you may authorize me, in writing, to consult with another professional about your therapy.
AREAS OF SPECIALISATION
The aim of relationship counselling is to help individuals and partners who are stuck in patterns of conflict to finds ways of communicating with each other, to decide how to solve their problems and to achieve their goals. I will help you discuss your thoughts and feelings, in order to help you gain a better understanding of your own, and each others position. I will also assist by offering a new perspective on the issues at hand or suggest a direction for resolving the issues for example strategies to improve communication.
Counselling can be a powerful tool to facilitate healing in survivors of domestic violence. By addressing, rather than avoiding, the trauma of domestic violence through counselling, survivors can free themselves of fear, resentment and guilt. Therapy allows a survivor to identify their role in the trauma and let go of self-blame. By acknowledging they were a victim, not a perpetrator; clients are able to see themselves in a new light, often seeing their own value and self-worth for the very first time. Survivors of domestic violence struggle with self-esteem, abandonment, fear and post-traumatic stress that can impact every area of their lives. Therapy allows these clients to gain a healthy perspective on the trauma, thus decreasing the negative symptoms associated with it.
Grief and Loss
As a counsellor I understand that one can expect a wide range of emotion and behaviour associated with grief. Grief counselling becomes necessary when a person is so disabled by their grief, overwhelmed by loss to the extent that their normal coping processes are disabled or shut down. Grief counselling facilitates expression of emotion and thought about the loss, including sadness, anxiety, anger, loneliness, guilt, relief, isolation, confusion, or numbness. It includes thinking creatively about the challenges that follow loss and coping with concurrent changes in their lives. Often people feel disorganized, tired, have trouble concentrating, sleep poorly and have vivid dreams, and experience change in appetite. These too are addressed in counselling.
Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions and can have a wide range of symptoms, some of which are Loss of interest or pleasure in activities; Low energy; Sleep disturbance; Appetite or weight change; Poor concentration; Persistent negative thoughts; Feelings of guilt or worthlessness; Thoughts of suicide or death. I work with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to assist with modifying thoughts, behaviours and feelings and to help you develop strategies to cope with depression.
Above are just some examples of the areas in which I provide counselling. Other areas of specialisation include student counselling, picture therapy (IDT), bullying, stress and anxiety management, sexual abuse counselling, eating disorders, insomnia and drug and alcohol addiction.
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Master of Counselling and applied Psychotherapy – University of Queensland Australia
Bachelor of Arts Psychology – Macquarie University NSW Australia.
Mental Health First Aid Certificate
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
IDT – Interactive Drawing Therapy
Lifeline – Skills Training
Meet criteria for registration with Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association NSW – (CAPA)
Registration with Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (PACFA)