Michaela Southby M.Couns. PGDip. Sexol. B.A.Comms., M.A.C.A
Michaela is a qualified, registered counsellor based in Western Australia and helping women anywhere via Skype or telephone. By working online, counselling becomes accessible to all women, especially those living remotely or unable to get into a practice. She believes everyone needs help sometimes, and support via a counsellor should be as natural as support via your GP, physiotherapist or neighbour.
Michaela specialises in issues unique to women around life changes, ageing and sexuality, which can throw up all sorts of feelings and challenges.
The Garden Counselling began to offer women a fully confidential, safe way to discuss their worries, problems, and challenges with an empathic, non-judgemental professional. Many people still find it hard to dIscuss issues of sexuality for fear of being judged or misunderstood. Telephone or video counselling from the comfort of your own space can be a good way to start.
Michaela helps women of all ages find their strength, meaning and direction through a ‘person-centred approach’ to helping. This means listening and understanding your unique journey and challenges, and supporting you in a way that makes sense to you. The Garden Counselling offers a safe space to explore all parts of you, in our work to help you feel whole and gain clarity and direction in your life. Together we get you to where you need to be, with lots of tools to use along the way.
Work may be brief and focussed on one particular issue, or it may be longer psychotherapeutic work to address things that have troubled you for a long time. This work can still yield great results quite rapidly – Michaela is solution-focussed and draws out your inner strengths and self-compassion to drive you forward.
Together you may use a range of therapeutic techniques, including mindfulness, restructuring thought processes, re-examining your stories to shed new light, and resolving inner conflicts and critics that are holding you back.
Sex therapy can be as simple as sharing knowledge, getting comfortable with language, or understanding intimacy. It may be helping you become congruent and confident with your sexual self, in or out of relationship.
Book your initial complimentary chat now to find out if we’re right for you.
Michaela is a registered member of the Australian Counselling Association, and has a Masters in Counselling from the University of Notre Dame, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Sexology from Curtin University, and a BA. Communications from the University of Glamorgan. She has a long career in communications, training and education, and also trained and worked with Relationships Australia.
(The Garden Counselling currently chooses to work just with women (that is anyone identifying as female), recognising the unique needs of women around sexuality, parenting and life changes.)