Sandy Hungerford Counselling Psychologist
- Individual counselling and therapy
- Couple counselling and therapy
“We live in the shelter of each other”
I am a Counselling Psychologist with over 40 years experience – the last 20 years I have been working in Newcastle. I provide individual and couples counselling and therapy from my home office on The Hill in Newcastle. I love my work, and so I like to keep abreast of developments. My approach is predominantly client focused as I believe it is important to establish a safe, relaxed and trusting environment. It is also relational as I like to follow a range of approaches using the therapeutic relationship to nurture and enhance the client’s inner wisdom; Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is very effective in working in this way with a wide variety of psychological presentations.
People often ask me why work with emotions? Simply put is that emotions are extremely informative, empowering and practical because, “if you don’t know how you feel you won’t know what you need.” (Dr. L. Greenberg) and this can leave one feeling lost and empty. EFT is practical as it enables people to better understand how their emotions and thoughts are affecting their behaviour and to identify underlying needs and concerns. It is powerful in working with both individuals and with couples. As relationships can heal and people can live happier, more productive lives.
When people try to avoid their emotions usually, the exact opposite of healthy behaviour occurs. (View “Alfred and Shadow” a short story about emotions). As avoidance can actually escalate the symptoms so they can intensify in ways that are not helpful. Psychological symptoms of anxiety or depression or inappropriately expressed fear or anger can escalate so that emotions seem out of control and then relationships at home or work suffer. EFT is highly effective as it helps us understand both our thoughts and our emotions, and provides techniques for healthy self regulation and management. We learn new ways of recognising our needs and connecting securely with ourselves and others.
For further information contact me or ring 0412 831 212
Doctors referrals are not required but if you do have one, medicare rebates maybe available (VVCS – Open Arms and Health Benefits accredited).