Sandy Hungerford Counselling Psychologist
- Individual counselling/therapy
- Couple counselling/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 the Hunter region. I provide individual and couples counselling and therapy from my home office in Newcastle. I love my work, and so I like to keep abreast of developments. My approach is predominantly client focused and relational as I feel it is to establish a safe, relaxed and trusting environment. I follow a range of approaches using the therapeutic relationship to nurture and explore the client’s inner wisdom. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is very effective in working this way with a wide variety of psychological presentations.
People often ask me why work with emotions? Simply put is that it is extremely informative, rewarding and practical as, “if you don’t know how you feel you won’t know what you need.” (Dr. L. Greenberg). These techniques enable me to work with people so that they can better understand how their emotions and thoughts are affecting their behaviour and to identify underlying needs and concerns. EFT 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 become out of control and intensify in ways that are not helpful. Psychological symptoms of anxiety or depression or inappropriately expressed anger can escalate. Emotions seem out of control, 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 and/or an appointment please contact me me or ring 0412 831 212 (messages can be left).
Doctors referrals are not required but if you do have one, medicare rebates maybe available.