Rachel Amy Waldock
Counsellor and Family Therapist
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Highest Qualification: Master of Counselling, completed 2021.

Member of the Australian Counselling Association since 2015.

My counselling style:

I am a person-centred therapist, and I enjoy working medium-term (1-9 months) with clients. I focus on awareness-raising, strength-building, and reality-based problem-solving. My goals include increasing emotional intelligence, building healthy habits, and strengthening your unique identity and authenticity.

I am an integrative therapist, which means I use techniques from multiple modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness practices, and Solution-Focused Therapy.

The sort of clients I like to work with:

You are wrestling with your emotions. Bottling them up and putting on a brave face is your jam. You are experiencing anxiousness and depressive moods. The rollercoaster ride of emotions is really starting to worry you. Socially you feel shy or needy.

You don't let anyone know what's really going on. Whenever you feel uncomfortable you withdraw and hide. Technology (whether FB, Insta or gaming) makes it easy for you to escape and forget about what is happening. You're struggling with self-sabotaging habits, and fighting pretty regularly with the people closest to you.

You are going through a transition that is tough to navigate - school, relationship, work, family - how do people do this?! You feel guilt or shame about not feeling capable. You're struggling to keep up with others or your own standards. You often feel overwhelmed, out of your depth, and consider quitting or running away.

You've lost someone or something meaningful. Grief and anger keep knocking at your front door. You haven't had the time or space to deal with it properly. Maybe you've been avoiding it - fair enough, it's really painful.

Wherever you're at, whatever you're dealing with, there is hope.

Reaching out takes courage, and I believe you can be brave.

Finding a therapist who is a good fit for you can be difficult, but it is worth it in the long run.

If not me, then I can put you in touch with other uniquely skilled therapists who can also help.

Random fun facts about me...

What is your guilty pleasure? l love a good coffee, especially if it's accompanied with a caramel Tim Tam.

Favourite movie? That everybody knows? Inception. That I really enjoy? The Vow. I've also been getting into Mandolorian recently - no spoilers, please!

Name three people you'd like to have dinner with and why. There are too many amazing people to choose from... here's three: Jordan Peterson, Esther Perel and Jon Foreman. Jordan and Esther are both contemporary therapists who inspire me with their clarity of wisdom, and Jon is the lead singer for Switchfoot, my all-time favourite band.

Why do you love counselling? I love the challenge of counselling; my aim is to connect with you, to let you know that I'm trying to 'match your steps' so that I understand, and give you the space to express the reality of what you're facing. To not rush you into problem-solving but to facilitate that if that's what you want or need. I love seeing individuals have moments of insight, where it's like they've been surrounded by clouds and suddenly they break through to the blue sky above. It's a real honour to be let in, to walk beside people on their journey.

What is your favourite book? I am a book lover! I am currently reading Dr Henry Cloud's book, Integrity, and it is highlighting a unique area that I'm keen to read more about...

Favourite place in the world? On an aeroplane (especially if I'm with someone I love). Because it means I'm either going on an adventure with the excitement all in front of me, or I'm heading home with a belly full of new memories. Right now I am planning two trips!

What is your favourite quote? Courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to proceed in spite of it. - Nelson Mandela

What would people be surprised to know about you? I lived in Malawi, Africa for two and a half years with my family when I was a teenager. We were there as missionaries, and that experience shaped my worldview and changed the course of my life. My parents are still missionaries, now based in Tanzania, Africa. Feel free to ask me about it one day ;)