Rachel Amy Waldock
Counsellor and Family Therapist
Rachel earned her Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy through the Australian Institute of Family Counselling (AIFC). She has commenced her Master of Counselling with Stirling Theological College. Rachel is a member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and is currently working in a medical practice in New Lambton.
Rachel is passionate about connecting with each client, hearing their stories and encouraging healing and growth by identifying internal resources and strengthening emotional intelligence.
Grad. Dip. Couns | Adv. Dip. Couns
Dip. Couns | M. ACA
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? Carrie Pilby.
Name three people you'd like to have dinner with and why. There's too many amazing people to choose from... here's three: Jordan Peterson, Esther Perel and Jacob Collier. Jordan and Esther are both contemporary therapists who inspire me with their clarity of wisdom, and Jacob is a brilliant and very talented young musician.
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 Brene Brown's book, Daring Greatly, it is definitely a favourite.
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.
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 world view 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 ;)