Special introductory offer: I am offering discounted sessions for the first 10 clients that book a session with me at the Yoga & Health Collective centre in Mona vale. Please contact me for more details.
Mindfulness based coaching
In the process of mindfulness based coaching we look at putting in place goals and actions that will help you live with less stress, more purpose and increased meaning. Coaching can be for a range of life issues for you individually or focus on your workplace around values, culture and relationships. It is generally a forward looking process where I assist you in bringing about the change you desire.
As a therapist and coach my role is to be fully present with my clients in a way that allows them to explore their various issues. I assist clients to mindfully gain a greater understanding of how their thoughts, emotions and habitual patterns are influencing their lives and then develop tools and ways to manage these more effectively to allow increased acceptance, peace, fulfilment and joy.
Money coaching using mindfulness
People's finances can be a source of stress and anxiety. In addition, habits around purchasing items to satisfy a need or emotion that arises can also lead to non beneficial financial outcomes.
I am a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience working in corporates, accounting practices and the financial industry. I do money coaching for individuals on using mindfulness to become aware of limiting money related beliefs and to effectively manage stress / anxiety over money related issues and decisions. I also assist clients to determine their financial goals, monitor their spending habits and develop and maintain a positive relationship with money.
Counselling and PsychotherapyCounselling and Psychotherapy assist in allowing you to develop more self-awareness around your current painful or stressful situations. By doing this you create more space for allowing change and healing to occur. The main issues assisted by Counselling and Psychotherapy are around relationships, anxiety, stress, depression, grief and loss or having a life transition or change. Depending on the issue the process may assist in healing the hurts from the past.
Facilitation of mindfulness/meditation sessions with individuals and groups
Mindfulness and meditation has been proven to reduce stress/anxiety, enhance joy and improve focus and clarity. It also allows you to become less reactive to situations or emotions.
I feel that my practice and understanding of mindfulness has allowed me to get an experiential understanding of how it impacts my moment to moment experience of life. I have a passion for sharing these insights with others which I do either individually or as part of a group. See the workplace page for details of my workplace training.
Mindfulness in nature
I have found being in nature to be a wonderful place to connect to my present moment experience in an expansive mindful way. The beautiful sights, sounds and smells of nature provide many opportunities to practice mindfulness. It is a real gift to appreciate these in a mindful way. I facilitate mindfulness sessions and workshops in nature with individuals and groups. See the workshops page for details of my Connect Mindfully with Nature workshop.
How I work
I have had training in numerous modalities and theoretical approaches which allows me to work in a holistic way with clients and tailor my approach to each individual. At the heart of my practice is our relationship as this is the place where change starts to occur. I believe that through my empathic and understanding approach I am able to create a trusting open space for our sessions.
My work is influenced by mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), positive psychology, various coaching approaches, brief dynamic therapy, focusing and cutting edge neuroscience. My work is also influenced by my own personal development and the positive learning experiences and knowledge I have taken from it.
Being able to connect with your coach/therapist and the developing relationship is an essential part of change. I feel that I am able to bring present awareness, calmness, compassion and empathic support into my sessions with clients
Note around financial advice
How long are the sessions ?
The sessions are normally 60 minutes in length. Longer sessions are available depending on the particular issue.
Are the sessions confidential ?
Yes - all sessions are strictly confidential.
What type of sessions are offered?
I offer face to face sessions in Mona vale, Sydney at the Yoga & Health Collective centre every Wednesday afternoon and evening. Skype sessions or telephone sessions are also available
How much do the sessions cost ?
We can discuss my current fees when you call to make an appointment. I do not offer a sliding scale of fees but do offer a 10% discount if you book and prepay in advance for 5 sessions.
Please not that currently counsellors and psychotherapists are not able to offer any Medicare rebates however my fees will generally be equivalent to psychologist fees even after the rebate you receive back from seeing them.
What happens if I need to cancel a session ?
At least 24 hours notice is required in order to avoid a cancellation fee which is normally the full session fee. Emergencies arise from time to time so these will be considered when deciding on whether to charge a cancellation fee.
How can I pay for the session ?
For face to face clients initial payment is by cash at the end of the first session. After that payment can be made by cash or by electronic bank transfer.
For Skype and telephone clients payment is by electronic bank transfer. Electronic bank transfer payments must be received before the session commences.
Please note it can take up to 2 days for the payment to be processed by the banks so the transfer needs to be done 2 days before the session.
When are you available ?
I am only available on certain days which will need to be confirmed when you call to make an appointment. My evening sessions are the most popular and get booked up quickly so you will need to book in advance for these sessions
Call Gavin today on 0415 065 261