Counselling/Psychotherapy with Monique
Monique offers trauma-informed Counselling for children and young people, and Somatic Psychotherapy for women.
As an adopted person; a queer woman; a white skinned, misplaced Aboriginal woman; a sexual abuse survivor; a single mother; and indeed, was even a single teenage mother, Monique has faced the pain and suffering at times of not ‘belonging’. It is through a dual journey of adversity and courage that she has gained both personal wisdom and professional knowledge which she brings to her role in supporting others through the times in their lives where they too feel outcast, abandoned or a lack of belonging. Monique carries a deep compassion for those who are suffering and brings a depth of humanity, sensitivity, presence, authenticity and kindness to her counselling, supervising and training roles.
The unfortunate part of being outcast early on in life, is that we tend to do the same kind of self abandonment later in life. We can do this by staying busy, living life on the surface, looking after other’s needs and forgetting about our own, addictions, overriding our instincts, ignoring body pain, repressing emotion, etc. Eventually, the flame inside will start to dim and we start to dry out. This is when it’s time that we start to find our way back home. Find our way back to ourselves.
Monique is passionate about supporting, understanding and teaching others about the importance of embodiment and the healing of developmental and complex trauma and its impacts on intimate relationships. She has a particular passion for supporting anyone affected by issues of diversity, trauma, belonging or identity including adoption, foster care, stolen generation, childhood abuse, disrupted parenting, intercountry relocation and those who identify as a part of the rainbow community. Monique has a strong belief that safe families belong together.
What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?
Counselling with adults addresses specific issues or concerns that an individual is currently facing and is often short term in nature where we explore feelings around recent events and how you’ve tried to manage or cope. Counselling with children and adolescents may be specific in nature, or may use the universal language of play instead. It may be child led and not seem like we are focusing on the issue at all, but in fact, the issue often arises in the themes explored through the play.
Psychotherapy with women is a deeply personal journey. It is generally a longer-term process that focuses on the Self where we explore issues of personal meaning. Psychotherapy works on a deeper level of self-understanding and helps you to better manage core issues that underlie persistent or recurring problems in your life. Instead of just talking about the issues you are faced with, a range of modalities or processes may be used to get to the heart of the matter. There can be considerable cross-over between counselling and psychotherapy.
Monique has founded a healing methodology called Somatic Attachment Focused Expressive Therapies® (SAFE-T) and offers a year-long certified training program to counselling professionals in Northern NSW, Australia. Her Counselling, Supervision and Training services create a ripple effect, influencing love relationships in the Northern Rivers and beyond. Monique has studied intensively and is therefore influenced by the work of Dr Peter Levine (founder of Somatic Experiencing), Dr Diane Poole-Heller (founder of Dynamic Attachment Repatterning Experience), Bert Hellinger (founder of Family Constellations), Dora Kalff (founder of Sandplay Therapy), Dr Mark Pearson & Dr Helen Wilson (founders of Expressive Therapies), Dr Susan Johnson (Founder of Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples) and Kent Hoffman, Glen Cooper & Bert Powell (Founders of Circle of Security).