After spending around 15 years working in a variety of fields and locations in Australia, I realised I wanted to use the skills I had built up working with people in a more helpful way. I decided to take the plunge and make a late career change by turning these practical skills into formal qualifications by completing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Counselling at Edith Cowan University.
During the 5 years of my studies, I gained a wealth of experience in helping roles working in professional settings with a diverse range of people and assisting them with issues such as life transitions, child and adolescent self-esteem, depression, general mental health concerns and creative problem solving. As a life-long musician and artist, I was also able to incorporate this into some of my work including co-developing and facilitating art programs for local children that focused on teaching social skills through the enjoyment of art.
My many years of involvement in the arts and music industries has also seen me use this experience along with my training to support artists in developing their careers, managing their mental health and to help them maintain the passion for what they love doing.
I also hold a Graduate Diploma in Marketing from Curtin University and have used this to support young and small businesses in a consulting role helping with issues such as stress management, creative problem solving, and confidence/self-belief.
Outside of private practice, I also work for Outside The Locker Room as a Welfare Champion, assisting in the delivery of their mental health programs in sports clubs and schools and offering immediate face-to-face support for anyone who may become distressed.
Whether it is being available to you to listen to your concerns, assist in your healing, or working with you to thrive on your life's journey, I am dedicated to providing you with a safe, confidential and comfortable environment for your sessions at AHRLEE Counselling.
Education and Professional Membership
Edith Cowan University
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Counselling)
Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
(Membership requires me to uphold a fixed amount of Professional Development and Professional Supervision hours each year as well as abide by the ACA's Code of Ethics)
I also have valid and up-to-date National Criminal History and Working With Children Checks.
Some areas I have undertaken professional development in are -
Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling, Disaster Support Counselling, Motivational Interviewing, SFBT, Childhood Trauma, Adolescent/Teen Counselling
About AHRLEE Counselling
When I was in my late teens, I went through a severe depression which lingered around and made my life less than pleasant for the next 6 years. Whilst this period was distressful at the time, many years later I have been able to look back, acknowledge and understand that we all experience this distress in our own way. There is also no set level of suffering you 'should be able to cope with', we all differ from each other in so many unique ways.
I have set up AHRLEE Counselling informed by this and the importance of meeting each individual as they are, in their experience. This is why my primary modality is informed by the humanistic-existential approach, which is concerned with your lived experience, choice and the meaning and value that can be gained from your 'being in the world'. I also incorporate elements of SFBT, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy and Creative Expression. Ultimately, the sessions will be tailored to your needs and what fits best for you. Essentially, AHRLEE Counselling sessions are all about you, your life and your journey.
The name AHRLEE came was primarily inspired by my cat (Harlee), who recently passed away at 20 years of age. Resilient until the end, she lived her life fully regardless of the restrictions her body gradually placed upon her.
I also found that the letters of her name could be used as an acronym for the six elements I believe are important to help maintain well-being in life:
Art/Creativity - Health - Relationships - Lifestyle - Environment - Experience
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