Eastern Counselling & Psychotherapy
Bondi Junction NSW 2022
Servicing area: Paddington, Surry Hills, Bondi Junction, Coogee, Sydney
Move beyond pain, doubt and suffering.
Move towards living more joyfully, more creatively and more resiliently.
Lesley Loughnan - Eastern Counselling & Psychotherapy
Hello, I’m Lesley. I am a qualified counsellor and Gestalt psychotherapist and also a trained yoga and meditation teacher.
Drawing on the knowledge and experience of both western psychology and the eastern wisdom traditions, my approach takes into account the physical, emotional and spiritual components of your experience, plus the environment you live and work in.
My story ...
Once upon a time, I worked as a senior executive at the ABC. A series of life challenges, including managing long-term illness resulted in a profound change of direction at the age of 40.
This has given me a deep and personal insight into the healing process on a wholistic level.
My professional and personal experience has convinced me that great transformation and healing can take place in the context of a supportive therapeutic relationship.
I know just how much the insight and deep support of a competent, compassionate therapist can help weather some of the stormy passages of life…
I am more than happy to discuss any questions you may have on the phone.
Telephone or skype sessions also possible...
What am I like to work with…?
I’ve been described as warm and intelligent, with a down-to-earth sense of humour.
I aim to create a safe and non-judgemental space, so that with warmth and sensitivity, we can deeply explore together what stands between you and peace of mind, however complex or difficult that may seem.
I am skilled in helping you to move beyond the habitual ways you may present yourself and interact in the world, to go deeper, and to identify and resolve underlying issues.
“Lesley is compassionate and experienced. She creates a nurturing and safe environment to explore parts of myself that are in need of healing. I always leave feeling lighter and as though I have reconnected with myself.” S.C. (solicitor)
Read more testimonials here.
My experience ...
My private practice is based in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. I have worked with hundreds of clients on a wide range of issues over the last 20 years.
I have a long association with Petrea King and the Quest for Life Foundation, where I worked for many years as resident therapist on their programs for people suffering from life-threatening illness, grief, loss and trauma.
“Lesley brings a wise, humorous and compassionate heart to her transformational work with people. Her work is treasured both by Quest for Life and her clients.”
Over the years, I have intermittently taught on the faculties of the Sydney Gestalt Institute on their post-graduate Psychotherapy degree, and Naturecare College, teaching the Psychology of Yoga for their Yoga teacher training diploma course.
- COUPLES COUNSELLING
- DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
- DEVELOPING SELF ESTEEM
- ENHANCING CREATIVITY
- FACING ILLNESS
- GRIEF + LOSS
- HEALING THE PAST
- LIFE CHANGE/TURNING POINTS
- MEDITATION AND BREATHWORK
- OVERCOMING TRAUMA
- RELATIONSHIP ISSUES
- STRESS MANAGEMENT
- WORKPLACE DIFFICULTIES
- YOGA AND RELAXATION
“Therapy has changed my life. From the moment I met Lesley, I felt comfortable and safe. Lesley is caring and empathic and has supported me through a very difficult period in my life. Looking back, it’s been a priceless journey! Thank you Lesley – I don’t know how I would have come this far without you.” C.S. Social Worker
“Two years after my wife died, I was still overwhelmed with grief and having great difficulty moving forward. I was very apprehensive about counselling. But over several months of sessions with Lesley, I gradually began to integrate the pain and trauma, rather than just soldiering on.” J.L. Banker
“Lesley is brilliant! She has taken me on a journey of self discovery which has allowed me to face my grief and fears and appreciate my life. She is warm and supportive and the Gestalt method has given me the opportunity to deeply engage with the core influences on my life and to cultivate healthier relationships.” G.B. Consultant
“I found Lesley extraordinarily competent and sympatica. She is gentle and strong, and I found therapy to be so helpful.” S.M. Artist
“Lesley. Thank you from the bottom of my garden from the old hag with the spade!!” M.C. Manager
“The best counselling experience I have ever had. A special, loving gift – a person who cares.” L.C. Retired teacher
“Just wanted to say how great of a person you are. Your incredible and helped me so much.” C.J. Manager
- MA(Soc); Grad Dip Counselling; Grad Dip Gestalt Psychotherapy; Qualified Yoga and Meditation teacher.
- Professional Membership: GANZ