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Jill McAlister

Jill McAlister

Mudgeeraba QLD 4213

Servicing area: Gold Coast, Australia Wide

Jill McAlister
Empowering women to experience wholeness, healing and growth at all stages of life.

Counselling & Psychotherapy for Women


Jill provides a safe, nurturing and confidential environment for you to explore your emotions, challenges and goals. She can help you to develop a deeper understanding of your feelings, beliefs and behaviour patterns.

Jill uses effective therapeutic appraoches to help you to let go of difficult emotions, change limiting patterns and experience lasting change. She also helps you to explore your natural strengths and potential and to experience a greater degree of fulfilment and balance in your life. Jill can help with:

    • Anxiety, fears and panic attacks
    • Depression
    • Trauma (PTSD and childhood trauma)
    • Insomnia
    • Stress management
    • Burnout and coping with illness or chronic pain
    • Low self-confidence / self-esteem
    • Relationship issues
    • Grief and loss
    • Career/life transition
    • Pre and postnatal depression and anxiety

Jill is an experienced Clinical Psychologist, with extensive training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Energy Psychology approaches, such as EMDR and EFT, which are particularly helpful for resolving trauma and other difficult emotions, Mindfulness-Based Therapy and Transpersonal Psychology, which focuses on health, growth and human potential. She combines counselling with Energy Healing, which can speed up the process of change as it focuses on changing energetic and unconscious patterns or disturbances in our blueprint or Biofield, which developed as a result of trauma and stressful experiences in our past. Jill's approach is integrative and aims to facilitate self-awareness, healing, growth, inner transformation and behavioural change.  Therapy is tailored to your needs and may draw from a range of approaches.

COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY (CBT)


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy involves exploring the thoughts, beliefs, emotions and behaviour patterns behind any psychological difficulties. In essence it focuses on helping you to understand, manage and change your thoughts and behaviours and regulate your emotions. Through the process of therapy you can learn to replace negative or self-limiting thinking patterns with more positive and constructive ones, and as a consequence, start to feel better about yourself.

An integral part of CBT is teaching you practical skills and techniques to help you to overcome problems. CBT can be very effective for reducing stress and teaching you more effective coping strategies. Many different techniques are utilsed, depending on the type of problem being experienced. These include:

    • Training in recognising and challenging negative thoughts, beliefs and schemas
    • Stress management techniques
    • Conflict resolution and assertiveness training
    • Problem solving and goal setting techniques
    • Desensitisation and exposure techniques
    • Relaxation therapy and breathing retraining
    • Experiential techniques such as role playing and guided imagery
    • Emotion regulation skills


ENERGY PSYCHOLOGY APPROACHES


According to the Association for Comprehensive Energy, Energy psychology (EP) is a collection of mind-body approaches for understanding and improving human functioning. EP focuses on the relationship between thoughts, emotions, sensations, and behaviours, and known bioenergy systems (such as meridians and the biofield). These systems and processes exist, and interact, within individuals and between people. They are also influenced by cultural and environmental factors. Within an EP framework, emotional and physical issues are seen as bio-energetic patterns within a mind-body-energy system. The mind and body are thought to be interwoven and interactive within this mind-body-energy system, which involves complex communication involving neurobiological processes, innate electrophysiology, psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), consciousness, and cognitive-behavioral-emotional patterns.  Some of the approaches used by JIll include:

EMDR

EMDR stands for "eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing". It is a procedure to help you reduce the impact of distressing or traumatic experiences from the past that intrude on your present-day life. EMDR has also been used to help people deal with anxiety and panic, grief, reactions to physical illness, and other conditions where strong emotions are associated with life experiences. It is a physiologically based therapy using eye movements (similar to what occurs naturally during REM or rapid eye movement sleep), that helps the brain to properly 'digest or process' the distressing experience. We know that when someone becomes very distressed, their brain cannot process the information in the normal way and one event can become 'frozen in time'. EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way the brain processes information, so that normal processing is resumed after EMDR, and the person no longer relives the sounds, images and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You may still remember what has happened but with less distress and you will be able to think differently about yourself in relation to the event.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

EFT is an emotional healing technique effective for relieving emotional stress, including anxiety, fear, low self-image, depression, hurt and traumatic memories. EFT incorporates an understanding of the meridian system. We now understand that our energy system becomes disrupted when we think about or experience an emotionally disturbing situation. EFT works by tapping on acupressure points, while tuning into the issue or situation. This balances your energy and releases the emotional charge. Positive shifts in thinking usually accompany the healing.

 

MINDFULNESS-BASED THERAPY

Mindfulness-Based approaches to therapy incorporate mindfulness skills and mindfulness meditation with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based form of therapy that incorporates both mindfulness-based techniques and values-oriented behavioural strategies. ACT helps you to develop a different approach to your painful thoughts and feelings, through learning a wide range of mindfulness skills. When you practice these skills on a regular basis, unpleasant thoughts and emotions have much less impact on you. ACT helps you to live more in the 'present' moment and have more vitality.

ACT also helps you to create a fulfilling and meaningful life that is guided by your deepest values. An important focus is to help you to identify what your core values are, and to help you take action consistent with those values. ACT is a practical and experiential approach to therapy. Through mindfulness skills and behavioural strategies, you learn how to take positive and meaningful action, without being overwhelmed or limited by negativfe thoughts, emotions, images of memories.

TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGY


Transpersonal psychology includes and builds on traditional approaches to psychology. It focuses on health, growth and human potential. It is holistic in approach and encourages the balanced development of the intellectual, emotional, spiritual, physical, social and creative expression aspects of a person's life. Transpersonal psychology embraces our humanity and sees our personality as the vehicle or vessel through which the soul or spirit can navigate the world. It recognises our desire for meaning, wholeness and connection with our spiritual nature.

Transpersonal Counselling involves supporting you to develop at both a personal and spiritual level, with the aim of bringing about self-awareness, healing, growth and inner transformation. It recognises different states of consciousness and can include exploring deeper aspects of your personality or psyche. It can be beneficial for a whole range of difficulties, including stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, life transitions, loss of meaning and direction and issues related to sense of identity. It can also help you to:

    • Understand yourself at a deeper level
    • Experience greater meaning, purpose and fulfillment in your life
    • Grow personally and spiritually
    • Understand the mind/body connection
    • Experience a deeper sense of inner freedom, joy, optimism and creativity
    • Feel more connected to your Essential Self and spiritual nature
    • Develop your intuition and inner-wisdom


Transpersonal Counselling involves a holistic exploration of the issues and may include more traditional approaches to psychology such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, however it may also involve mindfulness training, meditation and guided visualisation, creative expression, exploration of spiritual beliefs, exploration of different aspects of self and emotional healing techniques.

Jill is a Clinical Psychologist and has a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) with first class honours from the University of NSW and a Master of Clinical Psychology from Macquarie University. Jill also has a Graduate Certificate in Adult Career Development from Wollongong University, a Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis, she has completed the EMDR level 1 training and has extensive training in Transpersonal Psychology, Energy Psychology, Spiritual Healing and Mindfulness-Based Therapies. Jill is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.

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