Sydney Mindfullness Therapy

Suite 105, level 1
153 Wycombe Rd
Neutral Bay NSW 2089

Mindfulness has become a bit of a buzz word. A simple Google search will lead you to many good website sources telling you about the meaning and history of mindfulness. A counselling therapy session using mindfulness aims to bring useful changes to our lives by focusing on both our behaviours and our thinking. Mindfulness is as much an attitude as it is a practise or skill. In our Mindfulness Therapy session we are mindful not to throw the 'baby out with the bathwater' because every person has useful life skills to build on!

Sydney Mindfullness Therapy

 My name is Su Naseby (GDIP & Masters in Counselling & Applied Psychotherapy) and I am a qualified and registered Mental Health Professional with over eight years experience in my field. I am a highly skilled, compassionate, and solutions focused therapist and I am dedicated to providing exceptional care and implementing effective treatment plans for my clients.

My primary approach is person centred, that is I believe my clients are the experts of themselves and my job is to help them discover, harness and develope this knowledge.

In my counselling therapy I use a variety of methodologies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [CBT], Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy [ACT], Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Art Therapy and Family Therapy which I combine within a holistic approach.

Holistic therapy relates to the whole person, integrating physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, allowing 'the whole picture' to be considered. This approach considers all areas of a person's life to bring conscious awareness of how our patterns of thinking and belief effect our mood, behaviours and our relationships. Uncovering our unconscious beliefs and assumptions can help address issues such as; low self esteem, anxiety, depression and apparently unprovoked rage. This awareness leads us to accepting the fact that some of our thoughts and behaviours need to change. We also come to accept that there are some aspects of our life we can't change.

Sydney Mindfulness Therapy can help with:

  • Coping better with life's ups & downs by developing higher levels of self-efficacy

  • Learning to manage stress/anxiety and/or depression without medication

  • Developing effective focusing skills & overcoming procrastination

  • Finding a 'middle ground' between the needs of self and the needs of others

  • Changing apparent patterns of self-sabotage

  • Offering new coping skills for dealing with feelings that may lead to self destructive behaviours like drug or alcohol use

  • Addressing confidence and self-esteem issues and social anxiety

  • Improving emotional regulation and emotional intellegence

  • Living a meaningful life

  • Developing cognitive flexibity

In the first session many people tell me "I can't meditate!". I explain the ways in which I use mindfulness in our therapy sessions and how mindfulness is different to meditation. Though the two terms, mindfulness and meditation, are often used to mean the same thing they actually aren't quite the same.

Many people believe mindfulness means they have to empty their mind. If this were possible it would take many many years of devoted practise. Mindfulness is not about having an empty mind, but rather about filling your mind with the experience of the present moment. We start with the breath. When we consciously breath we can't help but be in the present moment, and the present moment is the only place we can make changes!

Mindfulness is about waking up, connecting with ourselves, and appreciating the fullness of each moment of life. Jon Kabat-Zinn calls it, "The art of conscious living." It is a profound way to enhance psychological and emotional resilience, and increase life satisfaction.

Mindfulness Therapy sessions begin and end with a short mindfulness exercise. Throughout the session we address life issues with the aid of mindfulness principles, such as; Focus on the Present Moment; Being Fully Present; Openness to Experience; Acceptance of Things as They Are; Non-Judging; Patience; Connection; Non-Striving; Peace and Equanimity; and Letting go.

In our therapy session we also use Acceptance Commitment Therapy ACT principles, such as; Cognitive Defusion; Expansion and Acceptance; Contact and Connection with the Present Moment; The Observing Self; Values Clarification; and Committed Action.

Sydney Mindfulness Therapy offers services for individuals, couples & groups.
For more information CALL 1300 76 12 55

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