Private well being professional for individuals and couples
Lead a rich and balanced life with more meaning and satisfaction.
Reduce stress, anxiety, and depression while increasing your motivation and excitement for life.
I am here to help you reconnect to your deepest values and strengths to become the person you want to be.
I work with those who want change in their lives either for themselves or in their relationships. Some of the problems I work with are depression; anxiety; panic attacks; loss & grief; times of transition; trauma; abuse; confusion; crisis; lack of confidence; stress; relationship distress, infidelity, communication problems, conflict, and relationship enrichment: as well as personal growth.
When you’re in emotional turmoil, your mind is racing and out of control or you’re repeating old fixed patterns of behaviour, counselling and psychotherapy can help.
I understand how difficult life, and the challenges you face, can be overwhelming.
It may feel so intense that you think there is no way out of the pain and situation you are experiencing.
Yet life can be different. You can have a better, more balanced life, with enjoyment, authenticity, and care.
I’m here to remind you, you are OK. We will work together and use a tailored approach to find your strengths and improve your capabilities.
It would be a privilege to work with you, whether you are an individual or a couple.
What I Offer
Face to Face Appointments
Looking after your mental health, well being and relationships is important.
Clients who come for individual counselling bring with them their burdens & ghosts of the past along with old, outdated patterns that no longer serve them. These patterns include their emotional reactions, defensive behaviours, core beliefs & harsh judgments to name a few.
I believe in our innate capacity & longing for intimacy & connection, alongside our need for the time & place to be alone & in solitude. Each couple is as unique as the individuals who have paired & how I approach their particular difficulties will be different.
Where there is loss there is grief. We lose a job, a friend, a pet, a home, our youth, our abilities, something or someone that has always been there. Sometimes loss can be small and we feel disappointed, sad, and able to move through our emotions with relative ease. At other times it is not so easy.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding for people with physical, intellectual & psychosocial disabilities. Counselling for NDIS participants helps to increase skills & capacity, motivation, confidence, & build relationships.
Support At Work
Work is a large part of our lives. Other than for financial gain we also want work to be meaningful & be a place where we feel valued & respected. Workplace issues are a common source of stress for many. Urja is an accredited Workcover (SIRA) & Access EAP counsellor.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between counselling & psychotherapy
Although counselling & psychotherapy can overlap, there are differences. Counselling focuses on enhancing people’s capacity to cope with specific life challenges such as anxiety, bereavement, relationship endings, reducing stress & improving well-being.
There is a substantial amount of evidence that supports the quality of the therapeutic relationship to be an important factor in the process of change. More than not, you will sense if I’m a good fit for you either at our first meeting though for some this may take more time.
Some clients have a very specific problem they need to solve & short-term therapy from one to six sessions may be sufficient. For others weekly or fortnightly appointments are needed over a longer period of time. It will all depend on what you need & want.
How I Work
The basis of how I work is based on the theory & practice of Gestalt therapy. The objective is to enable you to live a more choice-full life.
Awareness, Mindfulness & Meditation
What My Clients Say
“The counselling sessions I had with Urja were both enlightening and cathartic. She is an empathetic counsellor who, through her insight and knowledge, assisted me with voicing some deep-seated trauma and pain. Urja created a safe environment that was conducive to me exploring and finding a greater understanding of my anxieties and a greater awareness of my hopes for the future. Thank you Urja”.
“I was very hesitant about going to counselling but finally did so from my need to talk to someone neutral about my problems and concerns. I’m so glad I did! I felt so relieved that someone understood my troubles and I had a good experience. Urja and I worked well together. She was compassionate and professional. Urja encouraged me to work out my own feelings in a very constructive way. I now think more clearly which has led to positive changes in my life”.
“After the death of a close family member, I went through the most difficult time of my life. Urja’s holistic approach to counselling helped me to not only understand and experience grief but more importantly gave me the tools to help myself and keep moving forward. Her support and kindness over a few months showed me much more than I ever imagined. I feel so privileged to have met her”.
“I have, with differing goals and issues enjoyed a series of sessions with Urja. She is a skilled practitioner and a respectful and gentle person and very present for me. Our sessions are interesting, often surprising and have challenged me at times, but I’ve always felt very supported. The outcomes of these wonderful journeys have been deeply transformative”.
“I learnt so much about myself, my mind and body while in counselling with Urja. I found her positive skills and mindfulness exercises which included the sensations and feelings in my body most helpful. I can now relax, breath and smile. My body feels light and warm. I feIt safe, respected, understood. I highly recommend Urja as a therapist. Thank you”..
“I’m very grateful to have found Urja during what was a difficult time for me. Over the course of several months, I found her to be is a skillful, kind, practical, & above all effective therapist. I always felt safe & cared for during our sessions & the benefits I’ve received have been of tremendous help to me. I assume if you’re reading this that you are considering seeking her help – all I can say really is that I hold her in the highest regard & can recommend her to you wholeheartedly”.