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Diane grew up in Melbourne with her parents and two siblings. She moved to Brisbane in 1993 with her husband and a one-year-old child. She now has four children, hence her passion and hands-on experience for parenting and working with adolescents. With the children nearly grown she was able to follow another path, becoming a Counsellor & Gestalt Therapist.
“As a parent, I knew I wanted a positive and enriching relationship with my children that would flow into their adulthood, so my journey of self-discovery and learning began.”
Professional & Caring Counsellor | Facilitator | Educator
Diane is a qualified and experienced Counsellor & Gestalt Therapist, who is passionate about working together with her clients to support them to have the quality of life they want to achieve. She believes that we all have the inner wisdom to discover our answers together and with self-awareness, connection, empathy and living in the now, change is possible. Diane works successfully with couples, individuals, adolescents, and families.
At Pearl Counselling, clients are met with respect and empathy in a non-judgemental environment. The client has autonomy in a safe and private environment. Diane meets her client’s where they are at, at that particular time in their lives, and works with them at their pace.
Diane believes that everyone is entitled to live a happy and peaceful life and the majority of people just want to be happy — but how to be this when you don’t know how?
Diane works with a variety of different modalities when working with a client.
Four ways to begin achieving happiness:
1. Learn how to understand your thoughts. (Easy when you know how).
2. Learn how to communicate effectively, listening and understanding.
3. Live in the present and enjoy your life.
4. Rid yourself from all negative past events permanently.
Diane believes you only need to support one member of the family to see the positive ripple effect flow onto other family members. Along with her numerous qualifications, Diane has had her life experiences, some were pleasant, and others more difficult. Her belief is that it is because of those experiences that she was led to do the work she is now doing: installing a deep level of compassion and understanding.
Diane has volunteered as a Parent aid at the Mater Hospital Brisbane and as a Mentor for Boystown Redland City.
Why the name Pearl Counselling?
Just in case you were curious.
When an irritant, such as a grain of sand, gets stuck inside the oyster’s body, the animal tries to ease its discomfort by coating the speck in calcium carbonate, which hardens to form a pearl. The pearl is made up of the same luminous, iridescent substance that the oyster lines the inside of its shell with.
Similar to the pearl, when a person changes they grow, and they become something different, which is a more peaceful self. Many of us live in a hard shell, but over time with support, we can be creating something very special inside each of us.
“Pearls don’t lie on the seashore, if you want one, you must dive for it”.
My life has changed dramatically from my humble beginnings due to the dedication, hard work and my personal quest to be the best version of myself. I too had to dive deep to discover my own pearls.
I like who I am and I am always open to learning and discovering more things about myself. I have a vision of myself as an elderly woman still being curious and open to new discoveries this wonderful life has to offer. The earth is like a big school – its full of experiences which are opportunities to learn more about yourself, and if you are ready then so am I, lets journey together.
QUALIFICATIONS – MODALITIES
Diane is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Gestalt Therapy. Diane also holds the following credentials:
- Diploma in Holistic Counselling
- Gestalt Therapist
- Qualified Facilitator – The Work of Byron Katie
- Qualified Facilitator – Family / Systemic Constellations
- Effectiveness Training Instructor – Communication Skills
- TRTP – The Richards Trauma Process
By working together, using the various techniques and modalities awareness, then change may occur bringing healing, peace, and freedom into your life.
Holistic Counselling means whole when used in Counselling it is to include all aspects of a persons life experience, from birth to current age. Where they grew up, their culture, their family, their position and place within their family, their gender, education, where they work, etc., everything is relevant. Also including holistically a person’s mental, emotional, physical and spiritual needs as a whole. One aspect will affect the other in either a positive or negative way, depending on what is happening in someone’s life.
“The Work” of Byron Katie is four questions and turnarounds. For more information, go to The Work of Byron Katie
Family Constellations is an opportunity to look at relationships, health issues, anxiety, anger, physical pain or the impact of past traumas that may be holding you back. For more information visit our Family Constellations page.
Gestalt therapy is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the importance of process in working with people. It pays attention to the person’s whole experience, (Physical, intellectual, psychological, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual) to support them to expand their awareness of how they interact with their world.
The aim of Gestalt therapy is to be fully present in the here and now, to be fully who we are in body, mind, and spirit.
What Is TRTP The Richards Trauma Process
TRTP™ is an elegantly simple, yet comprehensive, step-by-step process which resolves extreme trauma and trauma-related issues – anxiety, depression, fears, and phobias. It achieves results quickly, effectively and safely – generally in 3 sessions.
It is a very structured, yet dynamic process. It includes components of Gestalt, Mindfulness, Ego-state Therapy, Choice Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Parts Therapy, Emotion-focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dream Rehearsal Therapy and others.
It is a dynamic, rich and sequenced series of steps, which, if separated would not be anywhere near as powerful. It is unique.
TRTP™ makes use of hypnosis. Hypnosis is used in order to deal with trauma where it is stored – in the subconscious and in the body. (Levine, van der Kolk, Rothschild, Ogden).