"Our emotional well-being and our social connectivity are intimately intertwined with health, disease, and addictions. Chronic mental and physical illnesses may not be separate and distinct diseases, but intricate, multilayered processes that reflect (mal)adaptations to the cultural context and the values we live by." - Bessel van der Kolk, MD, President Trauma Research Foundation
I am a nationally registered counsellor and experienced relationship therapist. My work is focused on the "Authenticity Vs Attachment" tension that exists within all of us that is eloquently articulated in the lifetime work of Dr Gabor Mate, renowned Hungarian-Canadian researcher, physician and author. I have accumulated extensive experience in private practice supporting individuals challenged by anxiety, depression, stress, anger, self-esteem, life transitions, grief & loss, and with couples working through relationship issues, and I promote the personal growth of men having established the Authentic Man Project™ in 2018 that meets at various locations around Melbourme each week.
My therapeutic approach is warm, non judgemental and supportive. I help my clients to understand what is happening within themselves so that they can start to make effective changes that will help them lead more fulfilling lives.
My commitment is to provide you with a supportive and caring environment where you will experience being heard without feeling judged. You will be fully supported and encouraged to explore your own life challenges, always with the focus on enhancing your personal wellbeing and sense of purpose.
We are all a product of our upbringing, and a willingness to explore our earliest experiences can reveal certain unique adaptations of survival that have become embedded in the unconscious. Without us knowing it, our sense of wholeness is compromised and adopted coping strategies acted out, while our authenticity becomes illusory. Discovering your authentic self step by step is a worthy journey full of promise for those who seek wholeness, acceptance and peace within, and a renewed sense of being fully alive.
Health Insurance Rebates
Graham is a registered provider with several major health funds. Many health funds provide rebates for a range of allied health services under EXTRAS cover, including Counselling.
“I am so blown away by your work and how much I have accomplished within since my inner work began with you. I find myself being happy, happy with who I am and where I’m at, at any time place or situation. I have formed some tight friendships with similar minded folk, developing my working life and thriving in my motherhood. I am eternally grateful for all of your wisdom and guidance, for breaking down barriers and helping me cross bridges that I never considered possible. You are a truly exceptional human being.”
– Zoe, Eltham
“Having had sessions with Graham, I can highly recommend his insight, wisdom, experience, expertise and ability to tap right into the heart of things. I'm also really enjoying reading the regular pearls of wisdom from your Enhancing Relationships page that appear on my Facebook feed as well. A gentle reminder for me to keep trying to view my relationship with my husband in the right light; keep adjusting, adapting, compromising, growing, learning, forgiving and loving.”
– Sarah, Balaclava
“Thank-you Graham, you have provided me with the right tools, environment and support which enabled me to unlearn those long established negative patterns and responses, and replace them with ones that benefit me and the ones I love. All this was done in a very friendly, honest, down to earth and supportive manner. I will highly recommend your services to anyone who is serious about changing their lives for the better”
– David, Eltham
“In working with you Graham, I am impressed with the depth and thoroughness that arises from a unique blend of your compassionate understanding, combined with counselling and kinesiology skills. The way you work has enabled me to explore issues deeply, gently and with profound results that resonate with great meaning through my life”
– Moira, Ascot Vale
“Graham, in the past six months, you have helped me achieve major personal changes. I have found my own identity again which had been buried for a long time due to negative life events. The benefit has been a tremendous feeling of freedom – freedom to voice my opinion and say what’s important to me whilst still maintaining my self worth if others disagree. I have learnt to consider my own needs and not feel guilty – whilst I still have some work to do, I know that with your help, my life will get better and better”
– Wendy, Numurkah
“When I first came to see you Graham, it was for the embarrassing skin condition of rosacea, which negatively effected my self esteem. Deeper, underlying and difficult emotional issues came up that you gently and sensitively presented to me. Despite my inherent impatience to take aim and fire at the target, you knew that I would not really “hear” my own body’s messages until the time was right. Almost imperceptively, I have made great changes in my life – in areas that seemed untouchable, too hard. And this has been achieved without the need for tears, tissues and red eyes! Thank you Graham for respecting my gentle soul and for helping me to learn to do the same. With gratitude.”
– Diana, Ringwood North