Elyse provides counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples.
Consultations are usually for an hour, and the initial session will focus on providing an opportunity to share your concerns, and to collaboratively reach an understanding of your needs and goals.
In her work with clients, she seeks to create a safe and supportive environment in which individuals can explore at their own pace.
Through her acceptance of individuals and the lack of judgement with which she approaches each client, Elyse hopes to help each person in their own journey and process of reaching their potential.
She works collaboratively with clients, with the belief that within each individual is the desire and ability for growth and healing.
This may focus on a search for meaning in life, a sense of purpose or a wish to find what makes life worthwhile. To discover one’s path and to live authentically, to be able to live in the moment, in the here and now, without worry, anxiety or fear.
As I approach my mid sixties, I reflect more and more on what it means to age and to enter this stage of life consciously. In our culture there is a focus on the physical changes of ageing and the need to plan in a practical and financial sense. However, the need to prepare psychologically, emotionally and spiritually is often overlooked. I believe this is crucial if I am to make the most of these latter decades and face my mortality. In facing death, I hope to live life more consciously and in accordance with my values and priorities. While this is an ongoing process of awareness, when we examine life consciously, we can fully respond to the messengers of age. We can then be free to make the transitions in late life as meaningful and rewarding as possible.
B.Sc (Psych), Grad Dip Psych (Couns), M.Psych (Clinical) MAPS
I am aware of the value of preparing for this life stage just as I did for the transition into the role of mother. In the time leading up to parenthood, I researched and read many books, attended courses and reflected on the sort of mother I wanted to be. I considered the role models in my early life, what values I wanted to live by and pass on to my children.
My hope is that in ageing consciously, I will continue to devote time and energy to the aspects of life which matter most to me. This includes spending time with the family and friends I love and have a meaningful connection with, being physically active and spending time in nature every day, as well as engaging in satisfying and fulfilling work. In addition to these essentials, I find nourishment for the soul through creative pursuits and contemplation.
In the words of David Whyte (one of my favourite poets)
‘There is an increasing understanding that we move through life in the blink of an eye - that we are not long with the privilege of having eyes to see and ears to hear, a voice with which to speak and arms to put around a loved one, that we are simply passing through…’ David Whyte
So every moment is to be savoured and appreciated.
Elyse's professional practice as a registered Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist extends over thirty five years.
She has worked in private practice for over twenty years, and as a psychologist, therapist and lecturer in a variety of settings, including King Edward Memorial Hospital, Family Planning WA, Curtin University, Western Australian Police Service and EAP providers.
Even before commencing University studies in 1978, Elyse had an interest in learning more about people and helping others know more about themselves.
Her original plan to become a teacher changed once she started a unit in psychology, and she has been learning ever since.
In working with clients, Elyse uses a combination of approaches that reflect who she is and what is appropriate for a particular individual.
Creating a safe and supportive space is paramount, as this enables the individual to start the work of looking at themselves, and to feel accepted whatever they bring.
Working in a number of roles as a Psychologist before starting in private practice in 2001, Elyse continues to feel privileged to share in the lives of her many clients.
"To hear their stories of pain and distress, trauma, grief and loss, anxiety and fear, and to witness their emerging sense of self-acceptance and to be more at peace with whatever their life brings, is an honour."
Having completed training to become an accredited Gestalt Therapist and undertaking Yoga teacher training have enabled Elyse to learn more about herself - "to have more awareness of my thoughts, feelings, emotions, physical body and spirituality, and to be more accepting of who I am".
Elyse hopes that, with this awareness comes greater acceptance of others, and a presence that allows others to be who they are.
Psychotherapy and yoga are a natural fit, with the integration of mind and body enabling healing of the whole person.
According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, "yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind".
What could be more beneficial for those with any emotional imbalance, than to calm the mind and find equanimity?
Krishnamacharya described yoga as "a process of replacing old patterns with new and more appropriate patterns".
This can also define the purpose of psychotherapy.
Elyse's interest in integrating the different perspectives of the East and the West began during her travels to India and Nepal in the mid 1980’s, as well as through reading books by a number of practitioners and academics who were developing ideas about transpersonal psychology.