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Jill Henry

Jill Henry

What drew me to work as a therapist?

I had an ill defined yearning to work in counselling and psychotherapy from the time I left school but for various reasons I was sidetracked by working in adult education and publishing. It took personal sorrow to motivate me to turn to what I'd always wanted to do: study counselling. It was during my post basic training that I became passionate about psychotherapy and could see the significant changes and growth of internal resilience in clients who stuck at regular psychotherapy.

Steps along the way

Being able to learn the theory and practice of working with clients on a long term basis through a community counselling service was life changing, and fuelled my desire to work with clients at a deeper level rather than just providing tools for changing negative thought patterns. As a requirement of practising psychodynamic therapy I was expected to do my own therapy. As this was so powerful I felt I wanted to help others to benefit from such an experience.

How I used what I had learned to help others

The lightness, sense of freedom, and self-acceptance I gained from therapy helps me to provide a professional, non-judgemental environment for people to be able to express their thoughts and feelings, and so to choose and try a different way of being.

My approach and why I believe it is effective in helping people change

I believe that often people want help with more than just changing the superficial things in their lives. Therefore I try to offer my clients a different experience of a therapeutic relationship that gives them the opportunity to explore not only what doesn't work for them, but to get to know themselves at a deeper level.

Thus I work as a psychodynamic psychotherapist with a relational or interpersonal focus both in short term and long term therapy.

What is particular about psychodynamic psychotherapy

In working psychodynamically I try and help my clients become aware of their unconscious thoughts and feelings as well as those that are conscious. I focus on helping people think about what they are feeling rather than being swamped by their feelings.

What I do to nurture myself in my spare time

I get much pleasure from reading and learning new things, and particularly about success in psychotherapy. This comes mostly from non-fiction although I retain a deep love of literature. Listening to music of one sort or another is a passion, and walking or gardening in the bush is a more recent love of mine. All this is heightened by mindfulness practice.

Registered Clinical Member of Counsellor and Psychotherapist Association of NSW (CAPA)

Registered Member of Psychotherapist and Counselling Federation of Australia. (PACFA)

PACFA Accredited Supervisor Registration No. 20422

Val Javen

Val Javen

My personal strength

I have always had a great sensitivity to other people and their feelings, and thus have an ability to reach out and support those around me who are grappling with the hurts and struggles that life presents.

Being drawn to therapy

My own journey has been no different to others in that I came up against unexpected challenges and hurdles, and this led me to seek therapy when the road became too rough. This proved invaluable to me and influenced my family, social, and work life in countless ways. I believe I became a stronger person in my own right. Communication with my children became more meaningful and less conflicted. I progressed to management level in my career, relating better with my superiors and colleagues. I found I was able to empower my staff and consequently watched them take greater responsibility and make great strides in their work life.

Deciding which way to work

As a result of these varied experiences I ultimately decided to undertake further study in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. After the first stage of postgraduate training I completed a course in the theory and practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy, which enabled me to deepen my understanding and knowledge about the practice of psychotherapy. After working initially with a charitable institution I chose also to use my skills in private practice.

Help I offer

Since then I have helped others look at their lives through a different prism: to gain awareness, and to bring understanding and meaning. Furthermore I help people to feel cared for, accepted, and supported, and thus able to see their choices more clearly before taking action to build a fuller and more satisfying life.

Registered Clinical Member of Counsellor and Psychotherapist Association of NSW (CAPA)

Registered Provisional Clinical Member of Psychotherapist and Counselling Federation of Australia. (PACFA)