About Rebecca Leach Counselling
"Using the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator, I have identified that Rebecca is a INFJ (representing Introversion - a person who is energised by time alone, Intuition - a person who focuses on ideas and concepts, Feeling - a person who makes decisions based on feelings and Judging - a person who prefers to be planned and organised). This is the rarest personality type (making up less than one percent of the population). INFJs are referred to as a Counsellor personality. They tend to see helping others as their purpose in life, but while people with this personality type can be found doing charity work, their real passion is to get to the heart of the issue so that people need not be rescued at all. Rebecca has a strong desire to contribute to the welfare of others by supprting them to develop and reach their potential." Jessica (Clinical Supervisor).
As a Counsellor, it is important that I am a reflective practitioner in order to stay current with developments in the profession and to ensure safe, ethical practice. To maintain and enhance my counselling, psychotherapeutic and psychological knowledge and skills I use a 70:20:10 framework. 70% of my learning and development is from experience. For over 20 years, I have been experientially learning by providing children, young people, adult (including employee assistance), couple, family and group counselling services, providing professional supervision and professional development to counsellors and developing, training and assessing accredited counselling qualifications (such as the Diploma of Counselling) throughout Australia. 20% of my learning and development is from exposure. My social learning includes receiving ongoing clinical supervision. 10% of my learning and development is from education. My formal learning has included studying a Master of Counselling, Graduate Diploma of Counselling, Graduate Certificate in Suicide Prevention Studies and a Bachelor of Social Work. I am currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Psychology (accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council). For more information, please visit 'About Me.'
We all experience personal challenges or issues in our lives. There are times when issues may be too much to manage and seeking support and strategies from a Counsellor can be beneficial. If you are experiencing difficulties (for example aspects of identity, spirituality, relationships with self and others, past experiences, parenting, grief and loss, trauma, domestic violence, child abuse, use of alcohol and other substances, depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns) I can support you (as an individual, couple, family or group) to address problems in a positive and respectful way by empowering you to clarify issues, explore options, develop strategies and increase self awareness. Changes facilitated by counselling may include a change in perspective, new insight, new ways of thinking about situations, new awareness of feelings, enhanced capacity to tolerate and regulate feelings, new actions or behaviours and new decisions about life. Counselling may include:
- Holistic assessment (active questioning combined with engagement and rapport building)
- Therapeutic alliance (built on the core conditions of empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence)
- Case formulation (for a shared understanding of the presenting problem and the need for change as well as new ways of thnking about the presenting problem)
- Collaborative decision making and goal setting (including suitable inteventions to address presenting issues and their impacts)
I support the whole person (including cognition, emotion, expression, somatic, developmental, relationships, behaviour learning and social systems) and utilise skills of empathy, genuineness, authenticity, congruence, and offering a non-judgmental presence, and in building rapport and trust, reflective listening (including reflections of content and feeling), attuning to verbal and non-verbal cues, paraphrasing, summarising and interpreting. It is important that you feel safe, understood, respected and accepted and that you are an active participant in the counselling process at every stage. My approach is integrative, which refers to the implementation of a variety of evidence based approaches in order to meet needs. There is evidence that acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, couples counselling, expressive arts therapies, family therapies, humanistic-experiential therapies, interpersonal therapy, mindfulness based cognitive therapy, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, person centred counselling, psychodynamic counselling, psychoeducation, relaxation strategies, skills training and solution focused brief therapy approaches are effective.
As a Counsellor, my focus is on building a genuine therapeutic and trusting relationship and actively and empathetically listening to you (as an individual, couple, family or group) in order to promote your mental health and wellbeing, enhance your self-understanding and to resolve identified concerns. Remember that no issue is too big or too small to ask for support. Most of my counselling services are conducted face to face but I also provide online and telephone counselling.
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"I would like to try to express my immense gratitude for the work you do. Thank you - I know I have told you that countless times, but no matter how many times I repeat that phrase, it doesn't feel like enough. You helped me to learn that crying is not a sign of weakness or failure but that vulnerability is a sign of strength and bravery. You saved my life. Thank you for everything Rebecca." Michael (Counselling Participant)
I provide face to face counselling in the Limestone Coast (at any safe and confidential location that suits you). This includes the District Council of Grant (the localities of Allendale East, Blackfellows Caves, Burrungule (part), Canunda (part), Cape Douglas, Caroline, Carpenter Rocks, Caveton, Compton, Dismal Swamp, Donovans, Eight Mile Creek, German Creek, Glenburnie (part), Kongorong, Mil-Lel, Mingbool, Moorak, Mount Schank, Nene Valley, OB Flat (part), Pelican Point, Pleasant Park, Port MacDonnell, Racecourse Bay, Square Mile, Suttontown (part), Tantanoola (part), Tarpeena, Wandilo, Wepar (part), Worrolong (part), Wye and Yahl), the Kingston District Council area (the localities of Avenue Range, Blackford, Cape Jaffa, Coorong, Keilira, Kingston SE, Marcollat, Pinks Beach, Reedy Creek, Rosetown, Sandy Grove, Taratap, Tilley Swamp, Wangolina, West Range and Wyomi), the City of Mount Gambier (the localities of Glenburnie (part), Mount Gambier, O B Flat (part), Suttontown (part) and Worrolong (part), the Naracoorte Lucindale Council area (the townships and localities of Avenue Range (part), Binnum, Bool Lagoon (part), Cadgee, Coles, Conmurra, Fox, Frances, Hynam, Joanna, Keppoch, Koppamurra, Kybybolite, Laurie Park, Lochaber, Lucindale, Mount Light, Moyhall, Naracoorte, Spence, Stewart Range, Struan, The Gap, Wild Dog Valley, Woolumbool and Wrattonbully), the District Council of Robe (the localities of Boatswain Point, Bray (part), Clay Wells (part), Greenways, Kangaroo Inn (part), Mount Benson, Nora Creina (part), Reedy Creek (part) and Robe), the Tatiara District Council area (the localities of Bangham, Bordertown, Bordertown South, Brimbago, Buckingham, Cannawigara, Carew, Custon, Keith, Kongal, Laffer, Lowan Vale, Makin, McCallum, Mount Charles, Mundulla, Mumdulla West, Ngarkat (part), Padthaway, Petherick, Pine Hill, Pooginagoric, Senior, Shaugh, Sherwood, Swede Flat, Western Flat, Willalooka, Wirrega and Wolseley) and the Wattle Range Council area (the localities of Beachport, Bool Lagoon (part), Bray (part), Burrungule (part), Canunda (part), Clay Wells (part), Comaum, Coonawarra, Furner, German Flat, Glencoe, Glenroy, Hatherleigh, Kalangadoo, Kangaroo Inn (part), Koorine, Krongart, Maaoupe, Magarey, Millicent, Moerlong, Monbulla, Mount Burr, Mount McIntyre, Nangwarry, Nora Creina (part), Penola, Rendelsham, Rocky Camp, Sebastapol, Short, Southend, Tantanoola (part), Thornlea, Wattle Range, Wattle Range East and Wepar (part).
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