Relationship counsellor, Gestalt therapist and couples counsellor in Sydney
I am a clinical relationship counsellor and Gestalt therapist based in Sydney, Australia, who helps singles and couples move out of relationship pain.
I am passionate about helping individuals and couples create healthy relationships. For close to a decade I have had the pleasure of providing relationship counselling and couples therapy to people who have struggled due to painful relationship patterns. Many of my clients longed to create respectful, loving and life affirming relationships for years before they began counselling with me.
It has been a privilege to witness the transformations of my clients as they break their destructive patterns to form relationships that are based on honesty, respect, and true intimacy.
Becoming a couples counsellor and Gestalt therapist
My interest in counselling grew out of my earlier career as a professional classical musician. For 15 years I performed with world-class orchestras in Sydney and overseas. As a performer I often struggled with performance anxiety and nervousness and this led to an interest in the mind and the psychology of performing.
In taking my interest in psychology further, I received my post-graduate degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Jansen Newman Institute of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy in Sydney after 2 years of study and 50 clinical hours of client work.
Following graduation, I undertook a position as a primary counsellor and group therapist in a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation setting. This gave me a thorough understanding and appreciation for individuals that struggle with dependence issues. I am currently a preferred service provider for Sydney’s South Pacific Private, Australia’s leading treatment facility.
My musical background led me to be attracted to therapy modalities that involved more than just talk therapy. I was drawn to the more experiential and creative methods and therefore specialised in Gestalt Therapy.
I received my Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Therapy from Gestalt Practitioners Training Sydney after 4 years of study and 30 clinical supervision hours. I am a Clinical Member of GANZ (Gestalt Australia & New Zealand), which means I have completed over 750 face-to-face client hours since graduation and over 75 hours of supervision with a supervisor.
My interest in relationship issues developed from working at the organisation, Relationships Australia in Sydney for over 2 years as a couples counsellor. It was here that I encountered a wide range of relationship problems and worked with a large population of singles and couples. It was here that I received advanced training in relationship issues. I realised I had a passion for helping couples and individuals achieve their relationship dreams and aspirations.
In 2010, I founded the Centre for Relationship Development with my Gestalt colleagues Felicity Gendun and Judy Leung, so that we could expand our relationship counselling services to include the South coast of NSW and the northern beaches of Sydney.
In 2012, Clinton Power Counselling & Psychotherapy changed our name to Clinton Power + Associates to include associate counsellors.
Currently, we have two counselling associates:
- Psychologist Heather Bray
- Psychotherapist Brandon Srot (starting May 2017)
Counsellor teaching and training experience
In addition to my work in private practice, I facilitated therapy groups of counselling students at Jansen Newman Institute, where I trained adult learners in therapeutic skills for 7 years.
I am passionate about my own personal and professional development, which includes regular clinical supervision to enhance the quality of my work. What this means is that you are getting the best possible relationship help from our work together.
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