Oatley and Newtown
Carmel has a lot of strength, softness and gentleness, which are essential qualities to have as a facilitator. She takes risks in connecting with people and is authentic. Carmel is very knowledgeable and has a natural curiosity and commitment to humanity.
Becoming a Therapist
Many years ago, I wanted a healthy loving relationship but kept getting into dysfunctional ones that didn’t meet my needs.
I came to believe that something was “wrong” with me and that I was “unworthy of love”.
I was tired of struggling and so set about on a mission to study counselling and work with a counsellor to better understand myself and why I kept getting into unhealthy relationships.
I took to counselling like a duck in water. I uncovered deep layers of unconscious beliefs and patterns that were the source of my relationship problems.
I’m delighted to say that I’m now in a loving relationship. Like all relationships, ours is not perfect. However, we’re committed to each other and continuously work to make our relationship stronger.
My goals as a therapist are to help you pull yourself up from despair and to strengthen your sense of self-worth as I have.
My passion for being a therapist
It feels sacred to connect with my clients intimately in their vulnerability and pain. I feel honoured to be able to help them improve their inner worlds.
It’s special to witness the resilience of the human spirit, and it fills me with joy at seeing people blossom into their depth and vitality.
I’m passionate about interrupting inter-generational pain. By helping you overcome your difficulties and unhelpful patterns, together, we break the cycle for future generations.
At the time of starting therapy I was exploring a whole new vocation, one which in my heart I knew was aligned with my purpose, yet so much fear came up. I was able to come to a still point, I call ‘My sacred stillness of home.’ In this place, I was able to unravel my resistance to moving forward.
The Art Therapy sessions I experienced were a gentle explorative process of delving into myself. The mind chatter ceased and my body sensations came alive. I was supported in a protective space where I was able to uncover the juicy wisdom that lay beneath.
Working at South Pacific Private with Carmel I was privileged to both hear verbally from clients and read client feedback that spoke to how well Carmel worked with her groups. Clients commented on how caring Carmel was, and how much she supported them to explore their experience in a non-judgemental way. They commented on how valuable the processes were that they experienced with Carmel, and how she had the right balance of professionalism and care. Carmel is a highly regarded therapist at the hospital, by both staff and clients.
Why Work With Me?
My Key Attributes
I’m a calm, gentle, and compassionate counsellor who “holds space” for you with humility, integrity, and creativity.
My clients tell me that I am non-judgmental, unbiased, and neutral. I don’t take sides, which allows you the space to work on your problems at your own pace.
I listen deeply to your troubles and sensitively invite you to heal the deeper layers of yourself as you feel ready to do so.
I’m highly intuitive and aim to be 100% present with you and your truth.
I understand what it is like to have had low self-worth and to break free of it to develop a happy and confident self.
My commitment to learning and self-development means that “I walk my talk.” I read personal growth books and regularly attend personal development workshops.
Therapy credentials & Associations
Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy
Diploma of Holistic Counselling and Life Care
Member of Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
Member of Gestalt Australia and New Zealand (GANZ)
Specialised Therapy Training in:
Gestalt Group Facilitation Training
Intimacy: a workshop of couples therapy
Gestalt Practice and Supervision
Wisdom of the Body, Lost and Found
Embodied Practice and Character Embodiment
Gestalt Therapy: Celebrating and Integrating Differences
Nondual Psychotherapy: The Ultimate Medicine
My Interests and Activities
I love to sing and take singing lessons.
I’m interested in nutrition and cooking.
I’m part of a conscious community and attend artistic events to express creatively such as dance, art, singing concerts and spiritual events.
I have a passion for psychodrama and facilitate groups at South Pacific Private.
I offer art therapy retreats for women who have been victims of domestic violence through a charity organisation called, Hope and Heal.
I adore my partner and my cat, Saffron.
My future vision is to bring understanding to the importance of clean water and taking care of our waterways.
You deserve better
If you resonate with me and my approach, Contact me for a free, no-obligation, 15-minute phone call.
We'll discuss your problems, and I will let you know how I can help.
If we decide to work together, we'll book a therapy session in my Oatley or Newtown office or via video conference.