Mary Brownlow

Mary Brownlow

Counsellor


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Highlighted specialties
parentingrelationship issuesadolescentsadultschildrenfamilies
Biography

I have experience as a Therapist/Counsellor in the areas of Palliative Care & Hospice Services, Adult and Child Cancer, Mental Health, Family Separation, Child & Youth and Families, Parenting, Couples Therapy. I am a skilled therapist who listens with empathy, openness, curiosity, and a high degree of positive regard for my clients and their experience. I meet adults who may feel overwhelmed, face significant changes, and/or want help with self-development. I will develop an interpersonal relationship, with clear boundaries and work with you to deepen your understanding of underlying, often unconscious, issues that cause distressing thought patterns and feelings and then help you choose new ways of relating to yourself and others that are more satisfying and productive. I meet children who have had distressing experiences, helping them to work through feelings constructively, and develop inner resources to cope with life challenges. Art assists children to build self-esteem and greater resilience. I draw upon psychodynamic, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, family systems and narrative therapy. I employ talking therapies and non-verbal communication through Art Therapy, Interactive Drawing Therapy, Sand tray therapy, these indirect approaches make sharing difficult experiences easier; clients get out of their head, deal with deep issues lightly, feel in charge, and quickly get to the heart of matters so that change occurs at a lasting level. Artistic skill is unnecessary, the process of creating/meaning-making is more important than the end product. I invite clients to discover strengths and skills obscured by life problems, I see all behaviour as goal-directed and understood as a person always in the process of becoming essentially true to themselves.

Qualifications

Masters in Art in Art Therapy, Interactive Drawing Therapy Advanced Certificate, Clinical Supervision Certificate, Core Skills in Emotionally Focused Therapy

Specialisations

Abuse

Anger management

Anxiety

Communication skills

Conflict management

Depression

Family issues

Grief and loss

Parenting

Personal development

Relationship issues

Religion and spirituality

Self esteem and confidence

Trauma

Work-life balance

Attachment issues

Child behaviour and development

Coping issues

End of life

Feeling stuck

Grief

Identity

Life changes

Loneliness and isolation

Psycho-social problems

Social anxiety

Stress

Sleep issues

Client

Adolescents

Adults

Children

Families

Therapy

Mindfulness

Family systems

Narrative therapy

Art therapy

Fees

Individual's standard session

$125

60 minutes

Couples Therapy

$150

60 minutes

Clinical Supervision

$125

60 minutes

Or free if your employer offers therapy via Clearhead.

Locations

- 2 Woodward St, Wellington Central, Wellington, 6011