I think we all have a private self from which our deeper yearnings and dreams spring. Our human condition is to struggle with actualising this deeper self in a way that works with our social constraints and obligations. This is a big challenge but a tremendous sense of human spirit comes from meeting it!Andrew
Many of us have deep desires and yearnings about relationships yet struggle
to fulfil these beyond the ‘honey moon’ phase when reality regarding
differences hits. Interestingly, these very differences are the crucible for
evolving our relationship to a more profound and deeper connection. There is
no greater vehicle for building security, resilience and freedom in my view!
About Andrew Lindsay
Andrew is a registered psychologist and psychotherapist with a sincere enthusiasm for listening to people’s stories whilst helping them connect with their inner strengths and realise their true potential. Uncertainties, challenges and difficulties face us all at different times, and it can be a great support and relief to share these experiences with an open and engaging therapist. Andrew enjoys working with people facing a diverse range of issues including: depression, anxiety, stress, grief, addictions, issues related to health and illness, life transitions, relationships, and personal development. He works supportively and constructively with these and other issues in a way that often enables the discovery of creativity and potential previously unknown to ourselves.
For several years he worked with Karuna Hospice Services supporting people during their end of life journey, and their loved ones after they had died. This work instilled the importance of fulfilling relationships and realising personal dreams amidst the inherent challenges of life.
Whilst bringing over 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist and completing extensive studies in Process Oriented Psychology and Psychology, Andrew considers himself a lifelong learner and is passionate about integrating new ideas and research at the forefront of therapy practice. This includes new brain integration models emerging from neuroscience to better understand mental health, the mind/body connection, trauma and relationships.
Andrew also works as an educator, having taught psychology and criminology students at Griffith University and supervised counselling students at QUT. He currently presents at a range of venues, including the Relaxation Centre, on a variety of topics such as enhancing relationships, dreams, body symptoms and illness, and Process Oriented Psychology.
His enduring public idols are Billy Connolly and Michael Leunig!
What Can Andrew Offer You?
Andrew is a deep and engaging therapist with whom anything can be discussed. Knowing there is the space and freedom to unburden and explore any issue is an essential beginning for developing mental and emotional wellbeing.
Underneath many unhappy moods, anxieties, and relationship problems is the sense we are not living the lives we have deeply dreamed for ourselves – we are frequently unfulfilled or overwhelmed! We also carry scars from difficult experiences or conditions in our lives that continue to have a limiting or negative impact on us. Whilst it may be of some consolation to know all this is entirely normal (if you don’t have any worries or concerns you might want to check your pulse!) it does not necessarily resolve the emotional pain and anguish that can accompany these issues.
Fortunately there is a wealth of tools and possibilities available for unpacking and resolving these difficulties. In fact with the right tools and exploration our very problems often become gateways to our deeper selves and the seeds for realising our true potential.
Andrew enjoys working with people facing a diverse range of issues including: depression, anxiety, stress, grief, addictions, issues related to health and illness, life transitions, relationships, and personal development. He works supportively and constructively with these and other issues in a way that enables the discovery of creativity and potential, previously unknown to our selves.
What Happens During a Session?
It is usually a big decision to come and see someone new and share the significant issues you are struggling with. More than likely, if you could possibly resolve it yourself, or with someone close, you probably would. However, beginning to share what has been really difficult and emotionally charged with someone who is not involved in your life in any other way, and is deeply attentive and respectful, is usually relieving and taking a huge step towards resolving the difficulty.
Confiding with friends or family can also be complicated as it is rare for people, even with the best intentions, to be completely impartial or withhold their own judgments and opinions, and allow you complete space to explore your issue with respectful impartiality.
As a highly experienced professional Andrew understands the significance of taking the first step of choosing a therapistand beginning a conversation about personal concerns. Andrew also understands how essential it is to feel comfortable and supported in the therapeutic setting and relationship, and makes every effort to provide this. However on the occasion where there does not seem to be the right fit, Andrew is happy to help find a therapist more suitable.
Sessions begin by hearing about your primary concerns and most desirable outcomes. Further questioning and listening helps these become clearer and get to the real crux of the issue. From here there are many creative and even fun ways to experiment and resolve the central difficulty. One of the unique aspects of Process Work (Andrew’s primary therapeutic modality) are the tools which allow a creative and multi-dimensional way of working with problems.
A course of 6 therapy sessions is recommended as a beginning, with the first 3 sessions spaced weekly. This may vary according to the complexity, pervasiveness and longevity of the concerns. Six sessions is usually adequate to resolve a short term complaint and gain some insight into how this may have arisen in the context of your current situation and personal history.
How much does it cost?
Fee is $150 for a 50 minute session.
Payment is required on completion of the session.
Cancellations made with less than 24 hours notice will be charged $65.
Can I claim on my Health Fund?
Most health funds will rebate approximately 50% of the fee under ‘extras’ cover. Please contact your health fund for accurate information.
Medicare rebate 65% of the fee if you have a ‘Better Access to Mental Health’ referral from your GP.