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Rebecca Dallard

Rebecca Dallard
Principal Psychologist BSc (Psych), BPsych, MPsych

In the interest of showing up authentically I thought I would try to write an honest profile in the first person:

I am approaching 40, married for 11 years with 3 children under 8 years. So frequently exhausted … I am deeply curious about why people do the things they do. I have been interested in this since I was 16 years old and had the great fortune to come across M Scott Peck’s The Road Less Travelled. It was by way of this book that I first learned about the paradox of change and the value of acceptance (letting go of the desperate need for things to be different than my reality).

My curiosity has largely been driven by a desire to find out why my mother was the way she was when I was growing up and to generally understand myself better. I won’t bore you with my life story, what I will share, is that I have had plenty of unpleasant (and at times joyful) life experiences. Trauma, grief, stress, bullying at work, lots of mental and emotional struggles, relationship strain, legal dramas, the need for restraining orders and more. Oh, hang on the good stuff too… the moments when I am truly “present” with my family, the rare feeling of achievement, the joy that come with helping other people. More bad than good, well we are hard-wired to focus on the negative after all…. I am working on being more self-compassionate.

So, I work from a Gestalt framework mostly, I have found this approach the most impactful in my life and fulfilled/s the deep desire to understand my own “process”. By process I mean those things I do out of my awareness (which helped me to survive my childhood) that get in the way now I am an adult. This approach is fundamentally about the present moment, developing awareness, and showing up authentically (or not) in response to the field (environment?). Well, that is my impression of Gestalt as it stands today. I love this approach because I get to show up as a real person rather than playing a “therapist role”, practicing being authentic with clients and role modelling this in a safe environment. I am constantly learning.

As a therapist, I tend to be a bit too honest, open and caring. I am curious about how you are different to me and how similar. I am NOT perfect and deeply flawed in many ways. That is part of the reason I chose this career path… a journey of self-improvement. I have a hard time managing the temptation to offer solutions, risking a break-down in communication. Most of the time I will ask your permission first. I can be disorganised with sometimes seeming structured and other times happy to go with the flow. My hope is that this looks a bit like adapting to the present moment and changing my approach to suit your needs. If I screw up in session (and I happen to notice) I will acknowledge it and explore it with you. I have even been known to apologise from time to time.

My philosophy is that despite “my crazy” and “your crazy” we can work together to find a way forward. “Crazy” in this instance being all the unhelpful things I repeatedly tell myself. My goal is to assist you to develop self-awareness and self-support. Basically, this amounts to helping you learn what motivates and discourages you, what fixed ideas and harmful paradigms you adhere to and how to become curious about your Self.

If you can get some mental pain relief along the way – so much the better.
By the way, if you are open to investing in the process and are motivated to work in and out of session, try new things and look deep inside I want to work with you. And if you are not those things I want to work with you too!

 

As a proverbial nod to the traditional please see below:

Rebecca is a registered psychologist with more than 13 years’ experience across both corporate and counselling psychology. She has experience supporting individuals and couples manage difficulties across a wide range of areas. Rebecca has significant therapeutic experience working with adults and young people. She has worked as a psychologist delivering counselling and psychotherapy to Employee Assistance Program participants, as well as working in Private Practice.

Rebecca is a resourceful and enthusiastic practitioner who is non-judgemental, open and responsive. She is dedicated to creating a safe and comforting environment where you can explore issues and make positive transitions in your life. Rebecca can help you to explore who you think you are, your body language and the words you use. In order to help you make better-informed choices in your life.

 

Techniques

Rebecca has extensive therapeutic experience working with both adults and young people. In her sessions, she draws from the disciplines of:
• Gestalt Psychotherapy
• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
• Mindfulness based Behaviour Therapy
• Thought Field Therapy
• Solutions Focused Therapy

 

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