The COVID-19 lockdown is gradually being wound back, but it’s clear that the fallout from the pandemic will continue to affect the mental health of many of us for quite a while.
Fortunately, help is available here in the Northern Rivers (and anywhere in the world, virtually) in the form of Graeme James. As well as counselling and psychotherapy, Graeme offers supervision of fellow health professionals who have been in the frontline recently.
Originally based in Sydney, now in Bangalow/Byron Bay, Graeme has been delivering counselling, therapy and supervision online for many years, in addition to face to face sessions. He has a mix of local and remote clients, and has been in private practice since 2002.
He is happy to see individuals or couples, and describes himself as someone who helps people ‘make sense of their lives, worries and relationships in an impartial, caring and non-judgemental way.’
With over 25 years counselling experience, Graeme holds a Master of Counselling and a Master of Counselling (Honours) for original research. He’s also a Clinical member of PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia).
He has a background in depression support, having previously managed Lifeline Sydney and also worked with the Beyond Blue support line.
Graeme has written about subjects including debunking the stages of grief, disruption as a trigger for people needing support, and couple work – ways to avoid everything ending in tears.
In his practice he helps people who are worried, anxious, over-stressed, having relationship difficulties, or simply having trouble with their direction in life.
Gentle and empathic
Graeme says he doesn’t tell people how to live their lives, but helps clients investigate what matters to them personally. ‘I try to help people to explore and learn from their experience in ways that mean something purposeful and important to them, so they can make better choices in life.’
As he puts it, ‘Sessions with me tend to be gentle, empathic and collaborative whereby I tailor the way I work to your unique circumstances rather than treat everyone with a one size fits all approach. I draw from a broad range of counselling and therapy experience to assist during life’s difficulties.’
Graeme James’ website is here. He’s happy to connect with clients confidentially via Skype, FaceTime or Zoom.
As a starting point, you can call Graeme directly on 0412 518 024 to explore how counselling or therapy might help your situation.