Jessica Joseph

Jessica Joseph

Registered Counsellor (PACFA Reg. Clinical)

Master of Counselling

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Jess' client-centered, emotionally-focused approach aims to gently help people discover the emotional roots of their core issues and provide tools to bring about lasting change. Her areas of specialisation include complex trauma, relationship counselling, grief and loss, and counselling for young adults. She is able to sensitively integrate faith issues for Christian clients.

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Areas of Counselling Practice

Mental Health, Trauma and Abuse

  • Adult mental health issues
  • Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Anxiety including OCD, panic attacks, stress management
  • Coping with emotions including shame, grief and anger
  • Depressive disorders, depression and low mood
  • Emotional, physical and sexual abuse – past or present
  • Family-of-origin issues
  • Grief and loss counselling
  • Relationship issues including conflict and domestic violence
  • Trauma and abuse counselling

Other

  • Anger management
  • Assertiveness and boundary setting
  • Building better relationships (work and personal)
  • Communication
  • Coping with emotions
  • Grief and loss
  • Life and work transitions
  • Migration/re-settlement and transcultural issues (for Asians to Australia)
  • Self-esteem and confidence, assertive communication
  • Spirituality (Christian perspective)
  • Student issues
  • Women’s issues
  • Workplace-related issues

How I Approach Counselling & Psychotherapy

My style of counselling and psychotherapy involves an integrative and holistic approach, with a primary focus on emotions and how we create meaning from our lived experiences. From a place of empathy and non-judgement, I incorporate a mix of creative, experiential, and traditional therapies and interventions in my work.

I believe that the relationship we have with ourselves & others are key ingredients to our emotional health & wellbeing. I believe that healing happens in relationships & this is at the heart of my therapy work. I am committed to working with you to cultivate self-compassion & empower you towards rediscovering their strong, whole, and authentic selves.

  • EMOTION-FOCUSED: Emotions are at the heart of my approach to counselling. I believe that there are no “bad emotions” — all emotions are valid and our bodies’ means of communication. I am committed to creating a safe holding space to support you to explore, experience and express your deepest emotions. I encourage you to be your most authentic self personally and in your relationships.

  • NON-JUDGEMENTAL & STRENGTH-BASED:  Instead of pathologizing symptoms as needing to be fixed, I view them as non-verbal communication that can be addressed from a place of curiosity and self-compassion.
  • RESPECTFUL: I respect your autonomy, values and beliefs by tailoring counselling towards your needs and what is comfortable for you. I enjoy working with all kinds of people and my clients include Christians and non-Christians and come from different ages, backgrounds, cultures, spiritualities, and stages of life. It is one of the things that makes counselling so rich and rewarding.
  • CLIENT-CENTERED: I see you as the expert of your own story and journey. I walk with you at a pace that is comfortable for you. I am committed to creating a safe, non-judgement and caring space for you. I collaborate with you to understand what your potent issues are, upholding their self-worth and autonomy in decision-making and working towards change. I empower you through a process of self-discovery and awareness in order to build up your strengths and potential.

Other Background

I was initially drawn to counselling due to my involvement in pastoral care and have undertaken training as a pastoral care worker and led ministries for women & young adults at an evangelical church in Sydney. I am able to integrate faith & spirituality issues in counselling for Christian clients while also respecting the autonomy, faith, and values of clients from different faith backgrounds.

I lived overseas in SE Asia for much of my life and migrated to Australia alone as a young adult and understand the challenges and rewards faced by migrants and international students and have an interest in working with this particular group.

 

Professional Background

I work part-time as a counsellor with the Blue Knot Foundation, supporting survivors and supporters of complex trauma.

For further details about me, please visit my website at The Crossing Counselling Services.

Professional Memberships

  • Clinical registration with PACFA, ARCAP and CCAA

Fees

My fee is $130 – 140/hour session.

If you are having are financial difficulties, concessions may be available during the day.

If you have private health cover with Bupa, Medibank Private or Australian Unity, you may be able to claim a rebate, so please check with your fund.

Registered Counsellor Bodies

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