WholeHearted You Counselling Busselton

This Village Needs You – A Call For Help

The South West Wellness Symposium needs YOU!

Why a Wellness Symposium? Why are 20+ local healthcare practitioners volunteering their time for you?

This is such a beautiful part of the world and yet many of us are stressed, depressed and anxious, and that includes our partners, our kids, our parents, our neighbours – just about everybody!

These are unusual times, but a lot of us already felt stretched to the limit even before COVID came along and shook the bedrock beneath us. So, how are we as a community handling this? Where do we go to get help, or do we just struggle along doing what we’ve always done, hoping like hell that we can make it to the other side.

We know that the public health system simply does not have the capacity to be looking after us all, and nor should it as it is there to help those most in need. So, where to for the rest of us? We feel that we do not need serious help, but we do need help in the form of information, advice and knowledge that we can take away and act on. We want to be proactive with our mental health before we slide into the in-need-of-serious-help category.

But where can we find that sort of information at a local level? Who are the people in our community who know about how to live and deal with this level of stress, anxiety and depression, who want to offer a helping-hand and be an active part of the solution? They say that it takes a village to raise a child, and I would add to this that it takes a village to get us through the tough times while still feeling connected and halfway sane. Most of us chose to live here because we wanted more of a community feel as we recognised this as missing from our lives. This was something we felt that city living could no longer provide, so it’s totally ironic that many of us are still stuck in that slipstream of isolation. We wanted the village, the connection and the lifestyle, but we find ourselves still too busy or disconnected to know where to look for it.

Here’s the hard part though, the part that we often don’t want to hear… it is up to all of us to create that “village”! It’s not some magical place where we can move to and all will be well. It’s a bitch, I know, but we are all part of the fabric of that “village”, and COVID has shown us just how important we are to each other.

So, what does that have to do with the South West Wellness Symposium?

A collection of over 20 of this “village’s” health care practitioners and mental health advocates have volunteered their time and gotten together because we are passionate about health and wellbeing and about helping our community in any way we can through this tough time. The best way we know how to do this is by sharing our knowledge, expertise, life experiences, humour and wisdom, through sitting down together and having a conversation about the stuff that is getting in the way – the stuff that can be the underbelly of stress, disconnection, isolation, anxiety and depression. We know that we don’t have all the answers, but we do know that coming together and talking about the hard things and sharing our collective wisdom is a great way to start finding our way back to a more heartfelt connected life, not only for those who attend but also for the village as a whole.

But we need you to put your hand up and answer our call for help to do this! We need your support and we need you to play your part – to say yes to strengthening the bond of connection between us that will allow all of us to understand our own importance in the fabric of a healthy village and community.

This can be as simple as attending the Symposium, asking questions and sharing your own story of healing and struggle in relation to the topics being discussed or taking home something that you’ve learnt and passing it on to others. If it comes from our hearts we cannot fail to all prosper at a deep nurturing level, and this will ripple out into the rest of this village. Together we can start a process of reconnection, even with the smallest of gestures, and if we have the collective desire to do so then we can all play our part in turning the tide of stress, disconnection, isolation, anxiety, addiction and depression that is so endemic in our community. To quote Aristotle: “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts”.

That’s why we healthcare practitioners eagerly volunteered our time and collectively put our hands up because we too know that we are a part of the whole and we want to connect at a deeper level with you and help weave the fabric of our community together to the benefit of all of us.

With Love

Genevieve Morrissey

Here are some of the names of those practitioners who have put their hands up to start this ripple, will you join us?

Adam, Annie, Joanne, Jean-Michel, Mary, Rhett, Dan, David, Glen, Shannon, Aimee-Jade, Marion, Tara, Claire, Diane, Kirsten, Tony, Tricia, Sarah, Valerie, Sara, Karen, Sana, Melanie, Joanne, Monique,  Drew, Kamma, Monique, Libby, Steve, Lindy, Lee, Penny, Chelsea, Myriam, Katie and Michael.

So, please get a ticket to the South West Wellness Symposium October 31st 2020 and become a part of the solution.

Getting Through These Crazy Covid Times

What do I want from life? What is my purpose?

One of the hallmarks of COVID-19 has been its ability to unsettle even the steadiest of us, leaving us with a sense of heightened uncertainty, a lack of predictability and a threat to our sense of order – three of the core human needs that enable us to live day-to-day without apprehension or worry about our place in the world.

This can spill over into making us question our authenticity, our sense of self and the legitimacy of our relationships and our job.

Counselling can be like having a sounding board to discuss all that’s worrying you, all that you are not comfortable talking to your nearest and dearest about. It is an opportunity to get your thoughts a bit more ordered, to express those fears without your partner or family looking at you like you’ve just run over the cat and perhaps to have someone in your corner whilst you rethink your place in your relationship, your family or your job.

Give me a call if you feel like this is you and you’d like to have a chat about it. Counselling can be one or two sessions if that’s all you need to clear your chest of the weight of staying quiet. 0478 628 288

This That & The Other

Wellness Unwrapped and WholeHearted You Counselling

Genevieve and Karen invite you to join them for a roundtable chat online about the everyday this, that and the other during this time of isolation.

Over the past few weeks, we (Karen from Wellness Unwrapped and Genevieve from WholeHearted You Counselling) have found that getting together online for a chat has been invaluable in helping us to destress, balance and ground ourselves.

Would you love to join a group conversation that offers objective, compassionate support and an opportunity to connect with others in a similar boat?

Genevieve and Karen invite you to come and ‘sit at the table’ with them for informal but guided conversations about the everyday challenges and triumphs that so many of us are experiencing right now. This is a chance to tap into our collective wisdom, support, humour and love of the community around us.

“This, That and The Other” will run once a week online for 4 weeks, starting in the 1st full week of May, and there are 2 groups to choose from: Mondays at 1.30pm – 2.30pm or Tuesdays at 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Both will be small closed groups. Please book through Try Booking, and your ticket will contain your online Chatroom link. Tickets $40 for the 4 weeks.

Let’s Talk About It

Counselling can help you move away from depression, sadness, anger, numbness and isolation towards a future that feels more fulfilling. It can help you find the courage to challenge yourself and to take responsibility for who you are to help you become the best version of you.

During our sessions we will talk about the things in your life that are not working for you and why that could be so. We will look at how they serve you and how they hinder you by keeping you stuck in the same old patterns of behaviour. We will look at what gets in the way for you when you attempt change. With my help, you will learn to see yourself as someone who is on a journey doing the best you can with what you have and what you know. You will acquire fresh insights to help you move forward. We will look at your experiences and use them as your greatest tool to assimilate your past into a balanced and more wholehearted future.

My counselling is centred around five core themes:

  • Connection
  • Authenticity
  • Contribution
  • Vulnerability
  • Resilience

Having a healthy balance of these is what gives meaning, motive and sense to our lives. They validate who we are and reflect back to us our worth and our place in our community.

My work is informed from a foundation of a university degree and a background of personal healing and discovery of my own spiritual wisdom. I use my experience and intuition to help my clients learn how to discover themselves in all their complexities, to become comfortable in themselves and to celebrate the truth of who they are.

I offer 75-minute counselling sessions for both women and men  from my rooms in Busselton, Western Australia. I also offer these sessions via Skype or Zoom. Sorry I do not do couples counselling.

If you are not sure whether WholeHearted You Counselling Busselton is right for you, simply get in touch to arrange a free 10-minute chat with Genevieve on 0478 628 288

Health Care: Does It Have To Be One Or The Other?

This is a letter that I’ve sent in response to an article written by Samantha Turnbull (ABC online news) this morning. A link to the article is below the letter.

Hello Samantha,

How my heart aches just a little bit more every time I read an article like yours.

I have spent the last 14 years working as a counsellor (and most of that in addictions), and what I am seeing is a rapid decline in the general mental and physical health of our communities. What I am also witnessing is that it doesn’t matter how much more money or scientific evidence we throw at the modern systems of medicine, they just aren’t working and they are buckling under the burden of expectation we have lofted onto them for the last 70 or so years… and we will not be able to afford it for too much longer. We have never been sicker as a population.

We need to approach our health question differently, all of us that is, you included. You appear to be buying into the argument that one stream of medicine is better than the other, and this therefore assumes that people like me (who use and believe in both) are idiots for embracing anything “alternative” and that we are constantly being hoodwinked by an industry that doesn’t know its a*** from its elbow. It is so insulting! And all the while people are missing out on what will become best practice in the future, a collaboration between the two.

What I would love to see and hear from reporters like you is a story that has people who have real power in the health world, like Professor Dwyer, say “tell me more, Professor Myers, I am open to knowing what you and your colleagues have found”, not several derogatory ,disrespectful and reductionist remarks in an article with a slant that sets out to lampoon a professor and his organisation who are looking for real change and to imply that they are incompetent. This doesn’t improve our national health one iota.

How about taking up Professor Myers’ argument that there is plenty of supporting evidence that should have been included in the  NHMRC’s review of Naturopathy. WHY wasn’t it? If it was flawed, would not that become self-evident? Tens of thousands of Australians use complementary therapies, firstly because they work and secondly because they feel that the medical model can no longer see the forest for the trees and maybe, just maybe, there is something to be learnt from treating the body in an holistic manner rather than as the bits and pieces we’ve been reduced to.

I am interested in what motivates journalists like yourself to continue to ignore the huge body of evidence that is available that clearly shows that what is happening in the medical world is not working. Is it fear of stepping outside the square? What a shame, as there are thousands (yes thousands) of wonderful health professionals in Australia taking that risk every day despite the scorn, anger and lack of support associated with being outside the square. They know through experience and through positive outcomes for their patients that they are making a difference, and isn’t that the reason for being a healthcare professional? There is a fundamental truth in that.

This shouldn’t be a competition, and yet the media and this article seem intent on making it so. People’s lives are at stake every minute of the day. My colleagues (from a whole range of modalities, including medical doctors) and I could provide plenty of evidence of incompetence on both sides with life and death consequences, and I could provide plenty of evidence again on both sides of real healing and wellness because a practitioner was true to the oath they took when they cast their hat into the healthcare arena.

On a personal level, I wouldn’t be alive today were it not for some very skilled doctors when I was a young child. Equally I wouldn’t be the person I am now without the assistance of some very capable complementary practitioners who diagnosed and helped me through the resultant PTSD as an adult.

Please take a look around and catch up with what is already happening at the grassroots level in our communities, and it’s happening for a very good reason. The general population doesn’t lack intelligence. Dig deeper into the wellness side of healthcare. Thousands of us have, and we don’t have any problem marrying the two worlds together, and we are hungry for good solid truthful journalism that gives equal weight to both sides.

Yours respectfully,

Genevieve Morrissey

I am not associated with anyone in your article.

Naturopathy defended in ‘world-first’ study, but critics question university’s credibility

Who Sets The Benchmarks For Us? Who? No Really, Who?

CRITICAL AWARENESS  101. When you look around at your family, your work or your social circle, who are the pacesetters? Be it fashion, lifestyle, relationship or money earned, who are they? Are they worthy of your attention?  Are they great authentic examples of the virtues or wisdom they preach?

A big beware if they are not… They may simply be on the same bandwagon as others who are keen to profit from us, lord it over us and keep us how they want us. They use a lot of hot air and have no more idea about how to live well than you do.

If you want to live an authentic life, a life with connection and meaning, then go find people who live an authentic, connected and meaningful life… and follow them.

It’s In The Sitting

Resisting the urge to evaluate the importance of  just sitting in nature somewhere is in itself healing.
Letting the defiant mind be soothed by the rhythm of the sun, the waves, the clouds, the birds, the trees, the whatever of the moment in front of you,  can, in some small way, help reinstate the core of you. Follow the rhythm –  it will return you home.

Happiness – Short Film

They say that a picture can be worth a thousand words, well here is a fantastic example of that.

My clients and I spend hours looking at ways to express and unravel the discomfort of life now and how helpless it can make you feel sometimes. Well here in just over 4 mins UK animation artist Steve Cutts paints that picture satirically, beautifully, chillingly, desperately and accurately. Well done Steve.

If you feel like you are on a similar treadmill and want to try and find a way out make an appointment and come for a chat. There are ways to pull back from the insanity of it all without losing all that you have.

A Stormy Winters Metaphor

As I was walking along the bay the other evening, after a full day of stormy freezing squally winter rain, I was struck by the moodiness of the moment. I’ve always loved a good storm and the way that it can remind me that I am a living, breathing, thinking being.

The other evening, I had this real sense of how many parts there are to me, how many stories I have lived through or created – the library of me, so to speak. Some autobiographical, some high adventure and escapism, some read like a Greek tragedy, some are hilarious, some have been badly written, some beautifully, many have been written by others. Then there are the murder mysteries where I’ve killed off those ugly parts of me only to discover on a night that will be as dark and stormy as this one that they’re hiding in the hallway cupboard or under my bed. Then there is the epic love story that makes nights like this seem like all the waiting, distance, heartache and anguish were perfect… meant to be. (I’ve read Wuthering Heights!)

But in the main, I can now see looking back, that most are sturdy works of pure fiction, not based on fact at all. However, like all great fiction stories, they were well-researched and at the time very convincing, so convincing that at times I lived, breathed and ate nothing but their well-constructed storylines, believing them to be the passport to my enlightenment.

Back then, I would be seen nowhere near a beach on a windy, stormy night for the fear bordering on terror that a squall of wind would scatter my library to the four corners of the world, exposing me like the rocks on the beach the morning after the storm. Now I can stand there and shout “BRING IT ON!!!”, rejoicing in the knowledge that the pages in my books are written on the same templates that are handed to us all as we inhale our first breaths.

Standing there the other evening as the night closed in, extinguishing the last remains of the day, I felt vindicated for all the time I have spent attending to my library, re-reading, editing, deleting and then filing the remainder of the books in their correct time and place.

I think the thing I love the most about huge changes in our weather is that it can, if we are paying attention, provoke us out of our daily stupor and remind us that we are evolving beings with seasons just like the rest of life and land here on this earth and that the more we are separated from these, the more we pine for them physically, emotionally and spiritually.

There are more books to come and more walks to be had in winter storms no doubt, and all will be informed by the same brave heart and reckless courage that have kept me company in all that’s gone before.

Genevieve Morrissey