Mental health support in Phuket for adults, children and families
Are you ready to start living your life to its full potential?
It is a joint process between a therapist and a person in therapy. Common goals of therapy can be to inspire change or improve quality of life.
Child & Family Therapy
Are you struggling with a parenting issue, a problem that is affecting the whole family unit or do you have a child that needs some extra support?
Emotional and educational support for school aged children in the form of guidance lessons, child observations and support to teachers.
Hello! I’m Stephanie
I am qualified social worker and counsellor, trained in Cognitive Behavioural and Solution Focussed therapies. These are talking therapies that can help you manage your mental health by changing the way you think and behave. It’s most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and health problems. I also use a person-centered approach which focusses on self-development, growth and responsibilities. I seek to help individuals recognise their strengths, creativity and choice in the ‘here and now’. I am flexible in how I work depending on your needs and I believe that you know yourself and your circumstances the best and so I will not tell you what to do! In exploring what you bring to our sessions, I support you to learn more about yourself and to re-discover your inner resources so that you can find your best way forward.
Some areas I can help you with (not limited to):
(Physical, sexual, emotional, neglect, psychological, domestic violence)
Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents including controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer.
It is normal to experience anger, at times, anger is the appropriate response to the actions of others. Anger can feel like a strong feeling of displeasure; it is often a reaction to stress, failure, or injustice. Anger can range from mild irritation to full-blown rage.
Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. However, people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks).
Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life, but when emotions such as hopelessness and despair take hold and just won’t go away, you may have depression. Depression makes it tough to function and enjoy life like you once did. Just trying to get through the day can be overwhelming. But no matter how hopeless you feel, you can get better.
People with low self-esteem are likely to have a low opinion of themselves. They may compare themselves to others and the cycle of self-criticism can sap away a person’s joy in life. They may stop doing hobbies they once enjoyed for fear of judgment. Feelings of anger, guilt, or sadness may keep them from enjoying the activities which they do try.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCD is an anxiety disorder that causes recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations (obsessions) that make people feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions). Repetitive behaviours can include hand washing, checking on things or cleaning and can significantly interfere with a person’s daily activities and social interactions.
Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. It is often a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress.
Family problems can manifest in the healthiest of families, resulting in challenging, frustrating, and painful interactions among family members. From little irritations to buried resentments, from dramatic arguments to feelings of guilt, our families often bring up the most intense emotions we experience, for better or worse.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Getting effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop can be critical to reduce symptoms and improve function.
What is Counselling?
‘Stephanie is approachable and relatable. She is very grounded and a good listener which is essential for a good counsellor. She has made me feel very comfortable and supported when discussing my issues and worries. I would highly recommend Stephanie if you need to talk to someone nonjudgmental and friendly. She is a caring and professional counsellor.’
"We are extremely thankful that we were recommended to meet with Stephanie. She helped us during a particularly stressful family time by not only identifying the issues but giving us concrete steps to address them and guiding us through them. She is not only extremely professional, but also a kind and caring individual"
“Never one to look for outside help in life, I was skeptical that Healthy Minds could provide me with any valued advice or way forward with the issues I was facing. How wrong I was! The advice from Stephanie combined with the exercises we worked through have proven to be invaluable and have put my life on such a more positive course. Thoroughly recommend to anyone and everyone.”
“It has been wonderful to have Stephanie's support as a counsellor in Phuket. Her communication with teachers and parents has been very professional. Stephanie utilises a number of creative strategies and resources when working with younger children. We have seen growth and improvement in students she has worked with and I recommend her in supporting the well-being of children and families. "
Heidi, School Counsellor