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Welcome to mindbodyhealing.com.au. I hope you find inspiration and resources here that are of use to you. I love doing this work because I have seen for myself, both in my own life and in the experiences of friends and clients, that with the right combination of effort and skill many of the common conditions which cause great suffering can be effectively treated.
The following conditions respond very well to an integrated “mind-body” approach (I will explain this term more below):
On this site I use the terms “psychotherapy”, “therapy” and “healing” interchangeably because if it is done well, good psychotherapy should result in healing. Healing can be defined as an enduring positive transformation in how you feel, physically, mentally and emotionally. This is what I aspire to offer in my practice. The style of therapy I offer is influenced strongly by somatic (somatic means “of the body” or “body-oriented”) psychotherapy which sees mind and body as deeply related and able to powerfully affect each other for the better.
I am also interested in the science behind mind-body interactions, and the application of mindfulness and psychodynamic techniques to help people achieve lasting relief from their condition. For those interested in the academic research underlying my approach please see the page on evidence based chronic pain treatment.
If you are interested in psychotherapy but haven’t done any before, I recommend starting with what is psychotherapy and how can it help me?
If you have a physical problem such as chronic pain or fatigue and are wondering how the mind-body approach can help you please take a look at healing chronic pain or chronic fatigue with a mind-body approach
If you have tried other therapies or pharmaceuticals for depression or anxiety but haven’t been happy with the results, have a look at what can somatic psychotherapy / mind-body healing offer than conventional psychotherapy can’t?
Or you may be interested to browse the “therapeutic services” menu above for further information on my approach.
If you feel confused by anything and want some clarification, or want to speak with me directly I will be most happy to talk to you on the phone or in person. I am currently practicing in the inner northern suburbs in Melbourne Australia. You can find my contact details here. You may also be interested in a recent blog post of mine, “What do I mean by ‘healing’ “.
Thanks for visiting, and I wish you all the best with your own journey into healing.
BSc (Psych.), BA, Associate member ARBPA, AIMA
"Since I've started seeing Hal, I've quit drinking and smoking, gone off my antidepressants, stopped feeling shy, dramatically improved my relationships with my partner and with my mother, and largely gotten over my RSI issues.
Its been a transformational few months. I have to give credit to myself and to a course that I'm doing at the moment as well, but seeing Hal has really helped me get in touch with my emotions and given me the capacity to deal with life, rather than avoiding ... >>read more >>
"Seeing Hal changed my life. After 4 years of strong chronic pain I now experience minimal pain and have no restrictions in doing all the activities I love in life. Here is my story.
I initially developed RSI type pain in my wrists from typing and computer use while writing up my PhD. It manifested as strong pain right through both my wrists whenever I typed or used my wrists for normal activities. It eventually got so bad ... >>read more >>
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