…you will never be judged no matter who you are — together, you will explore ways to help you fulfil your desire and capacity for personal change and growth.
Research-evidence shows that the relationship and rapport between client and counsellor is of utmost importance. Your journey is done empathetically and without judgement in a safe and confidential space. Johann won't tell you or advise you what to do. Everybody is unique and individual having different values and pathways. Counselling helps clarify what your values are and explores answers and solutions that enhance your life experiences, leading to a more meaningful life.
Johann is a professionally trained, person-centred and psychodynamic counsellor and includes evidence-based clinical modalities such as Mindfulness, ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy), Existential Therapy and TA (Transactional Analysis). Compassion is a core aspect of your work. Compassion is defined as a
basic kindness, with a deep awareness of the suffering of oneself and of other living things, coupled with the wish and effort to relieve it. Being compassionate to oneself and to others is a step toward positive wellbeing.
Mindfulness — compassionate, specific awareness in the present moment
Mindfulness is a way of being. It may allow for experiencing the world with greater clarity and inner strength and thereby being more able to engage with challenges as they present themselves from day to day. For many of us, we spend much of our lives processing past events, experiences and memories, into future possibilities. In the process we may forget to simply be in the present. The future is unknown, the present is known. This modality allows for people to transform themselves and acknowledge the choices they have in life. It allows for finding inner strengths, and moving toward self-acceptance, and making one's own decisions thus leading to greater clarity, effectiveness and rewards in day to day life.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy — to accept what is beyond your personal control - commit to action in line with your values - improve and enrich your life
Sometimes we lose track of our values and goals and may seem lost. ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) is about accepting what is out of your personal control, and committing to action in line with your values, thereby improving and enriching your life. It may help you with thoughts about your values and goals, and possibly finding new ones. This in itself may create the basis of a commitment for change.
The purpose of ACT is to maximise your human potential in order to reach a meaningful and full life. It uses a mindfulness approach in teaching skills to manage painful thoughts and feelings more effectively as opposed to being dragged into them or running away from them. It helps you clarify what is important to you and your values, and thereby motivate and guide you to make positive changes in your life.
Existential Therapy — operates on the belief that the conflict within you is due to your confrontation with the givens of existence
Existential therapy is based on the notion that we experience conflict due to our interaction with certain conditions of human existence. These conditions are the likes of death, isolation, meaninglessness and also freedom and responsibility. In this therapy we are guided to accept our fears and given skills to overcome them through action, allowing us to grow and embrace our lives.