The name "Volar" comes from the Spanish word - "to fly" - as well - was my nickname when I was a kid. So it felt like a good name for the work that I do. Flying moves you forward - it gives a bigger - bird's eye view - the ability to see things from a new perspective - something like counselling
My approach to counselling is rooted in a depth of experience. I have been a therapist for 25 years - as well - I have my Masters of Social Work (1992)
The majority of my experience has been as a therapist in a women's health clinic. I have always seen my approach in this work as one that is grounded in the experience and life of the individual . As a counsellor - I come to this work with tools to help navigate some complicated emotions and experiences - but I believe primarily in the wisdom and intuition of each individual. I think we all have a hunch of what we would like in our lives - there can however be obstacles to reaching that place. Counselling is a good place to understand the obstacles and to find ways through or around them.
Things that I know to be true in this work:
* That it is wonderful to come to this work with curiosity, creativity and compassion and sometimes a bit of humour.
* The resilience and strength in people.
* That we are all given irrevocable gifts
* How incredibly important support is.
* The power and the gift of faith.
* The intrinsic value and the uniqueness of each of us
* That we all know on some level - what we want in life - however - there are often barriers in getting in the way. Understanding what is holding us back is in itself so much of the journey.
* Having a safe place to understand ourselves - to give a voice to our story and to be heard - is important.
* Answers are easy to give - however - often difficult to apply to our lives without having support.
* We all have a story. We can often get caught in a narrative or story of ourselves that can keep us stuck.
* Telling our story and understanding the world that we are part of and the difficulties that are being faced is transformative.
* The importance of mistakes.
* Counselling is good work and a very good journey - full of surprises and it is one that makes life richer and bigger