Working With You

Brad Hagen

I prefer to work collaboratively with you, in such a way that we work with your theory of change and/or healing (as opposed to me dictating a theory to you), and we work as a team (and equals as much as possible) to help you reach your goals for counselling as quickly as possible.

I prefer a style of counselling where the focus is establishing a respectful, ethical and safe counselling relationship with you; a relationship where you can feel heard, understood and accepted — and one that you feel has a good “fit” for you.

Where applicable, I prefer a counselling style where rather than simply treating your symptoms (e.g., anxiety, depression, addictions, relationship difficulties), we help you understand the causes and roots of your symptoms, help you to heal from some of the difficulties, losses and/or traumas you may have experienced, and assist you in moving forward in your life with more courage, peace and compassion.

Where possible, I prefer a counselling style where we can focus on the here and now, and help you to live fully in the present moment – rather than having regrets/guilt/sadness about the past, or worry/anxiety about the future.

Where possible, I prefer a counselling style where we can incorporate spiritual elements into our work together, to help you find meaning in things that have happened to you in your past, and to explore a greater purpose for the rest of your life.

Rather than focusing on labels and diagnoses — or what others may have told you is supposedly wrong with you — I prefer an approach that focuses on your strengths, capabilities and resources — so that we can restore your morale and natural problem solving ability.