Anita Balogh Dip.Couns. BEd
I want to help you if you face emotional challenges. I am committed to make a difference by assisting you to discover your inner resources that you can use alongside with self-compassion - your inbuilt ability to support yourself in ways it's most effective for you. I am passionate to make this work.
A short bio if you are interested to learn where I come from:
After graduating I worked in senior marketing positions with large multinationals in Europe. Following the birth of my daughter and living in a foreign country at the time, I found myself writing a cookery book on healthy and nutritious food for babies and toddlers. Following our move to the UK, I pursued my passion for cooking by studying for an Advanced Diploma in Culinary Arts at Reading University.
We lived in several countries before arriving in Australia in 2007 and making the Sunshine Coast our home. These many moves have taught me how to cope with the challenges of change, the necessity of making adjustments and the joy of finding supporting friends.
Over the decades I've noticed the importance of relationships from friendships to community. I also noticed how people withdraw if they are hurting. I started to develop a keen interest in supporting those. Be able to just be with them and their painful feelings. This has lead me to study about the human psyche and discover the ever so important mind-body relationship.
This has also lead me to work for one of Australia's largest suicide and crisis support helplines.
In counselling my first priority is to build a strong, trust-based therapeutic alliance with my clients. So that they feel seen, heard, felt and safe to revisit their challenging past memories, traumas or present problems.
I use trauma sensitive, person-centred psychological approaches such as Compassion Focused Therapy, Positive Psychology, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Gestalt and Mindfulness tailored to the individual.
As a professional counsellor and a member of the Australian Counselling Association, I am required to undertake ongoing professional development and keep track of the latest best practices and research in the field of psychology and psychotherapies. An important part of this is the professional supervision that I receive which helps me deliver high-quality service to my clients.
Diploma in Counselling - Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors
Bachelor of Education
Bachelor of Arts with Major in English as a Foreign Language and Literature
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
Telephone Crisis Supporter
Member of the Australian Counselling Association