Valley Psychology offers specialised therapeutic services in counselling and psychotherapy.
Many of our clients attend for the purpose of improving emotional wellness, whilst others are seeking treatment for more specific mental health presentations. We welcome children from around 6 years of age as well as young people and adults. Nature-based therapies generally take place from our property in Paterson; we also have rooms in Maitland at the very relaxed and welcoming Seva House. Sessions can also be conducted via Tele-health or over the phone.

Medicare rebates are available with a GP referral for up to 20 sessions per calendar year. We are registered with the NDIS and are pleased to offer services to participants with agency, plan or self-managed packages.

Room-Based Therapies at Paterson and Maitland
We offer a relaxed, casual setting for room-based therapies at our property in Paterson as well as from our rooms at the charming Seva House in Maitland. Our Paterson location provides opportunity for connection to the natural environment in a peaceful and calming way and we are very pleased to have Herbert (Jack-Russell) in sessions at Maitland when this is supportive for clients.

We understand that every person is different and there is no “one size fits all” in the therapeutic experience. Utilising our clinical training, knowledge and experience we work closely with each individual to tailor a relevant treatment plan and find the best way to help them achieve their goals.

By exploring our thinking processes, behaviours and emotional responses in a collaborative therapeutic relationship we can deepen personal awareness and realise our power of choice. Such exploration can lead to improved relationships, as well as personal wellness and emotional balance.

Nature-Based Therapies at Paterson

For centuries we have lived alongside animal companions and these relationships have often been associated with personal and collective wellbeing. Our approach is often quite experiential; talking alone does not necessarily bring about change. Doing things differently can also facilitate growth and personal development which supports clients toward sustained emotional wellness. Encounters with animals and the natural environment are tailored to meet the needs and specific treatment goals of each client. When working alongside the horses this can include herd observations, meeting the horses at liberty, sharing touch and grooming as well as leading activities.

Family Therapy and Parenting support

At times it may be beneficial to welcome other family members to the therapy setting. Family Therapy can be a standalone therapy, however single or multiple sessions can be incorporated into an individual’s treatment plan as required. Family therapy not only helps identify the patterns that lie within a family system but also helps us understand how these patterns contribute to ongoing difficulties and dynamics within the group. Our family therapist also supports parents, carers and other family members toward developing more adaptive and workable solutions to ultimately benefit the family unit.

Couples or Relationship Counselling
Relationship Counselling can significantly benefit any relationship; whether couples are experiencing long-standing, deeply entrenched issues or your relationship might benefit from investing some time to explore emerging issues, we are happy to offer you the support that fits for you. We can work with couples to effectively manage conflict, improve connections and create healthier communication habits.

Other Services

The Muster Program

The Muster Program is an 8-week program run for adults with the primary goals of to increasing independence and promoting social participation.

During the program we explore emotional intelligence, self-awareness, personal values and strengths as well as fostering skills in emotional regulation and Mindfulness practices.

This is a nature-based program which incorporates time with animals, creative expression through arts and craft as well as sharing delicious morning tea together.

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Mental Health Professionals Workshop

Mental Health Professionals Workshop is a 1-day workshop designed specifically for those working in the areas of mental health.

We come together in a supportive, nature-based setting with other practitioners and explore our personal patterns, address issues related to accumulative stress and consider our work-life balance.

The day offers a unique blend of equine assisted activities, mindfulness practices and nature-based experiences to deepen our personal awareness and support our own wellness. We participate in creative activities with the horses as well as taking time to pause and reflect alongside the herd.

Caring Professions Workshop

Caring Professions Workshop is tailored to meet the specific needs of personal support workers in the disability and aged care sectors.

Whilst this work can be extremely rewarding it is also physically and emotionally demanding. These 1-day workshops are an opportunity for teams to explore some of these challenges in a supported and judgement free setting as well as considering ways to alleviate the impacts of these issues individually and collectively.

The day incorporates experiential learning opportunities alongside the herd, innovative experiences in nature and time for creative reflections to deepen personal awareness and insight.

Supervision

Sue is an approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and also offers supervision to social workers, counsellors and psychotherapists in both individual and group formats.

17 Steam Street,
Maitland, NSW 2320

405 Martins Creek Rd
Paterson, NSW 2421

 

Our practitioners are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and follow stringent guidelines related to confidentiality, informed consent and privacy. Such integrity ensures that our clients receive professional, high quality services that promote safe, respectful relationships and positive outcomes.

 

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