Gestalt Counselling and Psychotherapy, Sydney CBD

Hi, I’m Carolyn Choy. I am Australian born Chinese, a British citizen and a passionate Gestalt psychotherapist offering counselling and psychotherapy located on Pitt Street (Wynyard / Circular Quay end) in the Sydney CBD.

If you haven’t had counselling or psychotherapy before it can seem quite daunting but there really isn’t anything to worry about. Everything you say is welcomed without judgement. We talk about what you want and how you’d like your life to be different – it’s not about putting you under the microscope for analysis!

Together and in collaboration we create an honest, supportive and at times slightly challenging therapeutic relationship. The Gestalt approach is not about fixing you or telling you how to live your life or trying to make you be in a way that doesn’t feel true to you; it’s about enabling you to have more flexibility in how you feel and act so you can do things differently and not feel so stuck. Therapy will quickly come to feel more natural and familiar, and you’ll get so much you get out of it!  It’s your time and space.counselling

Registered as a UKCP Gestalt Psychotherapist while living in London, I have both a Clinical Diploma and Masters degree through the highly regarded Metanoia Institute (Middlesex University), UK.

What I love about Gestalt is the holistic approach of seeing a person as a whole: mind, body and environment/context, rather than just mind or body. I have a particular passion for experiential body work and creativity which I feel adds an extra dimension to the therapeutic experience. These interventions are optional and depending on your interest, can allow you to immediately feel a shift. The exploration of a simple movement can unearth so much!

Conveniently located in the Sydney CBD, I hope to be able to share my passion for therapeutic change and growth with you and look forward to hearing from you.

What is the Gestalt Approach to Counselling?

Simply put, it’s a holistic (mind, body and environment), humanistic (people focused), relational (talking together) approach. counsellingDuring therapy we explore the ‘here-and-now’ (present moment) experience and process between us as opposed to just talking about things that have happened in the past. Gestalt follows the philosophy that change and growth will occur as a natural process through fully understanding and experiencing who and how you are right now. Gestalt is a proven and effective therapeutic approach.

What Clients Bring

I provide long-term counselling and psychotherapy to individual adults (18 years+).  I work with a wide range of issues so please contact me to discuss, and we can take it from there.

Some of what clients bring include, though not limited to:

  • Difference: belonging and fitting in, cultural differences, loneliness, isolation, being in a minority, judgement, shame, anxiety.
  • Relationships: work interactions, friends, family and personal relationships, setting boundaries, resolving fractures/disconnections, depression.
  • Empowerment: improving self-confidence/self-esteem, understanding your response to and dealing with confrontation, how to feel better about yourself.
  • Identity: finding your sense of who you are and how you fit in dealing with different issues such as faith and culture.psychotherapy
  • Loss and grief: coming to terms with relationships such as through misunderstandings or bereavement through death (e.g. sudden, terminal illness, murder, suicide, miscarriage) and loss of freedom or ability.
  • Big life changes and existential crisis: living with uncertainty, making big decisions and living with the impact of them, dealing with traumatic experiences, dealing with life and death, feeling generally overwhelmed and anxious.

Accrediting Membership

  • Registered member (23201) of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

Meeting With Me

Once you’ve been in touch with me, we will have discussed briefly what it is that brings you to seek counselling/psychotherapy. We’ll arrange a preliminary meeting of 30 minutes to go into a bit more detail about what you’re looking for, what your expectations are, and discuss how we might work together. Following that, we can arrange a start date and on-going weekly 50-minute sessions.

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My practice is located on Level 9, 60 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 which is about a 5 minute walk from Wynyard train station. Once you arrive on level 9, turn left and you will see brown sofas in the waiting area. Please take a seat and I will come and meet you at the time of your appointment.

Please contact me for further details.

ABN: 84216949970