MEET THE TEAM
MEET THE TEAM
Our team of private therapists includes both Counsellors & Psychotherapists, trained in different therapy modalities with a minimum of 2 years experience and aim to deliver only the most professional quality of services. The Flawed Journey have a modern approach and believe in reducing stigma around mental health by normalising common issues. Our team stay updated with weekly meetings, monthly supervision and seek their own therapy to continue helping individuals who seek Counselling support.
Founder, Director & Head Counsellor
Emma fully qualified within Professional Psychotherapeutic Counselling back in 2019 with CTAA and then soon after launched her thriving private practice "The Flawed Journey."
Emma is from Northern Ireland and went down the path of starting her career as a Mental Health Counsellor at a time when she was also battling with her own mental health but found it difficult to locate young therapists with services that include no waiting time and avoids charging large fees.
Emma sees herself as a passionate Mental Health Counsellor & Advocate who still has her own ongoing personal therapy. Emma believes in providing a unique service that will "normalise" talk therapy and ease the stigma around individuals seeking help.
Emma has been helping a variety of different clients located in Australia, UK, Ireland and many other parts of the world since late 2019 and has extensive experience working with many common issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, childhood trauma, expatriate / relocation issues, relationship break ups, self - esteem issues, and most recently the C-19 response.
Emma's therapeutic style is a Humanistic / Person-Centred therapy approach focusing on the importance of a non-judgemental, empathic and congruent relationship to increase a person's feelings of self-worth and to reduce the level of in-congruence between the ideal and actual self.
Emma uses a Cognitive-Behavioural approach to raise awareness around, how our thoughts and emotions are directly linked to our behaviours and feelings and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which encourages individuals to embrace their thoughts and feelings rather than fighting or feeling guilty for them.
Emma is also heavily influenced by a Psychodynamic approach, this type of therapy is based upon the theories of Sigmund Freud. This approach directs much of the focus and energy on analysing past relationships and, in particular, traumatic childhood experiences in relation to an individual’s current life. Emma believes that by revealing and bringing these issues to the surface, treatment and healing can occur.
Emma is continuously learning and expanding her knowledge within theories and new therapy styles as she believes this is what enables a Therapist to be with the current times and to continue helping individuals from all areas of life. Emma seeks her own regular therapy sessions, monthly supervision and self care outside of her work to maintain her own mental health and professionalism.
Emma has internationally recognised memberships with the Complementary Therapists Accredited Association (CTAA) International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT), Online Therapy Directory and International Therapist Directory.
Emma is currently online providing her services remotely with both adults & adolescents via phone call and zoom video call sessions.
Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Jade graduated from the University of Salford in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Jade has prior experience of working in a Women's Centre and through this gained professional experience whilst supporting various types of women with their mental health issues.
Jade has been working with The Flawed Journey since November 2020 as a Professional Counsellor & Psychotherapist. Jade is from Manchester, United Kingdom, currently based in Sydney working both in-person and online with adults. Jade has extensive experience working with both adults and children.
Jade has been interested in Mental Health from an early age. Jade understands the effects mental health has on not only the sufferers, but the external individuals involved also.
Jade's passion throughout her career is to raise awareness on the normality of mental health and to help many people understand that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Jade's personal experiences have helped her to develop a strong passion for Mental Health and the use of talking therapies has helped her to develop and implement the theoretical side to Counselling.
Jade uses her diverse background knowledge and experience to utilise a range of techniques to help clients gain control of their Mental Health.
Jade has been helping a wide variety of different clients in Sydney, Australia and has been focusing in helping individual overcome common issues such as depression, anger management, substance abuse, stress, self-harm issues, sucidality, self-esteem / body image, loneliness, C-19 response and much more.
Jade's therapeutic style is a Person-centred approach to Counselling which was developed by humanist psychologist Carl Rogers during the 1940s and 1950s. Jade's main core Counselling technique as she believe's that it helps build a great client/counsellor relationship and it is a great stepping stone into other therapies she uses, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Gestalt and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Jade has an interest in a mindfulness-based approach and understands when you focus on being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgement it will effectively relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.
Jade has a current professional and recognised membership with The Person Centred Association (PCA) which covers her to work in the UK and abroad with clients.
Jade works in-person in Sydney, working with clients via a relaxed Walk N Talk approach in local parks & by the beaches. Jade also provides sessions online via both phone call and zoom video.
Counsellor & CBT Therapist
Alysha graduated from University of Ulster in 2014 after studying Social Psychology and completed a post-graduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in 2016.
Alysha has previously worked as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and has gained experience of delivering one to one client sessions with a broad range of individuals, who have a variety of different needs and mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma and stress.
Alysha has been working with The Flawed Journey since February 2021 as a Professional Counsellor & CBT Therapist. Alysha is from Coleraine, Northern Ireland and is currently available for sessions online to assist both adults & teens through the pandemic response.
Alysha has had an interest in psychology and counselling from a young age, she has always aspired to having a person-focused career and one in which she feels like she can make a difference (however small that may be) to someone’s daily life.
After having her own experience of counselling when Alysha was younger she knew counselling was something she wanted to do as a career. Alysha is extremely passionate about mental health and believes mental health services should be accessible and affordable with realistic waiting times. Being able to be in a professional role where she can help make that a reality is incredibly important to her.
Alysha uses the CBT approach founded by Dr. Aaron T. Beck in the 1960s. CBT is solution-focused; helping to identify negative or unhelpful thoughts and behaviours, and then provides the tools such as thought records and journals to identify the root of the problem and how we can best move on to a more positive path. It works on providing practical tools that allows the individual to improve the way they are feeling.
Alysha believes CBT or ‘talking therapies’ can be hugely beneficial to help improve any individual’s mental well-being.
Alysha's therapeutic approach is relaxed and informal with a focus on the ‘now’ and how we together can help you move forward more positively. She believes building a strong rapport with clients is key to effective counselling.
Alysha sees CBT is best when it is client-led and she always tailors session plans to suit the individual’s needs and pace. Alysha is always updating her theory and knowledge surrounding CBT and how to effectively deliver CBT in sessions.
Alysha has a current membership with British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) which is the lead organisation for CBT in the UK and Ireland.
Alysha is based in Northern Ireland and is working with clients through the current lock-down in Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and UK by providing online sessions via both phone call and zoom video. Check out further details about Alysha here.
Stepping out of lockdown, Alysha will be available for in-person sessions via our relaxed Walk N Talk approach in local parks and trails in the Coleraine and surrounding areas.
Claire is currently our content creator and has worked in consultative sales for 8 years. Claire is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in Counselling with the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP).
Claire has seen first hand the huge benefits of talk therapy Claire developed her passion for mental health issues and decided to pursue it as a career.
One of Claire's biggest passions is accessibility and de-stigmatisation of mental health services. Claire believes the barriers to entry for therapy are too high, and in many cultures there is still a stigma associated with therapy. Her goal is to write informative and well researched articles that provide resources for those who are struggling but cannot access therapy directly.
Claire is an expat originally from Ireland, has previously lived in New Zealand and has spent the past 5 years in Sydney, Australia. Claire has also run a travel and lifestyle blog "Quigley's Life" for the past 4 years to help people escape the ordinary.
Claire's bubbly attitude to life, knowledge of mental health and experience of life abroad as an expat will assist individuals with mental health resources.
Check out our Blog to read Claire's great content, if you have any requests or suggestions for blog content, you can get in touch with her below.