Ready to get to the root of your anxiety

so you can breathe easy again?

Is your anxiety getting in the way of you enjoying life?

Have you experienced anything like:

  • panic attacks that make you feel completely out of control
  • a racing heart that puts you on edge
  • pressure on your chest that feels painful
  • constant unwanted thoughts that pop into your head and stop you from getting a good night’s sleep
  • anxiety so bad it makes you feel nauseous or even gag in the morning
  • feeling dizzy or unable to concentrate when you really need to
  • everyday moments that feel more like life or death scenarios
Anxiety

Anxiety can be unpredictable and disheartening.

You may be worried when another panic attack will happen or when you’ll next be triggered and left spiraling.

You may wonder if you’ll ever feel like yourself again and find peace in your mind and body again.

You’re probably angry at your mind for the way it reacts unnecessarily to things and wonder what’s wrong with you.

You may feel like no one understands what you’re going through or maybe even feel guilty about feeling sorry for yourself because others have it much worse.

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I understand the frustration

of trying solutions that don’t work for you or feeling so lost as to how to get better.

of trying solutions that don’t work for you or feeling so lost as to how to get better.

A lot of anxiety solutions don’t work very well because they only engage the ‘executive’ thinking part of our brain. Actually, to get better we need the mind and the body to be working TOGETHER on the problem.

Our emotions and survival instinct are trapped in our bodies and connect to completely different parts of our brains than the thinking part.

Anxiety isn’t rational. That’s why you need to reach the places your rational, conscious mind can’t go. To set yourself free, you need a different key to the one you might have been using. Once you have that key and unlock that part of yourself, you can release unhelpful emotions and anxious reactions you can’t mentally control.

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Book a free 20-minute discovery call

A commitment-free way to learn how North Brisbane counselling or body psychotherapy can help you

Hi, I’m Sarah Tuckett

Anxiety Specialist, Body Psychotherapist, Counsellor & Dance Movement Therapist based in North Brisbane.

Want to get to know me better? Watch this video.

How I work

Speed up your healing

Clients often come to me after talk therapy didn’t work for them and they want to work on a deeper level. Using the body in trauma treatment has been proven to shorten treatment time and help people create connections between their feelings, thoughts, body, and nervous system. (Ogden et al., 2006). Through movement we remember, heal old wounds, and melt away our defensive armour.

Your body is a storehouse of information about your history. Our body remembers we related to our primary caregivers in our early days or any trauma we experienced – big or small. Over time these physical and emotional patterns in our body become unconscious, and we still act in these patterns as an adult. By combining talk therapy with movement and breathing I’ll help you dig deeper into your psyche and access this unconscious information. We get right to the root of the patterns keeping you stuck. This makes your therapy more effective.

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Simple techniques

I’ll teach you the simple, easy-to-action-in-the-moment tools that you’ll actually use to stop your heart from racing and your mind from crumbling. You’ll learn to feel physical sensations in your body and tolerate them, instead of panicking about them and making the situation 10x worse. The result is a feeling of grounding and inner peace, even in sticky situations that would normally have gotten you stuck. I love helping people relax and become calmer, more connected to their body and aware of how they can affect their own nervous system through breathing and posture.

Movement facilitates self-expression through the body. It helps bring what is unconscious to consciousness. This is useful when words are too terrifying or hard for people to express. If you’ve ever felt like you couldn’t be honest with a therapist about something that felt too painful or shameful to admit, this will help you. Sometimes there is no need to put it into words. It is enough just to feel, remember and be aware. You can choose how much movement, direction and autonomy you want in your session, depending on your comfort zone.

Non-judgemental and relaxed

A lot of clients have told me, in the beginning, they were fearful of opening up to a stranger because it felt too vulnerable. We tend to feel like we’re the only ones going through what we’re going through, but as unfortunate as it is, most of our struggles are quite universal and I have heard almost everything before. Nothing will shock me and you’ll never be looked down on because we have all been through struggles where we needed a helping hand – myself included. Whatever you tell me, I’m on your side.

Usually, you’ll see a therapist in an office environment and it’s quite formal. My studio is the opposite of that — surrounded by bamboo and a water fountain, which blocks out the city noises. We sit on sofas and comfy chairs (or on floor cushions if you prefer). I always invite you to kick off your shoes and put your feet up. I always tell clients not to feel like they need to dress up for me. I want you to feel as relaxed as possible, so you can focus on healing.

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What to expect when you book

Getting to know each other

Getting to know each other

Most people book a free 20-minute discovery session first, so we can both get to know each other and see if we are the right fit to work together.

I know that when it comes to working with a psychotherapist/counsellor, you want to know it is someone you feel comfortable with and trust. That’s why speaking to each other first is so important. The most important questions on my list are “What are your goals for the work we do together? What would your life look like if we achieved those goals?” I keep your goals in mind every single session. If we feel like we’re going to work well together, we book in a session as soon as possible to keep the momentum going.

You can start this process right now! Click on the button below.

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Our first session

Our first session

Our first session is all about getting to know you in-depth. First, I’ll get you to fill in a consent form to give me some information about you and make sure that you are aware of what our therapy journey is going to consist of. I get a snapshot of your life such as what you do for work, your relationships with the important people in your life, what your childhood was like and so on.

As part of this session, I want to help you start to better understand your mind-body-connection awareness. We won’t be doing any intense movement work at this stage. This first session is all about noticing the sensations in the body and doing some breathing exercises to practice working through them.

When you’re starting to feel emotional about something we’re discussing we’ll dive into it. We’ll look at where you’re experiencing the emotion in your body and I’ll start to get you to use your imagination to visualise it — If you have a knot in your stomach or a heavy weight in your chest, what size does it feel like? What colour does it feel like? What texture does it feel like?

I’ll help you see that you have all these tools within you already, like resilience and the ability to ‘manually override’ your nervous system by changing your breathing. We’ll start to practice techniques to look after yourself and reduce your symptoms that you can use in your daily life between sessions too.

Subsequent sessions

Subsequent sessions

Each session builds upon the next and strengthens the work we’ve already done. We may dive further into something we were discussing in the last session or you may come to me with an “OMG, this thing just happened to me this week and I need to tell someone about it.” In each session, you will gain more tools and techniques. You’ll practice those techniques, so you can confidently do them by yourself. You’ll also love having someone to offload and talk to.

We usually do sessions every fortnight unless you are going through a crisis and feel like you need weekly sessions for a while. The amount of sessions you need is entirely up to you, and I never lock you into a certain number of sessions. I will say that to get lasting results, having 1-3 sessions is probably not going get to the depth you desire. You’ll want to consider your budget and the amount of time you have to spend and we can work it out from there. We do not have ‘homework’ between sessions that will take a lot of your time, though I encourage you to practice the breathing exercises you learn in your sessions when you need it.

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Ready to get started with a free 20-minute discovery call?

A commitment-free way to learn how I can help you

My approach combines:

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Body Psychotherapy
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Dance Movement Therapy
Compassion-focused Therapy
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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Frequently asked questions

Where are you located?

I work from a dedicated therapy studio at Stringybark Cottage, 2/35 Victoria Street, Kelvin Grove QLD 4059.

The studio is in a quiet, private location, surrounded by bamboo and a relaxing water feature. It feels a million miles away from the city, even though it is only 3km from Brisbane CBD.

Where can I park?

You can park for free for up to 2 hours in Victoria Street. 

What are your fees?

My fees are $130 an hour for 1:1 sessions.  Group therapy sessions are $50 for 2 hours per person. 

Can I get a Medicare Rebate? Can I get a referral from my GP for the Mental Health Treatment Plan?
Sorry, no. I am not registered with Medicare. I am a private practitioner. Therefore, I cannot accept the Mental Health Treatment Plan referral from your GP. However, I keep my rates as low as possible so that it is comparable to the out-of-pocket gap you would pay to see a psychologist.
Can I get a rebate from my health insurance?
Yes. I am a provider for BUPA, Police Health, Emergency Services Health and Medibank Private (the other health funds don’t cover counselling yet).

I will provide you with a receipt with my provider number and item code so that you can claim back from your health fund.

The amount of rebate depends on your cover/policy. Please speak to your health insurance fund about cover for ‘Counselling’.

Do you offer discounts for students/pensioners/unemployed?
No. I work in private practice. I try to keep my rates as low as possible so that they are affordable. If you are unable to afford my rates, I suggest you contact your GP about getting a referral to a psychologist or counsellor that is able to bulkbill.
I’ve just lost my job/been made redundant. I don’t think I can afford to pay your full fee – can I get a reduced fee?
If you are an existing client and you loose your income, please give me a call so we can discuss your situation and how I can support you at this critical time. It’s often when we need support the most that we can’t afford it. So let’s discuss how much you can afford, how often you need to see me and agree on a fee for a specific amount of time.
Can I bring my daughter to see you?
I work with adults over the age of 20. I do not see children or young adults.
Do you offer couples counselling?

No. I recommend William and Esther Diplock in Ashgrove (https://www.williamdiplockcounselling.com.au)

https://www.chooselifecounselling.com

My colleagues Elena di Fabio and Dana Savage in Kallangur specialise in same-sex counselling (https://www.integrativesomatictherapies.com)

What is the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?
Counselling is a shorter-term process when a client has just one issue they are looking for help with e.g. a relationship breakdown. However, they are not wanting to look deeper than that.

In psychotherapy we’re taking the process deeper, looking at:

  • Your patterns of behaviour (e.g. panic attacks or how you in self-sabotage relationships);
  • Your beliefs and thought processes;
  • How historical events in your life may have an impact on your behaviour now;
  • How you behave and feel in relationship with others;
  • Looking at the root causes of problems (and how you may have participated in them).

It takes time for these issues to form in you. So it will take time for us to link experiences together and form new patterns. So somewhere between 6 sessions and many.

Read more about this in my blog post: https://sarahtuckett.com.au/the-difference-between-counselling-and-psychotherapy/

How many sessions will I need?

Somewhere between a few and many.  It depends on what’s going on for you, how much time and money you want to spend on your mental wellbeing. 

It also depends on your personal viewpoint towards mental health.  Do you just want to get support around a particular issue? (Like going the GP to get painkillers for an injury).  Or do you want to work through things as they arise, develop deeper connections with those you care about, and generally improve your quality of life?  (This is more like going to a gym or physio to work on your body to prevent future injuries and feel better in your body).

Read more in my blog: https://sarahtuckett.com.au/how-many-therapy-sessions-will-i-need/

How often should I come to see you?

Some clients come to see me every week at the beginning so that we get to know each other and I can support you in whatever you are going through.

The majority of clients come to see me once a fortnight. Keeping a regular session is key to your progression. If we leave it any longer than that it’s more difficult for me to support you through difficult times, and I find we spend most of the session catching up on your life rather than delving into the important feelings, thoughts and behaviours.

 

What should I wear?

Something comfortable you can move in without feeling restricted. In some postures you will be lying on the ground with your legs up in the air, so for that reason skinny jeans and short skirts are not ideal. There is private space for you to change if necessary.

 

 

What is your Cancellation Policy?

I have a 24-hour cancellation policy.  Cancellations within 24 hours will incur the full session fee (except under the circumstances listed in the emergency cancellation section below).

My online diary will send you an automated reminder of your appointment 3 days prior. If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment please either go to the online diary or contact me on 0450 22 00 59.

The cancellation policy exists so that I have time to offer your session to another client.  Please try to give me at least 48 hours notice of cancelling/moving your appointment so that I can offer your session to another client.

Missed appointments without notice will incur the full session fee (except under the circumstances listed in the emergency cancellation section below).

Emergency Circumstances
If the reason for cancellation is due to illness, family emergency or extreme weather event you will not be charged the cancellation fee.  Please note that is left to personal judgement whether it is safe to travel during extreme weather events.  In these circumstances, I request that you reschedule your appointment when possible so that we can continue your personal development.

What happens when I want to end therapy with you?

You are free to end your work with me at any time.  However, if you are considering terminating your treatment with me, I request that you bring this up with me in a timely manner – at least 2 sessions before you plan to stop – so that we can explore the reasons behind this.  Sometimes clients consider ending treatment when uncomfortable or painful emotions start coming to consciousness. My role is to help you navigate and integrate these emotions, rather than abandon your process at what may be a critical point in your treatment.

If either of us decide to end the therapeutic relationship, I will always offer you a session for closure.  This is so that we can both end the relationship in a way that feels good to both of us.  It’s a model for how you can end other relationships in your life in a pleasant way.

Do you ever talk about me to anyone else?

Everything you discuss with me is held in strict confidentiality.  The only person I may discuss your case with will be my supervisor, and your identity will not be revealed. The reason I discuss cases with my supervisor is to check that my work is free from bias and that I am giving you the best possible treatment.

There are circumstances where I am required under Law to break this confidentiality:

  • If you are a danger to yourself;
  • If you are a danger to another person;
  • If there is a reason to suspect that child or elder abuse is present;
  • Under subpoena from a Court.
I’m running late should I call you?
Please be on time. I will be expecting you. If you are going to be more than 10 minutes late, please call me on 0450 22 00 59.
Can I go to the pub before my session?
No. Not even on Melbourne Cup Day. Please do not attend a session under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Can I go to the pub after my session?
Body psychotherapy is dynamic and experiential. It often evokes powerful feelings and emotions. Please give yourself time after a session to allow feelings to come to the surface and integrate. It is probably best NOT to go to social events/gatherings right after a session if possible. Instead you may want to take a walk or spend time writing in a journal after your session.

Ready to get started with a free 20-minute discovery call?

A commitment-free way to learn how I can help you