Counselling and Nutritional Medicine

Rowenna Halge is a qualified counsellor and nutritionist/naturopath providing integrative supportive therapies for mental and emotional wellbeing. She is a member of NHAA and currently undertaking further study to qualify as a psychotherapist and member of Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). Rowenna has been practicing Clinical Nutrition and Naturopathy with a special interest in Mental Health for 10 years and has engaged in extensive professional development in Counselling, Nutrition and Dietary support for emotional and mental wellbeing.

The combined support of counselling and nutritional medicine (offered as separate appointments) can provide an essential support for the body and mind when you are experiencing a range of life experiences or health conditions including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Managing strong emotions – anger, fear, distress, sadness
  • Trauma
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationship problems
  • Work relations, stress and job loss
  • Parenting and family dynamics
  • Addiction, gambling, compulsive behaviour
  • Social skills
  • Life transition
  • Self esteem
  • Adjustment issues
  • Sleep problems in adults and children
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • ADHD and Autism
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Depression, anxiety and fatigue associate with chronic pain and chronic illnesses (including cancer)
  • Hormonal conditions including:
  • Premenstrual Stress or Dysphoria, Post Natal Depression and Menopausal Depression (anxiety, sleep problems, fatigue, hot flushes).

Counselling 1 hour weekly or fortnightly consultations (short and long term counselling)

Rowenna practices a form of counselling and psychotherapy that:

Acknowledges that it is unlikely that anyone of us will avoid an experience of some difficulty, isolation, illness, loss or meaninglessness as part of our life.

Offers a relational therapy that provides an attuned presence, empathy and support at these difficult times and in the unfolding process of your personal exploration, healing and growth.

Engages in a collaborative process of inquiry and exploration that includes taking into account the full context of your life – social and cultural background, environment, circumstances, relationships, present resources and capacity.

Helps you develop self-understanding that comes from present centred awareness of your experience and your relationship with others.

Allows you to develop a capacity to bring about changes in yourself and your life through understanding and awareness.

Explores the way your past experience and your hopes for the future may influence or inform your present experience.

Supports you to move from limiting patterns of responding and relating to a capacity to respond to your life circumstances creatively and with a sense of conscious choice.

 

Nutritional Medicine Minimum of 4 fortnightly I hour consultations to provide comprehensive treatment.

Among other factors (such as appropriate assessment, screening and testing) you may need dietary guidelines and/or nutritional supplementation to:

Eliminate or reduce foods contributing to inflammatory factors affecting the brain, neurotoxicity, hormonal imbalances and problems producing neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin).

Address any nutritional deficiencies with therapeutic doses of minerals and vitamins that support the nervous system or stress adaptation.

Provide key nutrients to support neurotransmitter synthesis, address mood imbalances and the effects of acute and longer-term mental and emotional stress and trauma.

Support blood sugar regulation to prevent unstable energy, inflammatory processes and to reduce anxiety and other nervous system conditions.

Address dietary intake and absorption of key nutrients and improve gut function for optimal neurotransmitter production.

Increase energy production for improved mental and emotional resilience or coping ability and to support nervous system and stress response and adaptation.

Balance hormone production and sensitivity in the case of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Premenstrual Dysphoria (PMDD), Post Natal Depression (PND) and Menopausal Depression and Anxiety.

 

Please note, that while I provide these therapies alongside each other, there may be cases when Counselling on its own will provide the support you need.

If you are currently seeing a counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist you may choose to see me for Nutritional Medicine only.

Any nutritional treatment I prescribe for you is carefully checked and monitored to prevent adverse drug interaction with medications you are currently taking under the guidance of your GP or psychiatrist.