Welcome to CLARITY of SELF

This website describes my Canberra based clinical psychotherapy practice, Clarity of Self which offers:

  • Face to face, individual psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  • Skype sessions of individual psychodynamic psychotherapy.

I will work collaboratively with you to understand your patterns of feeling, thinking and behaving, bringing out your strengths and helping to create a more hopeful present and future.

My approach to doing therapy links to the ideas within Humanistic Psychology which affirms “the inherent value and dignity of human beings” and advocates that self-actualisation is attainable for every person. My perspective is that we are naturally survivors who have learnt ways to be that have both helped and hindered us.

I include a focus on bodily emotional experience (somatic awareness). The body holds a wisdom that doesn’t lie. Voicing or interpreting what the body already knows helps us to further understand our selves, allowing for change and insight.

From a basic psychodynamic orientation, I incorporate other modalities in my work such as Mindfulness, Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Session information

Psychotherapy sessions are 50 minutes in length and are by appointment only.

Make a first appointment for us to meet and learn a bit about each other, then an initial 3 or 4 sessions is recommended to begin. It is important you feel I am someone you can work with.

Fees – My full fee is $120 per session. For private clients who are also concession holders I charge between $60 and $80.  Fees are due at the completion of the session and can be paid by cash, direct debit, or by credit card. Credit card payments attract a fee of 2%.

The clinic – below is a picture of me and then the clinic – the building, the ground floor clinic door and then one of the chairs in my room at Thrive Therapies. The clinic space is private, quiet and calm. When you enter the building, go straight ahead across the foyer. The door to Thrive Therapies is directly ahead and to the left. Enter the clinic and wait in the waiting room which is directly to the right of the front door. This is a roomy and quiet space. I will collect you from the waiting room at the appointment time. Bathrooms are located in the building foyer to the left of the front door of the building as you enter. Parking is available in the surrounding streets and is meter parking. The clinic is close to the city so the bus and light rail are not far away.

Karen Stewart

About Me

Karen has professional experience working in the areas of trauma (developmental & relational and single incident), bereavement, parenting and behaviour management, depression and anxiety (for full details see Professional Work History below).

With the combination of a sharp analytical mind and a sensitive and creative personality, Karen is a compassionate and effective psychotherapist.

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I believe that all people are innately creative and clever. Through our unique experiences in life, we have responded creatively and cleverly to survive and adapt to our situation and our lived history.

As children we may have withdrawn and hid, or ran, or fought, and we developed any number of techniques for survival of our selves – our sensitive feeling selves, and our physical selves.

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Why Psychotherapy?

Because it works!

I will work with you on whatever you bring to therapy, whether it is to work out a specific issue in the short term, or to address a more entrenched way of feeling or being that requires a longer timeline. I am guided by the needs and wishes of my clients, each individually. in a client focused, respectful exchange.

  • The aim of therapy is to make living our life easier. It is about getting to know yourself better, and ultimately make changes to patterns of feeling, thinking and behaving.
  • Psychotherapy provides a safe non-judgemental space in which to work on your self with the help of a qualified, empathic, nurturing and skilled person.

“In particular, the research indicates that body-focused psychotherapy is effective for a range of issues (Bloch-Atefi & Smith, 2014) including where talking therapies are unable to effectively treat the condition (Gordon et al., 2008; Röhricht, 2009).” (Thomas, 2018, p. 8 – see below).

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