410 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills New South Wales 2010, Australia

0491 063 099

Paul Parker Counselling

Searching for direction, meaning, purpose?

Counselling Approaches

My Approach

I take a person-centred, values based approach in my counselling practice. My aim is to assist you to clarify what is truly important and meaningful to you, so you can use that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate you to change your life for the better.
I draw from a number of counselling approaches:

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapies
  • Motivational Interviewing 
  • Solution Focus Therapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Family Systems Theory

Although I believe that no one counselling methodology will meet everyone's unique life circumstances, I have found that Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) is the framework that I most regularly utilise as it borrows and expands on many other counselling methodologies. ACT suits my counselling style as it is a value based therapy and more importantly it works.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) gets it name from one of its core messages: accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to action that improves and enriches your life.   

The aim of ACT is to maximise human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life. ACT (which is pronounced as the word 'act', not as the initials) does this by:

a) teaching you psychological skills to deal with your painful thoughts and feelings effectively - in such a way that they have much less impact and influence over you (these are known as mindfulness skills).

b) helping you to clarify what is truly important and meaningful to you - i.e your values - then use that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate you to change your life for the better.

Learn more about ACT

How I can help

I can help you work on issues that are impacting your life such as:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Traumatic experience
  • Grief, loss, change
  • Loneliness
  • Addiction
  • Workplace stress
  • Relationships issues
  • Violence within intimate partner relationships (survivors & users of violence)
  • Effective parenting: What is my child asking of me?
  • Family adjustment
  • Personal growth
  • Health coaching

LGBTIQ Safe Place

I don't assume that people from the LGBTIQ community come to counselling for challenges related to their sexual orientation and gender identity and  that the concerns that LGBTIQ clients bring to counselling are often universal to all people. Being from the community myself it is my aim that I provide a safe place where you can truly be yourself.

  • Coming out, inviting in, staying in & disclosure
  • Navigating non-traditional relationships in a traditional world
  • Feelings of otherness related to being part of a minority group
  • Building on your resilience
  • Violence within your intimate partner relationships (survivors & users of violence)

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20 Minute Free Assessment

Counselling Approaches: ACT Resources: Living a Values Based Life

I believe the essence of a happy and fulfilling  life is to live a value based life. Values help you understand how you want to be in the world and these values will help to sustain and guide you in the challenges that we will all face in life.


Dr Russ Harris is a guru in the field of ACT and find his videos a great way to explain the main concepts of ACT.


ACT Resources: The Happiness Trap

It seems that everywhere we look in society we receive strong messages that we must always be happy or have that perfect life which is reinforced via social media. Life in fact is a range of thoughts, feeling and emotions, some more pleasant than others. Experiencing the full range of these thoughts, feelings and emotion is a part of living and it would be very limiting to ones personal growth if we did not experience all of these emotions.

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counselling approaches, cognitive behavioral therapy

ACT Resources: Choice Points

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ACT Resources: Chess Board Metaphor

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ACT Resources: Myths About Mindfullness

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ACT Resources: Anxiety

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Please contact me with any questions you may have.

Paul Parker Counselling

Suite 315, 410 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010, Australia.

0491 063 099


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