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Solution Focused

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Telephone counselling for general and crisis situations with an experienced professional counsellor.
Consultation fee is only $60 per hour. Phone 0402 675 833 or 07 4957 6465 for an appointment time.
If I am unable to take your call please leave a message and I will call you back.

Solution Focused

Solution focused life skills is an Australia wide counselling service available to anyone who has access to a phone and a need to have a specialised conversation with a qualified experienced counsellor. The advantage of the telephone service is in the ready access at a time to suit you without having to travel or get dressed up.

Email solutionfocused@westnet.com.au or phone 0402 675 833 (Mobile Phones direct link) or 07 4957 6465 for an appointment time. If I am unable to take your call please leave a message and I will call you back. Consultation fee is only $60 per hour Appointments are available to people in all time zones in Australia.

My promise to you is that I will work with you on the issues you care about to achieve the outcomes you want to achieve in a respectful way. I am a listening ear and a sounding board so that you can work through your cares without being told what to do. I can help you to develop skills and strategies but not solve your problems for you.



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BSW, B. Soc. Sc., Member AASW, Dip. Hort., Dip. CALM, PDC

Solution focused, a practical approach to emotional and physical sustainability

Counselling/Therapy

I am a graduate of Monash University with a Bachelor of Social Work and a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers. I am self-employed as a social worker. Most of my experience has been working with people in crisis.

The solution focused approach focuses on joining you where you are at the moment to work on whatever is interfering with your ability to achieve your goals. It is a problem solving approach which taps into your own strengths and skills to help you to get your life back on track.

These goals can be;

  • Developing strategies to reduce daily stress levels
  • Develop work life balance
  • Skills for working through emotional issues
  • Looking at what you can change in your life and what you can’t
  • Strategies to develop acceptance of the things that you can't change and
  • Work out how to change the things that you can
  • To experience emotional release in a safe and private environment
  • To be acknowledged as competent and in control of your own life
  • To tap into existing skills that have been used in the past to solve problems
  • To explore relationship issues
  • To lose weight
  • To overcome addictions

Using the solution focused approach respects your current skills level, acknowledges that you have managed to live a good life and have a resiliency that has been developed by working on problems successfully. It also acknowledges that there are times when it is not all working and can feel as though it has never worked and never will again. This distress is a strong motivator to call and work on resolving the issues behind the distress.

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BSW, B. Soc. Sc., Member AASW, Dip. Hort., Dip. CALM, PDC

Solution focused, a practical approach to emotional and physical sustainability

About Me

I have been trying to grow my own food for as long as I can remember. It wasn’t a conscious decision. I just did it. As a child my efforts were spectacularly unsuccessful and cause for some family hilarity. Time passed and my abilities increased marginally but not much! Over the years my gardening has become more practical and focused on only growing edible or useful plants.

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I have had several mid-life crises and have enjoyed every one. When my children were leaving home I didn’t want to continue with the same employment so studied to become a social worker. I studied externally; my children were not interested in moving to colder climes and having no money while their mother studied. Many years after that I needed a change again so I went to TAFE. I studied Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management and did a Permaculture Design Certificate at the same time.

Together these have given me the confidence and balance to work in areas that are rewarding, contribute to others and to follow my own ideas. Permaculture has always been my natural style. I was quite amazed when I read about it and felt vindicated that I wasn’t just lazy and dis-organised.

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BSW, B. Soc. Sc., Member AASW, Dip. Hort., Dip. CALM, PDC

Solution focused, a practical approach to emotional and physical sustainability

Permaculture Publications

I contribute the tropical/subtropical content for the monthly permaculture guide. You can read this at www.pipmagazine.com.au. I can also be found on my facebook page at facebook.com.au/permacultureplants.

Imagine scenario 1 – You decide you want to grow your own veges so you go to the nearest garden shop and spend a lot of money to buy a few raised garden beds, bags of potting mix and punnets of seedlings available. You take the lot home with some difficulty. The beds eventually get assembled, the potting mix is added and the seedlings may or may not still be viable. You have paid for 10 cabbages so that is what you plant. In a couple of months you will have 10 cabbages all ready at the same time and no one in the family is a great fan of cabbages anyway. Get the picture!

Imagine scenario 2 – You decide that you would like to have a vege garden but don’t know a lot about what you really need. How much easier and more pleasant to spend the time planning and working out what you like to eat, what else you would like in the yard, what other needs you have for time and space. You work with the family to determine what you need and how best to do it within your available means e.g. time, money and effort. The children will be interested in eating the produce because they have had a say. They might even provide some in their own plot. This approach recognises that producing veges is only one part of the yard and family needs. It also recognises that needs change over time.

I have published a design template for urban and peri urban permaculture gardens. The book Creating Your Own Permaculture Garden Design: A Self Help Template for designing an edible, sustainable, aesthetically appealing and innovative garden that suits you and your needs contains information and templates as examples to work from. It also includes 5 sheets each of tracing paper and graph paper. The book is in the A3 format so that there is plenty of space for your workings. You will produce an ongoing record of the garden design over time. You can achieve a level of self-sufficiency and independence that suits you. You can grow food that will never be seen in a supermarket.

It is available for purchase by contacting me for payment instructions. There are 2 options available for purchase:

  • Email copy $15.00
  • Hard copy in A3 folder $35.00 plus postage and handling of $30.00

Contact Details

Email:solutionfocused@westnet.com.au
Landline:07 4957 6465
Mobile: 0402 675 833
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BSW, B. Soc. Sc., Member AASW, Dip. Hort., Dip. CALM, PDC

Solution focused, a practical approach to emotional and physical sustainability

Self-Sufficiency on 810sq.m.

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My place is 810 square metres and this includes the land taken up by the house, shed and carport. Not a lot but enough for one to manage and enough to produce most of my own food and the parent plants for the market stall. I live within walking distance of Mackay City Centre, Botanic Gardens, the beach, the river and the community gardens. I have lived on a larger area and found that most of the activities of daily living occurred around the back door and that the rest of the block tended to be neglected. Some areas of the smaller block are also neglected and get very weedy but it is not a major drama to get it organised again. The costs on a larger block are also considerably higher in every area that you like to consider. I believe that the smaller block reduces my ecological footprint and reduces my dependence on the multinationals for food, fuel, equipment, etc.

Creating an edible landscape on 810 square metres increases:

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  • The variety of food available
  • The freshness of my vegetables
  • My efficiency – the time spent in the garden is productive
  • Food is where I want it, at home and not in the supermarket
  • My independence from major supermarkets and multinationals
  • My choice on what chemicals I apply to my food - none
  • Work with the seasons for increased variety
  • Grow my favourites
  • Grow more perishable vegetables that don’t travel or store well
  • Have a garden that suits my preference and lifestyle
  • Providing for myself and family becomes therapeutic rather than a hassle
  • Grow what suits my climate
  • Grow food that will never be seen in a supermarket or greengrocer
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BSW, B. Soc. Sc., Member AASW, Dip. Hort., Dip. CALM, PDC

Solution focused, a practical approach to emotional and physical sustainability

Market Stalls

The edible plant stall arose out of the need for a work life balance and a recognition of the need to have options. There had been difficult periods in my working life when the need for the income didn’t allow me to see the options, or rather, I felt that I didn’t have any options other than to keep working in the same place in the same way. An indicator of high stress levels if ever there was. I like to think that I know better now.

Market Locations

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Every Saturday at the Mackay Showgrounds from 6.30 am to about 10.00 am. We pack up and go home when there are no customers left.

Sunday is a variable feast

  1. First Sunday of the month at Seaforth
  2. Second Sunday of the month in the ground level car park at the Mt Pleasant Shopping Centre
  3. Third Sunday of the month at the Marian school
  4. Sarina markets are at the Sarina Showgrounds on the last Sunday of the month
  5. If there is a 5th Sunday in the month then I usually go to the Seaforth Markets on the 4th Sunday or have a day off.

Product list - this varies with the season and product availability

Salad Greens Root Vegetables Vegetables Herbs and Spices
Albikai Cassava Asparagus Galangal
Basils Cocoyam violet, white Celery leaf taro Ginger
Ceylon spinach Taro purple fleck Garlic chives Chinese keys
Coriander Thai Taro upland Comfrey chooks Sand ginger
French sorrel Sweet potato Egyptian spinach Indian curry leaf
Horseradish yellow Lemon grass
Kang Kong orange Mints
Lebanese cress Red skin white flesh Parsley
Mitsuba Red skin orange flesh Rosemary pots
Mizuna Cranberry Temulawak
Mustard greens Purple Turmeric
Sweet leaf Spicy leaf
Vietnamese mint Yam purple Aerial potato
Wild pepper leaf West Indian arrowroot
Yacon
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BSW, B. Soc. Sc., Member AASW, Dip. Hort., Dip. CALM, PDC

Solution focused, a practical approach to emotional and physical sustainability