ABOUT ME - SUZANNE HERRITY
The path to absolute self love, leadership & compassion begins when you learn to honour yourself as a full and whole human being.
It was my own journey and lived experience that led me here today.
In my mid-twenties I had a deep desire to learn more about my inner workings. This led me to explore Psychotherapy, Psycho-Spiritual Therapy and Integrative Therapeutic practices to assist me with my lived experience of trauma and to begin to reclaim my own being.
Parts of me that have experienced anxiety, depression, isolation, loneliness, eating distress and body image concerns remained in an exiled place until I had the courage to uncover and heal my wounds of the past.
As I’ve grown older, I’ve learnt and embodied what it is like to be in my own power and grow through my lived experience of bullying, emotional, psychological and physical abuse.
Through my own personal journey and healing I’ve moved towards the parts of myself that I rejected, criticised and ridiculed and I found peace with my being in a curious and compassionate way.
I’m now able to honour myself as a full and whole human being. I want to share these lessons and learnings with you! I offer my personal experiences to you as a way for you to connect in with all of your own parts and guide you towards a relationship of connection , strength and courage in your own existence
3 years ago I made the decision to go into private practice which allows me to interweave Integrative therapies with Psychotherapy including Sound Therapy, Breathwork, Somatic Therapies, IFS (Somatic IFS & Psychedelic IFS), Shamanic practices, Transpersonal Therapy.
There have been many moments of joy in my life and at the same time a lot of suffering, trauma and pain. I have learnt that all of my parts who have been working hard to protect me over the years were only doing their best for me as they felt abandoned, isolated and neglected. There also has been parts of me that have encouraged me to follow my passions and dreams and to use my creativity with the work that I do.
I have been lucky enough to develop a relationship with all parts of myself and offer them courage, compassion and curiosity this being an ongoing relationship with them
My hope for everyone that I work alongside is that you allow yourself to experience all aspects of who you are so you can walk your own path of absolute Self Love, Leadership & Compassion.
A little more about me personally
Originally from Ireland moving to Australia on reflection was a means from me to escape familial and cultural pain and burdens that I was holding onto in my own system. I put expectations on myself from a very early age that less than perfect was not good enough, to be a success in the world I needed to follow a pattern that did not fit with who I was truly.
I spent many years in a polarised position between who I wanted to be versus who I was expected to be in the world. This lead to an immense amount of Toxic Shame & Guilt which the world saw as anxiety, depression & body hate, perfectionism and shut down. All of these parts of me would be managed by modes of Numbing myself including drugs, alcohol, eating, Hypo & Hyper Aroused Behaviours.
In my early 30's as a single parent I made the decision to study Counselling & Psychotherapy. It was a great opportunity for me to take stock and question who I was in the world, what did I want from my life, what did I need, What were my values & beliefs and how did I want to show up in the world and be the best version of myself? The last 15 years have offered me that opportunity;
firstly, by engaging in my own personal psychotherapy journey.
If you’re ready to begin your own healing journey towards self love, leadership & compassion go to the "Book an Appointment" link to arrange an initial consultation with me. I offer a FREE 20 minute no obligation phone call prior to us meeting
QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING
Diploma in Counselling - PCI College Dublin, Ireland 2010
BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy - Middlesex University, 2011
3 yr Post Grad Gestalt Therapy Training
IFS - Internal Family Systems - Level 1 & Level 2 (Addictive Processes & Eating Disorders) - IFS Institute
Somatic IFS - Susan Mc Connell
I am a PACFA (Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia) Clinical Member
I continue with professional development ongoing that has a focus on Somatic Therapies, Creative Expression, Trauma & Psychedelic Healing
I have training and experience which informs my work with you and includes:
Person Centred Psychotherapy
Relational, Existential & Gestalt Therapy
Somatic Therapy , Breathwork, Sound Therapy & Transpersonal Therapy
The work of Gabor Mate, Frank Anderson, Janina Fisher & Peter Levine on Healing Trauma
The work of Bob Falconer in the Farther Reaches of IFS, Unattached Burdens & Psychedelic Care
The work of Stan Grof in Non Ordinary States of Consciousness and Holotropic States
PSYCHEDELIC SPECIFIC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The Fundamentals of Psychedelic Psychotherapy - Mind Medicine Australia
Introduction to IFS & Psychedelics - Nancy Morgan
Somatics & Psychedelics - The Embody Lab
IFS & Psychedelics - Bob Falconer
The Farther reaches of IFS Therapy , Unattached Burdens & Guides - Bob Falconer
Ethical Right Relationships in Psychedelic Therapy - Kylea Taylor
Understanding Psilocybin: Effects, Neurobiology, and Therapeutic Approaches - Psychedelic
Somatic Relational Trauma Informed Practices for Medicine Assisted Facilitation
CURRENT TRAINING IN PROGRESS
Holotropic Breathwork - Grof Transpersonal Training
Body Mind Psychotherapy - Level 1 Susan Aposhyan
Expressive Arts Therapy - The Institute for Creative Mindfulness
Fees & Services Available
Initial Consultation - 1 HOUR - $170
Weekly IFS Psychotherapy/ Integrative Psychotherapy - 1 HOUR - $150
Fortnightly IFS Psychotherapy/Integrative Psychotherapy - 1 HOUR - $170
Sound Therapy & Breathwork - Price on application
Psychedelic Integration Therapy - Price on application
Your initial consultation with me lasts one hour and it is an opportunity for us to discuss your hopes, goals and discover which avenue of working together will best suit your needs. An initial session may also include some or all of the following:
· discuss presenting issues that you have and reasons for requesting engaging in therapy at this time
· opportunity to ask questions that you may have about how I work and therapy itself
· potential ways that I may be able to support you professionally
· opportunity for me to ask you questions that may be important to know and ensure that I have the required knowledge and experience to help you
· to determine if we are a good fit to work with each other, if I believe for any reason that I may not be able to help I can offer you alternative therapists to contact.
There are few options when working with me 1:1
1:1 IFS PSYCHOTHERAPY
Psychotherapy is the option of working with me via Internal Family Systems (IFS) as the foundations of our work together.My Psychotherapy and Talk Therapy experience is informed by Person Centred Approaches, Gestalt, Trauma Informed, Relational, Somatic Informed, Transpersonal and Internal Family Systems
If you choose to work with me as a Psychotherapist, our work together follows the PACFA Guidelines and my PACFA membership. This means that you can claim for these sessions under your private healthcare (AHM & Medibank)
1:1 IFS & INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES
Integrative Therapy is an option for you to work with using modalities such as Breathwork, Sound Therapy, IFS & Somatic IFS, Somatic Therapies , Creative Expression, Mindfulness, Nervous System Education, Self Compassion Practice, Spiritual Care.
1:1 SOUND THERAPY & BREATHWORK
Sound Therapy and Breathwork sessions are an option for you as a series of sessions. These sessions are specifically focused on sound and breathwork as a way of connecting with your nervous system, psyche and moving towards wholeness and healing.
1:1 PSYCHEDELIC INTEGRATION THERAPY
Psychedelic Integration Sessions are specifically designed for those who are exploring or using psychedelics as part of their personal exploration journey or for healing/wellness. Psychedelic Integration sessions focus specifically on safety, education, preparation and meaningful integration of your psychedelic journey. Along with education and guidance the use of IFS Therapy & Somatic Therapies (Sound & Breathwork) are used to support you with your journey.
For those interested in IFS Psychotherapy/ Integrative Psychotherapy
Due to my current workload I am available to see you for an initial consultation to see if we are a good fit to work with each other.
At that point I am available to see you either weekly or fortnightly for ongoing IFS Psychotherapeutic Work.
Please note that during this time I am not available for short term or infrequent IFS exploration as a model.
My interest in IFS and Psychotherapeutic work is one that fosters a therapeutic relationship between the individuals. With this in mind my intention is to support you as you navigate your internal world with the support of IFS and other forms of Integrative Psychotherapy. I believe that this can be possible if we form a relationship that offers trust, openess and connection which can take time to develop.
For those interested in Sound Therapy/Breathwork/Psychedelic Integration
Please let me know about your specific interest in this way of working so we can discuss the amount of sessions that are generally helpful when working in this way