Duda Counsellor Sydney



    Registered Counsellor Sydney

    MA Sociology, Dipl. Counselling

    Hart Centre Certified

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    • St Leonards NSW 2065
    Specialised Training
    • Relationship Counselling & Conflict Resolution (AIPC)
    • Family Therapy (AIPC)
    • Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Gottman Institute)
    • The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy, Dr Ellyn Bader
    • Recognising & Responding to Domestic and Family Violence, CRDVS
    • Compassionate Inquiry, Dr. Gabor Maté’
    • MBSR, Center for Mindfulness
    Areas of Interest

    Young couples, Senior couples, Couples with children, Same sex couples, Couples in business, Extended families/in laws, Blended families/Step-parenting, Parenting, Intimacy, Communication issues, Trauma, Affairs

    Types of Therapy
    • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
    • Coaching
    • Cognitive Behavioural (CBT)
    • Eclectic
    • Gottman Method
    • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
    • Motivational Interviewing
    • Multicultural
    • Narrative Therapy
    • Psychoeducation
    • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
    • Trauma Focused
    About Duda

    Duda has worked with couples and individuals on their relationships for over 12 years now. Her approach to therapy is one of teamwork. Both clients and Duda actively participate in finding solutions around clients’ values and beliefs. Although Duda’s role is to guide clients through exploring and clarifying deeply rooted needs, she is non-judgmental and seeks free-flowing feedback from clients to see what’s working best for them. She believes that therapy can be a beautiful opportunity for clients to learn new perspectives and techniques to take home and practice self-reliantly and long-term.

    Duda’s passion for relationship work grew over the years, as a results of on-going fast, positive results and clients’ satisfaction feedback. As an energetic therapist, she appreciates this very engaging and active type of therapy. Her lived experience of growing from pain to bliss in her own relationships contributed to her awareness of how much impact relationships have on our mental health and life satisfaction and so she focuses her work on helping couples who want to do the work and as a result thrive (and not just survive) in their relationship. She makes sure that each side feels heard, understood and safe and once trust is built, she adds insight, care and humor into her sessions. Duda’s approach to couple therapy is practical, trauma-informed, engaging and strictly unbiased.

    Clients she has worked with come with various life-challenging issues; from anxiety and depression, to family and relationships issues such as lack of intimacy, resentment, affairs, constant arguments or negative communication patterns, to not knowing which way to go, or due to life events that caused them trauma or grief. The list is long and as Duda uses an eclectic approach to therapy, she tailors her methodologies to each client’s needs. She often combines techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Psychoeducation and many other modalities such as Gottman method and ACT for couples.

    As Duda builds a strong and trusting relationship with her clients, her sessions encourage clients to apply what has been discussed in sessions to their lives. She makes clients feel safe, yet challenged when needed and clients often comment how much they have learnt about themselves and the world they want to feel happy in. Couples learn how to forgive and heal, how to listen and ask and communication easily improves by adding just a few twists shared in sessions. Duda creates a space where her clients are reminded of who they truly are, what actually matters to them, how to switch off the noise and the “should’s” and plan actions around their values and desires.

    How many years counselling experience do you have?

    Over 12 Years

    What are three strengths you have as a Psychologist/Counsellor?

    1. Insightful, experience and warm

    2. Results orientated, practical and active

    3. Good sense of humour, caring and open minded

    What is the most satisfying and fulfilling part of the work you do?

    It’s hard for couples to admit they need help and then open up about the flaws in their relationship. Duda is honoured to be invited in at a very vulnerable time of a couple’s life. Working as a team with the couple and seeing a positive shift from the first conversation brings hope and strength. Watching couples leaving her sessions with confidence that they can tackle life stronger and more connected is the best feeling a therapist can experience.

    What’s an example of a couple you have helped the most?

    I had a couple who already progressed to temporary separation. They had two little boys but didn’t manage to be around each other without either arguing or feeling hurt by the other. They have seen a number of therapists and had really uncomfortable experiences. I first saw them together and as a team we decided that we will continue to have some individual sessions where each side can have a safe space only with me and once ready, when both sides felt stronger and more nurtured with new perspectives and having ‘let the steam out’ we worked as a team on steps to 1. heal from the hurt, 2. learn to talk with each other differently, 3. understand what the other actually means, 4. learn about intentions behind words and actions. The couple has gradually moved closer; first the husband would stay in the house for 2 days and nights in separate rooms, then we expended the days to half a week and eventually both sides were ready to move in back together. They have grown strong as a couple and have continued seeing me for parenting techniques. This couple still thrives and likes to “check in with me” a couple of times a year when a new challenge overwhelms them.

    Parking & Accessibility

    Walking distance from St Leonard Train station, with bus stops across the clinic. Buses 144, 252, 254, 265, 286, 287, 290, 291, 320. Secure parking options 5 mins walk on Pacific Highway

    Or to book an appointment, please call 1300 830 552