Services

Dr. Donna Golding offers psychological Counselling, Hypnosis, Seminars, Workshops and Courses. Dr. Golding also specializes in the newer field of Transpersonal Psychology (holistic, multi-cultural, multi-racial, spirituality) for counselling and therapy to help each client tap into their greater potential.

Dr Donna Golding offers traditional psychological therapies and strategies and specializes in the newer field of Transpersonal Psychology (holistic, multi-cultural, multi-racial, spirituality) for counselling and therapy to help each client tap into their greater potential. Donna helps clients gain relief through repair-oriented approaches to counselling, provides practical strategies for coping and maintaining healthy mental well-being & relationships, as well as offers coaching to gain greater self-actualization and their goals. Most counselling sessions are face-to-face at Dr. Golding’s counselling rooms, however Skype sessions are also available for those further away or overseas.

Counselling areas of expertise

  • abuse (sexual, verbal, physical) (men & women)
  • communication & negotiation skills
  • grief, loss, fear
  • leadership & management skills
  • life coaching: finding direction & purpose in life
  • men’s psychological health
  • multicultural & multiracial issues
  • relationships & family issues (including divorce)
  • self-esteem, confidence, assertiveness
  • self-identity issues, personality disorders
  • sleep disturbance, nightmares
  • spiritual confusion and crises
  • stress, anxiety (including phobias) & depression
  • transpersonal insight & intuition
  • work or academic issues & conflicts

Process

Counselling for unsolved day-to-day issues and therapy involving analysis of deeply rooted processes stemming from one’s more youthful past are often on a one-to-one basis or maybe as a couple, family, and sometimes a small group. Sessions are confidential; your identity and anything that you say remains private and not revealed to anyone.

The number of sessions needed depends on the individual’s issues. Some clients need just one counselling session to resolve a new challenge they are confronted with; whereas psychotherapy with investigation and analysis of deeper issues often requires several sessions involving implementing a treatment program. The main therapeutic tools Dr. Golding uses are Cognitive-Behavioural, Interpersonal, Rational-emotive Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, and Transpersonal Psychotherapy.

Counselling provides relief through sharing your problems and exploring your issues in confidence and without judgment in a safe place. You benefit by gaining greater clarity about your situation and support in planning and making changes. Having counselling is not a sign of weakness or lack of intelligence; rather it is seeking specialist help to enhance psychological peace and insight for reaching your potential. With Dr Donna Golding, you can be assured of a caring and respectful interaction.

Techniques

Transpersonal Psychology-trained counsellors can counsel clients who have transpersonal or spiritual crises or issues to resolve. They can also assist their clients to understand and develop an awareness of transpersonal consciousness and abilities and spiritual dimensions of existence. Transpersonal psychological counselling can include:

Assessment
Counsellors may use Transpersonal Psychology questionnaires, inventories and other practical tools to assess their clients’ experiences and understanding of spirituality in reference to psychological and holistic well-being.

Analysis
Counsellors’ analysis of the completed assessment inventories and feedback of this to the client is relevant for understanding and interpreting the significance and impact of the client’s beliefs and experiences upon their psychological well-being and their interpersonal relationships.

Intervention
Transpersonal counsellors can offer strategies to assist the client to transform any negative outcomes from transpersonal experiences and spiritual confusion into enduring positive effects. A variety of transpersonal psychological tools and methods are available.

Applied Counselling/Treatment Program
Counselling will include providing the clients with a safe space and opportunities to confide in them, giving helpful feedback and demonstrating understanding, as well as monitoring their progress. It may involve providing Transpersonal Psychological Homework Exercises.

Growth
Transpersonal counsellors can assist clients to develop their natural transpersonal abilities. For example, they can show their clients how to integrate transpersonal consciousness (e.g. intuitions) with rational intelligence for clarity and confidence in decision-making.

Fees

  • Individual Counselling (50 minutes) $150
  • Individual Counselling (70 minutes) $225
  • Couples Counselling (50 minutes) $175
  • Couples Counselling (75 minutes) $245
  • Hypnotherapy (75 minutes) $250

Fees are paid at the end of each treatment session by cash or e-transfer. Counselling is a taxable service; therefore taxes will be added.

Hypnosis is described as a state of increased mental focus, often accompanied by feelings of deep physical relaxation. In other words, hypnosis is a relaxed focused state of concentration. Hypnosis enables the relaxed state, whereby your memory is enhanced and the limits and constraints of the logical, conscious mind can be bypassed. It is an absorbing process in which one’s mental concentration may expand to include the personal subconscious and the holistic superconscious.

A variety of phenomena may result, such as: alterations in consciousness and memory, increased susceptibility to suggestion, changes in behaviour, perceptions or psychological processes. While people in hypnosis retain an ability to interact and communicate, typically the body is relaxed and there generally is a slowdown of physiological functions (breathing, heart rate, brainwave activity, from the normally alert waking ‘Beta’ state to the more relaxed ‘Alpha’ state). These are healthy, reducing stress and discomfort. Many people do not recognize the amount of stress they carry within themselves until they experience the comfort of hypnotic trance. Then, they are able to distinguish more clearly their internal states and develop greater control over their degree of tension. Hypnosis helps to clear the clutter from the conscious mind so that the creative subconscious mind is more available and receptive to change (e.g. quit smoking).

Hypnotic trance is not sleep; it is a state of focused attention. From a mental standpoint, the client is relaxed yet alert. At any given time, a person in trance is in a position to lighten, deepen, maintain, or end the trance state. People experience hypnosis in different ways, as: An alteration in consciousness, a state of relaxation, a situation in which they feel motivated to go along with the suggestions of the hypnotist.

While most people in hypnosis feel deeply relaxed, the experience varies from one individual to another and often between sessions with the same individual. There is no set rule as to what it feels like to be hypnotized. Some people report feeling no different to their normal waking state, others report dream-like experiences, others a sense of expanded awareness. Furthermore, the feeling of ‘being hypnotized’ is secondary to the impact and benefits of hypnotherapy.

Control is ultimately maintained by the client. One cannot be forced to concentrate and respond, the basic components of trance. There is no control over the client other than the control the client gives to the hypnotist which is discussed prior to the hypnosis sessions where together, you outline the aims, therapy and strategies that will be used (e.g. weight loss, performance enhancement, enhance self-confidence and esteem). If the therapist were truly in absolute control, then treatment results would be uniformly successful. It is because the client is in control that treatment results vary so much from individual to individual. The therapist is a guide for the experience, but the client permits that role and the relationship between therapist and client is one of mutual responsibility.

A person in hypnosis is more likely to accept positive suggestions, more able to visualise with clarity and control, and can more easily uncover old memories than a person in normal wakefulness. This is how hypnosis becomes useful as a platform for therapy.

Hypnosis often gives the client access to memories and feelings long outside of conscious awareness. The content of such memories may be distressing, as they often are in psychological therapy. Thus, initial hypnosis sessions will focus only on the client’s less distressing issues which have been previously discussed and agreed upon between the client and therapist. In addition, I gently guide and support the client to past experiences by first allowing them to experience positive situations before releasing the negative.

Where hypnosis can be used. Hypnosis is particularly useful for helping people overcome behaviours and attitudes that are interfering with them achieving their full potential, and to help promote healing and good health – mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. Together with my client, we will determine what the hypnotic suggestion will be in order to help achieve the desired new behaviour, attitude or condition.

Transpersonal Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy offers a powerful means to counteract unwanted thoughts, emotions and behavioural patterns.
This is usually achieved by the input of positive suggestions, the use of strong visualisations based on client-specific motivational factors as well as a variety of other psychotherapeutic techniques. Most effective treatments usually seek to locate and alleviate the underlying causes of your presenting symptom and provide methods to move beyond many of your current limitations. Clients often find that any course of hypnotherapy brings a deeper understanding of themselves as well as unexpected healing for a number of other issues.

Transpersonal Therapy goes beyond the individual to consider the deep connections between human beings and our capacity to transcend the limitations of a three-dimensional consciousness. In transpersonal hypnotherapy I offer to guide the client into the past as far back as the womb or further back into a past life, or in-between lives (life between lives). This regression therapy, similar to bringing up memories from younger experiences in this lifetime, can continue to earlier lifetimes, and hence is sometimes called Past Life Therapy. This type of hypnotherapy can be very useful in finding original situations and causes of the clients’ problems or conditions, thus making it much easier to help the clients with their problems or conditions. For example, often there does not seem to be any explanation or cause for a current – this lifetime – problem, such as unexplained pains and illness, fears, dislikes, different types of anxiety or low confidence and esteem, as well as relationship issues. When clients come to my counselling practice and we find out that there is no known or logical reason why they have XYZ problem, then to consider regression into past lives is often helpful. Transpersonal Therapy or Regression Therapy can assist the client with understanding these problems and the root causes of these symptoms. Transpersonal therapy also can be used to guide the client into the potential future, a future lifetime.

Fees

  • Hypnotherapy (75 minutes) $250

 

FAQ’s

Who can be hypnotized?
Almost everyone has experienced a hypnotic trance, such as when daydreaming or becoming engrossed in a book or movie and you lose track of time. So, the hypnotic state is not uncommon or unusual. Thus, most people can be hypnotized. During hypnotherapy, hypnosis is always a result of co-operation between the therapist and the client, so people who want to be hypnotized can and will be hypnotized.

How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis works by relaxing the normal waking active conscious mind to ‘open up’ the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind may be in conflict with the conscious mind because it has retained old, no-longer-useful or wanted thoughts or beliefs. For example, when wanting to change a habit (say overeating) despite the conscious mind knowing what to do, the subconscious mind persists and wins with insisting on, for example, eating for comfort. This may lead to going on and off diets and not achieving your goal. Hypnotic suggestions to the subconscious mind to eat healthily can change this. The result is, that the person is able to lose weight and keep it off.

Will I say or do anything under Hypnosis that is against my will?
Your morals and beliefs guide you always even when you are in a hypnotic state, so any suggestions that take place must completely agree with your beliefs and values to be acted on. Also, you are fully aware when under hypnosis and unlike some misconceptions – you are not asleep and you cannot be made to do or say anything you don’t want to. You can come back to your conscious thoughts whenever you want to.

Control is ultimately maintained by the client. One cannot be forced to concentrate and respond, the basic components of trance. There is no control over the client other than the control the client gives to the hypnotist which is discussed prior to the hypnosis sessions where together, you outline the aims, therapy and strategies that will be used (e.g. weight loss, performance enhancement, enhance self-confidence and esteem).

How does Hypnosis feel?
When in a hypnotic state, a variety of phenomena may result, such as: alterations in consciousness and memory, increased susceptibility to suggestion, changes in behaviour, perceptions or psychological processes. Often there is a slowdown of physiological functions (breathing, heart rate) and typically the body is relaxed. These are healthy – reducing stress and discomfort. Many people do not recognize the amount of stress they carry within themselves until they experience the comfort of hypnotic trance. Then, they are able to distinguish more clearly their internal states and develop greater control over their degree of tension. Hypnosis helps to clear the clutter from the conscious mind so that the creative subconscious mind is more available and receptive to change (e.g. quit smoking). Ultimately, you will be in a very relaxed state and free of tension while your mind is in a highly focused state.

Is Hypnosis just sleep?
Hypnotic trance is not sleep; it is a state of focused attention. You are aware of what you hear and feel and what is happening around you, while also being able to focus on inner images and feelings more completely. From a mental standpoint, the client is relaxed yet alert. At any given time, a person in trance is in a position to lighten, deepen, maintain, or end the trance state.

What if I don’t wake up again?
The word ‘hypnosis’ comes from the Greek ‘hypnos’ which means ‘sleep,’ but this is something of a misnomer. You do not really fall asleep in hypnosis, so there is no need to fear falling asleep forever.

Sometimes it is possible to drift from hypnosis into sleep (though usually what happens is that you rise from the hypnotic state and then fall into sleep, all without opening your eyes so that the transition appears seamless). The most that will happen then is that you will wake as you always do after sleeping.

Someone in a very deep state of hypnosis can often be difficult to rouse, not because they are trapped in that state but simply because it is so relaxing and peaceful that they do not wish to come out. Trained hypnotists have techniques to bring clients out of even the deepest of hypnotic states.

Will the hypnotist be in control of my mind?
No. Control is ultimately maintained by the client. One cannot be forced to concentrate and respond, the basic components of trance. There is no control over the client other than the control the client gives to the hypnotist which is discussed prior to the hypnosis sessions where together, you outline the aims, therapy and strategies that will be used (e.g. weight loss, performance enhancement, enhance self-confidence and esteem). If the therapist were truly in absolute control, then treatment results would be uniformly successful. It is because the client is in control that treatment results vary so much from individual to individual. The therapist is a guide for the experience, but the client permits that role and the relationship between therapist and client is one of mutual responsibility.

How many sessions are required?
During hypnosis, the subconscious mind is quite receptive and can be reached by the words and suggestions of the hypnotist without the interference of your conscious mind. As such, hypnosis can be considered a rapid intervention which means that it can help resolve issue quite readily. People find that their issues are resolved in just a few sessions. However, just as each client and issue are different, the number of sessions required will be different for each person. We will discuss how many sessions you require during your first session.

Will everything be kept confidential?
Yes, absolutely. If you refer your friends or family to Golding Transpersonal Counselling & Education, you can be assured there will be no discussion of your issues with any of them without your direct permission. You of course remain free to discuss details of a session with friends or family in your own time if you wish.

Dr Donna Golding offers traditional psychological therapies and strategies and specializes in the newer field of Transpersonal Psychology (holistic, multi-cultural, multi-racial, spirituality) for counselling and therapy to help each client tap into their greater potential. Thus Donna helps clients gain relief through repair-oriented approaches to psychology as well as helping clients realize more of their potential and self-actualization.

Counselling areas of expertise:

  • abuse (sexual, verbal, physical) (men & women)
  • communication & negotiation skills
  • grief, loss, fear
  • leadership & management skills
  • life coaching: finding direction & purpose in life
  • men’s psychological health
  • multicultural & multiracial issues
  • relationships & family issues (including divorce)
  • self-esteem, confidence, assertiveness
  • self-identity issues, personality disorders
  • sleep disturbance, nightmares
  • spiritual confusion and crises
  • stress, anxiety (including phobias) & depression
  • transpersonal insight & intuition
  • work or academic issues & conflicts

Process

Counselling for unsolved day-to-day issues and therapy involving analysis of deeply rooted processes stemming from one’s more youthful past are often on a one-to-one basis or maybe as a couple, family, and sometimes a small group. Each counselling session is 55 minutes. They are confidential; your identity and anything that you say remains private and not revealed to anyone.

The number of sessions needed depends on the individual’s issues. Some clients need just one counselling session to resolve a new challenge they are confronted with; whereas psychotherapy with investigation and analysis of deeper issues often requires several sessions involving implementing a treatment program. The main therapeutic tools Dr. Golding uses are Cognitive-Behavioural, Interpersonal, Rational-emotive Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, and Transpersonal Psychotherapy.

Techniques

Transpersonal Psychology-trained counsellors can counsel clients who have transpersonal or spiritual crises or issues to resolve. They can also assist their clients to understand and develop an awareness of transpersonal consciousness and abilities and spiritual dimensions of existence. Transpersonal psychological counselling can include:

  • Assessment: Counsellors may use Transpersonal Psychology questionnaires, inventories and other practical tools to assess their clients’ experiences and understanding of spirituality in reference to psychological and holistic well-being.
  • Analysis: Counsellors’ analysis of the completed assessment inventories and feedback of this to the client is relevant for understanding and interpreting the significance and impact of the client’s beliefs and experiences upon their psychological well-being and their interpersonal relationships.
  • Intervention: Transpersonal counsellors can offer strategies to assist the client to transform any negative outcomes from transpersonal experiences and spiritual confusion into enduring positive effects. A variety of transpersonal psychological tools and methods are available.
  • Applied Counselling/Treatment Program: Counselling will include providing the clients with a safe space and opportunities to confide in them, giving helpful feedback and demonstrating understanding, as well as monitoring their progress. It may involve providing Transpersonal Psychological Homework Exercises.
  • Growth: Transpersonal counsellors can assist clients to develop their natural transpersonal abilities. For example, they can show their clients how to integrate transpersonal consciousness (e.g. intuitions) with rational intelligence for clarity and confidence in decision-making.

Seminar Titles

  • Spiritual Inspirations

Workshop Titles

  • Adjusting to Change
  • Finding Meaning and Purpose
  • How to Develop Spiritual Energy Sensitivity
  • The Phenomena of Spiritual, Metaphysical and Transpersonal Experiences

 

Dr Donna Golding offers traditional psychological therapies and strategies and specializes in the newer field of Transpersonal Psychology (holistic, multi-cultural, multi-racial, spirituality) for counselling and therapy to help each client tap into their greater potential. Thus Donna helps clients gain relief through repair-oriented approaches to psychology as well as helping clients realize more of their potential and self-actualization.

Counselling areas of expertise:

  • abuse (sexual, verbal, physical) (men & women)
  • communication & negotiation skills
  • grief, loss, fear
  • leadership & management skills
  • life coaching: finding direction & purpose in life
  • men’s psychological health
  • multicultural & multiracial issues
  • relationships & family issues (including divorce)
  • self-esteem, confidence, assertiveness
  • self-identity issues, personality disorders
  • sleep disturbance, nightmares
  • spiritual confusion and crises
  • stress, anxiety (including phobias) & depression
  • transpersonal insight & intuition
  • work or academic issues & conflicts

Process

Counselling for unsolved day-to-day issues and therapy involving analysis of deeply rooted processes stemming from one’s more youthful past are often on a one-to-one basis or maybe as a couple, family, and sometimes a small group. Each counselling session is 55 minutes. They are confidential; your identity and anything that you say remains private and not revealed to anyone.

The number of sessions needed depends on the individual’s issues. Some clients need just one counselling session to resolve a new challenge they are confronted with; whereas psychotherapy with investigation and analysis of deeper issues often requires several sessions involving implementing a treatment program. The main therapeutic tools Dr. Golding uses are Cognitive-Behavioural, Interpersonal, Rational-emotive Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, and Transpersonal Psychotherapy.

Techniques

Transpersonal Psychology-trained counsellors can counsel clients who have transpersonal or spiritual crises or issues to resolve. They can also assist their clients to understand and develop an awareness of transpersonal consciousness and abilities and spiritual dimensions of existence. Transpersonal psychological counselling can include:

  • Assessment: Counsellors may use Transpersonal Psychology questionnaires, inventories and other practical tools to assess their clients’ experiences and understanding of spirituality in reference to psychological and holistic well-being.
  • Analysis: Counsellors’ analysis of the completed assessment inventories and feedback of this to the client is relevant for understanding and interpreting the significance and impact of the client’s beliefs and experiences upon their psychological well-being and their interpersonal relationships.
  • Intervention: Transpersonal counsellors can offer strategies to assist the client to transform any negative outcomes from transpersonal experiences and spiritual confusion into enduring positive effects. A variety of transpersonal psychological tools and methods are available.
  • Applied Counselling/Treatment Program: Counselling will include providing the clients with a safe space and opportunities to confide in them, giving helpful feedback and demonstrating understanding, as well as monitoring their progress. It may involve providing Transpersonal Psychological Homework Exercises.
  • Growth: Transpersonal counsellors can assist clients to develop their natural transpersonal abilities. For example, they can show their clients how to integrate transpersonal consciousness (e.g. intuitions) with rational intelligence for clarity and confidence in decision-making.

Courses:

  • How to Understand and Interpret Experiences Presenting as Spiritual, Metaphysical or Transpersonal (vs Psychotic)
  • Effective Techniques & Strategies for Assessing and Working with Clients with Spiritual & Identity Issues

 

Dr Donna Golding offers traditional psychological therapies and strategies and specializes in the newer field of Transpersonal Psychology (holistic, multi-cultural, multi-racial, spirituality) for counselling and therapy to help each client tap into their greater potential. Thus Donna helps clients gain relief through repair-oriented approaches to psychology as well as helping clients realize more of their potential and self-actualization.

Counselling areas of expertise:

  • abuse (sexual, verbal, physical) (men & women)
  • communication & negotiation skills
  • grief, loss, fear
  • leadership & management skills
  • life coaching: finding direction & purpose in life
  • men’s psychological health
  • multicultural & multiracial issues
  • relationships & family issues (including divorce)
  • self-esteem, confidence, assertiveness
  • self-identity issues, personality disorders
  • sleep disturbance, nightmares
  • spiritual confusion and crises
  • stress, anxiety (including phobias) & depression
  • transpersonal insight & intuition
  • work or academic issues & conflicts

Process

Counselling for unsolved day-to-day issues and therapy involving analysis of deeply rooted processes stemming from one’s more youthful past are often on a one-to-one basis or maybe as a couple, family, and sometimes a small group. Each counselling session is 55 minutes. They are confidential; your identity and anything that you say remains private and not revealed to anyone.

The number of sessions needed depends on the individual’s issues. Some clients need just one counselling session to resolve a new challenge they are confronted with; whereas psychotherapy with investigation and analysis of deeper issues often requires several sessions involving implementing a treatment program. The main therapeutic tools Dr. Golding uses are Cognitive-Behavioural, Interpersonal, Rational-emotive Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, and Transpersonal Psychotherapy.

Techniques

Transpersonal Psychology-trained counsellors can counsel clients who have transpersonal or spiritual crises or issues to resolve. They can also assist their clients to understand and develop an awareness of transpersonal consciousness and abilities and spiritual dimensions of existence. Transpersonal psychological counselling can include:

  • Assessment: Counsellors may use Transpersonal Psychology questionnaires, inventories and other practical tools to assess their clients’ experiences and understanding of spirituality in reference to psychological and holistic well-being.
  • Analysis: Counsellors’ analysis of the completed assessment inventories and feedback of this to the client is relevant for understanding and interpreting the significance and impact of the client’s beliefs and experiences upon their psychological well-being and their interpersonal relationships.
  • Intervention: Transpersonal counsellors can offer strategies to assist the client to transform any negative outcomes from transpersonal experiences and spiritual confusion into enduring positive effects. A variety of transpersonal psychological tools and methods are available.
  • Applied Counselling/Treatment Program: Counselling will include providing the clients with a safe space and opportunities to confide in them, giving helpful feedback and demonstrating understanding, as well as monitoring their progress. It may involve providing Transpersonal Psychological Homework Exercises.
  • Growth: Transpersonal counsellors can assist clients to develop their natural transpersonal abilities. For example, they can show their clients how to integrate transpersonal consciousness (e.g. intuitions) with rational intelligence for clarity and confidence in decision-making.