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Jess has extensive experience in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy, specialising in dying, death, bereavement and grief. She is dedicated to supporting people to generate their own sense of meaning and purpose here in the gloriously complex experience that is existence. Her highly empathetic and compassionate disposition, coupled with her perceptive and deep listening skills, means she can support each person to develop greater self-awareness and insight. Each person has the potential to move away from self-alienation towards meaningful self-connection.   

Some notes about grief: 

"Bringing grief and death out of the shadow is our spiritual responsibility, our sacred duty."

- Francis Weller, The Wild Edge of Sorrow, p. xviii.

"Grief work is soul work."

- Francis Weller, The Wild Edge of Sorrow, p. 7.

Grief is the natural human response to loss. It happens when someone or something we are attached to is gone. Grief can happen in response to many situations: the death of a loved one, the end of an important relationship, life-changing illness, a significant life change such as a job loss, the death of a pet, relocating or children leaving home. When experiencing grief, it is common to feel disconnected from oneself and from the world around you. This is where support from a specialist counsellor and psychotherapist can help.

 

Jess’s counselling and psychotherapy sessions are held in person (in Bowral and Bundanoon) or online. To make an appointment, contact her via mobile 0422 849 041 or email thehearthlands@gmail.com - Jess looks forward to working with you!

FEES:

 

  • $120 per 60-minute session

  • $150 per 90-minute session

  • $60 per 60-minute session for people aged under 18 years

Jess can facilitate many kinds of conversations and gatherings that focus on dying, death, bereavement and grief. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Conversations, gatherings and events that focus on dying, death, grief and bereavement.

Death Cafe - group-directed discussions of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. They are a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session, see www.deathcafe.com for more information. Fees: Death Cafes are a FREE event.

Mortality and Mystery - also group-directed discussions that focus on the philosophical dimensions of dying and death, particularly afterlife beliefs. Fees: Mortality and Mystery gatherings incur a small fee per person, by negotiation. 

* Deep Encounter: Writing for Insight and Transformation - learn writing skills and exercises designed to take you deep within yourself: poetry, letters to past and future selves, and life writing. Fees: $100 per participant for five hours, including breaks.

* Funeral Celebrancy - an opportunity to be supported by an experienced, deeply compassionate, sensitive and articulate funeral celebrant as you navigate the process of organising and hosting a funeral. Fees: Negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Usually approximately $500-600.

Jess is very open to facilitating any kind of conversation or gathering that focuses on the great matters of our lives, particularly their philosophical, existential and spiritual dimensions. 

Please Note: Jess is only offering these services upon request. For more information, contact her on mobile 0422 849 041 or email thehearthlands@gmail.com

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