Samantha Bladon

Grad. Dip. Counselling & Human Services
Specialist Training in Couples’ and Relationship Therapy,
Dip. Health Sci. Holistic Kinesiology.
B.A. Perf. Arts, Cert.
Neurostructural Technique

Samantha has over 10 years experience in private practice. Since 2003 she has been working as a counsellor and psychotherapist with individuals, and more recently with couples. Prior to this she worked as a Holistic Kinesiologist. She spent two years as a Lifeline telephone counsellor and 18 months as a voluntary crisis support advocate.

She has fourteen years experience within the education system working with children and those with special needs as an integration aide, behavioural therapist and tactile therapist. Prior to this she worked for ten years as an actor.

She has a personal interest in Eastern Philosophies.

This eclectic background has provided a broad base of experience and personal reflection which she brings to her practice as a Kinesiologist and Counsellor. She is interested in the mind-body-spirit connection to personal wellbeing.

Counselling

Anxiety and uncertainty are an inevitable part of modern life. The human search for clarity, awareness and personal understanding rarely transpires in a vacuum. Human connection must be the most precious state we can achieve; and yet for all of us, to varying degrees, it is the most challenging.

Sometimes we just need someone objective to talk to. Talking to a counsellor can provide the support needed to help you access your innate wisdom and ultimate understanding.

Through the counselling relationship, it is possible to explore the stories lived and the stories created throughout one’s life. By examining the stories one tells oneself, an opportunity arises for reassessment and reinterpretation.

The Living of a meaningful life involves valuing oneself and one’s experiences.

In modern western society worth is equated by that which is external (the material and objective) rather than the internal experience. And yet this internal experience is all we can truly “know”.

By valuing oneself and ones experience, comparison becomes redundant; struggle recedes and life may be viewed as an unfolding.

“My aim is to help facilitate a safe environment whereby the individual may reacquaint themselves with the wholeness of who they are.”

Some reasons people seek counselling may include:

  • Relationship challenges

  • Depression

  • Stress – personal, study or work related

  • Grief and loss

  • General or specific anxiety

  • Adjusting to sudden changes in life

  • Parenting issues

  • Skills development – relaxation techniques, anger management, time management

  • Personal development

Renumeration:

50 minute session: individuals $80 / $70 concession
couples $90 / $80 concession

Holistic Kinesiology

Kinesiology uses the tool of muscle-testing to access information directly from the body, identifying factors blocking the body’s natural healing process. Our body changes as we grow, and it is impacted upon by our physical and emotional experiences and our mental attitudes.

By respectfully allowing what is hidden to come to the light – the opportunity arises for Understanding and transformation to take place.

Muscle testing can help identify the emotional and physical stresses in our lives and their origins. Once identified; kinesiology may de-stress at the primitive brain – survival level, releasing the automatic fight flight mechanism and thus giving back choice when reacting to a given situation.

Kinesiology may help in addressing stresses that arise from the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. Kinesiology combines Western techniques with Eastern wisdom (Chinese, Indian and Tibetan) to promote physical, emotional and spiritual health.

A Kinesiology treatment may assist in the management of:

  • Unresolved emotional issues

  • Goal setting

  • Stimulating energies and releasing untapped potential

  • Acute and chronic pain

  • Stress

  • Muscular, tendon and ligament stress

  • Nervous and organ related disorders

  • Detecting allergies and nutritional deficiencies

  • Candida

  • Learning challenges

  • Phobias, addictions and obsessions

Renumeration:

90 min session: $110 / $100 concession

Counselling Kinesiology

There is an initial “talking” phase where the client will identify and clarify an issue or goal they are experiencing presently.

The next phase uses Kinesiology techniques to explore and de-stess the identified issues. Through the use of muscle monitoring it is possible to identify emotions that may be hidden from the clients concious awareness. Often our patterns of response have been set up early in life as a survival response to a new situation. Later on when we find ourselves in what feels like a similar situation this survival response automatically kicks in.

Kinesiology identifies the original stress source and de-stresses the system at this primitive survival level (the amygdala). Thus by defusing the automatic response of the fight-flight survival mechanism the individual may make new choices.

A session will be of 90 minute duration.

Renumeration:

90 min session: $110 / $100 concession

Neurostructural Integration Technique (NST)

Neurostructural Integration Technique (NST) is a form of “Bowen” derived from the work of Tom Bowen. NST is a myofacial therapy. Treatment takes place through the clothes combining a series of cross fiber maneuvers of a muscle, tendon or ligament, and a specific waiting period; giving the body a chance to reset itself and activate its own innate healing. Most people find improvement within 2-3 sessions.

Conditions that respond to NST include:

  • Cranial and TMJ problems

  • Neck and head tension

  • Whiplash

  • Joint problems

  • Upper and lower back pain

  • Sports and accident injuries

  • Frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel

  • Hamstring, knee and ankle problems

  • Digestive problems

  • Menstrual-hormonal complaints

  • Acute and chronic fatigue

  • Emotional depression

Renumeration:

50 min session: $60 / $50 concession

Hartington Centre

24 Hartington Street Northcote

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