Welcome to Counselling

A letter to read to a child prior to their first session

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

A bingo game of what not to do in relationships with adolescent children or partners


Geology of Anger

Before the explosive eruption, what 3 things are rumbling?

The Sailboat of Life

A metaphor of a boat to explore strengths, fears, helpers and identity

Hero's Journey Illustrated

The Hero’s Journey: A Treasure Map – Illustrated version

A map of what happens when anyone faces adversity


The Hero’s Journey: A Treasure Map – Renewing Identity Using Narrative Therapy

Sample questions to ask

Kim telling story

Weaving the Wisdom of Folktales



A therapeutic story

A 12 minute Russian Fairy Tale to dream into the challenges of grief and loss, abuse, helpers, perseverance


How to make a therapeutic chatterbox

Learn how to make an origami chatterbox that looks awesome – in under a minute!

Ceremony of Identity

Questions to ask a reflective team


My Personal 5 Safety Actions for Teenagers

A screening form suited to a high school

Finger points

When the Finger Points

An antidote to judgement: there are three fingers pointing back at you

Cycle of Loss journey

Irvin Yalom

Irvin Yalom
summary notes

Portrait of Peace

One has to make a choice what peace means to you…

Queen Bee

Overcoming rejection, staying true to one’s values, doing one’s best and finding helpers along the way…

The Queen, the Crown and the Storyteller

Being put down and misunderstood, but holding onto patience and trusting in your own strengths…

Tree at the Crossroads

One man follows his dreams, and another holds on to something safe

The Happy Man’s Shirt

The Happy Man’s Shirt



Interview: Hearing the Voice of the Child

Interview: Expert League

Talking about narrative therapy (20 min)
Kim is interviewed by mental health support organisation, Outside the Locker Room about Narrative Therapy

Interview: Learning Child Therapy

How do new counsellors fill in the gaps around how to work with child clients?

Interview: Playful Narrative Therapy

Using ‘externalising’ the problem to see it differently…

Mindfulness Exercise – A Moment in Time

A brief grounding exercise to find one’s own safe and peaceful place…

Documentary: Play First: Life in a Kindergarten

A resource for early childhood educators…

Expect anger to visit!

Reducing the problem’s power and influence

Present moment mindfulness

Roller coaster of emotions

T shirt Creative expressive arts exercise

Improving communication by improving connection

Depression and the Wounded Healer 

Scaling Anger

The Babushka Doll and compassionate self-talk

Working with parents

Using metaphor in counselling

Connection with nature

Explore the history of the problem

3 minutes of mindful breathing

Creating moments of calm

One minute mindfulness rap

First session ideas

Case study 4 yr old

A magic card trick: The 7 Mystery

Closing a session

Preparing a client for the last session


Somatic bodywork

What is counselling?

Working with parents

Possible questions to ask parents

Using the rose and thorn metaphor in therapy

‘Triggered’ or ‘Activated’ ? A trauma response

Clients with motivation problems using narrative therapy

Therapeutic responses to bullying

Playful Therapy: Charades bringing improvisation an curiosity

‘Love Bonds’ are created in relationships

Drawing lines and capturing concerns shared in therapy

Setting boundaries at counselling intake / first session

Preparing adult clients for their last session

webinar: Part 1:

webinar: Part 2:

TUTORIAL 5min: At the Crossroads

TUTORIAL 4min: A timeline of the problem

Working with parents collaboratively. View video.

Ways to:

  1. Structure parent intake sessions prior to meeting the child, that allow time to assess risk and hear the identified expectations, needs, hopes, wonderfulness and fears of the family.
  2. Discuss confidentiality and what the first session with the child may look like.
  3. Develop contracts of agreements for contact between sessions, etc.
  4. Assess the family’s capacity and willingness to work collaboratively with you.
  5. Become curious about our own position on ‘good enough parenting’ / judgements, and how our own childhood experiences will most certainly play into our work.
  6. Consider what resources the parents may find helpful.
  1. Fear the child will tell about what really happens at home?
  2. Perhaps they fear the counsellor may inform the child protection authorities?
  3. Perhaps the problem stems from a ‘couples’ intimate partner problem, and the child is picking up on the energy and is seen as the scapegoat?
  4. Fear the child will resist coming? [P. 4]
  5. There is often a fear of being exposed as ‘not good enough’

The Problem Jar: exploring the child’s problems in a playful way for a shame-free assessment

Counselling options when the repeated narrative is around another person who has wronged the client.

The Anger Problem: Who’s the trophy winner this year? Using metaphors in counselling

Audio Resources

Therapeutic Storytelling using Folktales

Kim delivers 3 hour online workshops in the use of Therapeutic Storytelling with The Sydney Centre for Creative Change. As a therapeutic intervention this is an ancient medicine, and has been pivotal in the achievement of positive outcomes for many adult and child clients who have experienced adversity.

Following the Hero’s Journey (see map in Resources), we all transition from the ‘known’ to the unknown’, meet challenges and find helpers, and are transformed through life’s journeys.

Many of these short folktales would be suitable in a classroom or in therapy. Stories engage children and adult’s interest and can sidestep a natural resistance to acknowledge trauma.

In stories the dark side of life is exposed, and the hero’s strengths shine through.

Warning: Storytellers have a golden rule: don’t explain the story to your listener:

Does the fruit seller peel and eat your banana for you?

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