OUR PHILOSOPHY, OUR VALUES.
My passion is to assist you to overcome fear, self-doubt, trauma, anxiety and past experiences. To rise up to the challenge, and grow beyond the current limits of a mindset. To consider the philosophy that you can hold your attitudes and beliefs lightly, to be flexible in your perspective, so you can choose the thoughts, beliefs and attitudes that help, rather than hinder. To feel, believe and own your full potential. To live without fear, love freely and abundantly, to accept yourself as the perfect person you already are. Embracing your humanity, flaws, vulnerabilities. Preparing to realise you are stronger than you think.
I want you to KNOW that you already have everything within you that you need. Your world can be calmer, more peaceful, contented right now. That you are ENOUGH. In. Every. Single. Way. Good enough. Smart enough. Successful enough. Beautiful enough. You are enough. Because you can't be anything else. Embrace yourself. Love yourself. This is the soul, the being that you have been gifted. So let me help you learn to embrace everything you are and play to your strengths and transform the weaknesses.
My name is Rebecca Pearce and I have been a qualified psychologist since 2003. I began counselling in 1996, during my undergraduate psychology degree, and have not looked back since. I have worked at a Helpline (Lifeline) for emotionally fragile people, a community agency for children struggling with emotional, mental and educational difficulties, and a low-cost community agency for couples, families and individuals of all ages.
Upon graduation, I embarked on a steep learning curve when I began working with individuals suffering from bulimia and anorexia. This was my professional focus for 3 years and I cannot emphasise how much I learned during this journey. Amongst many things, I learned that the soul, no matter how tortured or traumatised, is strong, beautiful, and perfect in every way. If we dig down to the depths of our being, we can fight anything. And the girls I worked with fought the fight of their lives. They were nothing short of inspiring and I believe they taught me more than I ever taught them.
My experience with this clinic ended when a long-awaited, overseas trip was to be had. I left Melbourne for two years to embark upon another life changing, soul driven adventure through South, Central and North America. Amazing! I learned to challenge my boundaries, step out of my comfort zone, to endure physically demanding altitudes, hikes, volcanoes, caving and mountain biking. I embarked on spiritual retreats in the heart of Guatemala and Canada. I developed a deep connection to alpine, snow-capped mountains, subsistence living in Alaska, and a deep respect for the natural wonders of our world. It expanded my perspective in every single way.
I returned two years later and began working in the field of Addiction where I worked my way up to Clinical Supervisor. I learned about the fragility of human nature, the presence of our sabotaging mindset, the interaction between loss, grief, pain, trauma, anguish, hopelessness and coping. I witnessed the transformation of these emotional states to ones of hope, light, love and connection. The journey of addiction is never easy, but if we have compassion and treat sufferers with love and connection, then they can, and do, transform.
In 2006, whilst continuing my addiction work, I chose to expand my client base into part-time private practice. I was blessed with a stream of motivated individuals presenting with various difficulties, challenges, fears, doubts, transitional difficulties, relationship problems, work/school stress and anxiety for many different reasons. I immediately loved the varied problems we would work on and relished facilitating solutions to problems that at times seemed improbable to overcome.
I continued working with privately until I embarked on the most rewarding challenge of my life, motherhood. In 2010 I gave birth to our girl and then in 2011, a little boy. We were blessed. I took time to cherish motherhood, and all the demands that come with caring for tiny people. In 2012 I began my own private practice which has grown from strength to strength.
My passion for helping people heal, grow, solve, learn to live and dream again has never waned. I love what I do, I love the people I work with and I love the people I work alongside. I learn something new every single day. When people first arrive, they are often in a state of fragility, vulnerability and desperation. Sometimes, they know they have more to offer the world. I always believe they do. Whilst their strength may surprise them, I know it is there. Unwavering, solid and ready to SHINE.