My name is Karin and welcome to my page! Here, I just wanted to share a bit of infe abouy myself and my work.
I am in my mid-thirties and I live in Canberra, Australia. I originally grew up in Switzerland but met my husband who is Australian while travelling in Canada. So love brought me to the nation’s capital. 🙂
I have my own counselling practice, KarinH Counselling, here in Curtin, but also offer online sessions. I see people face to face and conduct online sessions via Skype, Facebook chat or other social media channels.
I am passionate about helping people to find their way to work through life’s challenges. I specialise in grief counselling and mental health support. This includes depression (peri, ante and postnatal depression and similar, anxiety, PTSD, etc). I am currently in training to also be able to offer drug and alcohol counselling shortly.
I came to counselling through a personal tragedy when I lost my very first pregnancy to a miscarriage. I was stunned by the depth of my grief and also at the complete lack of interest and compassion I received after my loss. I felt like I was forced into suffering in silence.
As I studied and kept on going with my life, I repeatedly came across this invisible but powerful pressure for people to hide their suffering. So many of us are faced with tough challenges in life – the loss of a baby, a chronic illness or mental health challenges. The common thing we all share – the feeling of not being accepted for who we are because we appear to fall outside the box with our experience or illness. We end up suffering silently so we can still fit in.
I am done with that. We don’t need silence, we need acceptance! I am here to help you find your voice, in your own time, so you can tell your story in your own words. Your story deserves and needs to be heard.
We will end the stigma around (early) pregnancy and babyloss, mental illness and invisble chronic illness by speaking up and showing the world that our challenges are with us but do not define us.
I look forward to hearing from you and working with you to help you find YOUR voice and YOUR words to share YOUR own, unique story.