I am Angus Deans and a qualified counsellor amongst other hats I wear. I have had a career spanning farming through intensive horticulture, orcharding and beef and sheep property management, mine management, and most recently garden renovations (creating wonderful oases for others). I am a part of a wonderful blended family with all it's attendant joys and tribulations and we are currently rejuvenating a small holding with intensive pastoral and permaculture principles near the small village of Tingha near Inverell in northern NSW.
Throughout my life I have been a coach of sorts- of children's hockey teams, of employees in the workplace, of clients in business, and more recently as a qualified counsellor of individuals whose life was not what they, or a parent, would like it to be.
How did I become a Counsellor?
I have always had an interest in helping people to understand just how truly capable they are. I believe we are all complete human beings who have forgotten just how truly special we each are and so we are often lacking in self-belief and self-confidence. I also believe we are here on this Earth to learn and grow through the experiences, both positive and negative, that life seems to bring our way.
I am deeply intrigued that it is usually when life is most painful that we search for more meaning, or to find another way to relate to ourselves and others in our lives. My journey into the world of counselling started in just this manner as I tried to make sense of what went wrong, and of what I was feeling, when my estranged first wife wished to try a reconciliation. We went through some relationship counselling that taught me so much about how I acted and reacted within the context of my relationships. I discovered things I could never have discovered without the support of an impartial 'observer' - the counsellor. I literally "could not see the wood for the trees" - I was so involved in what was happening and reacting as was everyone else around us.
The qualities of a good counsellor - of attentiveness, detachment, perceptiveness, supportiveness, patience, good listening skills, confidentiality, and perhaps most importantly - non judgement enabled me to learn and grow. They provided a safe sounding board for me to explore what was happening in my life.
As I went through life I was using skills learned through that counselling and my own intuitive desire to grow personally, to empower people in the workplaces I was involved as a leader in. In my own business I also functioned as a coach to many clients and this led me to studying counselling formally, and practically, in order to practice in this very important field - something I truly love doing!
My desire as a counsellor is to see every one of my clients able to step forth more confidently in the world - more confident in who they are and their ability to withstand the ups and downs of life, and thus to change the lives of all those they come into contact with. This truly happens for we are all treated by others in a manner that we subconsciously, and unconsciously, ask for. What does Soul Journey Counselling require of you?At Soul Journey Counselling I expect you to have a genuine desire to effect change in your way of relating to the world and those around you. If something is bugging you it is an opportunity to discover why it is; to uncover the feelings that underlie it, and then in the counselling process to develop different behavioural responses that mean it is no longer a problem for you.
What is required of you?
You will need to enter into the counselling process trusting that your feelings, fears and thoughts will be treated with the honour, respect and confidentiality that they deserve. This is my promise to you within the bounds of mandatory reporting which will be explained to you in your first visit.
Counselling can only assist you if you genuinely desire to move forward in your life.