BOOKED OUT – Understanding & Dealing with: Grief & Depression

Grief and Depression are paths on a journey, not something to be denied or hidden away. This time of year can be particularly tough on all of our senses. It’s a time when our inner most wants and needs can be acutely heard and deeply felt. Taking some time to be with others who understand, can support and offer a sense of community make it possible to not feel so alone.

Saturday, 21 December 2019
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
64 Canns Rd, Bedfordale WA 6112, Australia


A grieving heart has a longing that will always remain; yet death is rarely discussed and conversations about grief and depression are often avoided. This 3hr gathering is a place to allow yourself to be with these life experiences amongst good company, to feel connected and respected.

In the face of feeling loneliness and disconnection which unfortunately seems to be increasing in our western culture, it’s in our shared human experience with one another; our stories, our challenges and our relationship reflections that often bring about a sense of relief.

As we can relate to each other’s stories and appreciate the losses felt so deeply, we share openness and vulnerability together that creates a space for healing and allowing our lives to grow with our grief. Not making it simply about getting over grief.

Depression may accompany the grieving process as we are experiencing a sense of loss. This may be a situational loss, loss of a dear family member, partner or friend, or loss of self concept and identify.

May people tend to hide depression away and use alcohol and or drugs to mask uncomfortable feelings related to loss.

With the Christmas Holiday’s around the corner this is an invitation to come together with others in similar situations and share your journey in a safe and caring space. To find acceptance in who you are and with your own situation.

During our group session, we’ll have the opportunity to explore;

* What kind of grief & depression myths exist and how they impact your world
* The various ways our grief & depression may present
* Discover how our family history influences our mental perspectives and impacts our grieving & recovery process
* Observe our own relationship attachment styles and how this may reflect in the way we each relate and grieve differently
* Recognise ways to be with grief & depression that helps the healing process

This is a safe & informal group setting and experienced counsellors Dakini Williams and Ajay Angeltvedt will support the group.

We understand the challenge of going to a group and talking to strangers. Though there is much to receive from walking your path of grief & depression with others who understand you and will support you on your journey towards recovery.
Levels of participation will vary for people, someone may like to talk regularly while others may prefer to sit back and process quietly, both are perfectly ok!

Everyone is welcome here.



Adult Support Group (18+)

Comfortable seating provided

Bookings required as spaces are limited

Help to recognise the grieving process

Gather understanding and support (socially, mentally, emotionally and physically)

Help to recognise the types of depression and available assistance

Develop greater self awareness

Learn techniques to transit with grief & depression towards inner peace


Location: 64 Canns Road, Bedfordale WA 6112

Phone: 0418 229 662

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Dakini Williams


Counsellor/Group Facilitator

Dakini Brooke Williams worked as a Change Management consultant in various corporate business sectors across Australia for many years. In 2012 she was a founding director of the not-for-profit organisation The Vishrant Buddhist Society and became an ordained Minister for the society in 2015.

Her business acumen has supported the society to develop Restful Waters, a public centre for helping people to raise their consciousness. Dakini studied with the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors and completed her Diploma of Counselling. In addition to her professional studies, Dakini has also undertaken 7 years of personal Buddhist psychotherapy training and group work. Dakini is an accredited counsellor who draws on a variety of supportive skill sets including; Gestalt Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness Training.
Dakini uses a transparent style of counselling and her approach shows the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour. This encourages clients to actively engage in deciding the direction of the work through enquiry and open discussion.

She works collaboratively with clients to assist in clarifying issues, development of skillful means and provides a supportive environment to explore, examine and resolve arising issues being faced in life. Her approach is respectful, insightful and demonstrates genuine care for others.

Dakini is an experienced counsellor who specialises in:
* Relationship Counselling
* Communication Issues and Conflict Resolution
* Grief & Loss Counselling
* Stress and Anger Management
* Anxiety and Depression
* Self Esteem Counselling
* Childhood Trauma Counselling
* Childhood Attachment Disruptions
* Adolescent Counselling
* Post-Traumatic Stress
* Personal Development
* Mindfulness Therapy & Meditation Practice
* Group Counselling Facilitation
* HBDI Practitioner & Group Facilitator

It is with deep reverence that Dakini performs her work, as she understands and appreciates the journey of facing ourselves. Dakini is also an accredited HBDI (Hermann Whole Brain Dominance) Practitioner since 2010. The HBDI is a profiling tool used by individuals, couples and teams to help identify people’s thinking preferences. When we understand how others and ourselves prefer to think we are better equipped to improve our communication, decision-making and problem-solving abilities. In developing an awareness of our various thinking preferences a greater acceptance of others and ourselves begins to emerge and assists in the resolution of conflicts.

The joy of Dakini’s life is helping others; her time and efforts are given to the Vishrant Buddhist Society and other community projects. She also loves to cook, play with the animals, while supporting and loving her family and community members. Heading out into nature is a calling for Dakini, she loves to go walking, hiking and camping, along with going to the movies or theatre events. All of these bring a big smile to her face and heart.


Counsellor/Group Facilitator

Ajay Johannesen main interest throughout his life has been the human condition. This lead him to university studies in history, religion, politics and philosophy and being an advocate for social change through political engagements. His background includes various roles in the sectors of service and helping others. This includes working with immigrants and elderly people. He realised that many people he came in contact with in these roles had a strong need for being listened to. Ajay recognised through these experiences that he had good listening skills and a great ability to ease others pain and discomfort. These studies and work roles eventually lead Ajay in search of his heart and in 2010 he immigrated to Australia where in underwent university studies and obtained his Bachelor of Counselling degree. This came about as a desire and willingness to further be in service to people by gaining skills and knowledge in order to be of best help.

Ajay has dedicated himself to service, and particular towards those who are struggling the most.  As such, he has worked in the alcohol and drug sector as a counsellor and group facilitator. Here he came in contact with many people which he helped improve their quality of life through providing guidance and new set of coping strategies. Currently, Ajay’s role beside of his engagement with Restful Waters is as a group facilitator and counsellor in a men’s behaviour change program. He really enjoys this opportunity to further extend his help to people with diverse needs. Ajay’s skills in counselling and group facilitation includes:

• Alcohol and drug use
• Depression and anxiety
• Grief and loss
• Shame
• Communication skills and conflict resolution
• Anger management

Those who come into Ajay’s care and guidance are always held in unconditional positive regard regardless of the presenting issues or treatment needs.



Event Information

Saturday, 21 December 2019
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
64 Canns Rd, Bedfordale WA 6112, Australia



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