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.
She 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.
Ariel holds a Diploma of Counselling, is a director of The Vishrant Buddhist Society and is also an ordained Minister. One of Ariel’s passions is to assist other people in developing their small businesses, so she meets with business owners each week to provide insight and guidance into how they can improve and ensure they are meeting all of their clients professionally and successfully.
Ariel has been involved in group work and exploring the intricacies of psychology for over 9 years. In 2015, Ajahn Prem Ariel was ordained as a Spiritual Minister of the Vishrant Buddhist Society in recognition of her years of service and skilful means in assisting people in the community with their spiritual endeavours. The dynamics of group work are intriguing to her and through years of involvement in a psychotherapy group, Ariel has developed skills in dealing with people in multiple scenarios.
As a counsellor, Ariel provides a safe, supportive and nurturing environment for her clients to explore their feelings, goals and needs.
Empowering people and helping them to achieve what they would like is important to her.
Ariel has experience in
* Fear and Anxiety
* Body Image Issues
* Couples Counselling
* Anger Issues
* Workplace Stress
* Low Self Esteem Issues
* Grief and Loss
With years of experience in groups involved in psychotherapy and being closely involved in her community, Ariel feels that everyone needs a helping hand at some point or to just know that someone is there and that they care. She is passionate about helping people, supporting her community and fostering a way of life that is uplifting to others. Meditation is very important to Ariel as a means of finding a cool, calm and relaxed place inside of herself and then being able to take that into her day.
Kali Ledger is a counsellor specialising in relationship & personal development for individuals and couples. Kali focuses on improving the happiness of her clients and assists them in gaining a deeper understanding of their own inner workings. In 2015 Ajahn Prem Kali was ordained as a Spiritual Minister of the Vishrant Buddhist Society. This title meaning ‘teacher’ was bestowed in recognition of her time spent studying in the society and the development of skilful means in helping others to find peace and happiness.
Kali’s counselling style is the culmination of 8 years of psychotherapy and awareness training. Drawing on various techniques including drama therapy, narrative therapy and inner child work, her approach is tailored to each individual.
Kali’s background in dance and performance along with her interest and experience in healing the body and mind set the framework for her unique counselling sessions.
Her areas of expertise include:
* Fear and Anxiety
* Low Self-esteem
* Grief and Loss
* Youth counselling
* Anger Issues
* Childhood Trauma
* Problems in relationships
Kali strives to assist her clients to improve:
* Creating Loving Relationships
* Conflict Resolution
* Mastering Communication Skills
Kali’s life is centred around her friendships and serving others on their journey to finding heart, openness, maturity and inner stillness. Before studying to become a counsellor Kali completed her Graduate Diploma of Education in Secondary Dance & Drama at Edith Cowan University (2009) after finishing her Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Performance ECU (2008). She went on to complete a Post Graduate Residency with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (2010) and worked for the company touring and performing. Her career in dance and performance led Kali to find a passion for present moment awareness, self-expression and connections with what is real and alive for individuals. Kali teachers her own Dance for Health classes at Restful Waters