Welcome to this nurturing, healing, and judgement free space
When you’re faced with seeking professional help when it comes to your mental health, it can almost seem a challenge within itself. Whether it’s simply coming to terms with your current state, knowing where to start searching, or finding the right fit; it can sometimes seem overwhelming.
The truth is though, it doesn’t need to be.
What is often treated as a somewhat clinical service, the concept of psychology is far from it. It’s human, it's multifaceted and it’s all to do with emotions, relationships, behaviour, thoughts, and so much more.
“Healing is not a clinical, linear, or neat process. It’s a deconstruction and rebuilding which is messy and unpredictable. It can feel uncomfortable at the best of times and overwhelming at the worst. So, don't underestimate the power of a friendly face, comfortable chair, hot drink, and fragrant candle,” Rebecca said.
We recently caught up with the team at Hamilton-based recently launched clinic, On Track Psychology, to hear about how they’re adapting the way people approach psychology with an emphasis on creating a nurturing, healing, and above all judgement-free environment.
With long-time Newcastle local at the helm, Rebecca, On Track Psychology, officially opened their doors in January this year and has been guiding and supporting women on their health journeys ever since.
Stepping into On Track Psychology is unlike any clinic I’ve experienced before. From the moment you step through the front gate, you feel as though you’ve been greeted with a warm hug. Featuring three distinct clinic rooms, each filled with beautiful natural lighting, and boasts soft touches throughout.
“I’m so proud looking at the space now. The environment matters so much when it comes to this work. You want people to come in and feel comfortable and supported to talk about things, but in a space that feels clinical or unsupportive, it can be really difficult.
“The place is supposed to feel like an extension of the therapy itself. It's supposed to generate an 'exhale' when you walk in. You are immediately in a nurturing space where you are safe to explore hard things.”
Whilst the space itself is filled with love, it’s the story behind how it came to be that is worth exploring. Like each and every one of us, Rebecca has experienced a range of curveballs that life threw her way, and along the way, had used this house, her family home to help heal and grow from those curveballs.
“I pieced myself back together in this house after a series of unexpected events. These experiences shaped the vision I had many years later to support other women through life's transitions and curveballs.”
Not one to shy away from growth and always on the lookout for the next adventure, when Rebecca and her partner were awaiting the arrival of their newest addition, it was the perfect opportunity to give this healing space a transformation to help others heal in a different way.
“The idea is no matter who you speak to, you'll feel heard and safe. It can feel like a scary process, accessing mental health support, the idea is to immediately create a sense of ease and safety as soon as you reach out. The space is an extension of this philosophy.”
On Track Psychology is now the home to eight practitioners. This small team of trauma-informed, body-based psychologists, social workers, and counsellors all who bring their own set of skills and specialties, welcome you.
“The practitioners here have all had our own journeys. We are here because we understand what it means to be stripped bare. The ultimate vulnerability that comes with heartbreak, loss, or grief. We aren’t scared by that.”
Owner and psychologist herself, Rebecca integrates the use of an eclectic mix of modalities that are tailor-made to your healing journey. Including somatic, and body-based approaches are amongst her favourite modalities as she trusts in the body’s ability to heal and process trauma. She is currently on maternity leave though is never far away.
“I built this space with a vision of it being a 'home away from home' for clients. You can make a cup of tea and read a book while you wait, then snuggle up in a comfy chair under a blanket. So, before you even begin the session you're feeling calm and safe.”
The practitioners at On Track are all as welcoming as the space itself. A friendly, genuine face will away greet you.
“I was so sick of sterile, life-less office spaces. I couldn't wait to create an 'office' that represented my personal approach as a therapist.”
Social worker, Karen has experience working with women who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction.
“My practice involves talking and working creatively and experientially to build compassion and understanding in a gentle and supportive way. Together we can create a new way of relating to people built on a foundation of safety and trust,” Karen said.
Clare is a psychologist with a passion for supporting women through life transitions. She provides a safe and compassionate space for clients to feel heard, valued, and accepted – just as you are.
Psychologist Amanda believes only you know what’s right for you.
“I understand the debilitating effects of anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other distressing ways of experiencing ourselves and the world. The physiological discomfort accompanying these conditions can be anxiety-provoking in itself,” Amanda shared.
Katie is an EFT practitioner passionate about ensuring you feel truly heard and holding a space for you to feel safe to work towards creating lasting change.
“I help women who are deeply struggling with how their stories of what happened, their trauma, the big and the insidious, impact on their daily life,” Katie said.
Psychologist Jody is proud of her ability to create a safe, gentle, nurturing, and non-judgemental space. She understands the healing journey is not without its heartbreaks, grief, and feelings of hopelessness.
Psychologist Bec T understands the need for a holistic approach when healing from trauma. She helps clients feel safe in their own skin.
Psychologists Candice and Nina both have a down-to-earth and friendly approach; they are always sure to greet you with a warm smile.
“Everyone here has been through their own stuff, and everyone has had their own journeys and they’re all just beautiful women that are capable of helping other women going through what they are going through. We all need that support at some point,” Rebecca said.
When you reach out to the lovely team over at On Track Psychology, you will be connected with one of the girls who best match your needs. So, whether you’ve been putting off addressing some additional support you may need, looking for someone and somewhere that is the right fit, or want to continue your mental health journey; the lovely team over at On Track Psychology may just be your right fit.