HI and welcome to HeartMindfully. I’ve created this website as a way to share my knowledge as a counsellor and provide valuable information to you that might be relevant in your world.
I was born to be a counsellor, with a name like Smiley as my surname, I felt a duty to always have a smile on my face. As a kid growing up, you could imagine how naiive this perception was, having to always smile, or be friendly. But in hindsight I can see how valuable that has been for me. Even though it’s important to sit with feelings and acknowledge feelings, it is also a valuable skill to look at things from a positive perspective or in counsellor terms – reframe the situation.
I’ve been a counsellor for young people and adults for 18 years, I have a Bachelor degree in Psychology, Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology and completed a Masters in Counselling. I have a particular interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, ACT for short along with Mindfulness as my favourite strategies for helping support clients in their journey.
I have heard so many stories from a wide range of people that would break your heart. It has been a struggle at times to hear their stories, but alongside these experiences also comes resilience and a strength even unknown to the individual until they are able to open up and share their story and draw on resources they didn’t realise they had.
What I hope to achieve here
It’s a safe space to share and not be judged. I plan to discuss and share all sorts of things related to self care, self love and strategies for managing our feelings.
I aim to create a loving space, while discussing various issues including bullying, self harming issues, relationship struggles, and all of those topics in between as a way to bring awareness to these issues, as well as possibly strategies for managing when these issues are happening.
The Purpose of This Website
The purpose of heartmindfully is to help facilitate a way for you to reflect and process your experiences and find ways to work through the challenges of life, while also provide inspiration and ideas of how to manage during the tough times so that you can build on your resilience to be able to handle what life throws at you. I plan on discussing various strategies, topics, and issues with the hope that these will be inspirational and thought provoking while also being helpful and supportive.
As this is a blog, I do hope to earn some income from this venture, so affiliate links will be used as a way to help me continue to provide this site to you, my valuable reader.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,
Kat (Smiley) McGregor