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Health & Wellbeing

MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS: WITH BROOKE CEFAI

Brooke Cefai

Mental illness continues to be a major health, social and economic issue in Australia with one in five people experiencing mental health concerns in any one year (ABS 2008).

For many dealing with a mental illness is a prolonged battle that requires ongoing psychological support. Here in Australia our systems don’t often support this need. Awareness campaigns grow stronger each year as we actively challenge the stigmas that prevents people from seeking help, robbing them from having important conversations. Despite these tremendous efforts a huge number of barriers still exist, one of which Is something I’m hugely passionate about changing; access to counselling & psychological services.

In Australia those that cannot afford private counselling (a large percentage of the population) are reliant on a capped/subsidised and overburdened public system or will need to seek the aid of charities with extensive wait lists. For many time is of the essence and it means they simply go without the support they so desperately need.

We are fortunate in Australia that our system has some supports in place, and having worked in the community sector for many years I am all too aware of the multifactorial and complex reasons why there are still so many unmet needs because of inadequate funding, quality of services, understaffed centers/hospitals ill equipped to be dealing with the demand and a lack of focus on early intervention & prevention

As a therapist in private practice charging market rate and as one who has my own weekly counselling and pays market rate, (yes we all know I’m a firm believer that counsellors should have counsellors) I am all too aware of how expensive therapy is!

I often ask myself what more can I do as a therapist?

When I began private practice I wanted to offer as many services as possible to those that wanted to use them. As a result I make available a number of appointments each week for those that don’t have the ability to pay market rate, doing what I can to help you utilise my service at a discounted rate OR I will find a service that is appropriate for you if mine is not

It is simply a matter of reaching out…

As mental health awareness week slowly comes to an end I encourage everyone to have a closer look at your mental health needs, is seeking support something you’ve been putting off? Are your symptoms getting worse and you’ve been ignoring them hoping they will disappear? If so now is the time to be proactive and reach out.

The saying ‘People fear what they don't understand and can’t conquer’ rings true, but we need not forget, understanding and working through your symptoms or illness won’t make them any worse & early intervention often leads to more positive outcomes (for any illness)

If you identify with this please make contact and let’s put a plan in place to help you move towards wellness.

About Brooke Cefai

Brooke Cefai is a Melbourne based Counsellor & Wellbeing Facilitator who has spent two decades working in a number of diverse counselling and wellness settings in Sydney & Melbourne. This includes the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Victims Services NSW, PWD Abuse & Neglect Hotline, Mission Australia Counselling Services, and Essential Energies Wellbeing Centre. Brooke’s qualifications include a Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Wellness qualifications include a Certificate of Metaphysics and Advanced Certificate of Spiritual Healing. She is professionally registered with the Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

Brooke uses a holistic approach to counselling that draws on a number of counselling models and techniques chosen specifically to meet a person’s current needs. This approach considers physiological and psychological disorder as part of a greater whole and will focus on the relationship between body, mind and spirit to empower individuals to unlock their innate wisdom and potential. Brooke is further guided by a psychodynamic framework meaning within sessions the aim is to bring unconscious elements within one's life into consciousness and often requires an exploration of your past to understand the current impact on the present. Brooke is available for private counselling sessions at MISS FOX, online, and at her South Melbourne clinic.

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From our Director

BE GENTLE ON YOUR SELF

Not many people know how I got started in beauty, and how I came to open MISS FOX. In fact, it was complete disenchantment with the the beauty industry that set in motion my journey to create a “better kind of beauty therapy”.

If you were with me 10 years ago, you would have found me working in corporate Melbourne, pausing the daily grind only for the occasional manicure, post-work bubbles or to fuel my increasingly-concerning shoe shopping addiction.

Fast forward a year from there, and a low moment of intense body criticism (we’ve all been there) saw me book in for a semi-invasive, semi-disastrous treatment to “slim and tone my body in just one session”. Having booked with the “best” clinic in town, I wasn’t expecting the extreme side effects and pain from these “natural injections”, but more so the lack of care or concern when things went horribly pear-shaped (which they literally did, and trust me, this was not the desired shape).

Although the event was scarring — both emotionally and physically — in that time I made a decision: that I would make it my mission to offer beauty therapy that was, first and foremost safe, and backed by excellence in customer care. That’s why our treatments at MISS FOX run with the strictest quality and safety measures, are completely non-invasive, and are supported with a 5-star level of customer service. One of my very favourite treatments now are our radio-frequency body contouring treatments (Venus Legacy) because not only did they help repair some of the damage from the invasive procedure, it is a smarter and completely non-invasive way to look and feel better.

Since we opened 8 years ago, MISS FOX has also evolved to a offer a more holistic, no-trauma approach to beauty therapy. Current science is showing that the more aggressive the treatment, the more thinning and inflammation — and the more the skin prematurely ages. That is why we have turned the industry on its head and said no to invasive and aggressive skin treatments such as laser resurfacing, skin needling, microdermabrasion (aka skin sandpapering), injections, glycolic, salicylic and retinoic acids, and even gritty manual exfoliants. 

Instead, we offer treatments and products that partner with the body, to build skin and internal health and stimulate change gently and naturally, using some of the world’s most intelligent ingredients and technologies. Explore our non-acid peels, non-invasive skin tools, LED light rejuvenation, holistic skin analysis, and even internal supplementation and nutrition for gut health. We’ve also partnered with experts in their field to offer you special events and services to assist you on an emotional level in life, love and career - we call it the mind-beauty connection.

All in all, MISS FOX wouldn’t be what it is today without some great challenges, obstacles and lessons. So remember, the crappy thing that happens today could be paving the way for the good things coming tomorrow. Trust the process. Be patient with yourself. Be kind to your self …and for goodness sake, be gentle on your skin.

— Victoria Fox, Founder/Director, MISS FOX Melbourne

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Brand Spotlights

BRAND SPOTLIGHT: A LOOK AT OSMOSIS SKINCARE

Dr. Ben Johnson started his career in 1997 when he opened one of the first medi-spa chains with locations all around the U.S. Dr. Johnson then founded and formulated his first skin care line, Cosmedix, with a strategy that was unique at the time - creating medical strength results using all natural and chirally correct ingredients.

Dr. Johnson has developed Osmosis Skincare with the goal of changing the direction of skin care away from excessive exfoliation and renewing the focus of dermal remodeling. It works on every skin condition on every skin type. The product range has created a great deal of excitement in the beauty industry, thanks to its unique action and outstanding results.

"I created Osmosis because I wanted to transform the aesthetic industry. Let's help people move away from weakening the skin and instead create a partnership that empowers healing and remodelling. Every action by the skin is perfect so our efforts should always be supportive and address the actual source of the imbalance. Permanent change is possible, your skin just needs to be inspired."

Osmosis is based on analysing the skin and body as a whole to treat skin conditions at their source, restoring beauty and wellness. It provides the tools needed to create the ideal environment to encourage permanent change and overall radiance -- a complete holistic-medical skin and wellness solution.

To start your journey with Cosmedix or Osmosis skincare, book in for our popular Skin Analysis appointment for a personalised, holistic program for balanced and radiant skin.