Christine Urja Refalo
Gestalt Psychotherapist and Relationship Counsellor
Christine Urja Refalo (PACFA Clinical reg. 22381; Member of GANZ) is a Gestalt Psychotherapist, Relationship Counsellor and Group facilitator working from The Counselling Space, Coffs Harbour Jetty.
She holds a Masters in Gestalt Therapy and Graduate Diploma in Relationship Counselling (Couples, children and families). She is also a registered NDIS provider.
Urja is the principal of New Pathways Counselling and Support. She has a background in meditation and meditative therapies and has been working therapeutically with people for over 30 years. Urja’s clients range from pre-teens, adolescence, families, to couples, adults and seniors. Urja works with her clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, relationship distress, confusion, crisis, loss, grief and bereavement, transition, lack of confidence, loneliness, abuse and trauma.
Urja is a kind, compassionate and caring, trauma informed counsellor who uses her wide experience and understanding to deliver skillful and effective therapy. Her psychotherapy and counselling sessions whether they are for individuals, couples, pre-teens, adolescents or families, are validating and enriching. She embraces an approach that includes the mind and body, enabling people to improve their mental and emotional health together with an overall feeling of wellness. Clients report they feel lighter, more relaxed with a clearer mind and a life that is more satisfying and fulfilling.
Urja is passionate about the ability of the human spirit to change and transform, and incorporates positive skills and mindfulness, alongside neuroscience for clients’ self knowledge, understanding and use outside the therapy space for their own continued nourishment and support.
Throughout therapy, Urja fosters the client’s power and strength that enables them to make their own fulfilling choices. She creates a supportive, safe and learning environment that fosters self-acceptance, self-worth, insight and growth.
Given Urja’s flexible, attentive and creative manner, she is able to engage clients with an array of conditions and from diverse backgrounds. Together with talking therapy, Urja uses many means to elicit her client’s experience. Methods include the use of art materials, play therapy and play based interventions. These methods are particularly effective with children and young adolescents, as well as NDIS participants who have difficulty with verbal expression.
In a professional way, she will work together with clients to help them come to a deeper understanding of themselves, and make more sense of their unique situation. By increasing awareness, completing unfinished business and experiencing a stronger sense of self, client’s find they are more confident, have renewed direction, meaning, freedom of choice and relaxation.
Urja welcomes referrals from NSW Victims Services and NSW WorkCover participants.
Private Health Fund Coverage
Medibank Private; CHBS Health & Doctors Health Fund; BUPA; AHM; Police Health & Emergency Services Health.