MANNAZ
THERAPY SPACE

MANNAZ
THERAPY SPACE

The Mannaz studio is a safe place and refuge.  It’s also a space to learn about yourself and your relationships.

Mannaz is an old Germanic word that means mankind, or human potential. Our focus and therapeutic intention aligns with ideas relating to change, repair, and transformation.  The Mannaz studio is a creative place where you can re-imagine yourself with the support and understanding of qualified and experienced practitioners.

The Mannaz studio is a safe place and refuge.  It’s also a space to learn about yourself and your relationships.

Mannaz is an old Germanic word that means mankind, or human potential. Our focus and therapeutic intention aligns with ideas relating to change, repair, and transformation.

The Mannaz studio is a creative place where you can re-imagine yourself with the support and understanding of qualified and experienced practitioners.

We offer services in counselling, psychotherapy, breathwork, and coaching.

We offer services in Counselling, Psychotherapy,
Breathwork, and Coaching.

The Mannaz Journal

The Mannaz Journal is a collection of thoughts and ideas about life, getting unstuck, and feeling better.  It explores the interception and liminal space between thoughts, feelings, words, and culture.

Words on a Page are a
Powerful Antidote.

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The Mannaz Journal

The Mannaz Journal is a collection of thoughts and ideas about life, getting unstuck, and feeling better.  It explores the interception and liminal space between thoughts, feelings, words, and culture. 

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Individual Counselling & Psychotherapy with Reed Everingham

Good therapy is about building insight and capacity.  It supports the client as they look at outgrown or maladaptive behaviour in order to make sense of their life experiences within a new life context and narrative.  This work is always done in the service of and desire for change, regulation, balance, and transformation. Reed’s work with clients is often long-term and very relational.

Relationship & Couples Counselling with Reed

This process aims to support the individuals in a relationship as they find pathways back to each other.  It’s about connection, understanding, and collaboration.  It is centred around working through what’s valuable and meaningful and supports couples through a restoration process in order to access and experience more joy, a deepening of trust, connection, and intimacy.

Breathwork with Dr Polly McGee

Breathwork is both an ancient and contemporary modality of therapy that releases stored trauma through sustained, conscious, connected breathing.  Led by a trained facilitator, breathwork can be used as a somatic (through the body) tool alongside of counselling and therapy to support people who experience anxiety, addictions, PTSD, and other conditions of trauma.

Coaching with Julie Regan

Coaching is about connecting with how people imagine their lives need to be and what changes are required to achieve this state.  It’s a bit like cooking or painting, it’s a very creative process.  Coaching is people-and-solutions-focused. It’s all about flow and capacity building.  Professional Coaching supports clients as they build new ways to identify and articulate their values, strengths, and goals.

Have you ever done a personality test?  There are plenty to choose from – Myers-Brigg, the Enneagram, DISC, 16PF, and OCEAN to name a few. I saw the latter mentioned recently. 

OCEAN stands for five broad amalgamations labelled as Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism.  But rather than go into each of those individually, I’m struck by the acronym – wouldn’t it be much simpler to say that everyone is an ocean?

An ocean is entirely subjective. Majestic and terrible, full of secrets and beauty, raging and tranquil, inspiring and terrifying.

✅ Visit the Mannaz Journal to read the full article - link in bio.

Title: In the OCEAN
Words: Reed Everingham 
Image: Marien Raat
A decorated tree is so iconic. It evokes thoughts & memories & connects us to time & place. In fact, any decoration hanging in a tree can transport me back to my childhood.

Some people will feel pressured & stressed during the festive season & others will find joy, connection, & meaning. It really depends on your lived experience.

Go gently this holiday season & stay attuned to the parts of you that need to jump with joy & those that need to stay calm & grounded.

📖 Visit the Mannaz Journal to read the full article - link in bio - & we look forward to curiously entering 2022 alongside you ✨

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Title: The Festive Season – Emotions & Memory
Words: Polly McGee
Image: Eugene Zhyvchik
We all have work to do when it comes to self-esteem. For many people it’s a daily practice and something worthy of attention and care. Visit the featured words link in bio to read the full article.
The final month of 2021 has arrived and the rush to year’s end is gathering pace. For some, this festive holiday season can generate a range of emotions or trigger levels of mental distress arising from shared family histories or non-existent celebrations or gatherings. 

This photo could be taken in the Blue Mountains. The trees look like eucalypts and the light is soft and welcoming. This image is an invitation to sit in a chair, read a book in the hammock, or make tea to share with friends. 

Take good care everyone. 

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Title: Pace Yourself
Words: Julie Regan
Image: Ostap Senyuk
"One of the skills I’m often asked to work on with clients or speak about in groups is setting boundaries. For many of us, we have never had boundaries modelled to us, or explicitly been shown how to set and maintain them, or why we need them.

I think the simplest way to define a boundary is what’s ok for me, and what’s not ok for me. Possibly deceptively simple, as to understand what is ok for me, I have to be able to not only put myself first, I have to be able to recognise and honour the felt sense of my own limitations."

Words: Polly McGee
Image: Sinitta Leunen

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Our reflection-lite lives are indicative of the paradox we live in. Our marathons of externalised numbing [insert your favourite here: food, booze, sex, drugs, gambling, shopping, gaming] to wrangle our sympathetic nervous systems back to rest are a placebo for the real work of reflection and compassionate enquiry in the regulation process. 

💎 Click on the link in the bio to view the full article.

Words: @pollymcgee 

Image: Christin Hume

#settle #listen #deeptime #contemplation
In the safety of regulation and the bounds of the therapeutic alliance, clients are able to encounter the parts of themselves that are over- or under-functioning neurobiologically in service to their safety.

There are many factors that play into the conditions for safety to occur, and the greater the trauma is, the longer this can take. 

This is why a therapeutic process is a true one-to-one collaboration between therapist and client, blending our shared experiences and neuroceptive capacity to co-regulate with each other. 

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Title: Set, Setting, Scope, & Service
Words: Dr Polly McGee
Image: Jon Flobrant
Feels & Thoughts: Balance & Regulated

🌿 Check out the full post: https://bit.ly/39ovhKx or visit the featured words link in profile.

#set #setting #scope #service #balance #regulation #neurobiological #trauma #mannaz #mannaztherapy #mts #change #grow #practice #flow
“I’m working from home, as you all know – and one of the best things about it is I get to spend a lot of time with my partner, my garden, and my cat and dog.

Rosie is a whippet, and she is my role model in so many ways – but the thing I admire most, perhaps with a little tinge of jealousy, is her absolute presence. 

Unconcerned with past or future, her existence is entirely in the moment.  If something is happening, she’s involved.  If nothing is happening, she’s asleep in the sun.  She is not burdened by past trauma or future expectation.

This photography does not include Rosie but does include a very cute whippet and a silken windhound.  They make me feel happy as I think about the energy and joy they must bring to their human companions. 

I’ve often considered bringing Rosie into the studio so she can meet and work with everyone.  She has been working her canine magic on me for many years now."

Visit the Mannaz Journal to read the full article titled: It’s a Dog's Life 🐶 

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Words: Reed Everingham
Image: Katie Bernotsky
Here we are entering March in the year of the Tiger.  The festive season has come and gone, January and February have sped past like fast trains, and we are looking at another year of adjusting to our much-changed world. 

The last two months have been eventful, despite a self-imposed isolation, and the year is truly underway. Phew!!

Goal setting sits in disputed territory with evidence being split down the middle as to whether it works or not. My experience with clients shows that some people need well-defined goals, while others prefer a more ‘free-wheeling’ approach to planning and action.

I’m not against goal setting and doing things.  However, the main question that has been occupying my mind is what sort of person I want to BE in 2022.  What are the values and qualities that I want to focus on and express over the coming year?

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💎 Visit the featured words link in bio to read the full article. 

Words: Julie Regan 
Title: 2022 - The Year of Being!
Image: Anders Nord
“One of the most enjoyable things about the last 18 months has been the birdsong in my neighbourhood. The early bird calls to welcome the day as the sun rises over the park and the empty streets and laneways. 

The warning calls as they chase the sun to rest across the darkening skies at days end. Shrieks of delight filling the air as the parrots strip the grevilleas of their spring blooms. 

Happy squawks as the minor birds splash around in the birdbath in the garden, or screech alert calls of a cat prowling amongst the flowerbeds.”

Click on the link in the bio to read the full article: Contemplating Stillness ✨

Words: Julie Regan
Image: Toa Heftiba
“The world breaks everyone, and afterwards many are strong in the broken places” – Ernest Hemingway.

I discovered the above quote in a book I am currently reading titled Triumph of the Heart – Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World by Megan Feldman Bettencourt. Among other things, what I like about this book is the way it talks about the ecology of trust and the role that forgiveness plays in intimate relationships.

I also recently read a lovely article by the renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh titled “Growing Together”. In it, he uses a beautiful metaphor of two gardens to represent a romantic relationship. The first garden represents the self; the second is symbolic of our partner (husband, wife, or lover). His idea is that ultimately both gardens need to be tended in order to nurture a healthy, loving, and resilient relationship.

💎 Visit the featured words link in profile to read the full article. 

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Title: Forgiveness when relationships change
Words: Reed Everingham
“There are a number of words that sum up the human experience over 2020 and 2021.  The one that stands out for me, particularly at present, is safe.  More than ever we are called upon to keep ourselves, our families and communities, our work places and environments safe.

Our world is changing faster than ever before.  Daily, as the pandemic rages, we are required to absorb and adapt to the restrictions brought about by the ever evolving nature of the virus and remain vigilant to the need to remain safe and protected.

Remaining safe is not just a physical need; it is also a psychological one."

🌤 visit the link in bio to read the full article. 

Words: Julie Regan
Image: The Tampa Bay Estuary Program
One film I occasionally watch when it pops up on television or a streaming service is Ground Hog Day. In the film, Bill Murray (Phil Connors in the movie) navigates being caught in a repetitive time loop of a day that goes wrong, a day where he could have made better choices, been a better person. 

Finally, after some self-indulgent behaviour, Bill gets it and realises that if he changes he can get himself out of this loop, this constantly repeating day. It is a film that makes me laugh. At least it did until I got caught up in my own repeating loop of lockdowns in Sydney.

🌤 Click on the link in bio to view the featured article. 

Words: Julie Regan
Image: Martin Adams 

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When I think of constellations, I always thinks of the children’s nursery rhyme ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are.’ It was a rhyme I loved as a child and still do, as it conjures up delight and allows me to dream of things bigger than myself.

✔️ Click on the link in bio to read the full article. 

Words: Julie Regan
Image: Jess Bailey

#starlight #star #northernstar #constellation #change #creativity #breakoldpatterns
In this galaxy, everything but the sun has a shadow. Last month’s total lunar eclipse was the shadow of our planet moving across the face of the moon. Where there is light, there is shadow, and all people contain light and shadow. 

You might think that the wonderful, bright people in your life don’t have any negative characteristics – what’s more likely is that they have done the work of integrating shadow and have become brighter as a result.

🌗 Click on the link in bio for the full article and further words relating to Shadow Dancing. 

Words: Reed Everingham
Image: Yolanda Sun

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This is such a great photograph.  There are soooo many varieties of fungi! The documentary Fantastic Fungi is very interesting if you have spare time during the lockdown. 

What really catches my imagination in this photo is the many colours, shapes, and sizes.  Just like people, there is so much diversity and so many things to learn and discover.

Psilocybin, a classic hallucinogen, is a chemical produced by more than 100 species of mushrooms worldwide. 

Visit the link in the bio to read the full article relating to new developments in Australia, clinical trails, and training opportunities. 

Words: Reed Everingham 
Image: Andrew Ridley
When beautiful works of art need restoration, there is no question that beneath whatever is on the surface, there is intrinsic value and beauty worth restoring. 

The years may have added some layers of grime, or a tear in the canvas here or there, or discoloured some paint, but that doesn’t detract from the essential beauty that lies within.

As therapists, our clients are priceless art and we are the conservators. We see that innate beauty and the space we hold is consciously restorative. 

Our years of restoration with other great works give us the experience to assess the uniqueness of each presentation and how it will be approached. 

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Click on the featured words link in bio to read the full article 👨‍🎨 

Words: Dr Polly McGee 
Image: Birmingham Museums Trust 
Feels: Wonderlust & Skylights
This picture makes me think of my childhood – when things were simple and filled with colour and mystery.  This month at Mannaz we decided that we’d try our hand at writing thematically.  Our word for this month was ‘constellation’. 

Curiously, I found myself seeking and wondering out loud!  As I looked to the heavens, I was reminded of that beautiful line by poet and lyricist, Joni Mitchell. Her words have always resonated with me. “We are stardust, we are golden, and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.”

✔️ Click on the featured post link in the bio for the full article. 

#words #relationships #change #stardust 

Words: Reed Everingham
Image: Nastya Dulhiier
“So many nooks and crannies to explore, so many paths to walk and wander.

In session, I sometimes use the term “locus of control”. It refers to the extent to which individuals perceive that their behaviour shapes the events in their life. People with an internal locus of control believe they can shape life through their own decisions and actions. Individuals with an external locus of control believe that the events in their life are caused by outside influences rather than themselves. 

So as a person who is deeply flawed, I choose today to take personal responsibility for the things that keep getting in the way of me leading a more powerful, authentic and compassionate life. To work from a place of internal locus.”

Visit the Mannaz Journal to read the full article titled: Taking Personal Responsibility.

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Words: Reed Everingham
For many of my clients, anxiety is something they experience on a regular basis.  What I find interesting is the different ways each client will approach working with and managing their anxiety.

So what is anxiety?

Anxiety refers to feelings of worry, nervousness, or a sense of apprehension.  It incorporates both the emotions and the physical sensations we might experience when we are worried or nervous about something.

Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried.  While the latter are common responses to a situation where we feel under pressure, they usually pass once the stressful situation has passed, or ‘stressor’ is removed.  Anxiety is when these anxious feelings don’t subside – when they’re ongoing and exist without any particular reason or cause.

Visit the featured words link in bio to read full article 🌱

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Words & Image: Reed Everingham
Title: Anxiety and Self-care
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