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.

Clinical Supervision with Reed

Supervision is a supportive and enabling process where a supervisor and supervisee reflect on work practice together.  The supervision relationship offers supervisees the reflective time, a safe space, and a formal structure to notice and realise fresh perspectives on current practice and professional identity. This process counters burnout and compassion fatigue and fosters resilience as you continue in your work.

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.

Finding our autonomy, feeling what it is like to establish safe, clear boundaries can be a revelation. When we are pleasing others to feel safe, we are ironically very unsafe. 

When we are caring for ourselves, knowing what is right for us, what is ok, what meets our personal values, we are standing in our power and creating an environment that allows our nervous systems to have a chance at repair and re-regulation.

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Title: Boundaries
Words: Polly McGee
Image: Soroush Karimi
Feels & Thoughts: Space, Safety, Yes, No
What I see and hear in the therapy space, and what I live and breathe every day, is a yearning for better connection. 

The truism is that we’re social creatures, and connection makes us richer, happier, more content, and more capable. Yet the dominant messaging around self-care is, “take some time for you” and “look after number one”.

Bubble-bath. Tick. Walk in the forest. Tick. Reading a book curled up on the lounge. Tick. An hour of yoga or stretching per day. Tick. But could it be that the ultimate self-care is done in the company of trusted friends and family?

What can you see in this picture? Can you see self-care?

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Title: The Merit of Connection in Self-care
Words: Reed Everingham
Image: Aarón Blanco Tejedor 
Feels & Thoughts: Warm, alert, connected, friendship
I completely understand that sometimes people have questions such as, should I give therapy a go? Or, will therapy be a good investment in terms of time and money? 

Recently a friend shared the following youtube clip with me about psychotherapy. I have to say, I thought it was really great!

Not only is it less than four minutes long, it’s also engaging, colourful, and fun, and goes a long way to demystifying some of the misunderstandings or myths associated with seeing a therapist.

I will let the clip from @theschooloflifelondon do the talking, I really hope you enjoy it.

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Title: Therapy myth busting!
Words: Reed Everingham
Image: Maegen Martin
Feels & Thoughts: Practice, Grow, Change, & Flow

#Counselling @therapy #psychotherapy #change #process #personcentred #relational #breathwork #coaching #supervision #mannaztherapy #mts #mannaz
You know me so well!  There are things about me you don’t know.  Why can’t you see that about yourself?  Wow, I think I surprised myself as well as everyone else! ⭐️

I’m pretty sure you will have heard or said something similar about yourself or one of your friends. Those four phrases encapsulate the ‘panes’ in the Johari Window. 

It’s a very clever piece of psychological theory, named after its developers, Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham. 

It’s a diagnostic model which is used to explore how you work in a group, or what your strengths and weaknesses are, or to explore growth potential. 

The four panes can increase and decrease in size, but they don’t disappear. 

Visit the featured post link in our profile or check out the full post @ https://bit.ly/3ASNmvT to see the world from your own Johari window. 

Title: The Johari Window – Now I see Me!
Words: Reed Everingham
Image: Adeolu Eletu
Feels & Thoughts: Warm, Safe, Protected, Curiosity, Reflective, Growth, and Mindset
There is a melancholy to winter. The short days, the cloudy mornings, the drizzle, the mists rolling in like living things, subduing all motivation. Even when it’s clear, the sun has barely any bite. I’m aware that my feelings are somehow influenced by the changing season. It’s time for warm jumpers, rest, and soup!

The birds fly north, the snakes and lizards slumber in their nooks, the plants and trees free themselves of foliage. For all intents and purposes, it appears that winter is somehow saying “leave it be and let it rest for a while”.

This to me is winter’s challenge: to slow down, to be introspective, to take stock and to seek out small wonders and hidden beauties – crocus flower poking up through the snow and king parrots flashing red and green in the treetops.

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Title: Mindfulness – A Winter’s Tale
Words: Reed Everingham
Image: Long Zheng 
Feels & Thoughts: Warmth, Comfort, Easy, JOMO, wind-back, Mindful 

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The digital world we live in makes it easy to be ‘on’ far more than ever. Enhanced communication technology allows more connectivity and immediacy, creating expectations that people are constantly available. 

The merging of work and non-work has implications for personal well-being and relationships, as well as the organisational level.

The ‘always-on’ work culture also creates numerous problems for organisations, stemming primarily from the fact that it denies workers a sense of individual efficacy and autonomy by putting them on a permanent state of alert. 

What are your work boundaries? How are you setting boundaries to ensure you have a sense of control over your life in these COVID times? Please take care everyone and get in touch if the above resonates with you in light of your own situation.

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Title: Boundaries & Drawing the Line
Words: Julie Regan
Image: Anthony Garand
Feels & Thoughts: Stress V’s Equanimity, Life/Work Balance, Saying NO 😘

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#Boundaries #work #worklife #grindstone #ratrace #timeout #coaching #support #mannaz #mannaztherapy #mts #change #grow #practice #flow
Language is incredibly important to me. I listen for how people phrase their lives, and within those words are clues to how they speak to and of themselves and what their inner narratives consist of. 

I flinch at careless words used by those in power, those in the press, those in the law, those who write the policies that govern our nation. Words that subtly reflect unaware and unexplored views of the world steeped in beliefs that represent only some of the people.

Language is alive, it is adopted, co-opted, changed by usage, culture and time. It comes in and out of fashion, some words hanging around, cemented into our vocabulary, others slip in and quietly slip away.

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Title: Words Build Worlds
Words: Dr Polly McGee
Image: BP Miller
Feels & Thoughts: Full-bodied, Culture, Narrative

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#words #culture #narrative #story #storytelling #construct #language #fashion #time #wonder #fleeting #memory #mannaz #mannaztherapy #mts #change #grow #practice #flow
"Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high. There’s a land that I’ve heard of once in a lullaby. Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true.

Someday I’ll wish upon a star, and wake up where the clouds are far behind me. Where troubles melt like lemon drops, high above the chimney tops, That’s where you’ll find me.”

Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland ❤️, Harold Arlen, & E.Y. Harburg (1939).

Take care everyone. Be proud of who you are – whomever you are – and please reach out and ask for help if you’re feeling blue.

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Title: Building Shame-Resilience & Pride
Words: Reed Everingham
Image: Matt Forfar
Feels & Thoughts: Love, Pride, Resilience, Hope

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#LGBTIQ #78ers #Pride #PrideLondon #Resilience #hope #love #diversity #visibility #lifeispolitical #therapy #relationships #support #competence #mannaz #mannaztherapy #mts #change #grow #practice #flow
In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, police raided a popular gay bar in New York City's West Village named The Stonewall Inn. This was not unusual back then, but on this particular evening, the patrons of the bar fought back, starting the Stonewall Riots, which went on for days.

The Stonewall Inn was declared a historic landmark by the city of New York in 2015 and later named a national monument. This June is the 52nd anniversary of the first Pride parade, which happened in 1970, one year after the uprising.

June of 1970 was also the month I was born. So I have those proud, defiant, and fearless people to thank for my current civil life. Your struggle and protest made my life and love possible.

Take care everyone. Be proud of who you are – whomever you are – and please reach out and ask for help if you’re feeling blue.

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Title: Working with and Supporting LGBTIQ Clients 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️❤️
Words: Reed Everingham
Image: Jean-Louis Paulin
Feels & Thoughts: Love, Pride, Repair, Hope

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#LGBTIQ #Pride #Stonewall #love #diversity #visibility #lifeispolitical #therapy #relationships #support #competence #mannaz #mannaztherapy #mts #change #grow #practice #flow
I've been feeling a heightened level of optimism and hope coming out of the Federal election in May. 

Whatever your political persuasion, the results herald a significant shift in our political landscape and have highlighted the issues that are front of mind for the majority of Australians – the environment and climate change, cost of living, gender equality and safety, a shared future of a more equitable and humane society.

This image was chosen as the idea of new spring growth just lights me up and makes me hopeful and excited about the changing seasons and surviving the frosty cold of winter. The new shoots are young ginkgo leaves. Medicinal, therapeutic, beautiful, and iconic. The ginkgo tree stands proud and golden in the garden, park, and forest.

Hope should not be measured by its absence. Lean into change and go gently as you redefine your sense of safety and selfhood.

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Title: Hope & Future Thinking
Words: Julie Regan
Image: Christina Winter
Feels & Thoughts: Settled, Hopeful, I wonder?

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#Hope, #change #curiosity #wonder #climate #gender #equity #humanity #diversity #pride #love #lifeispolitical #therapy #coaching #regulation #breathwork #mannaz #mannaztherapy #mts #change #grow #practice #flow
Despite changing cultural awareness and acceptance of diverse sexual orientation and gender identification, LGBTIQ peeps (of all ages) will often experience things like oppression, discrimination, bullying, rejection, and marginalisation differently.

Lots of my clients will have heard me speak about feeling bright in dark places. Life is not always in full focus. Sometimes we just get on with things, living, loving, and feeling pride in our connection to spirit, song, and community. 

This photo moves away from the glossy pride photos of people marching on parade and/or in protest. What it does reflect for me is the in-between space of lives lived with energy and sparkle. 

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Title: Working with and Supporting LGBTIQ Clients
Words: Reed Everingham
Image: Kevin Hendersen
Feels & Thoughts: Love, Pride, Repair, Hope

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#LGBTIQ #Pride #love #diversity #visibility #lifeispolitical #therapy #relationships #support #competence #mannaz #mannaztherapy #mts #change #grow #practice #flow
Feeling overwhelmed, as if you are losing control or need to take control, is a symptom of anxiety and stress. It can manifest as agitation, sleeplessness, depression, frustration, and annoyance. 

On a cognitive level it can result in mental slowness or a racing mind, forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, and impaired problem solving. 

It can exhaust and reduce our capacity to react, to work our way out of the feelings and situations to move into self-care. We can be like animals caught in the headlights – dazed and frozen.

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Title: Stress – It’s all a bit too much!!
Words: Julie Regan
Image: Hannah Wei
Feels & Thoughts: Stress & overwhelm - boundaries & support

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#stress #overwhelm #scope #boundaries #support #coaching #therapy #relationships #mannaz #mannaztherapy #mts #change #grow #practice #flow
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

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#set #setting #scope #service #balance #regulation #neurobiological #trauma #mannaz #mannaztherapy #mts #change #grow #practice #flow
Although we are not always one hundred percent in control of our work flow, we are in the main responsible for setting our own work-life boundaries. 

We are in charge of our own self-care, of knowing our preferred working style, of knowing when we are happiest with our life situation, and when someone has overstepped the line. 

To determine what those boundaries are requires self-reflection, time out to review our current situation and ponder how things might be different going forward.

Words: Julie Regan
Context: Workplace, Coaching, Boundaries, & Self-care

#work #worklife #worklifebalance #coaching #balance #boundaries #limits #lifestyle #bestlife #self #selfhood #selfcare #mannaz #mannaztherapy #mts #change #grow #practice #flow
There is no doubt that as we grow and lean into ourselves, we see the enormous capacity of the human condition – the limitless power of love, compassion, and altruism. 

The scale of our ability to think and feel, the scope of our ingenuity and adaptability.  On some days we feel the bright and sometimes incandescent glow of potential, of great power and belief, the feeling that we can conquer everything.

On dark days, there is a shrinking, an impotence and an introversion. 

Feelings of inadequacy and unimportance affect all of us at some time or other, and on those days it may be hard to get out of bed, let alone get on with our day, perform at work, or feel worthy of love.

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Title: BIG & Little at the Same Time
Words: Reed Everingham
Image: Ray Hennessy
Feels & Thoughts: Hope, Lightness, Curiosity

Link to article in bio - featured words 🌿

#counsellinglife #counsellingcentre #counsellingservices #conundrum #hope #light #lightness #curiosity #curious #seeker #naturelovers #natureisbeautiful #wonder #wonderfolk #wonderfulnature #mannaz #mts #mannaztherapy #change #grow #practice #flow
All of us are part of a constellation and have constellations around us, relationships of differing kinds – family, friends, intimate partnerships, work teams, interest groups, sporting groups etc. 

Like all celestial constellations, there are groups or stars that shine bright – some for a long time, some that fade in and out, those that speed brightly across our skies like a comet and are gone in a blaze of light. 

The one thing these stars and groups have in common is you. You are the centre of your own constellation.

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Title: Shining Bright
Words: Julie Regan
Image: Lopez Robin 
Feels & Thoughts: Constellations & Wonder

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#constellation #constellationcollective #constellationstar #familyconstellations #constellations #starlightstarbright #starlight #starlightglimmer #starlights #wonder #wonderland #wonderlust #wondermore #wonderful #mannaz #mts #mannaztherapy #change #grow #practice #flow
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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Words: Dr Polly McGee 
Image: Birmingham Museums Trust 
Feels: Wonderlust & Skylights
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve been having some interesting discussions recently about power. 

Power is fascinating because it is often unacknowledged or ignored until it is lost. The power of privilege and status especially fits this dynamic. 

An employed person doesn’t really see the power of that until the job is lost. A man might not have understood the power of the title ‘husband’ until he is separated or divorced. An only child immediately loses agency upon the birth of a sibling.

Power is taken, assumed, transferred, inferred. 
It is malleable, systemic, temporal. 
It is fickle and cyclical.

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Title: Power & the Therapeutic Frame
Words: Reed Everingham
Thoughts: Balance, vulnerability, full-disclosure, and congruence.
" Samvega is linked to the moment where we see material aspirations to be empty in their capacity to deliver lasting happiness or true satisfaction, and that all our work and earning is pointing to nowhere.

This is usually a radical realisation, and one that deconstructs everything that we have been raised on and worked towards; the messages of our culture and marketing experts; and the narratives we have bought into about ourselves. 

It is an unraveling that is swift, deep and awkward. “

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Title: Samvega – Feeling States & Coping with Complexity
Words: @pollymcgee 
Feels & Thoughts: curiosity - how to stay curious & open in a world that often befuddles & compounds. 

#samvega #buddhism #thinking #feeling #being #growing
It is no exaggeration to say that breathwork changed my life. In that most perfect, random-seeming, but completely synchronous way, I arrived at a time and place, open and curious with no expectation, and was delivered my life’s work. Where to begin? 

The story starts on a plane. I was travelling to Ubud, Bali, for a breathwork retreat. I had no idea what that entailed at the time, but I’d met the retreat facilitators at a conference we were both speaking at, was intrigued by their presentation, and knew intuitively that I needed to be there, so I signed up ...

Visit the featured words link in profile to read the full article 🌿

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Words: @pollymcgee 
Title: Introducing Breathwork as a Practice
Image: Arun Sharma

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