Mark Sayer has worked as a counsellor with adolescents and families for thirty years, principally in the secondary and tertiary education sectors. Prior to that he has taught in secondary all boys and co-educational schools and has also gained experience in middle and senior management in that sector. Visit Mark’s website: www.solutions4living.com.au
- Your favourite hobby? Woodworking/Gardening
- Favourite sports player? At the moment – Ash Barty. How refreshing she is.
- Guilty pleasure – A rum & coke on a Friday arvo (unless there’s a QCA PD on!)
- I can’t live without – Madeleine and our extended family
- The charity I support? St Vincent de Paul; Salvos; Red Cross
- Next travel destination? Italy, mid-year
- I love the sound of the frequent laughter of Miller Joy, one of our grand-nieces that we look after every Wednesday.
- I would like to learn – I just want to keep learning – whatever emerges as important at any time
- My hidden talent is making a pretty good scone
- My writing inspiration is – Silence and the chance to “listen” to gut feelings
- Favourite TV shows?
– Wallabies, Reds, Broncos, Tennis & Aussie Cricket
– Some lifestyle programs and British crime dramas
- Singers – Broad tastes; many favourites
- My superpower would be – Consistent random acts of kindness hopefully
- What makes you laugh – The unbridled joy and peals of laughter that little children often display
- People I admire- Many people in different ways, but especially my beloved, Madeleine
- What inspires you? People of vision who work for the good of their fellow human beings (and I conversely groan at the lack of genuine leadership on many levels – particularly the political level)
- The best advice I ever got? As a little tacker, my father advised, “Marcus Aurelius, don’t pee into the breeze!” (Marcus Aurelius – family nickname)
- Worst advice I ever got – I try hard to store bad advice in my forgettery.
- Favourite room in my home – Family room and back deck
- Most treasured possession – 20 years ago – my squash racquet!
- Favourite drink – A nice red wine
- Midnight snack – N.A.
- Favourite takeaway – N.A.
- Signature dish to cook – Scones and shortbread
- Best place ever lived – Present home, it’s always good coming home there
- The best part of the day – Late afternoon early evening when we have a quiet debrief on the day over a wee drink.
- Preferred or most-liked counselling framework
Solutions-focussed framework flavoured with REBT sand strengths-based approaches.
- What are you most proud of with your counselling work?
Seeing clients embrace positive changes in their lives
- Favourite counselling books
– Two of Kathryn & David Geldard’s texts: Basic Personal Counselling & Counselling Adolescents
– Ben Furman & Tapani Ahola: Solution Talk
- What do you take with you in your counselling room
An open mind and a sense of humour hopefully. I have a magic-wand but it doesn’t work.
- Self-care strategy for yourself- Regular professional supervision, my exercise regime, healthy eating & good sleep.
- What did you struggle with when you first started counselling? Removing my teacher’s hat and donning my counselling hat.
- Favourite counselling quotes
Good outcomes don’t happen by accident.
Parents of teenagers are people under siege.
- Advice to new counsellors – Be prepared to learn and change yourself.
- Hopes for the counselling profession
That it continues to be a vibrant and helpful service for positive change in people’s lives and that it is recognised as such at a national level.