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About Meeray Ghaly

My career as a counsellor began with an architecture degree.

In fact, I taught for several years all the while observing the phenomena of my students’ design work reflecting their own personalities, relational style; their inner worlds.

I was drawn to know more about how they appeared 'mapped' in their work; how they somehow unconsciously express themselves in profound and honest ways. It led to the question, how does truth find expression in our lives? How does it surface in our dreams, relationships, art and in our health? 

This curiosity led me to a Masters of Art Therapy, where the visceral, real-world experience of the counselling coursework quickly showed me the kind of therapist I wanted to be.

 
 

 

A lifelong interest in the symbolic world married beautifully with my studies in counselling and psychotherapy. My work is also grounded in the neurobiology of attachment and trauma.

As Carl Jung said; "the privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are". 

 

There can be many blocks on this path to true-selfhood. The French put it this way; "Tout comprendre, tout pardonner" - to understand is to forgive completely.  This describes the therapy process well; to become aware of who you are, how and why you think and feel leads to insight and compassion.

Sometimes life circumstances can leave us feeling disconnected; we may experience doubt, fear, helplessness, pain, confusion and loneliness. It can be overwhelming and frustrating; at these times, a non-judgmental witness can help, 

by gently guiding you back, and empowering you with new skills.

 

Understanding every person is unique, I utilise different techniques and a holistic, creative approach making the path to wholeness possible. 

I see it as a privilege to be with people at their most tender, vulnerable and uncertain times. 

My own lived experience has taught me the process of deep inner work with someone who cares and understands the issues you face can enable life changing healing. In our work, I can offer you a philosophy of respect, and a desire to understand. 

At Living Neuro, through careful listening and seeing practices

I help people reconnect deeply within themselves.


Meeray is a gifted counsellor. Compassionate, knowledgeable, resourceful. Intuitive and committed. I have been her supervisor for 6 years and been impressed with the way she has supported her clients in their recovery.
— E.Nomme, Registered Psychologist
 
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About Living Neuro

I am the founder of Living Neuro; a wellness service that combines my interests and work for the last 10 years across therapeutic, creative and teaching spaces. At Living Neuro, my mission is to create a safe place for you to land, take a moment, and together we will explore the path forward. 

Living Neuro was born out of my hunger for living intentionally and with greater balance. It encompasses workshops, NeurOptimal® neurofeedback brain training, counselling and psychotherapy.

 
 
Meeray and I have been colleagues for many years and have co-created and facilitated therapeutic groups and workshops together. Meeray comes from the heart to offer others her full care and attention. She is wonderful at welcoming people, setting them at ease with her warmth and sense of humour. Meeray’s approach is intelligent and gentle, allowing people to heal at great depths. Her insight and knowledge is a beacon for others to find their way, supporting them to create the life that they want.
— J. Mancuso | Senior Counsellor at Carers ACT, Art Therapist
 
Doing NeurOptimal has been like ‘KonMari’ method for my mind. I feel decluttered, lighter ... there is joy again.
— NeurOptimal User, Female, 34yrs

Professional Biography

Meeray Ghaly is a counsellor, psychotherapist, and NeurOptimal® neurofeedback brain trainer who helps clients experience personal transformation. Her speciality is in neurofeedback and after 17 years in Sydney now runs Living Neuro through a private practice in Brisbane.

Meeray weaves together a dynamic mix of modalities and brings these experiences with a range of client groups to her practice including leading an expressive arts group at Concord Mental Health Unit with Weave's Speak Out Dual Diagnosis Program; co-facilitating art-based mindfulness groups in the corporate sector at Deloitte, Brisbane, and in community groups with the Centre for Practical Spirituality, New Farm; leading a Pastoral Care team for the elderly in residential care; providing end-of-life spiritual care and bereavement support; co-facilitated tailored groups with Carers NSW and CANTEEN alongside a psychologist and art therapist. Her counselling career has also included the opportunity to be a brokered counsellor in the National Carer Counselling Program with Carers NSW and helping multicultural, bilingual and indigenous women with a range of issues including complex trauma, dual diagnosis and domestic violence at Weave Women and Children's Centre. She interned at Macarthur Sexual Assault Service, NSW Health and was a Sessional Academic at UNSW and WSU across Architectural Communications and Therapy studies which included the development and delivery of coursework.  

With qualifications of Grad Diploma Counselling, through the School of Social Science and Psychology WSU, (including receiving the Dean's Medal), Bachelor of Architecture (Hons 1) from UNSW (where she received the University Medal), and certification in NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback training with the Zengar Institute Canada, Meeray combines a natural compassion and curiosity for the human experience with continuous learning, and personal development experiences.

Meeray is a Clinical Member of The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA Reg. 22711) (BUPA Private Healthcare Approved Counsellor Provider No. J117041) and is currently welcoming new clients.


My approach draws on the following training

  • Expressive Therapies

  • Psychodynamic & Somatic Psychotherapy

  • Trauma Informed, Neuroscience & Attachment

  • Cross Cultural Sensitivity

  • Gestalt and Psychodrama

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

  • NVC & Imago Couples Dialogue

  • Jungian Sandplay Therapy & Dreamwork

  • EFT Tapping

  • Strengths Based

  • Psycho-education

  • LifeLine Telephone Counsellor Trained

  • Life Pressography in Arts and Health

  • Contemplative & Wisdom Traditions

  • Death Midwifing

  • Wilderness Rites of Passage

Special Interests

  • Chronic & life limiting illness

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • PTSD and trauma

  • Relationships

  • Family of origin concerns

  • Survivors of childhood abuse

  • MindBody health

  • Psychoimmunology

  • Burn out

  • Grief

  • Self Esteem

  • Life transitions

  • Spirituality & psychotherapy

  • Culture and identity

  • Creative development & coaching

 
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There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
— Anaïs Nin