Derek Tys
Cirrus Counselling
Lismore, NSW, Australia
Qualification and identity verified
Cirrus Counselling
Lismore, NSW, Australia
Qualification and identity verified

About me

Derek is an accredited mental health social worker, qualified counsellor and art therapist. Using a transpersonal and Jungian approach, he specialises in working with adults who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD-1) and Asperger's as well as clients with alcohol and drug addiction and members of the LGBTIQA+ and intersex community. Talking doesn't always work, so Derek also uses art therapy and principles of sandplay. Having a particular passion for dream work, Derek loves working with the unconscious ... to explore dreams and their meaning. In his sessions, he will often ask his clients about their recent dreams as he finds these often provide powerful information to help further reflect on the material being discussed. Derek completed a Bachelor of Social Work with the University of Tasmania in 1998 and also holds a Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling and an Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy. With a thirst for knowledge and a commitment to ongoing professional development, Derek is a lifelong learner. In 2021, he plans to do more training in couples counselling using the Gottman Method as well as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Based in Lismore, Derek provides his services in person and online and also runs regular group art therapy workshops. Derek has a fascination in weather, clouds and in particular, cirrus clouds. Meteorologically when cirrus clouds fill the sky it signifies a change in the weather, hence his signature tagline: "When cirrus clouds fill the sky, know that change is on the way". He looks forward to supporting you in your journey towards wellness. Read more


Membership of professional associations

  • Australian Association Social Workers

Education and training

Bachelor of Social Work Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling

Holds a relevant Working With Children Check


Derek Tys’s studio location

Lismore, NSW 2480 Australia

Exact location will be provided after booking

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Discovery call session

A discovery call will provide an opportunity to ask questions and gain an understanding about your current challenges, goals and pain points. ... This is a key opportunity for us to start building a relationship and understand how I may be able to assist you. You can also learn more about my expertise and knowledge, the success I have had in helping others with similar issues, and consider whether my offerings will be able to meet your needs. Ultimately, a discovery call helps to determine if there is a good fit and we can decide if we would like to take the next steps together. Read more

This is a one time free session

15 min


Cirrus Counselling session with Derek

Derek utilises focussed psychological strategies to support his clients in their journey towards wellness. Using a transpersonal and Jungian ... approach, Derek is here to understand you, to listen respectfully, and to assist in finding greater meaning in life. Understanding our individual and personal psychology can really help in moving forward. Talking doesn't always work, so Derek also uses art therapy and sandplay techniques. These processes value the non-verbal, where words are not as necessary. You don't have to be creative or an artist - just have a willingness to explore and play and the insights will come! "When cirrus clouds fill the sky, know that change is on the way!" Read more

In person

1 hr

150 AUD

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