The Journey


Soul-Essence, will assist with unblocking and clearing negative emotions which allows the individual to live in freedom and realize their full potential. All it takes is willingness to face ones issues! It is easier to ignore and forget about them pretending that they have been dealt with. However, these issues continue to arise making you feel inadequate, worthless, or simply agitated and angry.


Since 1995: We are so fortunate that even to day, we have the gift of The Journey to guide us to health and well-being. This gift of the Journey Philosophy Philo meaning friends of; initiated by Brandon Bays has a step-by-step process that gives the individual the guiding tools to access your bodys infinite wisdom. This process will assist you to elicit you own infinite healing power, getting to the root cause of any long standing issue, fear or emotional blockage. The concept of self-psyche with emphasis on forgiveness will give newness, freedom and absolute clarity to the individual. Brandon Bays, mind-body healer pioneered The Journey through her miraculous Healing of a tumor. Her work has been appraised by Dr. Candace Pert, Dr Wayne Dyer and Dr. Deepak Chopra. This powerful success of The Journey will bring emotional and physical well-being, clear out old issues for good and allow absolute clarity, freedom to enjoy.


Counselling is a talking therapy that allows a person to discuss their problems and emotions in a confidential and dependable environment.

A counsellor is trained to listen with empathy (by putting themselves in your shoes). They can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you have. Sometimes the term "counselling" is used to refer to talking therapies in general, but counselling is also a type of therapy in its own right. Other psychological therapies include psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and relationship therapy, which could be between members of a family, a couple, or work colleagues. Read more about other psychological therapies.

What is counselling used for?

Talking therapies such as counselling can be used to help with many different mental health conditions, including:
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Complex personality
  • Compulsive behaviour
  • Stress disorders and anxieties
  • Long-term illnesses
  • Eating disorders, anorexia / bulimia
  • Drug misuse
  • Behaviour modification
  • Bereavement
  • Pet bereavement

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    How counselling can help

  • Counselling aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing emotional and psychological pain or making you feel uncomfortable.
  • It can provide a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. The counsellor is there to support you and respect your views. They will help you find your own insights and understanding of your issues and assist you to cope and deal with your problems.

    Counselling can assist you cope with:

  • Bereavement or loss, relationship breakdown
  • Stresses: cope with redundancy or work-related stress
  • Explore issues such as sexual identity, menopausal issues
  • Procrastination - deal with issues preventing you achieving your ambitions to succeed
  • Depression melancholy/sadness to develop a more positive outlook on life
  • Anxiety, phobias - help you worry less and assist you to develop coping skills
  • Assist understanding yourself and your problems better
  • Assist you to develop confidence and investigate low self-esteem
  • Develop communication skills to assist better understand of people's points of view counselling can involve talking about difficulties or painful feelings and assist you develop skills to face the issues experienced. With the help and support of your counsellor, you will gradually start to heal and feel better.

    How many sessions do I require:

    In most cases, it takes a number of sessions before you can make head-way. A regular commitment in attending your counselling sessions, will improve the way you feel and prove successful in yielding positive results.

    What to expect from counselling:

    During your counselling sessions, you'll be encouraged to express your feelings and thoughts. By discussing your concerns, the counsellor can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, as well as identifying ways of finding your own solutions to your problems. It will be a great relief to share your worries and fears with a professional counsellor who acknowledges your feelings and is able to assist you reach a positive conclusion to move forward.

    Counselling can take place:

  • Face to face
  • Individually or in a group
  • Phone assistance
  • Email, Skype or Viber

    You may be offered counselling as a single session, or as a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months. A longer course is available if necessary.

    Trusting your counsellor

    A professional counsellor will focus on your issues, listen carefully without judging or criticizing you. With their help you will find out about how you can deal with your problems. For counselling to be effective, you need to build a trusting and safe relationship with your counsellor. Sessions are offered on a sliding scale (The Journey) or a fixed fee and for main-stream counselling sessions.

    Who provides counselling?


  • Are trained to provide counselling, to help you cope better with your life and with any issues that is a burden to you.
  • Counselling involves talking about sensitive issues and revealing personal thoughts and feelings, you will feel relaxed and confident enough to open up and discuss your issues in private as your counsellor is experienced and professionally qualified.

    BA(HSS)Unisa Counselling,
    BA HONS Psychology
    Journey Practitioner Brandon Bays
    EPASA DEM; EPP101001131
    Council of Counsellors CO1894
  • Coaching

    What is Coaching?

    Is coaching for me? If you want to find out more about yourself, where you have been and where you want to go coaching is for you, it will assist you to reach your highest potential.

  • Coaching is supporting you in clarifying your goals. Directing you to access all the resources you might need, eliminating any obstacles and training you to improve specific skills needed.
  • Business Coaching and workshops can bring refinement to an individual as well as to an organization.
  • Engaging with a Coach when you engage a coach, you are willing to commit to certain coaching or workshop activities, designed to accelerate your journey to self-development and benefit from feedback in regards to your process.

    Some workshops and coaching available:

  • Confidence vs Low self-esteem workshops [view video]
  • Business Processes and self-management
  • Personal profile and personality profiling eg. Enneagram or Personality Traits

    Do I need Coaching? Often clients say I'm stuck, I'm not sure how to move forward?

    Many clients feel at a loss about how to achieve their goals. Some require guidance and a plan while others require to spend some time with a coach to work out how to achieve and create a problem-solving plan to move out of their circumstances, into a better space. Others simply need assistance to reach their goals through workshops and motivation coaching.
  • Imagine achieving goals
  • Think about how you can become less affected by negative emotions like anger, fear/ guilt
  • Feel that there is valuable potential in you, thats not yet fully accessed
  • Acquire a future vision, but dont know how to achieve it
  • Working in a demanding position where you need to be on top of your game
  • Get a sense that you have achieved many of your lifes goals and that you are ready to go the next step to accelerate your career/home/life-style?
  • Reached a phase in life where you want to establish more than a successful career
  • Want to maximise your enjoyment in your personal life

    Is this attainable? Its all available? its at your fingertips! Call to start your journey to success.
  • Testimonial

    • At the end of last year I was in desperate need of help from what I thought was anxiety. I searched online, emailed one therapist who never responded. I then decided to email another therapist and not wait for a response from the first one. I scrolled and landed on Ellie's picture and I knew, this is where I needed to be. Ellie responded within minutes.

      I thank God for leading me to Ellie. I have no regrets. Ellie is compassionate, gentle and has a heart of gold. Naturally with my first visit I was anxious. Anxious because it was my first time and because I didn't know what to expect.

      But I soon became comfortable and looked forward to every session. I literally became a different person. Before Ellie, I was miserable, angry, anxious, unpleasant but today I'm proud to say that that is no longer who I am!. I am forever grateful to Ellie.


    • It all happened in March 2016 when I had terrible back pains due to a cyst between the spine. No painkillers worked as the cyst was putting pressure on the sciatic nerve causing insufferable pains down the right leg till my toe. I had pain crisis every 6 months to the point that I couldn't walk and had to stay in bed. I remembered waking up at night due to the pain and asking my parents for painkillers.

      I had been to 5 doctors, including orthopedics and physiotherapist and most of them suggested surgery as nothing else worked. I was lucky enough during the second pain crisis, to come into contact with Ellie Lawrence that took me through The Journey process. At first I didn't believe in this type of healing, as I had reached a point believing that only surgery would cure me.

      Ellie told me to imagine my body and my pain as something real and living. With closed eyes my body and the pain would act like real life actors taking form like dancers in my mind. Ellie told me to imagine pain in my body, then slowly leaving my body, opening the door and saying goodbye.

      What I experienced was like a dream and at first, I felt the same but better. Everyday was a different day towards recovery, and after two months since the therapy, I have not felt the pain again. Its been a year and a half now, the pain hasn't returned and I believe more than ever that Ellie is a great healer, she has patience and great intuition.

      Your body is your temple and it only knows the way to be self-healed only if you believe in its greatness. Thank you Ellie for showing me the way!

      Niki Dadou

    • Over the past year, my family has had 3 terrible deaths. Firstly my mom (who my children and I idolized) passed away very unexpectedly, four months later my husband committed suicide and 7 months later my moms best friend and like a second mother to me passed away, also quite unexpectedly. As you can imagine, it was devastating for my children and myself.

      She understood their anger and bewilderment, and with means of The Journey, made them face the situation, working with mood boards, they started to work through emotions. Quite honestly, I don' know what I would have done without her emotional support. The Journey makes you look at your life, and gives you an understanding into circumstances. It ably gives you the tools to deal with yourself. I can highly recommend using this path. Ellie Lawrence is a compassionate, loving individual, who has a rare insight into peoples emotions. She is able to capture the essence of the problem and help you deal with it. She also is completely confidential in her dealings with clients, even between family members.

      Mrs. L.H.

    • Thank you for helping me through the journey in finding my Lifes Purpose "bringing Joy to Brokenness and Light to Darkness". I recommend The Journey to everybody as Life really is a journey and everybody has their own journey to ride.

      Angie Polizzi

    • I was very emotional and at a low stage in my life when I read about The Journey. But from the first session; I experienced positive shifts within my body, this mind shift pushed me forward to change. The Journeys meditative philosophy resonated with me and this feeling of positivism pushed me to go on with my life, to go forward. I started to say to myself I need to start living again. The Journey really helped me in my time of need after being severely depressed.

      Mrs. R.A. Cape Town

    • I was in a very dark spot in my life. Not knowing where to go, what to do. I found that after and during The Journey therapy, I have learnt to embrace my Bad feelings and emotions and use them to benefit me. I have been able to express my feelings in a more positive way and have never felt so free and at peace, in all situations I find myself in. I would strongly suggest The Journey to anyone dealing with Anger issues as it has really changed my life and lead me to being the man I so deeply had in me

      Dean Stopford

    • "The process of The Journey was enlightening. Assisted me to deal with my raging anger and unforgiveness. The Journey process has assisted me in opening up to love and befriend others. "

      Byron Taylor, Cape Town

    • "I am emerging from four months journey that has taught me the value of true friendship and unconditional love. My path was fraught with difficulties as there were so many times I wanted to give up! What kept me going was 'The Journey' process, assisting me to heal through self introspection and reconciliation. Without you realizing it, your therapy has carried me through the darkness in my life. Thank you for not giving up on me! Thank for being in my life and for being there in my time of need".

      Beulla Bethani

    About Soul Essence

    I'm Ellie Lawrence a life coach and counsellor at Soul Essence and I have found over the years of counselling, that life is challenging. Serious issues such as broken relationships, bereavement rearing children, and even illness can be demanding. In an attempt to survive this difficult life, we bury our issues deep down inside of us, and circumstantially we find that at times we are stuck, not motivated, depressed and anxious about our life and future. In my line of work people have been desperate for assistance to better cope with life. In my attempt to provide these much needed answers, I have developed a number of workshops that deal with the most prevalent life issues people live with every day.

    Im sure that you have wondered at some point in your life, as to why you are here?

    [view our various video content on these topics]

  • What is life all about and why is it so difficult
  • To find that special significant other
  • To have good meaningful relationships
  • To have the ability to communicate effectively
  • To have happy well-rounded children
  • To have success in your career
  • Lack of motivation or procrastination
  • To have confidence in yourself
  • to stop procrastinating and achieve your goals and
  • Ultimately to have a clear Vision and way forward for your life

    Erik Erikson says The more you know yourself the more patience you have for what you see in others.
    If you are facing life challenges You are welcome to join me on a 1-1 workshop, as they are short and concise. There are various worksheets or Journals to write up what you are experiencing to assist the process of change. In this way you can monitor your progress. You can Skype a session, or visit for a single or opt to have a few sessions. I am looking forward to assist you, wherever possible.

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