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Areas of Expertise. These are some of the ways we can support you.

I want to learn some new strategies to cope with stress, sadness and anger.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

emotional distress can be linked to specific thoughts and behaviours. This practice is goal-oriented and seeks to promote well-being with practical coping skills. Acknowledgement and processing of our thoughts, beliefs and behaviours can promote mindful and balanced strategies to effectively manage difficulties.

I get really angry/sad and I don't know why I want to understand my emotions.

Emotion-Focused Therapy.

Emotions influence our thoughts, feelings, body sensations, beliefs and desires. This approach delves into becoming more aware of emotions, processing difficult sensations and reflecting on experiences. By focusing on our internal experiences we can explore, notice and process emotions.

I don't feel very confident. I'm not sure where I belong. I want to increase my self-esteem and motivation.

Narrative Therapy/ Existential Therapy

Our lives are influenced by the ideas we have about ourselves. Our narratives could be about who we are, where we are from, the expectations of family or, from society. Exploring our story empowers us to address problems by rewriting or, giving a new meaning to our journey.

Existentialism is philosophical in nature. Themes associated with anxiety like freedom, responsibility, mortality and aloneness may contribute to a sense of disconnection, lack of purpose or stress in daily life. Exploring such themes encourages us to embrace our existence.

I've experienced grief or trauma and need support.

Trauma-focused CBT / Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Our lives are influenced by the ideas we have about ourselves. Our narratives could be about who we are, where we are from, the expectations of family or, from society. Exploring our story empowers us to address problems by rewriting or, giving a new meaning to our journey.

I want to understand patterns and behaviours which influence my relationships or, build intimacy and connection in my romantic relationship/s.

Interpersonal Therapy / Emotion Focused Couples Therapy

We are connected to others over our lifetime with different kinds of relationships. The way we interact with others, respond to others and feel about ourselves in the world influences our experiences. Exploring these patterns allows us to identify the benefits, or, impacts that our interactions have on our daily functioning. We can build empthy, intimacy and communication by de-escalating stressful situations and learning to respond to eachother in ways that foster deep connection, passion and stability. 

 

The story of Willow..

Hi! Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I worked in leadership and mentoring roles within the community development sector. Throughout this journey, I developed a specific interest in mental health. 

 

I learnt that the wisdom of the willow was so meaningful to everyday life. The branches are flexible, they sway in the breeze and if they break off, they heal and grow. The core, trunk of the tree is grounded and resilient throughout any storm and find a way to rejuvenate in the future. WILLOW is the combination of my grandparent's surnames, so my practice represents the wisdom shared by storytellers, friends and colleagues (and my love of metaphors) and honours the memory of my grandparents.

I completed a Bachelor in Arts: International Studies at RMIT, Melbourne and a Master's of Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Cairnmillar Institute, Melbourne.

I am a registered member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) # 25328. I am a member of both the International and Australian Societies for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Australian College of Relationship Counsellors. I am a registered provider of therapeutic support for NDIS. 

I wholeheartedly believe in therapeutic healing. Emotional shifts can be experienced with safety, collaboration and empathy, focusing on both the mind and the body. You can expect a professional, person-centred, evidence-informed therapeutic approach.

During our initial session, it is time for us to get to know each other. Often, I will ask about your general family, medical and relationship history, current concerns and goals for the future. Together we make a plan about how to best support you, this includes the frequency and duration of sessions and, is reviewed regularly. My approach is grounded in working in the present moment. If you have any metaphors to share I would love to hear them!

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY:

The Willow Counselling & Psychotherapy practice acknowledges and pays respect to the Boon Wurrung/Bunurong people, 

the traditional custodians of these lands and waters. We pay our respects to all Australian Indigenous Peoples, their cultures and,

to Elders of past, present and future generations.