I provide low cost individual counselling to children, adolescents, and adults alike. I offer short-term counselling to all clients and I structure every counselling session based on the individual’s needs. I truly believe that it is essential for everyone to be able to access low cost counselling services during their times of need.
My name is Catherine and I completed my counselling studies at the Australian Catholic University in December 2014. As a Counsellor, I have worked in Australia, England, Rwanda, and Kenya – and in contrasting environments. To date, I have worked primarily ...
My name is Catherine and I completed my counselling studies at the Australian Catholic University in December 2014. As a Counsellor, I have worked in Australia, England, Rwanda, and Kenya – and in contrasting environments. To date, I have worked primarily with disadvantaged/at risk population groups, and in a variety of settings. Such settings are schools, children’s homes, counselling centres, and outpatient hospital clinics.
Children’s Counselling: I have experience working with primary school aged students within an educational setting, working with children individually and in small groups, and in disadvantaged communities. In some communities where counselling is not yet recognised, I was fortunate to be able to provide pastoral care to children living out of home, and through various activities.
Various presenting issues that I have explored in children’s counselling are anger, assertiveness, bullying, safety planning, adjusting to change, social skills, respectful behaviours, disruptive behaviours, behavioural difficulties, trauma, grief and loss, cross-cultural difficulties, loneliness, and so forth.
Adolescent Counselling: In 2018, I commenced adolescent counselling, providing both individual counselling and group counselling where needed. Areas that I have covered with adolescents are self-awareness, faith/spirituality, transitional changes, trauma, respectful behaviours, disruptive behaviours, team building, community building, relationship difficulties, sexuality, and careers etc.
Adults’ Counselling: Working with adults, I have focussed on carrying out clinical assessments, as well as crisis counselling. Many of these adults presented either at risk of, or were currently experiencing emotional distress and mental health issues, amongst other concerns. Other concerns that I have assisted and supported clients with are personal difficulties, study and work, stress, relationships, sexuality, grief and loss, loneliness, cross-cultural, faith/spirituality, and so on.
Trauma Counselling for Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence: In 2018, I spent several months working intensively as a Counselling Practitioner (Intern)/Aid Worker, and within an outpatient hospital setting in Kenya. Whilst in Kenya, I had the opportunity to specialise in trauma counselling, and with predominantly child and adolescent clients. Many of the clients whom I counselled experienced gender-based violence in the form of sexual violence.
Counselling Modalities: In terms of therapeutic orientation, when working with children and adolescents, much of my counselling work entails a person-centred/humanistic approach, and with an emphasis on creative and expressive based interventions. Whilst working with adults, I continue to use a humanistic approach, and with added techniques from a strengths based approach, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused therapy. I also include exercises that are both reflective and creative when counselling adult clients – upon their request.
Empowering individuals to make positive changes in their lives during times of hardship and transition.
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