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After reviewing the services below, should you identify a clinician that best matches your therapeutic need, please email them directly via their professional links highlighted under their individual service profile.

If you would like to book with a Wonderkind & Co clinician or need guidance to identify who would be in the best position to support, based on your enquiry information, contact us directly through the REFER NOW button.

Referrals will be reviewed on Mondays and we will be in contact shortly after.

WONDERKIND & CO. TEAM MEMBERS
Wonderkind & Co.

KATE DAVIDSON
Wonderkind & Co
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

As an insightful and highly trained practitioner, Kate’s authentic approach is to support children and their families to identify issues and learn strategies to move forward positively beyond the therapeutic setting. 

By working together as a team and completing assessments, reflecting on what is occurring, what has been tried and exploring alternative strategies we will develop a detailed plan to support the family. Practical tools, tailored strategies and supportive guidance along the way build an accountable and transparent foundation for positive and sustainable change. 

Kate’s approach is pragmatic, holistic and growth focused.  There is an opportunity to creatively diversify therapeutic support with the young person and this may involve experiential activities like cooking, play, art, exercise, socialisation skills development or the addition of Cannonball and Bear (our furry friends). As you can see below we have a range of activities to help assist desires outcomes.

Service Provision
  • Psychosocial Assessment
  • 1:1 Therapeutic Support
  • Family Support
  • Parenting Support
  • Activities underpinned by Theraplay Principles – Attachment-Based Play Therapy (Level 2 Trained)   
  • EMDR (Level 2)
  • Social Work Clinical Supervision
  • Field Education for Students
  • Program Development
  • Training / Professional Workshops
  • Clinical Consultancy
Wonderkind & Co.

WITH CLAIRE MARUM
Wonderkind & Co
Business Manager

Based at Ariston House, Claire joins the Wonderkind & Co team with an extensive background and experience in Business Management and Client Services. Claire’s organisation skills, efficiency and attention to detail ensure the smooth running of the Wonderkind & Co business, both behind the scenes and by offering a calm, warm welcome to clients and their families.

Claire is also now offering private Business Support, after hours, Fridays and weekends, to clinicians just starting out or needing some extra support with their business including admin, accounts or Halaxy.

For more information and contact details, see her personal profile here: Therapeutic Community – Wonderkind & CO. (wonderkindandco.com)

WONDERKIND & CO

WITH KARA BURNS
Mental Health Social Worker

Kara has a Bachelor of Social Work and specialises in working with children and their families to best support outcomes that align with their individual goals and values. Kara has trained in the family violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) framework and has completed her level 2 Theraplay training. 

Kara is particularly interested in working with children aged 2-10 and their primary carers in dyadic settings to strengthen attachment and attunement, seeking to identify, understand and respond to the emotional need behind their child’s behaviours. 

Working with clients from various contexts and communities including: those who have experienced family violence, adverse childhood experiences, complex and intergenerational trauma, neurodiversity and CALD communities. Drawing from a trauma-informed practice, strengths and family systems therapeutic framework, Kara believes that therapy can be fun, meaningful and therapeutic, as such she facilitates her sessions in a warm and engaging manner. 

SERVICE PROVISION
  • Activities underpinned By Theraplay Principles – Attachment-Based Play Therapy (Level 1 trained)
  • Individual Therapeutic Care Plans
  • Seasons for Growth grief and loss program
  • Group Work
  • NDIS Capacity Building
  • Integrated Play Space
  • Social & Emotional Skill Development
  • Emotional Regulation Support
  • Peer Pressure Support
WONDERKIND & CO

WITH DEBORAH BUGEJA
Mental Health Social Worker

Deb is a Mental Health Social Worker with over 7 years experience in mental health, disability, youth and child and families sectors. Deb has been fortunate enough to build on her skills and knowledge to support clients with complex needs. She specialises in working with families and children between the ages of 0-5, supporting young people and their parents/carers connect to their emotional world by supporting attachment repair, development and attunement.
Working within many therapeutic modalities, including but not limited to; Circle of Security program, Activities underpinned by Theraplay Principles (Level 1) an attachment based Play Therapy, Sunshine Circles (Group Based Theraplay) Program and Marte Meo Practitioner (Level 1).
Deb loves to foster authentic therapeutic rapport and work with parents and children to understand their driving needs, strengths, challenges while offering evidenced based and practical support to enable families to reconnect, grow, while navigating both their individual and familial journeys to reach their full potential and develop.
Deb is highly efficient, well organised and her open, honest, nurturing approach is the ideal mix for little ones and families in need.

SERVICE PROVISION
  • NDIS participants (0-5 years)
  • Parenting Support (Clinic & Outreach)
  • Family Support (Clinic & Outreach)
  • Routine Development & implementation
  • WonderTOT Facilitator (0-2 years) & Carers
  • WonderPlay Facilitator (3-5 years) & Carers
  • Transition Anxiety & Management
  • Activities underpinned by Theraplay principles (1:2) Child & Carer
  • Circle of Security to support Attachment Disruption
  • Marte Meo to support Child Development Support and Attunement
  • Individual Therapeutic Care Plans (ITCP)
  • Early Education Consultation
  • Parenting Training & Support Programs

Deb can be contacted via deb@wonderkindandco.com and Referrals can be made directly through the Wonderkind & Co website via the refer now button. 

Wonderkind & Co.

KRYSTLE TICKNER
Wonderkind & Co
Client Administration Assistant

Krystle will be at Ariston House welcoming all and managing reception on Fridays.

Krystle comes to support us with over 15 years experience in customer service and administration. She holds a range of qualifications in tourism /operational management, hospitality and most recently interior design. Krystle has excellent computer and technology skills, is super organised and efficient and has a warm, kind and supportive approach. 

Ariston House Community Members
Balanced Minds

WITH SACHA SAKER
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
Registered Counsellor

Sacha is an experienced Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Registered Counsellor with over a decade working with adolescents and adults in support of their mental health and wellbeing. Sacha offers individual counselling to adolescents and adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, and PTSD.

As a former Mental Health Clinician in the community sector Sacha is acutely aware of the effects mental health can have on day-to-day life. As a previous Secondary College Team Leader supporting a multi-disciplinary group, Sacha also has a well-developed understanding of mental health presentations in adolescents and in particular an increased awareness of the stressors and influences that are associated with this time of life and development. Sacha specialises in supporting teens with high risk and/or complex needs. Sacha’s experience also extends to other members in the community which includes Veterans and their families. As a Military Veteran herself, she is well placed to support and guide Veterans and their families through their mental health recovery journey. Sacha works to provide a safe and non-judgemental space to support clients navigate through life challenges, regardless of what age and stage of life you are in. She aims to provide a proactive approach, ultimately delivering targeted support for individuals in times of need and recovery.

While Sacha has an extensive clinical toolbox her favoured modalities include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Person-Centred Therapy (PCT). Sacha has recently added additional times to her calendar as appointments continue to fill quickly. If you or a loved one is hoping to start on your/their mental health wellbeing path, please contact Sacha at sacha@balancedminds.au or via the Wonderkind&Co website link in our bio.

Service Provision
  • 1:1 Therapeutic Support
  • Family Support
  • Parenting Support
  • Social Work Clinical Supervision
  • Field Education for Students
  • Program Development
  • Training / Professional Workshops

Send all self-referrals and inquiries directly through email to Sacha at balancedminds01@gmail.com

Thrive Therapeutic Support

WITH NICOLE THOMPSON
Mental Health Social Worker
Kinesiologist

Nicole is a Therapeutic Social Worker and Kinesiologist with over 14 years of experience. She has a passion for providing holistic support to her client groups by combining her therapeutic skills with bodywork and energy healing.  By providing a nurturing sensory experience her calming environment is welcoming enabling clients to relax and engage fully in the therapeutic process. Nicole has a special interest in supporting young people and women to understand and manage their mental and emotional health and well-being.

Located in Ariston House, Nicole can be contacted directly at nicole@thrivetherapeutic.com.au or by phone on 0478037 013 

Vist www.thrivetherapeutic.com.au for further information

SERVICE PROVISION
  • Individual therapeutic support
  • Kinesiology
  • Somatic Trauma Therapy
  • Reiki
  • Women’s circles
  • Qi Gong
  • Adolescent group work
Shape Psychology

 WITH TILLY AMBLER

Tilly holds a Master of Psychology and is a registered Psychologist with over 15 years of experience across corporate and private settings. She has extensive experience in career coaching, development, counselling and is experienced in supporting clients with mental health difficulties that impact their day-to-day lives. Tilly is passionate about supporting clients to achieve realistic outcomes.  

Using a mix of evidence-based therapies* Tilly works with you at your pace, understanding your background and experiences that have brought you to therapy. She will work with you toward your goals and support you in shaping a clear pathway toward the life you’re trying to live. Tilly has specialist training in Anxiety, Perinatal mental health, and Couples therapy**

Appropriate referrals for Tilly include:

  • Anxiety 
  • Pregnancy, Perinatal and Post-natal support
  • Couples therapy
  • Workplace stress
  • Life transitions
  • Career coaching and guidance
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • IVF and Fertility counselling 
  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Depression
  • Non-Directive Pregnancy Counselling
  • Parenting support
  • Grief and loss.  

* Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT), Gottman Couples Therapy and others.

** Specialist training with Dr Russ Harris in ACT, Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE), The Selini Institute, ANZICA, EFT Australia, Gottman Couples Therapy

Located in Ariston House, Tilly can be contacted directly at tilly@shapepsychology.com.au

Vist Shape Psychology for further information

Shape Psychology

 WITH LEANNE MICALLEF

Leanne became a Registered Psychologist in 2007, and is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).  She has worked across corporate, government, consulting, educational, volunteer and private settings in organisational development, leadership, coaching, learning & development, counselling and therapy, working with both adults and adolescents.  She currently also works as a secondary school counsellor as well as private practice.  

Success in therapy is underpinned by a strong therapeutic relationship, and with this in mind Leanne warmly welcomes you and seeks to foster a safe, open-minded, understanding, non-judgmental and empathetic space.  

Leanne draws from a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches* aiming to support you in improving self-insight, gaining clarity, building skills and clearing the path to identify and achieve goals and improve your life.  Her passion and drive in her practice is to be that person that helps you make a difference.

Appropriate referrals for Leanne include:

  • Anxiety/ Stress 
  • Adolescent (Teen) wellbeing
  • School refusal (secondary)
  • Mid-life ‘unravelling’
  • Life transitions & challenges
  • Work-life balance challenges
  • Decision-making support
  • Emotional regulation
  • Parenting
  • Grief
  • Depression

*including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-behavioural Therapy (CBT), person-centred therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy (SFT), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Located in Ariston House, Leanne can be contacted directly at leanne@shapepsychology.com.au

Vist Shape Psychology for further information

Nurturing Tails

WITH SHELBY LEECH
Nurturing Tails
Mental Health Social Worker
Animal Assisted Therapist
Teacher

Shelby is a qualified teacher and most recently completed her Masters of Social Work degree.

Shelby has significant experience working with young people in the Out of Home Care Space who have been exposed to sexual abuse, family violence, mental health, sexual exploitation, and AOD. Shelby has experience working with both children and families in this space.

Shelby has trained in complex and developmental trauma, Grief and Loss program Seasons for Growth, Animal Assisted Therapy, and the CALM Minds Anxiety support & education program.

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email Shelby directly at shelby@nurturingtails.com

Service Provision
  • Psychosocial Assessment
  • 1:1 Therapeutic Support
  • Family Support
  • Parenting Support
  • Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Small Group Programs

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email Shelby directly at shelby@nurturingtails.com

Cornerstone Therapies

WITH BRI DUNN
Mental Health Social Worker

Bri is a mental health social worker with 10 years of experience in areas including mental health, immigration, home-based care, and family services. 

As a mental health social worker, Bri is passionate about the systems and supports around a child. 

In 1:1 therapeutic sessions with children, Bri provides holistic therapeutic support that is trauma-informed, client-centred, and strengths-based. 

Utilising play and art resources this therapy assists children to begin to process their feelings and previous life experiences in a safe and therapeutic space and learn the skills to solve problems, cope with difficult situations and understand and manage their emotions. 

Bri has a special interest in supporting parents to better understand their child and their child’s behaviour through psychoeducation and utilising Theraplay (Attachment-Based Play Therapy) to strengthen their attachment and connection enhancing their bond.

Service Provision
  • 1:1 Therapeutic support 
  • Psychosocial Assessment
  • Intensive therapeutic care plans 
  • Family Support
  • Parenting Support 
  • Activities underpinned by Theraplay Principles – Attachment-Based Play Therapy 
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Social Work Clinical Supervision

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email Bri directly at bri@cornerstonetherapies.com.au or phone 0411 802 325

Karen Spence 

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Clinician.
Paediatric Mental Health Nurse

Karen is an experienced Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinician who previously worked as a Paediatric Registered Nurse for over 15 years, before undertaking clinical training in Developmental Psychiatry. Karen most recently worked in a public health Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) for several years as a general clinician, including the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Assessment team, before commencing work in private practice. 

Karen uses a range of therapeutic approaches tailored to suit the goals of the young person and their family, that are developmentally appropriate and evidence-based. Karen’s approach is family-focused, holistic, and empathetic, taking into consideration the unique strengths and challenges this age group presents. She aims to work collaboratively with parents and families to help build strong relationships.

Karen has experience supporting young people with a variety of challenges including anxiety disorders, depression, and other mood disorders, school refusal, self-harm, gender identity issues, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, low self-esteem/confidence, emotional dysregulation difficulties, and social skills development.

Service Provision
  • Psychosocial Assessment
  • 1:1 Therapeutic Support:
    • Psychotherapy
    • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    • Strengths-based therapy
  • Family Support
  • Parenting Support

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please visit karenspence.com.au, email Karen directly at karen@karenspence.com.au or phone 0407 621 200

GROW OT

WITH RYLIE EVANS
Occupational Therapist
Art Based OT facilitator

Rylie began her journey into the healing arts as an Acupuncturist over 25 years ago. In 2002 she went on to study Occupational Therapy and then, later, furthered her qualifications in the field of Visual Arts.

Rylie has a range of skills and experience in supporting children, adults and families living with complex trauma, developmental, health and psychosocial issues.

Rylie is especially passionate about the importance of sharing stories, connecting to country and place, as well as person-centred, culturally safe care. Whilst the process of art-making enables us to create a space that allows this to naturally emerge, through an Occupational Therapy lens we are able to establish and work on therapeutic goals and outcomes in a non-confrontational way.

Rylie loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling, camping, music, and art.

Rylie is excited to be working in a space where people from diverse backgrounds are able to come together, create social connections, and build their skills and confidence in taking on new experiences.

Service Provision
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Art Based OT facilitator

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email Rylie directly at growot123@gmail.com

Tribe Therapeutic Support

WITH BELINDA TRIBE
Therapeutic Support

Belinda is a mental health social worker with over 20 years’ of experience in both the Out of Home Care sector and the Housing and Homelessness Sector.

Using both trauma informed and neuro divergent informed approaches, Belinda effectively engages and works relationally with children, their families, and caregivers, supporting them to develop their own strengths and create positive change. Belinda delivers practice responses that are therapeutic, and promote safety, choice, collaboration, trustworthiness, and empowerment.

Belinda has extensive experience in completing comprehensive risk assessments, psychosocial assessments of children and adults, and providing outreach support and advocacy to families. Belinda is passionate about Strengthening the Team around the Child, through the provision of therapeutic responses underpinned by Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Principles.

Service Provision
  • 1:1 Therapeutic Support
  •  Parenting / Family Support (in office & outreach) (Trauma & Disability Focus)
  • CALD Family Support (bilingual)
  • Facilitator of Carer Support Groups 
  • Foster Care Training 
  • Foster Care Assessments

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email Belinda directly at belinda@tribetherapeuticsupport.com.au or phone 0491 006 200

Curious me

WITH FELICTY DEWAR

Mental Health Social Worker

Felicity is a Mental Health Social Worker with a Bachelor degree in Social Work, working most recently in both the Out of Home Care (OoHC) sector, and as a School Social Worker within the Wellbeing Team at a secondary college in Geelong. Professional development and growth within both sectors were enhanced through the process of collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams and working alongside other like-minded passionate and driven child advocates.

Through training and experiences, Felicity has a well-developed appreciation of the impacts of complex trauma on the lives of others and has developed her approach to be trauma informed. Experiences in the OoHC sector included working with and supporting high-risk youth as part of a multi-disciplinary team and ensuring that their supports were in place to assist in stabilising the young person across all domains of their lives.

Felicity worked as a school social worker to assist in the delivery of support, prevention of harm and risk management for vulnerable students with impacted mental health presentations and the need for immediate intervention during this time. Taking on a substantial caseload with complexities as well as creating engagement programs to enhance skill development and promote connectivity amongst different year levels, Felicity also co-presented to student cohorts on issues of friendship and specific mental health issues to both students and student support staff.

Striving towards achieving the best outcomes for children and young people, their families and the community, Felicity has proven her strength as a staunch advocate both within the school and in the community for young people who are part of the LGBTQAI+ community and possesses a compassion and deep understanding of the many challenges faced by a young person on their journey towards gender identity, discovery, transition, acceptance and authenticity.

Felicity is stepping into private practice as a mental health social worker as part of the Wonderkind&Co. community, at Ariston House, and is looking forward to extending therapeutic support for young people and their families. Felicity will be available from late January, each Monday, and for group sessions in the evenings.

Service Provision
  • 1:1 Therapeutic support,
  • Parenting/family support (in office/outreach), 
  • NDIS capacity building 
  • Gender exploration,
  • Q-Rious Me Parent support group program, 
  • Q-Rious Me group work program for young people 
  • Gender Q-Rious School education sessions.

Send all self-referrals and enquiries directly through the website at www.curiousmetherapeuticsupport.com.au or email felicity at felicity@curiousmesupport.com.

Temple Sensory Art & Play

WITH EMMA TEMPLETON

Emma is a passionate advocate for vulnerable children and their families having spent 20 years +  in the welfare sector.  Emma is a Sensorimotor Arts/Creative Therapist and works with children, individuals and families; 1:1 therapeutic counselling and trauma informed parent education and coaching. Emma combines sensorimotor art and play modalities in her sessions.

Sensorimotor Art Therapy
Emma cares deeply about giving children and young people a voice and uses sensory based, body focused creative art therapy techniques that bring a fuller awareness to mind and body connection so that the opportunity for healing can unfold naturally. Emma walks the road with her clients at their pace and demonstrates a natural empathic and intuitive nature to support the key relational work she does with children and families from all abilities and backgrounds.  Emma offers Clay Field therapy, a ground- breaking modality (taught under Sensorimotor Art Therapist Founder and Director Cornelia Elbrecht and has completed a masterclass with Founder, Heinz Deuser).Clay Field therapy is for individuals who have experienced early attachment disruptions, complex trauma and needing to recover themselves through their process. 

Sessions with Emma begin with developing a Neuroception of Safety and honouring the child and family’s experiences. Emma invites a team approach with parents/caregivers to strengthen the child’s connection to Self.

Service Provision
  • 1:1 Therapeutic counselling
  • Counselling using art and play therapy
  • NDIS clients (self -managed)
  • Complex and Developmental Trauma
  • Attachment and Relational disruptions
  • Generalised Anxiety
  • Grief and loss in the family system
  • Parent and/ or child separation including Out of Home Care and Divorce
  • Parenting, family support and coaching

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email Emma directly at templesensoryartandplay@gmail.com or phone 0416 037 193.

Tara Wood

Mental Health Social Worker / Family Therapy

Tara is a mental health social worker who is passionate about supporting young people and their families who have been exposed to adverse life events including trauma.

Tara has significant experience supporting individuals exposed to family conflict, sexual abuse, family violence, complex mental health, alcohol and drugs, and sexual exploitation.

Tara has a Bachelor of Psychology, Graduate Diploma of Counselling, Masters of Social Work, and has practised Family Therapy. Having worked for many years in various disability, education, mental health, family services, and out of home care settings, Tara has a special interest in adolescent mental health and parenting/carer support.

Tara uses a holistic, strength-based approach to best support each individual. Tara empowers individuals to be their own change agents. She works collaboratively to develop tailored therapeutic support strategies and practical tools that empower young people and their families to navigate through life challenges as a team and foster positive and sustainable behaviour change.

Service Provision

Tara is available for:

  • Individual sessions
  • Family work
  • Parenting support

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email Tara directly at tara@tarawood.com.au

See Tara’s good work here: www.tarawood.com.au 

ART ROOM THERAPY

WITH MICHELLE JOSEPH

Therapeutic Social Worker
Art Therapy
Parent & child art therapy
Play Therapy

Michelle is a Therapeutic Social Worker and Art Therapist who offers creative therapy to people who want to maintain a healthy emotional and spiritual well-being and some who may be experiencing a spectrum of social, physical, emotional, and psychological issues. Michelle comes with a Master of Social Worker, a Bachelor of Psychology, an Advance Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy and a Certificate in Play Therapy. She has spent the last 6 years increasing her dynamic skills as a holistic social worker, predominantly in the child protection field. Michelle specialises in building community capacity with child safety and creating holistic, trauma-informed care for children to assist with harm reduction and biopsychosocial development. Michelle also has experience with providing one-to-one as well as dyad (parent & child)  art therapy sessions to people who experience eating disorders and other mental health comorbidities including anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorders. 

Michelle’s ongoing journey traveling around the world has seen her develop the ability to communicate and connect with people from all walks of life with acceptance, respect, and empathy in a culturally sensitive way. All of her personal and professional experiences have strengthened her knowledge of human development, evidence-based approaches to mental health and societal issues, ecological systems, and how all of it interacts with the body, mind, and soul.

Service Provision
  • Biopsychosocial Assessments
  • 1:1 and dyad (parent and child) Art Therapy with psychotherapeutic techniques
  • Stress reduction and management
  • Trauma background
  • Social skills and emotional regulation support
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety, depression and other mood disorders
  • Life crises and transition
  • Grief and loss

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email Michelle directly at Michelle@artroomtherapy.com.au or call on 0437 305 489.
Visit www.artroomtherapy.com.au for further information.

Singh Out! Mental Health Therapeutic Support

WITH CHRIS SINGH

Mental Health Social Worker
Psychotherapist

Chris is a Mental Health Social Worker and Counsellor with a decade of experience working with youth and adults experiencing poor mental health as a result of complex trauma. He comes with a Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Counselling and has formal training in a range of therapeutic modalities however, has a particular interest in Schema Therapy and Level 1 EMDR. Chris Specialises in complex trauma and utilises a holistic approach, understanding that bio-psycho-social factors all play a role in overall health and wellbeing. 

Prior to his time at Wonderkind & Co. Chris has worked in schools, community-based non-profit organisations, Family Violence Centers and most recently, at headspace Geelong. Chris has experience working with individuals with trauma-related incidents including physical, emotional and psychological abuse, sexual abuse, mood disorders including but not limited to anxiety and depression and personality disorders including BPD and ASPD. 

Beyond his professional pursuits, Chris finds joy in the company of his trusty sidekick, Harvey (his dog), often seen enjoying walks along the beach. An avid sports enthusiast, particularly footy (Go Blues!) and basketball, Chris’ passion extends to any sporting event that captures his interest.

Service Provision
  • 1:1 Therapeutic support
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences 
  • Childhood trauma and other trauma related support
  • cPTSD
  • Anxiety, Depression and other mood disorders
  • Social Skills and Emotional regulation
  • Anger management

If you would like to learn more about services Chris offers, you can contact him via email chris@singhoutmentalhealth.com.au or visit his website at singhoutmentalhealth.com.au

Thoughtful solutions

WITH SUSANNE BONE-THOMPSON

Mental Health Social Worker

Susanne Bone-Thompson from Thoughtful Solutions,  has made the decision to into Private Practice as an experienced Mental Health Social Work Clinician who has the capacity to engage the most resistant or avoidant young people and families with her gentle, practical, logical, kind and persistent approach.  Susanne has developed this capacity to meaningfully engage complex young people and their families with her years of experience working in the Out of Home Care sector.  

Since 2016 Susanne has work as a Residential Care House Manager (2IC) a Residential Care Case Manager a Targeted Care Package (TCP) Case Manager and for the last 3.5 years was a Family Thetapist as part of a Multi-Systemic Psychiatric Therapy team, here in Geelong. Susanne has excellent knowledge of Child Protective Services, Corrections, Out of Home Care, attachment disruption, family violence, sexual exploitation, treating complex trauma,  neuro-affirming, diversity inclusive and culturally safe practice.  

Prior to becoming a Social Worker Susanne was a busy mother of 4 and a youth worker, teachers aid, ran school wellbeing support and learning recovery mentorship programs and so much more.

Susanne is a committed and empathetic clinician who is passionate about achieving social justice, equality, respect, dignity and inclusiveness for all. She loves working as part of a team around the child to achieve shared goals, and believes collaboration, attunement and finding the voice of the young person to be key contributing factors towards healing and recovery.

Susanne will be operating out of Ariston House part time but has capacity to support young people and families of all ages via outreach at home, school or in the community.

Service Provision
  • Young people in the out of home care OOHC sector
  • Carers supporting young people in the OOHC sector
  • Family preservation
  • Family reunification
  • Connected contact (Therapeutic parenting and family therapy support for families involved in Child Protective Services)
  • Family therapeutic support
  • Parenting support
  • Challenging behaviours
  • Risk management & safety planning
  • Sexual exploitation
  • School non-attenders
  • NDIS participants (Capacity Building – around, engagement in services, Emotional Regulation,  Identity Development, Risk Management, Social Integration, Behaviour modification, Family structure & Family support)
  • Individual Therapeutic Care Plan (practical psychosocial assessments and treatment plans)

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer to directly to Susanne, please email thoughtfulsolutions1@gmail.com or phone 0455 920 526

Anchor Point Therapy

WITH MICHAEL DERBY

Mental Health Social Worker / Clinical Family Therapist

Michael has extensive years of experience working with children, young people, adults and families who have experienced trauma, sexual abuse, family violence, loss and grief and mental health challenges. Michael believes that there is a strength in those who attend counselling, where safety, connection and fun can open up new possibilities to adverse situations.

Michael has worked within the mental health and child, youth and families’ sectors in various countries across the world including India, Denmark, USA, UK and Australia, which has helped Michael to understand the context and culture of situations, enabling his therapeutic approach to be tailored and flexible. Michael also has an extensive interest and experience in providing specialist therapeutic support to foster carers, and to children and young people who are in out of home care. Michael works with anyone 8 years and older, including, children, young people, adults, older adults.

Michael recently released a therapeutic resource of how to talk about shame named ‘exploring shame’, and has a strong belief that people can heal from shame that they are experiencing

Drawing from a trauma-informed practice, strengths and family systems therapeutic framework, Michael use a range of modalities and will collaborate with you in choosing the best approach. Michael’s approach is to create a playful, fun, connected and safe space where you can be empowered to explore and overcome the difficulties you are facing.

Service Provision
  • Young people in the out of home care OOHC sector
  • Carers supporting young people in the OOHC sector
  • Family preservation
  • Family reunification
  • Connected contact (Therapeutic parenting and family therapy support for families involved in Child Protective Services)
  • Family therapeutic support
  • Parenting support
  • Challenging behaviours
  • Risk management & safety planning
  • Sexual exploitation
  • School non-attenders
  • NDIS participants (Capacity Building – around, engagement in services, Emotional Regulation,  Identity Development, Risk Management, Social Integration, Behaviour modification, Family structure & Family support)
  • Individual Therapeutic Care Plan (practical psychosocial assessments and treatment plans)

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email Michael directly at MDerby@anchorpointtherapy.com.au or phone on 0402 203 216

RHW Counselling

WITH ROB WELLER

Counsellor

Rob is a warm, empathetic and non-judgemental counsellor who has several years experience working across community, forensic and private settings. Rob holds a Graduate diploma in counselling and has completed additional professional training and development in couples and family therapy approaches, and several trauma focussed modalities. Throughout his career Rob has enjoyed working in various roles including NDIS mental health outreach, generalist counselling, family and relationship counselling, father-focused family work, and family engagement work with young people in out of home care. Having previously completed a Bachelor degree in exercise science, Rob has also developed a keen interest in how physical and mental health are intertwined, and brings a passion for providing a holistic approach to supporting people to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Rob uses an integrative counselling approach, whereby interventions are chosen from a variety of modalities to match each person’s specific needs. Interventions are drawn from modalities including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Family and Couples Therapies, Gestalt Therapy, Trauma Focussed Therapies, Parenting education and Psycho-education.

Service Provision
  • Depression, anxiety, stress management 
  • Loss and grief 
  • Relational trauma and single incident trauma
  • Family separation and reunification
  • Couple/Relationship issues (recovery from affairs/infidelity, improving communication, conflict management, strengthening connection)
  • Men’s mental health and fatherhood challenges
  • Parenting skills and confidence (Teens)
  • Self-esteem and identity

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please contact Rob directly at rhwcounselling@gmail.com or phone 0451 595 433

Empowering Pathways Psychology

WITH LAUREN POWER

Psychologist

Lauren is both compassionate and dedicated, with a Masters in Psychology, a members of the Australia Psychological Society (APS), holistic in her practice with over 9 years of experience in the mental health and recovery sector.

Lauren has a special interest in the treatment of trauma/PTSD in adults who have experienced exposure to adversity in childhood and/or distress experienced throughout a persons life span. She has worked hard to understand, explore and reflect on the unique challenges that arise, and the intrinsic way trauma can manifest in day to day functioning, relationships and connection to self.

With her unwavering commitment, Lauren uses a range of trauma informed and evidence based modalities including but not limited to Attachment Focused Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF CBT), Emotional Freedom Techniques/Tapping (EFT), Interpersonal Family System (IFS) Parts Work and Life Coaching.

Lauren supports by empowering her clients to navigate the complexity of their past experiences, assisting them to facilitate healing and personal transformation by focusing on authentic goals and desired outcomes. Lauren aims to create a safe and empathetic environment that allows clients to explore their trauma impact at their own pace, where the focus is not just on old wounds, but also empowerment, resilience and movement towards living a fulfilling life.

Lauren’s holistic approach also considers the mind-body connection, where she is able to incorporate techniques of mindfulness, somatic experiencing and positive psychology towards fostering healing and growth.

Lauren supports women clients (18+) presenting with trauma /PTSD, anxiety, depression, relationship/interpersonal difficulties, psychological distress, esteem /confidence building, coaching /guidance, Women’s Wellbeing and Trauma Recovery & EMDR Intensive Packages are coming. 

Service Provision
  • Women 18 years +
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Womens Wellbeing
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship/interpersonal issues
  • Coaching and guidence
  • Esteem and confidence-building
  • Psychological distress

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email Empowering Pathways Psychology directly at info@empoweringpathwayspsychology.com.au or complete the form on the website https://www.empoweringpathwayspsychology.com.au/contact-us

EMMA WISBEY

Naturopath

Emma Wisbey is a naturopath with over 20 years of experience working in clinical practice with a focus on family health. 

Having also supported and educated practitioners for over a decade at one of Australia’s leading nutraceutical companies, she understands the benefits of a researched and evidence-based approach. 

Emma practices patient-centred care with a focus on individualised treatment strategies using clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy and lifestyle medicine to support better health and optimal wellness outcomes. 

Emma is passionate about collaborative healthcare practices and the role it plays in the health of the next generation. Being a mother of 3 herself, family health is her area of expertise, with a special interest in mental health, hormonal health, and children’s health. Emma enjoys working with children of all ages and likewise is always keen to support parents and caregivers also, to support families in achieving healthy, balanced, and connected lives together.

Service Provisions
  • Naturopath
  • Family Health
  • Clinical Nutrition,
  • Herbal Medicine,
  • Homeopathy
  • Lifestyle Medicine

Visit www.emmawisbeynaturopath.com.au for further information

DIETITIAN DANIELA

WITH DANIELA EQUID

Non-Diet Dietitian
Intuitive Eating Counsellor

Daniela is an experienced Accredited practising dietitian (APD), Intuitive eating counsellor and certified eating disorders clinician (CEDC) with over a decade working with adolescents and adults, guiding them to connect with their bodies and find their own food identity. 

Daniela works with The Non-Diet Approach, which respects that the body holds a lot of wisdom regarding food, eating, nutrition, movement, rest, and weight. It is a gentle approach focusing on reconnection, individual experience, and skill building. 

Unlike the traditional dieting approach that’s only concerned about physical health, it considers all aspects of health- mental, emotional, spiritual, and financial in addition to physical.

Daniela works to provide a safe and non-judgemental space to support clients in navigating through life challenges, feeling calm and equipped to make choices from a place of self-care and respect for the body you have now. Daniela specialises in supporting individuals and families to build a healthy relationship with food while building the foundations for a healthy body-mind-soul throughout food. 

Daniela offers individual counselling to children, adolescents and adults, with selective eating, sensory issues, disordered eating, eating disorders, IBS, sports nutrition, and other food challenges, to find out how to connect with your intuitive selve and give your body what is best for YOU. 

Daniela is trained in the SOS Approach to fussy and problem-feeding issues in children, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and family-based therapy (FBT).

Service Provisions
  • Accredited Practising Dietitian
  • Non-Diet Dietitian
  • Intuitive Eating Counsellor
  • Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Fussy and problem-feeding in children
  • Children, adolescents and adults

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer to directly to Daniela, please visit dietitiandaniela.com, email danielaequid@gmail.com or phone 0426 005 204

ONE OF A KIND SUPPORT SERVICES

Lead by Managing Director and founder Cerise Te Nana and Team Leader Jazmine Zebic, One of a Kind Support Services is a local disability and community support organisation servicing clients of all ages including children, youth, adults, families and the elderly within Geelong and the surrounding areas. 

This dedicated team is highly trained and qualified, but also continuously seek to enhance their specialist skills to support client needs and manage risk to enable access, connection and participation in daily life. They provide comprehensive support including but not limited to; personal care, domestic assistance and social and community access. 

As stated in their name, this team works hard to ensure their service provision is client centred, by tailoring the support package to authentically meet the personal needs of their clients to achieve desired goals and outcomes. 

One of a Kind Support has experience and expertise in supporting a wide range of presentations including; physical and intellectual disability, neurodiversity, cognitive delay, mental health complexity and behavioural challenges. Support services are provided based on choice and control of the individual or caregiver in need, where the team will assist in the selection of support worker and service provision to match the specific needs and goals identified. The team considers referrals from not only NDIS participants but also from the Care Sector (local Community Organisations) and Private referrals.

One of a Kind Support advocates that ‘my ability is stronger than my disability’. So if you are looking to build a fun, friendly, affirming, culturally inclusive and professional relationship with your support, this is the team to consider!

Service Provision
  • 1:1 Support
  • Personal Care
  • Domestic Assistance
  • Social and Community Access
  • Providing support to individuals of all ages. Including children, youth, families, adults and elderly.

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email our Managing Director and Founder Cerise directly at admin@oneofakindsupportservices.com.au or phone 0439 024 499

Spectrum Support Coordination

Spectrum Support Coordination is a group of passionate and dedicated practitioners delivering Support Coordination Levels 2 & 3 to children, adolescents, and adults with ASD, psychosocial and physical disabilities. We provide a neurodiverse affirming, GLBTQI, and culturally safe environment using a strengths-based approach to ensure that all participants can work towards achieving their goals.

We’re a team of tertiary-qualified Social Workers who deliver Level 3 Support coordination and specialise in areas of complex mental health, justice system and forensics, DFFH, and Child Protection.

We believe that every new day brings new possibilities for change. 

Service Provision
  • Support Coordination
  • Complex Mental Health
  • Justice System
  • Forensics
  • Child Protection

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email Samantha directly at samantha@spectrumsc.com.au

Visit Spectrum Support Coordination at www.spectrumsc.com.au

Gheringhap Street Members
NAYA DAWN

WITH RACHEL GRANT

Mental Health Social Worker
Yoga Teacher

Rachel is a qualified social worker who takes a holistic approach to healing. Rachel has completed a Bachelor of Social Work, and is a qualified yoga teacher trained in a trauma-sensitive approach to work with children, adults, and pregnant women. Rachel is passionate about combining these approaches to work from a mind, body, and relational approach. Her work is underpinned by the belief that development and well-being are largely defined by our early childhood attachment experiences. She works with individuals to counter these experiences and learn to re-parent oneself and/or their children.

Rachel works to create safe spaces for individuals to show up authentically and apologetically as themselves, and to heal by finally meeting their (and their children’s) unmet needs.

Rachel runs individual (1:1) and group therapeutic services. Her primary modalities are combining narrative therapy, attachment-based play therapy, trauma-informed yoga, and somatic therapy. Rachel works collaboratively with individuals to establish goals and approaches that are specific to their individual needs.

Service Provisions
  • 1:1 Therapeutic Support
  • Trauma-informed yoga
  • Kid’s Yoga
  • Somatic therapy
  • Small group programs
  • Seasons for Growth grief and loss program
  • Activities underpinned by Theraplay Principals – Attachment-Based Play Therapy (Level 1 trained) 

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email Rachel directly at rachel@nayadawn.com

KATIE STOKES

Bachelor Occupational Therapy (Hons)

CO-OP Approach Trained Therapist

SOS Approach to Eating Trained Therapist

Katie is an Occupational Therapist born and bred in Geelong who has over 25 years experience. Katie started her private practice in 2005 when there was a huge gap in private OT services in the Geelong region. She enjoys helping families on their therapy journey to understand their child’s needs and teach them tips on how to make day to day life easier. Being a parent to two busy boys, and having a lived experience of specific learning needs, Katie feels well equipped to understand the children and families she is working with.

Her client base ranges from 3-18 years, with her focus on neurodivergent clients including Autistic, and ADHDers, as well as those experiencing Anxiety and developmental and coordination challenges. She has a special interest in working on sensory and emotional regulation, executive function challenges, Interoception, handwriting, as well as fussy eating challenges her neurodivergent clients present with.  She is able to complete detailed assessments of handwriting, including those required for VCAA Special consideration for exams for our teen VCE clients.

Katie loves sharing her knowledge with parents, teachers and schools and has developed a series of webinars on a range of topics. Katie is skilled in helping children, teens, their families and support networks to thrive.

Service Provisions
  • 1:1 therapy sessions with clients aged 3-18years
  • Parent consultations and education sessions
  • Assessments and reports on areas detailed above
  • PD sessions to parents, schools, and kindergartens on a range of topics including: Sensory Processing, Strategies for regulation, Interoception and  Fussy Eating.

NDIS funded (self managed and Plan Managed) sessions as well as private funded and Medicare sessions (CDMP Plans and BAMH Plans)

Sessions predominantly clinic based at 90 Gheringhap street Geelong.

Home and community based sessions as required, dependent on client goals.

For further information please see: Geelong Paediatric OT (katiestokesot.com.au), and follow us on socials – Facebook and Instagram for lots of strategies and tips.

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please contact Katie directly via email: hello@katiestokesot.com.au

BALANCED MINDS PLAY THERAPY

 WITH EMILY CARLAND

Play Therapist

Emily is a Masters qualified Play Therapist and the owner of Balanced Minds Play Therapy, where interventions are specifically tailored and delivered to support children and families in the Geelong region. Emily has completed her Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours and in 2020, spent time learning and completing her training with Lifeline Australia. Emily has a background in mental health and experience working in case management in the out of home care environment. It was in this role that Emily found her passion for working with children and discovered how valuable, developmentally appropriate, and effective Play Therapy is for children.

Play Therapy is developmentally appropriate, does not rely on language and is accessible to a wide range of individuals. It can support children with:

  • ASD
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Trauma experiences
  • Family complexity and separations
  • Social and relational challenges
  • Emotional and Behavioural challenges
  • Chronic illness or disability
  • School related difficulties
  • Grief and loss
  • Developmental delays

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email Emily directly at admin@balancedmindspt.com.au

Creative Nook Art Therapy

WITH STACEY CADMAN

Art Therapist

Stacey (she/ her/ they/ them) is a registered Art Therapist who considers herself a colourful, artistic, crazy cat lady. They love creating safe spaces for expression, connection and playfulness and are passionate about providing holistic, trauma-informed, and client-centred therapy.

Stacey is a proud member of the neurodivergent and queer communities and recognises that everyone’s experiences and needs are different. Whilst these labels have helped her learn more about herself, Stacey understands that this isn’t the case for everyone, and that it’s important to get to know and be with her clients through the journey of therapy, always aiming to be culturally appropriate as well as LGBTIQA+ and neurodivergent affirming.

In 2015, Stacey first discovered Art Therapy whilst working in student welfare at a school. Before this, she completed a degree in Education, worked in local government as a youth worker, and volunteered in schools, youth centres, and overseas. While completing their Masters of Art Therapy, Stacey worked as a respite worker and carer for children with disabilities, and as a teacher. After completing their Masters, she worked in dual disability and mental health with adults, residential and outreach adult mental health, and family violence.

Art and creativity have always played a big role in Stacey’s life and she’s found comfort in drawing, journaling, painting, and many other forms of creative expression. Discovering Art Therapy allowed them to combine their passion for working with and supporting others, and art making and creative expression to create a safe space where people can explore and make sense of their worlds. Stacey’s hope is that each person will feel seen, held and listened to as they navigate the therapy space together.

Stacey is a professionally registered Art Therapist with ANZACATA (Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association) and holds a Bachelor of Education and Masters of Art Therapy.

Service Provision
  • 1:1 Art Therapy
  • Group Art Therapy
  • Online Therapy
  • Mental Health Support
  • NDIS Clients (self and plan managed)
  • Neurodivergent affirming
  • LGBTIQA+ affirming
  • Trauma informed

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer to directly to Stacey, please email creativenook.arttherapy@gmail.com, phone 0493 581 479 or visit www.creativenook-arttherapy.com.au

Dr Kim Armstrong Psychology

WITH KIM ARMSTRONG

Kim holds a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology and is a registered psychologist with specialist endorsement under AHPRA. She offers bulk billing services to clients who are referred by their GP under a Mental Health Care Plan and hold a valid concession card. Kim also specialises in conducting Victims of Crime psychological assessments and preparing VOCAT reports and is a recognised service provider for the TAC and WorkCover. 

With over 15 years of experience in community and private practice settings, Kim adopts a client centred approach to therapy, focusing on working collaboratively with an individual to develop specific goals and strategies that will enable them to look at issues with a different perspective, enhance their skills, strengths and resources, with a view to greater confidence, independence and improved management of unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Treatment approaches include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).

Service Provisions

Kim works with clients aged 18+ and appropriate referrals include:

    • Anxiety
    • Phobias
    • Depression
    • Victims of Crime
    • Childhood trauma
    • Workplace and general life stress
    • Grief and Loss

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email Kim directly at drkimarmstrong@bigpond.com

Dr Cherie Jones

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Cherie Jones is a Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. Dr Cherie Jones works with young people and their families in a client-centred, relaxed, and evidence-based way to help achieve individual goals.

Dr Cherie Jones believes everyone deserves to live a rich, full, and meaningful life, and understands the importance of providing trauma-informed and neurodiversity-affirming practices.

Dr Cherie is available on Fridays and supports clients accessing support via a mental health care plan from their GP or self/plan-managed NDIS participants.

Service Provisions
  • Clinical Psychologist

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email Dr Cherie Jones directly at cjonespsychology@gmail.com or phone 0493 440 183

Community Members
Claire Marum business support

If you are a health professional looking to take the leap into Private Practice or a current sole trader/small business owner looking for solutions to streamline your practice, Claire can assist with Business Support services including Administration, Bookkeeping, HR and Policies and Procedures.

With over 10 years experience in Business Management and Client Services, Claire can help with all your business needs, from just starting out, to expanding and streamlining. Organisation, efficiency and attention to detail are her core strengths, so if you need support or assistance, no matter where you are in your private practice journey, Claire can help!

New to Private Practice?

Offering step by step support in starting your Private Practice, setting you up for success with procedures, training and the business knowledge to comfortably move into the Private Space.

Current Private Practitioner needing a little extra support?

Claire can assist with one off administration support such as reconciling client invoices and following up outstanding payments, getting up-to-date with case notes, updating client details and files or developing and implementing procedures to help streamline your practice.

Claire can also assist with ongoing business support including administration, responding to client enquiries/requests, managing appointments as well as bookkeeping.

For more information or to chat about how Claire can support you in your Private Practice journey, contact claire.marum.bs@outlook.com or phone 0422 131 938.

THERAPY THROUGH ART

WITH JESSI MUIR
Jessi is a proud Wiradjuri woman, living on Wathuarong Country.
Jessi has been working within the youth work sector for the past 5 years and completed a Diploma of Therapeutic Life Story Work in 2020.
She is passionate about working alongside young people and creating opportunities for them to explore their own lives, focusing on their mental health and how to confidentially express themselves.
Being an artist, Jessi believes in using creative mediums to explore the world inside us and the world around us and make meaning of our own experiences through thinking, feeling, dreaming and creating.
Jessi provides a shared creative experience which allows those involved to explore their life and share their story.

Jessie Offers:
• 1:1 Session
• Family Work
• Small Group Workshop
• Therapeutic Life Story Work

For further details contact Jessie directly at jessi.rebel.muir@hotmail.com

Tevita Kamitoni – Maverick Manner

Meet Tevita: a seasoned chef with over a decade of culinary expertise and a heart dedicated to making a difference. Beyond his culinary skills, he has generously volunteered as a Youth Leader in CALD communities. Recently, Tevita has been a guiding light for high-risk individuals in out-of-home care around Geelong. He’s also harnessed his culinary talents to empower people with disabilities.

Tevita’s passion project, Maverick Manner, reflects his unwavering dedication and caring nature. Their philosophy is refreshingly straightforward: genuine interactions and holistic support. Tevita and his team offer a diverse array of services, ranging from personalized mentoring and cooking sessions to a transformative 6-week life skills program. Not stopping there, they even provide on-the-go barber services.

Adding to their repertoire, they’re gearing up to launch an innovative program designed to immerse young people in the outdoors, fostering emotional regulation. Collaborating with practitioners and industry experts, Maverick Manner aims to dismantle barriers and create new opportunities.

For Tevita, hospitality stretches far beyond the kitchen. His remarkable ability to connect with young individuals gives them a platform to be heard and nurtures their self-assurance.

Qualifications: Cert III Commercial Cookery, Cert 4 Child, Youth and Family Intervention.

Service Provision
  • Mentoring and Support
  • Respite and Retreat
  • Outdoor Connect Program
  • Cook and Connect Program

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email Tevita directly at tevitak@maverickmannergroup.com.au

Mind Muscle Empowerment

WITH CAIN BRUNTON
The MMPowerment is a community-based initiative that encourages young people who participate to build confidence and strength whilst providing clinical core values in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.)
Learning box fit skills from a professional boxer, such as Cain, and having a chat about the challenges that life throws at us can help us deal with the struggles we often face that can overwhelm us.
It can be a different way to learn how to face these struggles and be a powerful outlet.
Combining real-life experience, mentoring and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cain and his team would like to welcome you to the MMPowerment.

For further details contact Cain directly at cain@mmpowerment.com.au

 

Shake Counselling

WITH JAXSYN SCHOLES
Counsellor
Male Mentor

Jaxsyn is a dynamic Counsellor with extensive experience working with, and supporting young people with complex needs in the Out of Home Care System, who are engaged with Child Protective Services, Young Justice Services, are experiencing School or Peer challenges and/or need a little extra support to manage big thoughts, emotions or behaviours.

Shake provides adolescents with support in alternative environments to enable them to feel more comfortable and promote engagement.  Environments that are unconventional to other counseling approaches and may include but is not limited to occurring on the Beach, Parks, Skate Parks, Footy Field or the Basketball Court. 

Shake takes pride in offering a service that is accommodating for anyone that experiences unhelpful thoughts, big behaviours, and challenging emotions.  Jaxsyn is also trained in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Therapeutic Life Story Work.   The aim of Shake is to identify the importance of ambiance whilst engaging in therapy, formulating a ‘Safe Space’ for every client to achieve connection.

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email Jaxsyn directly at shakecounselling@outlook.com

EquiHuman Mental Health

WITH RACHAEL PATERSON
Equine Therapist
Mental Health Nurse

Rachael is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, with several years of experience working within the public mental health field. With extensive involvement working in the acute mental health setting, Rachael has had the privilege of being a part of the lives of many individuals and their families in the face of challenging mental health difficulties. This opportunity has enabled her to support people through varying mental health struggles surrounding anxiety, depression, high risk behaviours, addiction, neurodivergent challenges, psychosis, mania, eating disturbances, trauma and attachment related conditions.

Rachael is particularly passionate about trauma-informed practice, and strives to incorporate a trauma sensitive approach to service provision. 

EquiHuman Mental Health is an Equine Assisted Therapy Service that incorporates horses and nature into the therapeutic process. Equine Assisted Therapy is an experience-based approach to learning, where participants are guided by horses through safe experiences to address social, emotional, cognitive and behavioural challenges, and develop personal, relationship, and life skills to promote health and well-being.

EquiHuman Mental Health operates at Wallington Park Equestrian Centre, and works alongside a herd of approximately 20 horses who each bring unique qualities and attributes to the therapy session to support personal development, change, and growth.

Equine Assisted Therapy at EquiHuman Mental Health is governed by evidence-based principles, theory and practice including Gestalt therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, commitment and acceptance therapy, mindfulness practices and trauma-informed practices based on neuroscience, sensory and somatic experiencing.

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email Rachael directly at rachael@equihumanmentalhealth.com.au

GOOD TIMES ADVENTURE AUS

 WITH JACK PEARSON

Good Times Adventures Aus. provides therapeutic outdoor adventure programs to young people around the Surf Coast and Barwon region. Jack has spent his entire life enjoying the outdoors and loves connecting with others through his love for surfing and mountain bike riding. Jack has over 10 years of experience working with vulnerable youths. He places great importance in connecting young people to their community and getting out in nature. Jack and his team utilise electric mountain bikes (eMTB), skating, ocean activities, and exploring nature as means to engage young people in an individualised program that supports personal growth and development.The adventure style programs resonate strongly with young men and boys. Jack and his team develop individualised therapeutic adventure plans using a holistic lens that supports goals unique to the participant. Good Times Adventures Aus. is ideal for a young person who is looking to build their confidence, social connectedness, and learn new ways of managing life stresses through the use of exercise, goal setting, problem solving, connection to nature, mindfulness, and learning new coping tools. 

Jack is looking forward to connecting with you and starting your adventure. 

To learn more about Good Times Adventures visit the website: www.goodtimesadventures.com.au

or contact Jack directly 0408 586 836 or jack@goodtimesadventures.com.au

MIND, BODY & BEYOND

WITH KERRY THOMPSON
Kerry Thompson is an Energy Healer and Natural Therapies Practitioner. She’s passionate about supporting her clients to reconnect and release themselves from held onto emotions, beliefs and patterns. With 25 years of experience, Kerry has been able to support a diverse range of clients to process simple changes to complex life traumas with success via her nurturing approach.

In her safe, supportive and tranquil environment no two sessions are the same. Kerry accesses her knowledge and experience to personalise the session tailored to what the client needs in that particular moment to unravel and reveal their true nature to help heal and move forward in life.

The pace of the healing journey is set by each client and what they are ready to move through. Kerry assists and guides the process using different tools and modalities to help reach an outcome. Kerry aims to work with clients to find and clear unhelpful historic patterns and blockages that do not serve them anymore, thus creating a safe space to truly let go and commence healing.  This enables clients to discover and reconnect with their body, mind and soul to step back into their authentic self, maybe after years of feeling lost and disconnected.

SERVICE PROVISION
  • Emotional Release
  • Akashic Clearing
  • Reiki
  • Numerology
  • Life Coaching
  • Crystal  Healing
  • Natural Remedies
  • Meditation
  • Bush Flower Essences
  • Massage/Reflexology
  • Energy Healing

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email Kerry at mindbodyandbeyond11@gmail.com

Candlebank Psychotherapy

WITH MEG WETTENHALL
She/her

Meg is a registered Clinical Psychotherapist with Bachelor of Counselling and Psychology and Honors in Psychology; her thesis explored mindfulness and suicide. Since completing university Meg has worked in public health, primarily in the family violence and sexual assault sector. Meg has worked with diverse communities in regional and urban locations, and has extensive experience working with the impact of sexual assault and family violence. Meg is comfortable working with children, teens, adults and families.

Meg brings her authentic self to the work and offers an integrative approach to psychotherapy. She provides a safe, client-focused, trauma informed space for people to engage in the work of therapy.

Candlebark Psychotherapy offers equine, canine and nature based approaches. Meg works with her three horses and dog Jet. Meg also incorporates somatic experiencing into sessions.

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email Meg directly at mwettenhallpsychotherapy@outlook.com or visit www.candlebarkpsychotherapy.com

SALLY WOOD

Play Therapy & Counselling South West 
Play Therapist / Mental Health Social Worker

Sally is a mental health social worker in South West Victoria. Sally delivers evidence-based modalities with a focus on creativity and relationship-based practice.  Prior to completing her Masters in 2019, Sally completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology and Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology).  Sally has worked with headspace and other not-for-profit organisations and specialises in trauma.  Sally is deeply passionate about working with the entire system including working alongside families. By meeting them where they are and ensuring everyone feels heard, valued and seen, she is able to discover pathways to emotional safety, healing, and thriving.

Service Provisions
  • Individual Therapeutic Care Plans
  • EMDR (Level 1)
  • Therapeutic Life Story Work
  • Play Therapy
  • Interplay
  • Filial Therapy
  • Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Child & Adolescent Counselling
  • Training on Child Sexual Exploitation, HarmfulSexual Behaviour and Dating Violence
  • Psychosocial Assessments
  • Social Work Supervisor

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email SAlly directly at info@playtherapysouthwest.com.au 

Friends of the Community
LOULET DESIGN

WITH LOUISE PHILLIPS

Branding
Design

Louise has been in the graphic design and printing industry for 20 years and started her own small business, Loulet design, 15 years ago.

Louise is freelance designer who works with small businesses on branding including logos, brochures, posters and business stationery, as well as invitations and birth announcements.

A busy Mum of three, Louise loves spending time with family and friends, spending time at the beach and travelling. 

She has a love of all things colour, art and graphics!

For more information please contact Louise directly at loulet11@hotmail.com or 0417 560 396

KATE PERRY PROJECTS

WITH KATE PERRY
Brand Strategist
Brand Identity & Logo Design
Website Design

Kate is a brand designer and strategist. She works with passionate business owners in their encore careers, in particular, people busting out to conquer their business desires and life-long passions.

She believes that everyone is capable of building a sustainable, impactful business if they seek out the knowledge and help they need. Her work focuses on getting to the heart of the business and the people it seeks to serve.

With over 20 years in the business, Kate has developed a process to ensure that every brand identity she creates, represents what the business is at its core while speaking directly to the people it’s designed to impact.

Service Provisions
  • Brand Strategy 
  • Brand Design & Illustration
  • Logo Design
  • Website Design
  • Illustration

Contact Kate directly at kate@kateperryprojects.com or book a call

To see Kate’s work visit www.kateperryprojects.com

Thaedra

Thaedra Frangos is a biodynamic craniosacral healing therapist, movement artist, dancer and facilitator of creative, embodied movement and Wayapa Wuurrk® (‘connect country’earth mindfulness and movement practice).

Thaedra lives and works on Wadawurrung country and is a proud Wemba Wemba (Gourrmjanyuk) and Dhudhuroa (Theddora Mittung) woman with Greek lineage.

Thaedra holds an inviting, impartial space of deep listening, dialogue, and a safe, supportive touch. In her therapeutic sessions, clients of all ages are supported to connect with their essence, to experience their innate health and wholeness, and to explore, through a sensory experience of the body, their relationship with themselves, others and nature, facilitating healing from trauma.

Thaedra offers one on one sessions incorporating her training and experience in biodynamic craniosacral therapy and First Nations healing practices in Torquay.

Service Provision
  • Biodynamic craniosacral healing
  • Movement artist and dancer,
  • Facilitator of creative, embodied movement
  • Wayapa Wuurrk® (‘connect country’ earth mindfulness and movement practice).

If you are interested in seeking further information or would like to refer for service, please email Thaedra directly at hello@thaedra.com.au or phone 0411229536

Alternatively, book an appointment directly online here

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