Clinical Counsellor and Owner
M.A.C.A (Level 2)
What you can expect from Angie the counsellor:
I am a feminist at heart, with a passion for the improvement of Australian women’s mental health. Over the course of my career, I have been fortunate enough to listen to the stories of hundreds of women, and one thing that has spoken loudest to me is that the stress of being a woman in the 21st century is affecting our mental health across our lifespan. From the narratives I have been privileged to hear, I understand that we are tired; we are hurting from past trauma; we are trying to avoid future pain; and we are just trying to cope with a life that often asks too much from us. Depression and anxiety are just two of the ways that our mind reacts to these stressors, but our life and overall health can be affected in many more ways.
I am a holistic counsellor who follows the biopsychosocial model of mental health. Not only can I help you regain good mental health, but also support you in understanding how all of the aspects of your life contribute to an overall feeling of wellness. In my practice I use an integrated model of treatment underpinned by a person centred approach and evidence based therapies like CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy.
From me, you can expect a compassionate and interested partner in your mental health journey. We will work to gain control over the thoughts, emotions and behaviours that are preventing you from living the life you want. There will be no judgement, no quick fixes and no ‘advice giving’. You will tell me how you want your mental health to look, and we will work together to achieve it.
Angie the person:
I am on a lifelong quest for knowledge through books, travel, human interaction, movies, and music. I play many roles in my life, some of which are: wife to an amazing husband; mother to a strong and talented daughter; and carer to 4 crazy dogs and 4 broody chickens. I also love cheese.
What you can expect from Katrina the counsellor:
As a woman who has chosen a career in supporting others, I have an unwavering passion in assisting women to navigate areas of challenge, growth and change. Women’s experiences in the modern world are multidimensional, complex and unique. We come from varied and diverse backgrounds; however, I have found women often hold a common thread of finding themselves feeling disconnected from their inner voice, needs and sense of self. We can find ourselves struggling to make sense of our relationships with others and ourselves while traversing the complexities of womanhood. When women find themselves at a crossroad at any stage of life, it is often our mental health that becomes impacted. In such times, life can become confusing and feel difficult to understand and manage. My goal as a counsellor is to provide support through these transitions with warmth, non-judgment, empathy, understanding and compassion. I do this utilising goal-orientated strategies, evidenced-based practice and client-tailored interventions.
I approach my sessions from a Person-Centred framework. Together we will explore the biopsychosocial contributing factors to your current challenges, using a mix of best practice therapies including CBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. I have a particular interest in the transition to motherhood, pregnancy, birth and the antenatal and postnatal period after many years working as a non-clinical pregnancy and birth support professional. I am, however, acutely aware of the challenges that women face outside of these factors and am equally passionate about supporting women in all stages of life, choices and experiences.
My commitment to you as your counsellor is to meet you where you are at on your journey, in whichever stage of life you find yourself, with deep listening and care. We will work collaboratively to put you in the driver’s seat of your life, where you can regain control of your feelings, emotions and thoughts. I will work with you in taking gentle steps, at your own pace, towards identifying and exploring the intrinsic capacities you hold to improve your mental and emotional well-being.
Katrina the person:
I am a lover of the ocean, my three incredible children and my little Jack Russell Luna. I have a strong sense of social justice and value equality and equity for all human beings. I believe that the empowerment of women and girls is the key to changing the status quo and creating a more harmonious world. Time in nature and dinner with my womenfolk is like medicine for me, as is a really good belly laugh.