Melissa is a Clinical Counsellor and also a Registered Mental Health Occupational Therapist. She provides individual and family counselling for men, women and adolescents experiencing depression, anxiety and emotional issues due to difficult life circumstances. Melissa has an interest in working with young people and their families to help them navigate these often difficult stages of life which can cause turmoil and stress.
Melissa has a strong interest in depression and anxiety in adults and young people and keeps up to date with the current evidence in treatment of these mental health issues. Working with high school students to balance the pressure of schooling and life and to develop more effective ways of regulating their emotions is a an area of interests. Melissa utilises the latest evidence based anxiety management strategies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Providing a safe environment for her clients is important for Melissa to ensure they can explore difficult issues in their lives safely and to promote optimism and a sense of hope in the future.
Melissa uses an integrative approach to counselling, drawing on various models of therapy and believes in allowing clients to set goals in relation to their counselling and to play an active role in the process. She utilises evidenced based models of therapy including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy and DBT. When working with young people she firmly believes in utilising strength based models of therapy.
Working with parents of young people is important. Parents need to be equipped with the resources to support their child with mental health challenges. Parents often need direction in ways of validating their child’s experience and effective parenting strategies during these times. With the consent of a young person Melissa is very willing to work with parents and families.
Counselling can be provided face-to-face or via Skype for those clients who are unable to attend in person. As a recognised allied health provider of Focused Psychological Services, Melissa is able to offer Medicare rebates and/or Private Health Fund Rebates for approved clients.
Melissa is able to appropriately integrate faith issues in counselling for Christian clients and is able to sensitively address issues for people from different faith and cultural backgrounds.
Master of Couns, BAppSc (OT), CCAA (Grad), OT Reg. PACFA Reg.
Cathy is an experienced Clinical Counsellor who provides Counselling for individuals over 18 and Relationship Counselling for couples.
Cathy offers individual Counselling for men and women who are living with depresssion, anxiety in its various forms, stress, grief, chronic pain, facing the challenges of change and life transitions, relationship concerns, addictions, trauma and self harm.
Cathy has a special interest in working with couples to enhance relationships, manage conflict, improve communication, process betrayals, manage stressors that impact relationships and is a qualified facilitator in ‘prepare-enrich’ marriage preparation. Cathy can also help in navigating and mediating parenting and other non legal negotiations for separation to promote better outcomes and adjustments for all.
Cathy is experienced in providing compassionate Grief Counselling for bereaved and dying adults as well as supporting those who have experienced past or recent trauma, domestic violence or childhood abuse.
In Individual Counselling, Cathy uses an Integrative Approach that involves assessment, identifying your unique needs and together developing goals and a plan for treatment. Because everyone is different, Cathy draws on a variety of theories and techniques depending on your needs and preferences from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and various Bereavement, Crisis and Trauma Counselling models.
In Couples Counselling, Cathy draws on techniques from Acceptance Commitment Therapy for Couples (ACT), Gottman’s Sound Marital House Theory, Solution Focused approaches Couples Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT) depending on the needs of the couple and the length of Counselling.
As well as face-to-face Counselling, Cathy offers Skype, telephone, FaceTime and WhatsApp Counselling to those clients who need to be home with children, have mobility restrictions, live in remote areas, interstate or overseas.
Pensioner and Self funding Tertiary Student discounts available.
Cathy is SIRA Workcover approved for those accessing Counselling under workers compensation and is also available for Counselling via Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) where the employer is invoiced following sessions (with prior approval). Some Health fund rebates may be available with Medibank Private or BUPA.
Cathy is competent in appropriately integrating faith with Counselling for Christian clients as well as sensitively addressing the concerns of people from different faith and cultural backgrounds.
Master of Couns, BAppSc (OT), CCAA (Clin), PACFA (Clin, Reg. 22073)