Hi, I’m Claire (she/her) and I am a clinical social worker who has been providing counselling services for over a decade. I use an integrative approach to therapeutic care, that is, I take into consideration a range of counselling modalities and best practice research, as well as the preferences of each client so we can work together collaboratively.
I work mostly from an Internal Family Systems Therapy model which is deeply in line with my belief that people have inherent expertise in their own lives, they just might need a supportive guide on their journey towards healing.
I have experience working therapeutically with adults, children, teenagers, and groups. In my early career I worked as a Child and Family and Early Childhood Social Work therapist at NSW Health, Sydney Local Health District. These roles involved supporting parents with perinatal mental health concerns, with a focus on complex family needs, parenting support and child development. I have since worked in the adult sexual assault and domestic violence counselling sector, including working as a counsellor supporting clients who have experienced complex trauma. I have experience managing and providing supervision to a team of trauma counsellors from a range of clinical backgrounds.
Additionally, I have experience working with LGBTQ+ clients, have completed inclusivity training run by ACON, and bring my own history as a fellow member of the queer community.
- AASW Accredited Mental Health Social Worker -
- Member of the Australian Association of Social Work -
- Rise Up Professional Supervision, Certificate of Attainment -
- IFS Level 1 Training, IFS Australia -
- IFS Level 2, IFS Australia -
- Program Assistant on IFS Level 1 Training 2021 -
- Bachelor of Social Work, University of Sydney -
I think it is a privilege for people to allow me to join them on their path to healing and resilience, so I tread carefully and respectfully.
WHAT KIND OF THERAPY DO YOU PROVIDE?
My trauma informed practice draws on and integrates a variety of counselling theories and models, including:
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Polyvagal and Window of Tolerance theories
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MiCBT)
Attachment Based Therapy
Feminist and Intersectional theory
Structural Family Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), including for children aged 5 - 18 years.
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