Background and Experience

Background and Experience

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Background and Experience

I have extensive clinical counselling experience with individuals, couples and families in my practice. I have helped many people with various issues and concerns. See Help With for some of the issues that I have worked with. My experience also includes working in an agency setting doing counselling and outreach work with families. I have facilitated two parenting groups. One on positive parenting and one specific for parents of adolescents. I have also worked on an outreach program for mothers and babies at risk.

My personal life experience also enriches my work. I am in my early 50s. I am a mother of two boys in their early 20s. My life experience includes immigration, marriage, parenting, divorce, re-marriage and change of career.

Prior to being a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I was working in the Information Technology field for 15 years in various organisations and positions. My decision for a career change stemmed for a strong desire to help people with their personal issues and to contribute to the improvement of their lives.

I am passionate about working with the human condition and consider it a great privilege to be able to help individuals, couples and families to create a better life, relationships and future for themselves. It brings me tremendous satisfaction to witness people overcome their difficulties and grow and change for the better.

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Education

Education

  • Graduate Diploma of Psychology - Monash University
  • Graduate Diploma of Social Science (Counselling) - Swinburne Institute
  • Master of Social Science (Family Therapy) - Swinburne Institute
  • Diploma of Soul Centred Psychotherapy - Kairos Centre
  • Specialist Course in Couple Therapy - Relationships Australia
  • Certificate of Sandplay Therapy and Symbol Swork - Into Blue Expressive Therapies
  • Certificate of Thought Matrix Meridian Counselling and Healing - Kairos Centre
  • Certificate of Thought Matrix Chakra Counselling and Healing - Kairos Centre
  • Certificate of Soul Centred Dream Therapy - Kairos Centre
  • Bachelor of Computing (Information Systems) - Monash University
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Professional Membership

Professional Membership

  • Clinical member of Australian Association of Family Therapy – AAFT
  • Clinical member of Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia Inc – PACFA
    PACFA Reg. 21626 Medibank Private Provider Number: 1324881T

 

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Quality of Service

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Quality of Service

You can be guaranteed that I will do my very best to help you. These are my quality of service guidelines:

  • I adhere to my professional ethics and follow standard protocols.
  • I reflect on and keep notes of my work.
  • I have regular supervision to explore my work and be accountable to a more senior therapist and supervisor.
  • I am involved in continuous professional development and learning to keep up to date with developments in my field.
  • I have regular therapy myself to attend to my own inner process.
  • I engage in various self care routines and try to maintain a balanced lifestyle.
  • If I don't know how to help you, I will seek assistance from my supervisor and colleagues.
  • If I cannot help you, I will refer you on to someone who can.
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Testimonials

Testimonials

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Testimonials

What I loved about Irene was her gentle kindness and her goodness, her steady patience and consistency as she carefully undid my distress and the awful fear of failure, anxiety and confusion that was running my life. Although I didn't always understand the work, after each session I noticed changes in the way I was dealing with the outside world and how my fear was no longer impacting me in the same way. For the first time in my life I am also able to stand up for myself, not in an aggressive way but by asking questions about other peoples responses. What this means for me is that other's peoples opinions of me no longer run my life.

Katharine, St. Kilda.

 

Irene has been our therapist over the past years as individuals and more recently we have been attending as a couple. She is compassionate and understanding, and has helped us navigate through the ups and downs of marriage and parenthood as well as everyday life and past issues. As a result of her guidance and our commitment to therapy, our marriage is solid and our daughter is thriving. The issues that threatened to destroy our vision of a happy, healthy life have much less of an impact now that we have the knowledge to deal with them effectively. Irene is a nurturing, intuitive and skilled therapist, making our sessions not only valuable but an enjoyable experience. Thanks Irene!

Kelly, Tom and Sophie, Cheltenham.

 

When I went to Irene I thought I would discover that there was something wrong with me and that I would have to struggle with this for the rest of my life. Instead I discovered that, although this event had a disproportional impact on me, by undoing it I gained valuable insights that I actually needed for more successful relationships in my life, especially boundaries with others.

Bruce, Elwood.

 

The skills you helped me develop during our sessions have been invaluable, and knowing that I now have tools to help me through difficulties has made me feel much happier and confident within myself. My relationships with my partner and my family have improved tenfold, but most importantly, my relationship with myself is now far more accepting and loving than it ever was.

Roslyn, Caulfield.

 

Irene has such a clear and calm presence in her healing work that I felt safe, nurtured and held, allowing the healing and transformation I needed on the mind, body and spiritual level. True healing comes as the soul heals, and is brought back to it's natural resonance, and Irene facilitates this process beautifully. I felt that working with her on a specific issue impacted deeply on other issues in many areas of my being, so I am experiencing the benefits in wonderful and unexpected ways! Thank you for being you.

Karen, Bentleigh.

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