I sometimes think the hardest part of counselling is reaching out for it in the first place. We don't often like the feeling of vulnerability it places us in, yet it is this vulnerability that opens the way for things to change. It is even more intimidating for men. It would be a rare occasion that people who come to see me don't walk through the door and say something like 'I'm feeling nervous/scared/not sure about this'. I am confident in saying that most of the time it doesn't take long before people feel comfortable with me and able to open up about whats been going on that has brought them to counselling. It takes great courage and reaps great rewards.
I work with all sorts of people with all sorts of problems including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship breakdowns, a general sense of feeling lost or those wanting to create some 'me time'. I also have a special interest in:
I am 1oo% committed to providing the best care I possibly can to those who entrust me with their most vulnerable aspects. I am a Level 3 member of Australian Counselling Association and as such comply with their professional and ethical requirements. I am passionate about counselling and therapy and have seen it effect the lives of clients, friends, family and for myself. That said, sometimes it takes a while to find the right fit in a counsellor. I will be honest, transparent and professional.
The key modalities that I work within are Person Centred, Emotion Focused Therapy, Art Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples and Gottmans couples work. I am also a Becoming Us transition to parenting facilitator. I am continuously adding to my repertoire and increasing my knowledge of current best practice.
Masters of Counselling - La Trobe University
Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy - Pheonix Institute
Diploma of Community Development - Swinburne TAFE
Cert IV TAE
Cert IV AOD
Becoming Us Facilitator
Externship, Core skills A - EFT
ACA Level III member
Counselling and Art Therapy
While there is no medicare rebate available these prices are the equivalent of most gap fees that people are faced with when booking a psychologist through a Mental Health Care Plan with your GP i.e. most people will pay this amount even with a rebate. The benefit of seeing me is that you can continue with counselling beyond the 6 sessions that a Mental Health Plan provides and not have to stop treatment or face paying upwards of $150 per session. It is far more affordable in the long run.
Many people find the cost of counselling prohibitive. I am happy to discuss concession rates and sessions on a sliding scale.
General couples work and transition to parenthood program
This is a minimum of 5 sessions to prepare couples for the highs and lows of becoming parents. These sessions are based on the Becoming Us model developed by Elly Taylor. Feel free to contact Caro to find out more.
This program is also offered in group mode, check calendar for upcoming dates and check out www.growingparents.com.au for more info.
I love to talk with or meet people who are interested in counselling or art therapy, so feel free to call during normal business hours. I offer counselling in the Torquay/Bellbrae area. I am happy to discuss all matters to do with counselling, art therapy, couples counselling, relationship issues, family violence, sexuality, trauma, anxiety or depression on the phone prior to booking a session.
Bellbrae, Geelong, Melbourne
Tuesday and Thursday: 10am - 7pm
Saturday: By appointment