Penny is a fully registered Psychologist and an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society. She became a Psychologist to work more closely with people, understanding that many of us encounter difficult and challenging times in our lives, where additional support is necessary and valuable.
Penny has worked effectively with adults of all ages, adolescents, and children in a variety of health, community and private settings. She provides a personal approach to therapy, believing that each person has a unique history to be valued and respected.
Areas of expertise include:-
Penny works from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach, while incorporating other therapeutic techniques, e.g Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness based practices.
Penny offers a compassionate, non-judgmental and supportive service, and is looking forward to working with and assisting people over the age of 16 years with the many challenges they may face.
I have earned Degrees in Bachelor Social Work, (BSW – Monash University), Bachelor Social Welfare (BSEWLF – Monash University) and Master’s degree in Forensic Mental Health (M. FORENSIC MH – Griffith University) as well as being an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AHMSW) with membership in the Australian Association Social Workers (AASW) along with other undertakings of study including a 12 month leadership program and a 12 month mental health graduate program both through Country Health SA.
I have worked as a mental health clinician for many years for both SA Health and in non-government organisations, in an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organization, in Dept. Community Corrections, and as a youth worker on varying contracts. A great deal of experience gained within forensic mental health work, previously working for Community Corrections and then holding the portfolio for forensics within the Community Mental Health Service; conducting assessments, interventions, support, advocacy and liaising within the mental health and criminal justice systems and sectors within it (Court, Police, Lawyers, and Prisons).
My experience also extends to providing clinical professional supervision for other social workers, as well as duties within team leader roles. My therapeutic gravitations are toward a solution focused approach, goal oriented and strengths-based. Within therapeutic interventions I incorporate elements of CBT and DBT inclusive of mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness skills development, and support empowerment and self-determination inclusive of client-centered practice.
Gregory Moore graduated as a mature aged Mental Health Social Worker in 2002 at the University of South Australia. After graduation he worked closely with people in aged care and also people with brain injuries. Since 2005, Gregory has worked as a Social worker in a private practice.
He specializes in:
– Relationship Counselling
– Anger Management
– Men’s Health
– Group Work
Margaret graduated from Griffith University in 2002 with a Bachelorof Behavioural Science; Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) &Graduate Diploma of Counselling. She has worked in communityagencies, non for profit agencies, Government departments and alsoa Private Practice. Her interests are as follows:
– Alcohol and Drug abuse
– Couples Counselling
– Positive Psychology
– Grief and Loss
Cherelle Evans, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker.
Cherelle holds a Bachelor of Arts (Social Welfare) and Bachelor of Social Work (First Class Honors)and is accredited as a mental health clinician by the Australian Association of Social Workers. As a practicing clinician Cherelle has had a varied career including at a tertiary level social work and individual therapy for a wide range of presenting issues and mental health concerns. Her areas of specialty and interest in private practice include
– working with people who have experienced trauma and attachment disruption
– grief and loss, pregnancy, depression, anxiety, young people and aged care.
Cherelle has a particular interest in clinical social work, recognizes the broader implications of an individual having a mental illness including specific psychological, biological, socioeconomic and environmental dimensions. Her therapeutic framework is psychotherapy with interventions including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Psycho-education, mindfulness and skills training.
Joanne holds a Bachelor of Social Work, a Master in Counselling and a Master in Health. She has worked with many private, community and government agencies, supporting clients and families with mental health issues, relationship, workplace and employment related issues.
Joanna is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker and specialized in mental health, family intervention, child protection and other workplace programs. She is passionate in working with the disadvantaged communities in helping them obtaining their full potentials.
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