Counselling is about assisting people to be the best version of themselves they can be. In counselling, problems are addressed in a positive, client-focused setting, issues are clarified, options are explored and strategies are developed. We provide our clients with the space to freely discuss life’s events from everyday life, grief, relationship breakdowns, marriage woes, bullying, and stress through to a plethora of psychological and mental issues.
Sometimes, just chatting in a safe place to a completely objective person in total confidentiality, together building the strength and stepping stones to resolution, can make all the difference. Couples counselling is also available. Our counsellor, Sheree Breaden, has received a degree in counselling and is currently studying her Masters Degree in Psychotherapy.
Dr Shelley Cowden
PhD, MA Counselling & Psychotherapy, Dip. Craniosacral Therapy,
Dip. Yoga Teaching (RYT500), BA (Hons.)
Dr Shelley Cowden is a trained Counsellor, with a PhD in Sociology and Master of Counselling & Psychotherapy. Alongside her academic training, Shelley has worked in a therapeutic capacity for over fifteen years and greatly enjoys working with people from all walks of life.
Shelley can help you work through conditions of anxiety, depression, grief and loss and many others. She has a natural gift at helping people feel at ease, even after prolonged windows of chronic stress, illness, and trauma. She enjoys helping people work through life's adversities and move confidently towards living a life of peace and authentic expression. Shelley has a special interest in the 'body-mind' connection, and utlises her training as yoga teacher and craniosacral therapist, to help clients reconnect to their bodies and regulate their emotions.
Shelley's counselling sessions can include use of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, CBT, Somatic Experiencing and Meditation. Sessions can help to resolve your problems in a positive way by helping you to clarify issues, explore options, develop strategies and increase self-awareness.
As a practitioner Shelley meets each client with warmth, compassion and empathy. She is available for 1hour counselling appointments from 4th of January, 2023.
"Shelley presents and shows up in the world – as a deeply intuitive, wise, respectful and awakened healing presence. I am very grateful for the experience of working with her" Lisa, 53,Senior Yoga Teacher
Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Mental Health Clinician, RPN/RN (AHPRA)
Erika is an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist with over 30 years working within public and
private psychiatry, alcohol and drug services and post-natal services.
For clients seeking short-term counselling, Erika offers a range of evidence-based, focused psychological strategies (FPS) including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Problem-Solving Therapy (PST), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Psychoeducation, and Relaxation techniques.
For clients seeking ongoing psychotherapy, Erika’s approach embraces Humanistic, Jungian, and Compassion-based psychotherapies, with a focus on meditation, the power of archetypes and ancient wisdom practices.
Erika has a great depth and breadth of professional experience as a mental health clinician, providing psychotherapy, education and advocacy to people struggling with complex emotional issues. She has provided intensive emotional support and psychotherapy to people struggling with PTSD, major depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-natal depression and psychosis, alcoholism, and drug-induced psychosis.
Overall, Erika's trauma-informed approach and clinical experience make her a highly effective therapist who has helped many individuals with their mental health struggles.
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Tania has a background in nursing, working with all age groups and is interested in the developmental stages across the lifespan. She provides a non-judgmental, confidential and caring environment, offering
general counselling services and focusing on client lead therapy. Depending on the client's needs and goals, Tania can use various tools and resources to aid in therapy. Sometimes, one can feel lost and alone in what may seem like a fog of confusion or fear. Tania journeys alongside the client to encourage and equip them to move
forwards into the light again.Tania has received a diploma in counselling and is currently completing a Degree
Counsellor & Social Worker
Perinatal Counselling, Motherhood & Parenting Support
Katie Parker is an experienced social worker, postpartum doula and parent educator with training in perinatal and infant mental health, trauma-informed care, Motherhood Studies, matrescence theory, perinatal loss, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Neuroprotective Developmental Care (also known as the Possums Programs), postpartum care and Aware Parenting. She provides a warm, compassionate and non-judgmental space for you to talk through challenges you may be experiencing in pregnancy, postpartum and parenting. Through her perinatal counselling and parenting support sessions, she can support you with the following:
· Preparing for postpartum & parenthood
· Birth debriefing
· Adjusting to parenthood
· Transitioning from one to two (or more) children
· Mild to moderate prenatal and postnatal depression & anxiety
· Low mood and anxious thoughts
· Guilt and anger in parenthood
· Pregnancy & infant loss
· Infant and toddler sleep
· Toddler tantrums
· Building your village
· Self-care and self-compassion
· Changes to your identity and sense of self / the feeling of having ‘lost’ yourself in motherhood
· Increasing your enjoyment of parenting
· Challenging beliefs and assumptions about what it means to be a ‘good’ mother
· Examining the impact social conditioning has on how you perceive yourself, your child and the relationship between you
· Exploring how past childhood experiences may be impacting on your parenting
· Providing information about child brain development and emotion regulation
· Supporting you to build a more connected and respectful relationship with your child while maintaining boundaries
· Equipping you with practical tools for eliciting more cooperation from your child as well as managing anger and aggression in your child
· Supporting you to better respond to and hold space for your child’s emotions
· Resourcing yourself so that you have more capacity to parent in the way you want to
You don't need a mental health diagnosis or a GP referral to see Katie (although GPs are welcome to refer to her and she is always willing to chat with GPs in order to provide consistent and collaborative care with your consent).
You are very welcome to bring your baby to your session. It is preferred that alternative care is found for your toddler, however if this makes booking a session prohibitive for you, you are welcome to bring them along.
Katie is a Mum of two (aged 8 and 6) and has lived experience of motherless mothering, perinatal loss and building connected and respectful relationships with her children after a very challenging first few years of parenting two under two with very little support. She is passionate about supporting parents to build their village, prioritise their own physical and emotional wellbeing, and to parent in alignment with their own values, blocking out the noise of societal expectations and unsolicited advice from family and friends. Community connection is one of her highest values and she also runs a free monthly pregnancy and new mama meet up in Warragul.