Rachel is a radical believer that all people and their experiences matter.With personal experience in chronic illness and the impact of mental illness, she has been inspired to bring hope to others experiencing pain, loss, illness and struggle in their lives. A Social worker, and International and Community Development Practitioner Rachel is a passionate advocate for human rights and has spent time working with Aboriginal Australians, Children and Youth, and those in Culturally Diverse Communities across Australia. Co-founder and Director of the charity ‘Hope Movement Au Inc’ for 6 years, Rachel has travelled throughout Victoria as a mental health advocate, partnering with community groups to connect children and young people with the resources and help they need. She now works at Watersedge Counselling as a Child and Youth Counsellor in Geelong. Specialising in using therapeutic play techniques, she believes play brings healing and makes therapy a lot of fun!
|Approaches to Therapy
|Advice in seeking help:
|Ask as many questions as you want! Don’t be afraid to ask about cost, rebates or concession rates. You are in the drivers seat, and are entitled to take the time to figure out who you ‘click’ with and can be your best ally in taking the next step forward in your journey. Ultimately- you have the resources in you to be able to begin healing. Its a counsellor’s job to help you access those and find meaning to your story. It’s normal to feel nervous when you meet your counsellor for the first time- but don’t worry, their job is to help you feel at ease so you can share whatever part of your story you need to. When you are looking to book an appointment for your child or young person, don’t be afraid to ask if the therapist would mind having you in the room for at least the first session, so your child feels comfortable as they get to know a new person.