About Yvonne and Counselling at Satori
I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with both a bachelor degree and masters in counselling. I am also a certified bereavement practitioner through the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, and a trained EMDR practitioner and member of EMDRAA. I have over twenty years of experience working with families, young people and adults across a number of settings and feel privileged to be able to offer my services in such a beautiful place as Satori.
Together we will explore whatever issue you bring into the room, with the understanding that you have complete control of the content and what you wish to share.
I use an integrated model of therapy which is person centred and trauma focused.
I believe in deeply listening to the truth people hold about themselves, and what it is they would like to be different.
Therapy can include narrative, solutions focus, motivational interviewing, arts based therapy, meditation and mindfulness, and EMDR.
Confidentiality is of the utmost importance and more about that is outlined below.
Sessions are held in a tranquil and secluded environment overlooking a garden.
In the current environment TELEHEALTH options are available. Research has shown they can be as effective as face to face counselling.
Sessions can include talking, silence, meditation, arts based therapy, psycho-education, EMDR, process work and role play.
Permission is always asked and all work is an invitation to participate.
Comfort, felt safety and trust is always considered to be the most important part of any therapy.
I work from a secluded and tranquil ground floor room in a small Queenslander workers cottage 4km from the city centre. There is a view across a lush tropical garden, with the sound of running water from the fish pond nearby. For people who like dogs, Wednesday will love to keep you company and bring you a toy. For those not so keen on canines she is more than happy to stay in her space upstairs.
The space at Satori is large and airy, offering plenty of distance (over 2m) between us. The premises has large open french doors and garden sessions are also available. With these options available I feel at this time that face to face visits can still go ahead (see COVID-19 details information below).
Having trust that your story is private and confidential is of paramount importance. The Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) (IP Act) recognises the importance of protecting personal information and have strict rules or ‘privacy principles’ in relation to how it is collected and stored.
As a professional Social Worker I am an accredited member of the Australian Association of Social Workers and I adhere to the policies and Code of Ethics of the Association. The AASW Code of Ethics can be viewed at www.aasw.asn.au
In a nutshell what it means is that I have an ethical and legal responsibility to not share your information.
A policy on confidentiality and privacy of information is available and a Client Consent Form is provided to all clients prior to the first session. All clients are required to sign this which outlines the confidentiality policy and fees etc.