Mental Health Accredited Social Worker and Relationship Counsellor
Medicare Rebates are available
Mental Health Accredited Social Worker (AASW)- Medicare rebates available
Graduate Diploma in Counselling (2017) (ACA)
Bachelor of Social Work (2009)
Certificate in Adult Education (2015)
Certificate in Supervisory Management (1999).
Gerald is a Mental Health Accredited Social Worker. He has completed two years of psychologically focused work and is Medicare Rebate Eligible. Gerald is also an Accredited Counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). Gerald has extensive experience working in the mental health space since 2002. He is an Accredited Social Worker since 2009 and Mental Health Accredited since 2022. He has been counselling clients for over 15 years. Gerald has worked in NGO’s, community mental health, with youth’s, the hospital, Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and PHN ATAPS clients. Gerald has been fortunate to supervise and mentor students in their tertiary qualifications in social work, in community spaces, tutoring and supervise in general counselling.
Gerald works with teenagers, adolescents, men, couples, adults, older adults, and people with disabilities.
His main areas of interest include:
- Anxiety, Depression and General Mental Health
- Grief & Loss
- Men’s Issues
- Relationship counselling
- Pet Therapy
- Values and Personal Meaning
Gerald sees himself as a collaborative Practitioner who draws on many therapeutic backgrounds including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Strengths Based Approach, Narrative Therapies, Crisis Interventions and finding personal meaning in life.
Anxiety and Depression and General Mental Health
Gerald utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), strength’s based approach and values and personal meaning work. He works with a range of issues and presentations. The comprehensive list is listed below. He works with anxiety and depression issues, self-esteem and confidence problems relationships, life transitions, loss and grief and and men’s issues.
Grief and Loss
Gerald has special interest is working with people across the life span who have experienced grief and loss issues. He assists clients to work through their grief process using an acceptance and mindfulness approach, whilst identifying strengths. Examples of grief issues can be financial, relationships, loss of a loved one, and a combination of factors that people may struggle with. Gerald enjoys assisting clients to overcome their loss and grief through addressing the issues that present difficulties in their lives.
Gerald works with men of all ages. He has had considerable experience working with youths and in crisis management. Gerald works with men across a broad range of issues, such as but not limited to alcohol abuse, suicide, masculinity, difficulties with life transitions such as transition to fatherhood, divorce, retirement, and relationships issues and their sense of identity.
Gerald draws on a strengths based and interpersonal approach working with individuals and couples through communication and conflict resolution, relationship satisfaction and a sense of belonging and connection. Gerald works with individuals and couples, and working with each individuals identity within the relationship.
Gerald his beloved therapy dog Kate. She is trained and accredited through Calm Paws. Kate will be joining us soon in the clinic. There are many positive outcomes from animal assisted therapy including improved moods and social interaction, reduced anxiety and depression levels, lower levels of loneliness and boredom, improved self-esteem and emotional regulation.
Values and Personal Meaning in Life
Gerald incorporates a therapeutic approach that helps people find personal meaning in life. Naturally, each person presents with unique and individual characteristics that combine to ‘make up’ the person themselves and the time needed in therapy will depend on their personal factors and tailors the treatment plan to the individual. Gerald draws on each person’s helpful strategies, personal strengths and capabilities and belief systems to effect change and personal growth
Being able to reflect on the intersection of meaning in one’s life through the change process, coupled with implementing intrinsic personal values in a personal care plan, can create a purposeful life which is seen as vital components in healthy living.
Who we are, what we do, who we do it for, what the benefits are and what the outcomes can be then become a strategy for finding one’s purpose in life. This can be summed up in the meaning of life for each person, leading towards the freedom of will to accomplish the unique purposes at the heart of who each person is and who they then can become.
Approach to Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Narrative Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Crisis Intervention
- Pet Therapy
Full list of services provided
- Academic Performance
- Anger Management
- Anxiety and Phobias
- Assertiveness Training
- Conflict Resolution
- Couples Therapy
- Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
- Dual Diagnosis
- Emotional Abuse
- Family Therapy
- Gambling Addiction
- General Counselling
- Grief and Loss
- Identity Problems
- LGBTI Issues
- Life Coaching
- Men’s Issues
- Mental Health
- Mental Illness
- Military, Police and Emergency Services
- Older Adults
- Palliative Care
- People with Disabilities
- Pastoral Care
- Pornography Addiction
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Religious Issues
- Self-esteem and self development
- Shyness and Social Skills Deficits
- Terminal Illness
- Victims of Crime
- Weight Loss
- Work Related Issues
- Workplace Bullying
- Workplace Issues