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LAUREN DUNN

AASW Registration 652531

Bachelor of Social Work - Distinction (2019)

Pronouns: She/Her

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‘An empathic and attuned practitioner who works in a sensitive and trauma informed way’.

Role: Counselling Social Worker.
Accreditations: Accredited Social Worker, National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Culture: Mixed Race, Aboriginal Australian.
Local Government Area: Blacktown.

Experience:
- Child Protection and Out of Home Care.
- Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
- Therapeutic Interventions.

Primary Specialisations:
- Children and young people.
- Anxiety and depression.
- Self-harm and suicide.
- Interpersonal relationship challenges.
- Developmental trauma.

Primary Focused Psychological Strategies:
- Cognitive behavioural therapy.
- Person centred therapy.
- Three phased approaches.
- Psychoeducation.
- Narrative based therapy.

Training facilitation:
- Love Bites, Respectful relationships program for young people.

Alternative Approaches:
- Grounding.

ALEXANDRIA QUARTERMAIN

AASW Registration 503087

Bachelor of Social Work (2014), Studying Master of Play Therapy & Certificate IV in Learning and Development

Pronouns: She/Her

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‘A passionate advocate for vulnerable families and youth; particularly those who are neurodiverse or live with disability.’

Accreditations: Accredited Social Worker, National Disability Insurance Scheme, Victims of Crime.
Culture: Aboriginal and German.
Local Government Area: Blacktown.

- Child protection casework.
- Early intervention.
- Therapeutic Specialist.

Primary Specialisations:
- Assessments for Autism; to be taken to psychiatrist/paediatrician for formal confirmation of diagnosis.
- Behavioural Assessments, Functional Capacity Assessments and Sensory Profile.
- Working with neurodivergent clients.
- Working with intergenerational trauma.
- Staffing support, including reducing vicarious trauma.

Primary Focused Psychological Strategies:
- Play therapy.
- Person centred therapy.
- Grounding.
- Psychoeducation.
- Narrative Therapy.

Training facilitation:
- Behaviour support training.

Alternative Approaches:
- Sensory exploration to assist in regulation.

ELISHA BENBOW

AASW Registration 658912

Bachelor of Social Work/Bachelor of Arts (2014)

Pronouns: She/Her

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‘A sensitive and culturally informed practitioner, passionate about LGBTQIA-SB rights’

Role: Counselling Social Worker.
Accreditations: Accredited Social Worker, National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Culture: Caribbean Australian.
Local Government Area: Inner Western Sydney.

Experience:
- Disability.
- Migrant Support.
- Child Protection and Out of Home Care.
- Drug and alcohol.
- Therapeutic interventions.

Primary Specialisations:
- Children and young people.
- LGBTQIA+SB.
- Self-harm and suicide.
- Personality Disorders.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Primary Focused Psychological Strategies:
- Person Centred.
- Psychoeducation.
- Trauma informed therapies.
- Narrative therapies.
- Cognitive behavioural therapy.

Training facilitation:
- Parenting support.

Alternative Approaches:
- Grounding.

EVANTHEA MAGNISALLIS

AASW Registration 472254

Bachelor of Social Work (2014) Master of Counselling (2024)

Pronouns: She/Her

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‘An inquisitive and humorous practitioner, who is comfortable sitting with clients in uncomfortable spaces.’

Role: Director and Counselling Social Worker.
Accreditations: Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Victims Services, National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Culture: Greek Australian.
Local Government Area: Penrith.

Experience:
- Child Protection and Out of Home Care.
- Disability.
- Therapeutic Interventions.
- Sexual Assault and Systemic Abuse.

Primary Specialisations:
- Post Traumatic Stress disorder and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- Disability.
- Depression and Anxiety.
- Personality Disorders.
- Anger management.

Primary Focused Psychological Strategies:
- Behavioural Therapies.
- Three Phased Approach.
- Person Centred Therapy.
- Psychoeducation.
- Narrative Therapy.

Training facilitation:
- Behaviour support training.

Alternative Approaches:
- Trauma informed yoga.
- Meditation.
- Grounding using sensory tools.

HANIA MASOUD

PACFA Registration 26770

Post Graduate Certificate pf Counselling & Psychotherapy (2018)

Pronouns: She/Her

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“A genuine person-centred counsellor / psychotherapist who is deeply ingrained to help individuals, couples and families from diverse cultural backgrounds.”

Role: Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Accreditations: PACFA Registered Counsellor, Circle of Security facilitator, National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Culture: Arabic Australian.
Local Government Area: Ryde.

Experience:
- Counselling / Psychotherapist.
- Parent Support (Caseworker).
- Therapeutic Specialist.

Primary Specialisations:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
- Depression and Anxiety.
- Anger management.
- Self Harming and Suicide Ideation.

Primary Focused Psychological Strategies:
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
- Narrative Therapy (including Arts & Music Therapy).
- Gestalt Therapy (Empty Chair).
- Hofstede Cultural Diversity Theory.

Training facilitation:
- Circle of Security Parenting facilitator.
- Behaviour support

Alternative Approaches:
- Play Therapy.
- Meditation and Grounding.
- Yoga.

JESSIE HENG

AASW Registration 663240

Bachelor of Social Work- Honours (2018)

Pronouns: She/Her

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‘Jessie uses a trauma informed approach and has a calm and sincere nature, which makes engagement with her relaxed’.

Role: Counselling Social Worker.
Accreditations: Accredited Social Worker and National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Culture: Chinese Australian.
LGA: Parramatta.

- Child Protection and Out of Home Care.
- Disability.
- Therapeutic Interventions.

Primary Specialisations:
- Children, young people, and family work.
- Interpersonal relationships.
- Depression and Anxiety.
- Complex Trauma.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Primary Focused Psychological Strategies:
- Trauma Informed Care.
- Strengths Based.
- Person Centred Therapy
- Narrative Therapy
- Psychoeducation

Training facilitation:
- Trauma Informed Care.

ISAAC BAILEY

PACFA Registration 22692

Bachelor of Applied Social Science Counselling (2013) Masters of Applied Social Science Counselling (2014) Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies (2015)

Pronouns: He/Him

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'A passionate First Nations practitioner focused on supporting clients in their journey towards wellbeing.’

Role: Clinical Counsellor
Accreditations: PACFA, NDIS.
Culture: First Nations and Jewish.

Experience:
- Child Protection
- Out of Home Care.
- Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence.
- Therapeutic Interventions.

Primary Specialisations:
- Developmental disruption.
- Trauma and intergenerational trauma.
- Depression and Anxiety.
- Anxiety and depression.
- Intersectionality across mental health, trauma, First Nations, CALD, LGBTQI and Disability populations.

Primary Focused Psychological Strategies:
- Person centred and strengths based.
- Trauma therapy.
- Psychoeducation.
- Culturally specific healing practises.
- Emotional regulation support.

Training facilitation:
- Culturally specific content.
- Trauma informed training.
- Behaviour support training.
- Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence training.

Alternative Approaches:
- Hypnotherapy.

KYM MARSDEN

AASW Registration 438809

Bachelor of Health, Aging and Community (2012) Master of Social Work (2015)

Pronouns: She/Her

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‘A proud First Nations Woman with over 20 years’ experience across remote and urban settings’

Role: Counselling Social Worker
Accreditations: AASW, AMHSW, NDIS.
Culture: First Nations.
Local Government Area: Brisbane City.

Experience:
- Forensic, Veteran, Adult & Youth Mental Health
- Remote Aboriginal Communities
- Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence
- Offender Management & Consultation
- Aboriginal Social & Emotional Well-Being & Cross-Cultural Awareness Training
- Private Practice specializing in Trauma, Attachment, Borderline Personality Disorder D, Grief & Loss

Primary Specialisations:
- Post Traumatic Stress disorder and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- First Nations
- Forensic Mental Health & General Mental health
- Personality Disorders
- Anger management.

Primary Focused Psychological Strategies:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
- Person Centred
- Psychoeducation.
- Solution Focussed
- Strength Based

Training facilitation:
- First Nations MH Training and Approaches
- First Nations Engagement
- Development of First Nations Specific Training for Organisations

Alternative Approaches:
- Grounding

MEGA TOKHMAN

AASW Registration 661158

Bachelor of Social Work (2014) Post Graduate Diploma of Therapeutic Life Story Work (2018)

Pronouns: She/Her

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‘'An energetic, engaging practitioner who believes the mind, body, and spirit connection influences well-being and healing.’

Role: Counselling Social Worker.
Accreditations: Accredited Social Worker, National Disability Insurance Scheme. Therapeutic Life Story Work Practitioner, Family Group Conference Facilitator.
Culture: Indonesian.
Local Government Area: South Western Sydney.

Experience:
- Disability.
- Family Preservation.
- Out of Home Care.
- Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
- Disability.
- Therapeutic Interventions.

Primary Specialisations:
- Child, couple and family work.
- Post Traumatic Stress disorder and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- Depression and Anxiety.
- Developmental trauma.
- Interpersonal relationships.

Primary Focused Psychological Strategies:
- Trauma informed care.
- Strengths based.
- Cognitive behavioural therapy.
- Therapeutic Life Story Work.
- Narrative Therapy.

Training facilitation:
- Clinical Supervision.
- Circle of Security Parenting Course.
- 123 Magic and Emotion Coaching Parenting Course.
- Behaviour support training.

Alternative Approaches:
- Trauma informed yoga and exercise.
- Regulation through movement.


NAMRATA DHAMIJA

AASW Registration 481039

Bachelor Social Science (2018) Master of Social Work (2020)

Pronouns: She/Her

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‘An advocate and collaborator, passionate about disability rights.’

Role: Counselling Social Worker.
Accreditations: Accredited Social Worker, National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Culture: Indian.
Local Government Area: Blacktown.

Experience:
- Disability.
- Therapeutic Interventions.
- Victims Support.

Primary Specialisations:
- Acquired Brain Injuries.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- Anxiety and Depression.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- Schizophrenia.

Primary Focused Psychological Strategies:
- Play therapy.
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
- Trauma informed care.
- Strengths based.
- Systems theory.

Training facilitation:
- Behaviour Support training.

Alternative Approaches:
- Yoga and movement.
- Mindfulness.

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