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EVANTHEA MAGNISALLIS
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BASW (2014) G Dip Counselling (2023)

Pronouns: She/Her

‘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: 2014 - 2022.
Disability: 2022 to Present.
Therapeutic: 2020 to Present.

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.

ALEX WAGNER
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BASW (2014), Studying MA Play Therapy & Certificate IV in Learning and Development

Pronouns: She/Her

‘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: 2014-2018.
Early intervention: 2018-2022.
Therapeutic Specialist: 2022 to Present.

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.

MEGA TOKHMAN
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BASW (2014) Postgrad Dip Therapeutic Life Story Work (2018)

Pronouns: She/Her

‘'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: 2014 to present.
Family Preservation and Out of Home Care: 2012 to present.
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: 2018 to present.
Disability: 2014 to present
Therapeutic: 2018 to present

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.

KELVIN GARDNER
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Certificate IV in Alcohol and Drug and Mental Health Counselling, Cert IV in Training and Assessment.

Pronouns: He/Him

‘A spiritual, caring presence who incorporates connection to country in his supports.”

Role: Cultural Mentor and Counsellor.
Culture: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.
Local Government Area: Penrith.

Experience:
Senior Identified Youth Worker: 2008-2014.
Employment Support: 2014-2015.
Cultural Consultant: 2008 – Current.

Primary Specialisations:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
- Youth Support.
- Trauma support.
- Drug and alcohol support.
- Grief and Loss.

Primary Focused Psychological Strategies:
- On country counselling support.
- Cultural connection support.
- Person Centred therapy.
- Narrative therapy.
- Psychoeducation and Training.

Training facilitation:
- Training workplaces on cultural competence.
- Psychoeducation for youth and adults impacted by intergenerational trauma.

Alternative approaches:
- Therapy on country.

ELISHA BENBOW
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BASW/BA Arts (2014)

Pronouns: She/Her

‘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: 2011-2016.
Migrant Support: 2014.
Child Protection and Out of Home Care: 2016-2020.
Drug and alcohol: 2018.
Therapeutic: 2020 to Present.

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.

HANIA MASOUD
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Post Grad. Counselling & Psychotherapy (2018)

Pronouns: She/Her

“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: 2019 to Present.
Parent Support (Caseworker): 2019 to 2022.
Therapeutic Specialist: 2022 to 2023.

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.

CLARE GEORGES
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BAIHS - Honours (2006) MASW (2020)

Pronouns: She/Her

‘A grounded and creative practitioner, who enjoys connecting with children and young people.’

Role: Counselling Social Worker.
Accreditations: Accredited Social Worker, National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Culture: English, Chinese and Scottish.
Local Government Area: North Sydney.

Experience:
Disability: 2008-2013.
Family Preservation and Out of Home Care: 2013-2016.
Disability: 2016-2020.
Therapeutic: 2020-2023.

Primary Specialisations:
- Family therapy.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- Anxiety and Depression.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
- Squalor and hoarding.

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

Training facilitation:
- Behaviour Support.
- Trauma informed care.

Alternative Approaches:
- Baby massage trained.

JESSIE HENG
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BASW - Honours (2018)

Pronouns: She/Her

‘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: 2018 to Present.
Disability: 2019 to Present.
Therapeutic: 2019 to Present.

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.


NAMRATA DHAMIJA
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BA Social Science (2018) MASW (2020)

Pronouns: She/Her

‘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: 2020-2023.
Therapeutic: 2023 – current.

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.

LAUREN DUNN
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BASW - Distinction (2019)

Pronouns: She/Her

‘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: 2017-2020.
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: 2021-2022.
Therapeutic: 2020 to Present.

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.

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