NICOLA

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, AASW, 2016,

Bachelor of Social Work, Monash, 2001 University, 
Bachelor of Business (Marketing) with distinction, 2001.

Perinatal non-directive counselling training.

Children’s Mental Health Service Professional Development Training: Fundamentals.

Play and art therapy training.

Single session family work training.
DBT training.

Nicola has 12 years experience working in mental health and has been an accredited mental health social worker since 2016. She has had experience with acute and chronic mental health presentations and has worked both in both community and clinical settings as a recovery clinician and a generalised counsellor.

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Client-Centred Practice

"Don't go through life, grow through life" - Eric Butterworth

Nicola uses a client-centered approach and supports individuals, children and their families to develop a care-plan and counselling focus that best meets their needs. Evidence-based supportive psychological interventions include: 

  • psychoeducation;

  • mindfulness skills;

  • anxiety containment strategies;

  • cognitive and behavioural interventions (CBT);

  • emotional regulation strategies;

  • problem solving skills;

  • activity scheduling;

  • strengths based work;

  • positive psychology strategies;

  • self-care and recovery plans;

  • activity scheduling and goal planning;

  • core skills of mental coping based on the acceptance and commitment therapy framework (ACT);

  • age appropriate play and art-based interventions for children; and

  • general supportive therapy.