I have worked for the past ten years at the Yacaaba Centre, which is a not for profit agency in Nelson Bay. The Centre offers support to a range of clients including survivors of abuse, many of whom have complex trauma histories. I am committed to providing a safe environment for my clients to share their stories, and to establishing a trusting relationship which is built on mutual respect.
The Yacaaba Centre is an integral part of our local community and has strong relationships with support networks including legal, financial and practical support, as well as avenues for referral if required. Clients can simply access the Centre by phone or email to make an appointment. Payment for sessions is based on the individual circumstances of the client, and no one is ever turned away if they are not able to pay. There is typically only a short waiting time (around two weeks), and I work with each client to assess how many sessions they may require. The Centre is a warm and friendly place to come - all clients are welcomed with the offer of tea/coffee/water, and appointments are scheduled to minimize any waiting time in the reception area.
I am committed to continuing to develop my professional expertise in working with survivors of trauma, regularly attending Blue Knot Foundation workshops; attending conferences with experts in this field, and ensuring I am up to date with the latest developments in this field. I am particularly interested in the impact of trauma on the brain. I use a session rating scale on a regular basis, to ensure clients are happy with the counselling they are receiving, and to talk through any issues which may arise from that.