Chanel Keane

Counsellor & Social Worker

Counsellor/Accredited Mental Health Social Worker/ATAPS counsellor
(BA Hon, BA SW, AMHSW)

A little information about my practice and counselling experience. My approach is to listen to client's experiences and needs in an open and non-judgemental way. I believe that there is therapeutic benefit alone in a person's experiences being heard, and with being engaged in a human relationship that is respectful, safe, honest, and focused on an individual's needs and the resolution of their struggles and distress.

In the nineteen years that I has worked as a counsellor and social worker, I have developed experience and skills in working with people whose lives have been affected by childhood and adult trauma, mental illness, drug and alcohol dependence, sexual abuse, and family violence. It is my hope hope that through therapy a client develops greater self-awareness of their emotions, thoughts, their strengths and supports, and in so doing feels an improvement in their overall well-being and connection with others.

I have a particular interest in counselling people who have suffered childhood or adult trauma, and I am deeply aware of how such experiences can have a profound impact on a person’s well-being, sense of self and safety in the world. I believe that people’s feelings and struggles are not signs of weakness or ill health, but are normal responses in trying to cope with challenging life experiences. I like to encourage the use of diverse mediums such as creative writing or journal writing and other creative forms of expression to explore and communicate one’s experiences.

Areas of practice experience
• Childhood and adult trauma
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Relationship concerns
• Interpersonal violence
• Grief and loss
• Self-Esteem issues
• Youth mental health
• Women’s health and well-being

Professional Associations
Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
Registered as an ATAPS counsellor with Melbourne Primary Health

Education
Bachelor of Arts, Social Work, Latrobe University Bachelor of Arts, (Hons.)
University of Melbourne, Art History and Women’s Studies

Further professional development in the following:
• Treatment of of complex trauma
• Working with shame
• Gestalt therapeutic interventions
• Somatic psychotherapy
• Acceptance Commitment therapy
• Mindfulness

Locations: North Fitzroy, Preston, Sunbury

Availability: Monday to Friday, Wednesday evenings in North Carlton only

Fees: $130 per session with some Medicare rebates applicable, please call or email to enquire. Fees negotiable with Health Care Card.

Please feel free to call me to discuss appointments or with any questions on 0410 009 980 or keane.chanel@gmail.com.

As an accredited mental health social worker, I am able to provide eligible clients with the Medicare mental health rebate and I am also an accredited ATAPS counsellor with the Care In Mind Melbourne Primary Care Network (Access to Psychological Service).

Christina Pitter

Counsellor & Social Worker

Christina has worked in the fields of women’s health, sexual assault, refugee health and trauma for over 15 years as a counsellor and social worker. Christina draws on training in empowerment, narrative, process oriented, mindfulness, strengths-based and cognitive therapies.  

Christina has extensive experience in working with women who have experienced trauma, abuse, sexual assault, family violence, pregnancy, chronic health issues, grief and loss issues, relationship, depression, anxiety, stress, low self esteem and work difficulties. Christina is dedicated to offering holistic counselling and creating a safe, caring and supportive environment for women exploring difficult aspects of their lives.  Talking to a counsellor is helpful if you are feeling unhappy, distressed, stuck or confused by past or current events in your life.  Counselling can help you understand why you feel this way and, most importantly to begin to make changes to manage your life more effectively.    

Y ou are welcome to contact Christina to discuss whether counselling might be helpful for you now.  Christina particularly welcomes women who find it difficult for whatever reason to access other counselling services.  Christina’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) & Masters in Counselling and Human Services.

Jennifer Trainor

Counselling Psychologist

I trained as Counselling Psychologist in the UK, where I practiced clinically for a number of years in various areas including drug and alcohol, HIV, and migrant communities. Since my arrival in Australia in 2007, I have worked mostly as a trauma specialist working for both the Centre(s) Against Sexual Assault and Foundation House.

My training as an Integrative Counselling Psychologist ensures I have a sound theoretical knowledge and experience in the major therapeutic schools of thought including humanistic, cognitive, behavioural, and psychodynamic and trauma theory. I believe that my training coupled with my clinical skills enable me as a psychologist to provide short to mid and longer term therapeutic services to Individuals, couples and young people with a wide range of presenting difficulties including, anxiety, depression, personality difficulties, eating disorders, adjustment disorders, complex trauma, PTSD and attachment difficulties.

I am registered as a Psychologist with APHRA and Medicare.

You may be eligible for the following:
- Medicare mental health rebates which require a referral from your GP Counselling funding through VOCAT, TAC Worksafe or DVA The cost of an individual counselling is $120
- The cost of couples counselling is $150

I can be contacted on: 0433 92 1965 or jennifer.trainor7@yahoo.com