Hi, I’m Sarah (she/her). I’m an accredited Mental Health Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers. I’ve worked in mental health and counselling for about 10 years, and I support adults (16+ years) through individual, family, and relationship counselling. In my practice I use a wide range of theoretical approaches and skills, but all of them are grounded in the humanistic values of authenticity, non-judgement, and compassion.
People are the experts in their own experiences, but sometimes our usual strategies aren’t ideal; they’re painful or uncomfortable, and we find ourselves repeating patterns that we don’t know how to break out of. I can help you find new things to try, strategies that change the variables in the equation so that the outcome might be different.
To me a good counsellor acts like a GPS: they can help you figure out where you are and tell you about potential roadworks ahead, or routes that have worked for others, but ultimately you set the pace and choose the direction for your journey. As you work towards bringing about the change you want in your life, I offer you the full extent my professional knowledge and resources to support you along the way. I’m able to help with a wide range of issues, but am especially passionate about grief, relationships, gender and sexuality, trauma, low self-worth, and suicidality.
My counselling room uses soft lighting with a variety of options for comfortable seating. With a little notice I’m happy to roll up the rug in the room to make it safer for folks who use mobility aids, and our practice has one accessible bathroom and two all-gender toilets. For those who find remote counselling options more accessible, I am happy to provide telehealth (video) and phone appointments.
It’s also important to me to mention that I never want finances to be the reason people go without getting the support they need for their mental and emotional wellbeing. If you have a referral from a GP you will be eligible for a rebate from Medicare up to twenty times a year. Sessions are sixty minutes long, and my usual fees are as follows:
Standard rate: $100.95 out of pocket ($180 with a rebate of $79.05)
Concession rate: $40.95 ($120 with a rebate of $79.05)
However, if these fees make counselling inaccessible to you, please let me know during the first appointment and we can find a rate that is sustainable for you.
As well as working at Warwick Psychological Services, I have another role as a bereavement counsellor, exploring grief and loss with people whose loved ones have died by suicide. I also co-facilitate groups for trans folx who have experienced suicidal thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Outside of work I’m a human being too. I’m a polyamorous trans woman, and I’m neurodivergent. I love exercise, video games, and practicing the Zen art of Japanese tea ceremony.
To book an appointment call our practice on 0468 891 100, or book online by clicking here.