Hi. My name is Gail Macfarlane and I am a Qualified counsellor, and Case Manager.
Over the past 20 years I have worked in Child Protection with the Department of Health & Human Services, as a professional counsellor with the Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault, and in the Education Sector as Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator for Traralgon College. I am now in private practice helping individuals, couples and families through life events and stressors.
I am a skilled counsellor in Mental Health, Youth and Children's Counselling, Trauma, Abuse and Sexual Assault Counselling, Relationships, Grief and Loss Counselling, and in the treatment of Anxiety and Depression.
I am confident I can assist you to make change in your life. I am trained in utilising a range of counselling modalities supported by complimentary therapies such as:
Mindfulness Stress Reduction and Cognitive Therapy
Strengths Based Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Trauma informed Practice
Trauma, Abuse & Sexual Assault Counselling
With a 20+ year history of working with Childhood trauma, Sexual Assault victims and children in Out of Home Care, our trauma-informed practice is all about healing the experiences you have survived to ensure they don't have a negative impact on your future, whether it be for children, teens or adults. I am also able to conduct assessments for Victims of Crime Assistance.
Anxiety & Depression
Interventions look to still the mind's chatter so that we can have clarity and focus. This strengthens the regulation centre of the brain, distances our thoughts that trigger stress and worry, and focus on what is happening NOW rather than getting stuck in the cycle of the past or what we believe will happen in the future.
Play, Art and other creative mediums can assist when words aren't enough, or where a child doesn't have the language they need to understand or express themselves. Creative mediums can also provide new options for coping with life's stressors and improve mental health.
Of course we make time to assess your individual needs and tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs and circumstances.
I look forward to helping you with your specific needs and circumstances.
At this time of great uncertainty for many we can offer phone, video chat and (depending on your location) face to face services.
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