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Kellie Ward

What isKellie's favourite thing 

ABOUT COUNSELLING?

'It is such an honour being the person that people open up to and share their life with. I love getting to know and understand who a person is, then supporting them to connect to that inside themselves.'

For Kellie counselling is not about giving anyone the answers but supporting them to access their own internal resources to be able to feel more settled in their daily lives. 

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Kellie is an experienced registered counsellor who has a holistic approach to therapy that works with both physical and psychological fitness for life. Kellie has a strong focus on really getting to know and understand who her clients are and provides a safe space free from judgment and biased outcomes. This has been found to assist clients to deepen and explore different aspects of their own lives and bring more understanding to themselves and those around them.

Kellie has a strong focus on personal and professional development, always going deeper with every aspect in her own life to be able to support others to do the same.

Kellie came to the field of counselling and psychology in a round about way. Starting out in the health and fitness industry then moving to childcare, Kellie's love for supporting people to connect to themselves and their children has only deepened. She has always had the innate qualities of a counsellor and often people came to her for advice well before she entered the field professionally. 

She has volunteered with the Australian Breastfeeding Association, Lifeline and Headspace which has given her a steady foundation in counselling by supporting people in vastly different circumstances and of all ages. 

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Qualifications

Diploma of Counselling 

Diploma of Fitness

Cert. IV in Breastfeeding Education & Counselling

Cert. III & IV in Children’s Services 

Registered Australian Counselling Association (ACA) Member 

NDIS Registered 

PEERS Social Skills Training Certified 

APPROACHES & TECHNIQUES

GOTTMAN COUPLES THERAPY

The Gottman Method is an approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple’s relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory. The goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy are to disarm conflicting verbal communication; increase intimacy, respect, and affection; remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy; and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.

SOMATIC THERAPY 

Somatic therapy is a holistic approach to mental health that addresses both the mind and the body. It prioritizes the mind-body connection, exploring the ways that our physical health affects our mental health and vice versa.

MINDFULNESS BASED CBT

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a type of psychotherapy that involves a combination of cognitive therapy, meditation, and the cultivation of a present-oriented, non-judgmental attitude called "mindfulness."

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy builds upon the principles of cognitive therapy by using techniques such as mindfulness meditation to teach people to consciously pay attention to their thoughts and feelings without placing any judgments upon them.

PEERS 

(Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) is an evidence based social skills intervention program for motivated teens and young adults who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends.

PERSON CENTERED 

The person-centered therapist learns to recognize and trust human potential, providing clients with empathy and unconditional positive regard to help facilitate change. The therapist avoids directing the course of therapy by following the client’s lead whenever possible.

DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOUR THERAPY

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) focuses on teaching people strategies to help them live their best and most productive life. 

There are four core skill sets that you master to help you problem solve and deal with issues:

Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation & Interpersonal Skills.

FUNCTIONAL BEHAVIOURAL ASSESSMENT 

The Body Life Skills series offers a simple, practical, user friendly and life changing 3-step process bringing about lasting behaviour change.

 

To create lasting behaviour change we must be willing to identify the reason why the behaviour is occurring. The Body Life Skills program understands that all unwanted behaviour is a result of anxiety first.