Why Choose Me?

How true are you being to your feelings?

At the Emotional Wellbeing Centre, I offer you a safe non judgemental place to assist you to “get better”, move out of pain, and be more of who you really are. I am a qualified Somatic PsychotherapistCounsellor and Kinesiologist, working holistically with you as a whole person. My Masters research (Vic Uni 1999) demonstrated the effectiveness of some of the approaches I offer.

My clients choose me when they feel they “need to do something” about reclaiming their emotional wellbeing in response to issues of overwhelm, pain, stress, depression, anxiety and trauma, grief and loss, pre and post birth support, assistance with relationship issues, self-esteem and pain management. In this I offer you my interest, experience and passionate commitment.

In my private practice of more than 20 years, I offer a psycho education and integrative body-mind approach to healing and well-being for the specific individual issues you bring.

Please contact me for a free 15 minute call about how my work can support you during these challenging times.

Melbourne Counsellor Sue Dawson
Counselling Melbourne - Sue Dawson Talking to a Counselling Client

My Work

I work holistically and ethically with a broad range of clients, including clients from the LGBTI community.

My training and experience in many body-mind oriented healing approaches has demonstrated to me that a somatic and integrative approach enables a better understanding of the underlying “story” and associated symptoms, both consciously and at the non conscious level.

Prior to this, I worked for many years as a nurse and midwife – including supporting birthing families in labour wards and birthing suites. My goal was to empower families and support a safe and positive outcome. Participating in such life changing events, I experienced the reality of how the body, mind and emotions interact. – and how trauma, grief and loss impact the whole body-mind complex.

Responding to parents who had suffered a stillbirth or neonatal death, I led the implementation of new more caring protocols at my workplace. These protocols have become common practice in hospitals today.

I am committed to providing the most current approach to care and support for my clients.

As well, I continue my own growth as a person and as a practitioner by continuing professional development and professional supervision, in compliance with or exceeding the requirements of those professional bodies of which I am a member.

Professional Associations:

Psychotherapist and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA), Reg No: 21435

Australian Somatic Psychotherapy Association (ASPA), Reg No 1128

Australian Kinesiology Association (AKA) Reg Adv. Kin Practitioner, Reg No: 1083

Therapeutic Touch Association of Australasia

Victorian Association of Systemic Constellations (VASC)

I receive referrals from and am affiliated with:

VANISH – Providing support to people affected by adoption and donor conception

Blue Knot Foundation – Providing support to adult survivors of childhood trauma and Abuse

Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)

The Trauma Support Directory

Melbourne Centre for Emotionally Focussed Therapy (MCEFT)

Australian Centre for Emotionally Focused Therapy (ACEFT)

International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)

My qualifications include:

Masters in Health Science (Victoria University, 1999)

Diploma Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapy (ACCSP, 2007)

Clinical Diploma Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapy (ACCSP, 2009)

Kinesiology: Advanced Consultant Facilitator and Specialised Trainer (Three In One Concepts 1990-2010) -(over 1000 hours of training accredited by the AKA).

Touch for Health 1-4. Instructor and Assessor (TFHIAA 1990-2010)

COA Supervision (2013)

Cert. Nursing. AHPRA registered until 2014

Cert. Midwifery AHPRA registered until 2014

Cert. Facial Harmony (FHA 1996)

Grad. Dip. in Health Administration (La Trobe Uni,1987)

Cert 4 Workplace Training and Assessment (POCH 2003)

Cert. Bereavement and Grief Counselling. Mal McKissock (Monash 1990-1995)

TherapeuticTouch: Cert. Advanced and Teacher training Dr Dolores (Dee) Krieger (Flinders1992-1993)

Medical Benefits Organisations:

I am currently registered with Medibank Private.

Please note: Psychotherapists do not attract a Medicare rebate.

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