Narelle has been a social worker since 1998. She is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers and holds the Mental Health Social Worker status. She has worked in a number of child and adolescent mental health teams, a generalist counselling team, as a children’s counsellor for children whose parents had separated, as a school chaplain, with foster care and in private practice
Narelle has worked with children, young people and adults who have experienced:
- couple’s therapy
- postnatal depression
- child sexual assault
- domestic violence
- family conflict
- friendship difficulties and bullying
- attachment difficulties
- couple’s conflict
Narelle’s passion is working with families. Narelle particularly loves helping parents understand child development and find new ways of parenting. Often we parent either exactly how we were parented or do the opposite. Narelle draws on research and evidence-based approaches to improve parent-child relationships, children’s confidence and their ability to negotiate the world. Narelle enjoys helping adults understand new ways of parenting and seeing the benefits for their child.
Narelle’s second passion is working with children directly. Many children aren’t used to adults trying hard to understand them and help them find ways to deal with their issues. Narelle uses fun techniques and strategies to create a relaxed environment where children can open up and share some of their deepest concerns.
Narelle is currently completing her graduate diploma in family therapy through William Street Family therapy centre. Narelle has also completed the Level 1 and Level 2 training with The Gottman Institute in Couple Therapy. Narelle works with couples who want to become masters of their relationship and teaches skills in compromise and communication, developing deeper relationships and provide skills for adding longevity to their relationship.
Narelle is committed to listening to and trying to work with the client’s goals, whether they be a child, adolescent or adult, whether working with a family or with an individual. Narelle will set goals with you and work with those goals through the course of therapy.
Narelle has a number of techniques she uses for therapy including:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Brief Solution Focused Therapy
Play Therapy Techniques
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Narelle uses a combination of methods depending on the situation of the client and is flexible to adjust techniques as her relationship with a client develops.
When working with children Narelle involves parents in the therapy. Some children go home happily chatting about what they have done that week in therapy, other children may need time or help to speak with parents.
Narelle is client centred in her approach and tries to work with the agenda of the client. Developing trust with her client is very important to Narelle and going at their pace is an important part of this.