Clinical Supervision, Mentoring & Consultation

I have a passion for working with, and supporting, social work clinicians, students and other health professionals with their clinical work, health and wellbeing and professional development. I am a strong advocate for the need for realistic and sustainable self care practices and I enjoy working with all health professionals to help integrate practical self care principles into their working and everyday lives.

Face-to-face sessions are available for individuals, groups and service providers in the Newcastle, Central Coast and Hunter NSW areas

Skype sessions also available for people in other locations

About You

There are many different reasons people might reach out to a counsellor for support and assistance. It might be something you have tried in the past but for whatever reason it didn’t quite work out, or it wasn’t the right time.

Sometimes you might feel as though a part, or parts, of your life are “not quite right”. You are trying to keep up with everything you need to get done and put on a happy face but it is getting harder and you are feeling tired.

Maybe you have been struggling with an issue for a while now – something that keeps you up at night, something that is causing you to worry or stress. Maybe it is impacting your relationships with the people closest to you – your family and friends? Your children? Your workmates?

You may have experienced the loss or death of someone close to you and you are really struggling to live your life without them.

There may have recently been a big change in your life – a job loss, a move, a relationship break up and you need help adjusting to the way things are now.

You may have experienced a traumatic event in your life and you are finding it really hard to move beyond this and feel safe again.

Maybe you have been diagnosed with a mental illness – depression, anxiety, bipolar or a personality disorder and you are looking for a counsellor to support you and to assist you to develop strategies to manage your illness.

If you feel like you relate to any of these situations and you would like to make an appointment for counselling please contact me on 0413 653 409 or email karenbarrettsocialworker@gmail.com

Counselling

November 2021 - We are sorry but Karen's books are currently closed for counselling referrals. We will update this site when Karen's books re-open.

Individual counselling sessions available face-to-face at Lvl 1 , Suite 2, 58 Orchardtown Road, New Lambton NSW 2305.

I am accredited with the AASW and Medicare and I am able to provide services under the Better Access Program. A GP referral is required for Medicare rebates.

My areas of work and experience include:

  • Grief, loss and trauma (including DV, family violence and sexual assault)

  • Mental health - particularly depression, anxiety and Borderline

  • Personality Disorder

  • Women's health

  • Parenting and attachment

  • Adjustment to loss and change

I have extensive training and experience in using various methods of counselling including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and I also utilise strategies such as mindfulness, stress management, relaxation and writing in my therapeutic work. I believe that the core component of any counselling relationship is the ability of the client to build a safe and trusting connection with their counsellor.

Please call 0413 653 409 to discuss a referral or to make an appointment

The empowered social worker

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