Sandra Bowden

Sandra Bowden

I am a Clinical Counsellor, Registered Supervisor and Director of Counselling at Newlands Counselling, Supervisory and Training Services. I have 18 years of clinical counselling experience, working in various settings, such as community based counselling services, palliative care and mental health (Medibank Mental Health Solutions). In the last year I have taken on an adult education role, teaching the Diploma of Counselling. In addition to my teaching role, I supervise counselling students through placement, and care for and support clients through various presentations/experiences ranging from:

  Relationship Counselling

  Anxiety

  Depression

  Grief, loss and bereavement

  Pregnancy Loss

  Post abortion grief/trauma

  Major life transitions

  Terminal Illness

  Family relationships

  Mental Health

  Substance Abuse

  Domestic Violence

QUALIFICATIONS:

  Bachelor of Social Science (Counselling)

  Diploma of Professional Counselling

  Diploma of Interpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy

  Certificate in Interpersonal Relationship Counselling

  Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES:

  Emotion Focused Therapy

  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness

  Psychodynamic Approach

AREAS OF PARTICULAR INTEREST AND EXPERTISE:

In the past 12 years I have developed specific expertise in post abortion grief and trauma, the impact of this experience on the individual, her intimate relationship, and her extended family relationships. This work created a particularly interested in how the abortion experience has been linked to alcohol and drug abuse in women, who had no prior history of substance abuse.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP:

Clinical Level 4 member ACA (Australian Counselling Association)

PCA Membership (Professional Counselling Association ACT & NSW)

College of Supervisors (ACA)

Registered Supervisor (ACA)