Why Mindfully Well?

It is not uncommon to feel lost and isolated through difficult times.

You are not alone in your battle as everyone will at some stage face particularly demanding challenges.

It is normal to experience difficult periods in life however if not managed well, these concerns may begin to affect other areas in your life such as family, friends, health, finances and relationships. When things we value most are threatened we can start feeling worthless, hopeless, irritable, worried, frustrated, angry, out of control or isolated. While family and friends may do their best to provide comfort, Mindfully Well will provide you with the opportunity to sit down (one-on-one) with an experienced psychologist and begin to professionally manage and work through your concerns.

Mindfully Well provides a space for you to voice your concerns and begin taking steps to manage or resolve your difficulties.

At Mindfully Well our psychologists are committed to assisting you to resolve the issues that are holding you back from fully engaging in life.

Kerry Howard (Principal Psychologist BPsych (Honours), EMDR Therapist, Assoc MAPS)

Kerry Howard is a registered psychologist who is skilled in working with people experiencing a wide range of emotional, personal and relationship difficulties with a particular specialty in trauma. She has experience working in both the public and private mental health sectors and received her training at the Australian National University.

Kerry has been working in a range of psychological settings for the past six years, including with headspace and as a School Psychologist. She has extensive experience during that time working with adolescents and adults.

Kerry has a specialty in EMDR Therapy – she is a former Director/Secretary of the Board of the EMDR Association of Australia. Kerry has experience working with both adolescents and adults in addiction treatment, with a specialised focus on food and weight management.

Kerry’s primary modality is EMDR Therapy and has used it extensively with adolescent and adult clients who present with depression, anxiety and trauma as well as treating more complex trauma presenting as PTSD.

Kerry was interviewed in 2015 for her insight and approach to treatment of PTSD, specifically as it relates to Defence Members, for an important Parliamentary Library Monograph on 'Changing Attitudes to Mental Illness in the Australian Defence Force: a long way to go...' written by Dr Edward Scarr. Kerry also works with a variety of other therapeutic models in addition to EMDR Therapy including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Mindfulness, Image Relationship Therapy and Resource State Therapy.

Alice Hope

(Counsellor/ EMDR Therapist)
Alice was drawn to counselling as she has a passion for improving human experience and a strong desire to create a safe place for people to process their traumatic experiences, ensuring that they don’t have to suffer in isolation.

Alice has a unique blend of experiences that has opened her eyes to cultural differences and the importance of embracing diversity. As a woman who grew up in the middle east, she learned from a young age that cultures can be imposing, especially on girls. Alice was often in trouble for wanting to step outside culturally imposed boundaries that related to gender.
Alice previously worked as a camerawoman in a war-torn country and developed a passion for standing against injustice and promoting human rights, especially the rights of women, through storytelling and the media. This exposed her to many individual’s who were openly sharing their stories and difficulties, often in great detail, exposing her to their traumatic experiences. Alice was inspired to work alongside these people, to find ways through situations in which they felt lost or overwhelmed on their own.

Working with such a highly marginalised group afforded Alice an education well beyond her own life experiences. She learned to respect and value difference and understand why it is essential to treat an individual with dignity – regardless of their ethnicity, cultural standing, age, family dynamics, financial position, gender, sexuality, education, religion or philosophy.

Alice’s life experiences, combined with her training, has moulded her into a thoughtful, caring and non-judgmental counsellor. With a strong love of learning, developed from having to fight to be educated as a woman, Alice is committed to continuous improvement in her work with clients. She strives to find integrative and holistic ways to support clients to improve their lives.

Never one to rest on her laurels, Alice continues to enhance her education by undertaking a Masters of Counselling, in addition to other professional development opportunities. Alice utilises a variety of therapeutic techniques that work effectively for people experiencing personal difficulties in their lives, including cognitive and behavioural techniques, assessment and intervention, addictions and treating trauma with EMDR Therapy.

Alice is fluent in multiple languages including Farsi, Dari and English. She has been exposed to multiple cultures and understands the challenges of being marginalised and persecuted by imposing regimes.
As a counsellor, Alice seeks to understand rather than judge. A great believer in the right for personal freedom, she supports clients to foster wellbeing and assists them to resolve their challenges by embracing personal change, developing meaning and healing from their trauma, and no longer suffering alone.

Professional Registration

Alice is a Registered Counsellor with PACFA (pacfa.org.au), and practices under PACFA’s Code of Ethics. If you would like to know more, you will find additional information in the link below:

https://www.pacfa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/PACFA-Code-of-Ethics-2017.pdf

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