(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.
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: