Catherine Tran – Counsellor

My name is Catherine Tran, Counsellor at Women Assist Counselling.

About me
As a Counsellor, I have worked in Australia, England, Rwanda, and Kenya – and in contrasting environments. To date, in my face to face counselling work, I have worked primarily with children and adolescents, and in a variety of settings. Such settings are schools, children’s homes, and outpatient hospital clinics.

My Accreditations
Master of Clinical Counselling
Mental Health Internship in East Africa (Kenya)
Registered Counsellor (Level 2) with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)

My Work Experience

Children’s Counselling – I have experience working with primary school aged students within an educational setting, working with children individually and in small groups, and in disadvantaged communities. Various presenting issues that I have explored in children’s counselling are anger, assertiveness, bullying, safety planning, adjusting to change, social skills, respectful behaviours, trauma, grief and loss, cross-cultural difficulties, loneliness, and so forth.

Adolescent Counselling – In 2018, I commenced adolescent counselling, providing both individual counselling and group counselling where needed. Areas that I have covered with adolescents are self-awareness, transitional changes, respectful behaviours, disruptive behaviours, team building, community building, relationship difficulties, and careers etc.

Women’s Counselling – I have worked with women who have experienced emotional distress and mental health issues amongst other concerns. Other concerns that I have assisted and supported women with are personal difficulties, study and work, stress, relationships, sexuality, grief and loss, loneliness, cross-cultural, faith/spirituality, and so on.

Trauma Counselling for Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence – In 2018, I spent several months working intensively as a Counselling Practitioner (Intern)/Aid Worker, and within an outpatient hospital setting in Kenya. Whilst in Kenya, I had the opportunity to specialise in trauma counselling, and with predominantly child and adolescent clients. Many of the clients whom I counselled experienced gender-based violence in the form of sexual violence.

Counselling Specialities
In terms of therapeutic orientation, when working with children and adolescents, much of my counselling work entails a humanistic approach, and with an emphasis on creative and expressive based techniques. Whilst working with adults, I continue to use a humanistic approach, and with added techniques from a strengths based approach, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused therapy. I also include exercises that are both reflective and creative when counselling adult clients – upon their request.

My Promise to Clients
Empowering individuals to make positive changes in their lives during times of hardship and transition.

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