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Ms Alana O'Callaghan

Ms Alana O'Callaghan

Mobile 0413 543 049
Relationship Therapist, Family Therapist

Hills Holistic Counselling

Mobile 0413 543 049

Alana is an experienced Counsellor and Mental Health Social Worker, who assists people to learn skills to manage distress, shift perspective, and move to a place of greater empowerment - within a holistic framework. She helps individuals, couples, and parent/child dyads. Her Somatic Experiencing Practitioner training helps shift patterns resulting from trauma (whether from abuse and neglect, or single events). Alana is a supportive and non-judgemental facilitator for healing and growth.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • 125 Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Selby, Melbourne VIC 3159 0413 543 049 PHONE 0413 543 049
  • 2/1569 Burwood Hwy, Tecoma, Melbourne VIC 3160 PHONE 0413 543 049 0413 543 049

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Coaching / Mentoring, Clinical Supervision, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • - Individual counselling for adolescents and adults
    - Couples/relationship counselling
    - Parenting strategies
    - Dealing with trauma
    - Somatic Experiencing, and safe, regulating Touch Therapy where that is requested and where there is fully informed consent by the client (not available during COVID-19 pandemic)
    - Support for families where there is a young person or other family member with a mental illness.

    Accredited provider of counselling through:
    - Carers Victoria (6 sessions for carers)
    - Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS)
    - FRMP (Family Reconciliation and Mediation Service)
    - Transport Accident Commission (TAC)

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Adolescent Issues, Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Behavioural Issues, Bullying, Cancer Support, Carer Support, Childhood Issues, Climate Change / Environment, Communication Issues, Conflict Resolution, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Emotional Overwhelm, Family / Parenting, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Gender and Sexuality, Grief / Bereavement, Guilt Feelings, Life Transitions, Postnatal Depression, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Self Harm, Sexual Abuse, Suicidal Feelings, Trauma Recovery, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    CBT, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Marriage and Family, Meditation, Mindfulness, Process Oriented, Psychodynamic, Solution Oriented, Somatic Experiencing®, Somatic Psychotherapy, Systems Theory, Trauma-Informed

    Alana draws on a wide range of tools. Her training includes Somatic Experiencing, Solution-Focussed Therapy, Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, and CBT. Alana has a sound knowledge regarding trauma and treatment, and a strong interest in body-oriented psychotherapy. Some clients want to explore past issues including childhood, and some want to focus on practical strategies for managing current stress/overwhelm - Alana can accommodate either approach.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Bachelor of Arts - 1992 - Swinburne University
    • Bachelor of Social Work - 1999 - University of Melbourne
    • Graduate Diploma in Addiction Studies - 1996 - Deakin University
    • Master in Clinical Family Therapy - 2004 - Latrobe University/Bouverie Centree

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Association of Social Workers
    • Somatic Experiencing Australia

    Quality Provision

    Alana follows ethical guidelines as set out by the professesional associations of which she is a member. She regularly reviews progress with clients, and attends regular supervision and professional development and training.

    Background

    Alana has over twenty years experience counselling achildren, adolescents, and adults (including couples). In addition to her private practice, she works in a national youth mental health service as a Senior Clinician.

    Alana's specialities include assistance for adolescents and adults with emotional distress, mental health issues, and life stressors; trauma (including childhood abuse and neglect; and single unexpected traumatic events); and parenting and relationship difficulties. She is an internationally accredited Somatic Experiencing Pracititioner (SEP).

    Appointments

    Monday 9.45am - 7pm (Tecoma)
    Wednesdys 9.45am - 7pm (Selby)

    ALSO AVAILABLE VIA TELEPHONE AND ZOOM VIDEOCONFERENCING - may be able to offer support via these modalities, outside normal operating hours.

    Saturdays by special arrangement.

    Transport and Parking

    Tecoma clinic: Close to Tecoma railway station (on Belgrave-Lilydale line), and to bus. Off-street parking.

    Selby clinic: Bus 695 from Emerald or Belgrave. Parking in Charles St.

    Fees

    $130 per session. $150 for couples/families.
    Session length is 50-55 minutes.

    Substantial Medicare rebates available for up to 10 sessions per calendar year if referred by GP.

    Concession rates available depending on individual circumstances.

    Payment Options

    Cash, Eftpos, Credit Card. Medicare Easyclaim.



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    Ms Alana O'Callaghan

    Alana O'Callaghan

    Relationship Therapist, Family Therapist

    I care deeply about your healing, and I will facilitate this by drawing on many years experience and training. If you experience distressing symptoms such as anxiety, depression, stress, or trauma symptoms, I have many skills and ideas that can help. I enjoy assisting people to tune into their own ability to 're-wire' their brains and nervous systems, improve their sense of well being, and feel more empowered.

    I also offer relationship counselling, parenting advice, and support to adolescents....

    • Selby, Tecoma
    • CBT, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Marriage and Family, Meditation, Mindfulness, Process Oriented, Psychodynamic, Solution Oriented, Somatic Experiencing®, Somatic Psychotherapy, Systems Theory, Trauma-Informed