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Ms Alana O'Callaghan

Ms Alana O'Callaghan

Mobile 0413 543 049
Counsellor, Somatic Psychotherapist

Hills Holistic Counselling

Mobile 0413 543 049

Alana is an experienced Counsellor and Social Worker, who assists people to learn skills to manage distress, shift perspective, and move to a place of greater empowerment. Her holistic approach explores connections between the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. 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

  • 2/1569 Burwood Hwy, Tecoma, Melbourne VIC 3160 0413543049 PHONE 0413543049
  • 125 Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Selby, Melbourne VIC 3159 PHONE 0413 543 049 0413 543 049

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Coaching / Mentoring, Clinical Supervision, Phone Consultations, Video / Skype 
  • - Individual counselling for adolescents and adults
    - Couples 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.
    - Support for families where there is a young person or other family member with a mental illness, conduct disorder or challenging behaviour.

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

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Adolescent Issues, Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Behavioural Issues, Childhood Issues, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Family / Parenting, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Gender and Sexuality, Postnatal Depression, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self Injury, Sexual Abuse, Suicidal Feelings, Trauma Recovery, Violence, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

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

    Alana draws on a wide range of tools. She is trained in Somatic Experiencing, Solution-Focussed Therapy, Mindfulness, 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 in counselling and family therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. In addition to her private practice, she works in a national youth mental health service. Her specialities include assistance for adolescents and adults with emotional distress and/or mental health issues; trauma (including childhood abuse and neglect; and single unexpected traumatic events); adolescent issues; and parenting and relationship difficulties. She is an internationally accredited Somatic Experiencing Pracititioner (SEP).

    Appointments

    Monday 9.45am - 6.45pm (Tecoma)
    Thursday 10am - 2.30pm (Selby)
    Saturday 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. Off-street parking.

    Fees

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

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

    Concession rates may be offered depending on individual circumstances.

    Payment Options

    Cash, Eftpos, Credit Card. Medicare Easyclaim.



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    Ms Alana O'Callaghan

    Alana O'Callaghan

    Counsellor, Somatic Psychotherapist

    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, advice to parents, and support to adolescents....

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