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 Bhakti De Bon

Bhakti De Bon

Mobile 0439 853 720
Clinical Social Worker, Counsellor

Mobile 0439 853 720

Bhakti provides short and long term psychological services to Children, Adolescents and Adults in Geelong and Lorne. Bhakti has 19 years' experience facilitating a process treating various difficulties, including anxiety, depression, parenting, Smartphone addictions and weightloss. Her sessions focus on identifying how you can achieve the change you desire and how you disengage with unhelpful thoughts and actions that stop you from moving into your desired direction.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • 92 Roslyn Road, Geelong, VIC 3220 0439 853 720 PHONE 0439 853 720
  • Lorne Medical Centre, Mountjoy Parade, Lorne, VIC 3232 PHONE

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Assessment, Coaching / Mentoring, Workplace Training, Professional Training, Clinical Supervision, Phone Consultations 
  • Single Sessions as well as short and long term counselling is available. I work with Individuals, Adolescents and Children. Therapy and Counselling can be provided to everyone who feels the need to change any aspects of their life, regardless the issue. As a certified Trainer and Assessor I frequently provide Training, Assessment and Supervision to students in the same or related professions.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Adolescent Issues, Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Behavioural Issues, Burnout, Childhood Issues, Decision Making, Depression, Emotional Crisis, Family / Parenting, Postnatal Depression, PTSD, Self Development, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, CBT, Developmental, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Process Oriented, Systems Theory

    Bhakti prefers a mindful and holistic approach while drawing creatively from a range of therapy modalities in order to find the most beneficial one for each client. The focus of her working relationships is to identify how you can achieve the change you desire and how you disengage with unhelpful thoughts and actions that stop you from moving into your desired direction.
    Her goal is for you to resolve current issues and to develop insight, skills and strategies for improving and maintaining you.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Masters in Mental Health - 1998 - University of Cologne/Germany
    • Bachelor of Social Work - 1998 - University of Cologne/Germany
    • Mediation - 2006
    • Cert IV Training & Assessment - 2008
    • ACT Training/ Scholarship - 2009

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Association of Social Workers

      Quality Provision

      AASW Membership and registered Mental Health Social Worker and registered Allied Health Provider for Medicare. Unndertaking continued Professional Development to remain updated with the latest and most effective therapeutic techniques available. Given a scholarship in 2009 to intensify studies in Mindfulness based therapies. Active member of the Geelong Social Work Counselling Network.

      Background

      Registered and accredited Mental Health Social Worker with 19 years of experience in Counselling and Mental Health Management, using various models. 4 years of experience in Europe, 6 month in New Zealand and 15 years in Australia. Bhakti obtained her Bachelor of Social Work and Thesis in Mental Health from the University of Cologne in Germany.

      Appointments

      Business hours plus Tuesday evenings and every second Friday evening.

      Transport and Parking

      Lorne: conveniently located in front of the Rooms
      Geelong: Car Parking on side and close to public transport

      Fees

      Fees are between $100 and $130 per session, payable on the day. Medicare rebates for clients with GP referrals (Mental Health Care Plan).

      Payment Options

      Payment is required on the day. Cheque or Cash.

      Languages

    • English
    • German


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      10 Questions with Bhakti De Bon

      • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

      • Many other forms of support are only accessible if the client defines themselves through their problems, ie support for people with a diagnosed Mental Illness, Homelessness, Family Violence, etc. Counselling and Psychotherapy offers clients the opportunity to define themselves by their capacity for growth and change which I find by far a more attractive Framework.
      • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

      • Greek Mythology is vividly present in my mind when I am working and I am often wondering if it’s wise to open “Pandora’s” Box or can relate to clients when I imagine their life as Sisyphus’s work….! But I am not sure it that’s really influencing my development.
      • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

      • My professional and personal experience makes me believe that prioritising emotional and physical health will lead to an increase in mental, spiritual and social health as a by-product.
      • What method/s do you use?

      • While drawing from different Methods like ACT and Narrative Therapy, I draw on the past to serve the present and adopt a social constructionist viewpoint; I guess that makes me a friend of the Postmodern School of Counselling – lets hope I am a flexible friend!
      • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

      • Clients that leave the first session feeling acknowledged but not judged, welcomed and not criticised usually identify the first session as the start of their progress.
      • How has therapy made you a better person?

      • Being a therapist has made me less reactive and more responsive.
      • What do you like most about being a therapist?

      • The experience of working with the human sides of our species!
      • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

      • Sure thing! On those days I usually try to get my hair into some style that’s acceptable, even if it isn’t perfect.
      • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

      • Living in the fast lane, losing our ability to be present for ourselves and for others.
      • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

      • Paul Watzlawick’s “Pragmatics of Human Communication” are nearly as inspiring as “Sesame Street” – I am absolutely serious.
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       Bhakti De Bon

      Bhakti De Bon

      Clinical Social Worker, Counsellor

      Bhakti provides short and long term psychological services to Children, Adolescents and Adults in Geelong and Lorne. Bhakti has 19 years' experience facilitating a process treating various difficulties, including anxiety, depression, parenting, Smartphone addictions and weightloss.

      Her sessions focus on identifying how you can achieve the change you desire and how you disengage with unhelpful thoughts and actions that stop you from moving into your desired direction....

      • Geelong, Lorne
      • ACT, CBT, Developmental, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Process Oriented, Systems Theory