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Miss Bridie Fitzgerald

Miss Bridie Fitzgerald

Counsellor, Music Therapist

It is important to me that I build a professional and strong therapeutic relationship with my clients. That during therapy that I utilise a wide range of treatment interventions available to me due to my post graduate training. Involving my clients in decisions concerning the treatment they wish to receive and the formation of their therapy goals is also important to me. Lastly, when working with children and individuals diagnosed with a disability working creatively is essential.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • Cornwall House, 11 Kenny Street, Bassendean, Perth WA 6054 08 6287 1984 PHONE 08 6287 1984

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Assessment, Workshops / Courses, Professional Training, Educational Resources, Clinical Supervision 
  • My therapy services involve psychotherapy, counselling and expressive therapy such as art and music therapy. Therapy services are provided for individuals, i.e. children, youth and adults. For fifteen years I have specialised in counselling children and youth.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Adolescent Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Behavioural Issues, Childhood Issues, Communication Issues, Decision Making, Disability, Dual diagnosis, Emotional Crisis, Family / Parenting, Grief / Bereavement, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Trauma Recovery, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gestalt, Interpersonal, Mindfulness, Music Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Play Therapy, Psychodynamic, Sand Tray

    Whilst my approach involves working creatively with a client to meet their therapy goals the client has the right to choose whether or not he or she engages in expressive therapy during the session. No skills or experience are required of the client to create music or art. Each and every counselling session involves traditional counselling techniques and interventions also. For this reason a wide range of approaches are used such as interpersonal therapy, mindfulness, narrative and gestalt therapy. Fostering a working alliance with my clients is important to me, as is the strength of the therapeutic relationship, clients comment that they build rapport with me easily and feel very comfortable during sessions.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Masters in Music Therapy - 2007 - Melbourne University
    • Masters in Counselling - 2010 - Murdoch University

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Counselling Association
    • Australian Music Therapists Association

    Quality Provision

    I am a registered Music Therapist and Counsellor. My goal is to work with you in order to be able to provide you with the therapy that you desire. Time is taken to determine what you seek from therapy, you are provided with the opportunity to provide feedback. Should you not be satisfied with the therapy you receive a complaint process is put in place and your fee will be reimbursed.

    Background

    My experience providing children and youth with counselling at Centrecare, Minnawarra House and YMCA means that I have experience counselling children and youth for a range of issues. Such as trauma, i.e. Domestic Violence, neglect, anger management, relationship conflict, suicidal ideation, anxiety, parental separation, depression to name a few. Children accessing my therapy services can expect to be provided with play therapy, sand tray, art and music therapy, as well as traditional counselling. Adults accessing my counselling services have sought therapy for issues such as traumatic relationships, grief, anxiety, stress management, depression, relationship conflict at work and home, and relationship breakdown to name a few.

    Appointments

    Appointments available Tuesday to Saturday. After school and after hours appointments also.

    Transport and Parking

    Located close to train station
    Free parking at rear of building

    Fees

    Fees are affordable as they are based on your income, i.e. sliding scale.
    Concessions are available for low income clients
    Funding: National Disability Insurance Scheme- Counselling and Music Therapy
    Early Intervention (Better Start Initiative)

    Payment Options

    Invoicing and cash only



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    10 Questions with Bridie Fitzgerald

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

    • Years spent working as a music therapist working with clients who had a range of issues, I found that I was constantly required to adapt to my clients needs and take on new challenges to help them reach their therapy goals. This lead to a natural transition into psychotherapy and counselling as helping others gain insight into their issues and my own personal journey along the way has always been important to me.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • Expressive therapy
      Person Centred
      Building the therapeutic alliance
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • Trauma recovery
      Working with children, disabled and those who need expressive therapy to heal
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Interpersonal therapy
      Mindfulness
      Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
      Cognitive Therapy
      Expressive therapy- music therapy, sand tray, art therapy, drama therapy
      Play therapy
      Family therapy
      Narrative therapy
      Gestalt to name a few
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • within several sessions, quick changes can be made in 6 sessions
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • better relationships and quality of life
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    Miss Bridie Fitzgerald

    Bridie Fitzgerald

    Counsellor, Music Therapist

    Bridie Fitzgerald is a Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Music Therapist who specialises in children`s counselling, working with individuals diagnosed with an intellectual disability/autism and individuals diagnosed with mental health and trauma issues. For ten years Bridie has worked in roles such as a Domestic Violence specialist counsellor for children, families and individuals, youth counsellor and general and relationship counsellor for children and adults....

    • Bassendean
    • Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gestalt, Interpersonal, Mindfulness, Music Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Play Therapy, Psychodynamic, Sand Tray