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Ms Fenella Hansen

Ms Fenella Hansen

Psychotherapist, Counsellor

Between the Lines Therapy

With over a decade of experience as a trauma therapist and mental health practitioner I am able to provide counselling and body based therapies. Using evidence based practices, in conjunction with talk therapy, I can assist my clients as they facilitate change in their lives. I use a holistic approach, tailoring my sessions to the clients' needs. I connect with clients in an authentic, relational way, ensuring safety and trust are paramount.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • 1227-1229 Malvern Rd, Malvern, VIC 3144 03 9111 8525 PHONE 03 9111 8525

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, Workshops / Courses, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • Areas of Special Interest

  • Addiction, Alcohol / Drug Dependency, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Behavioural Issues, Burnout, Cancer Support, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Disability, Dissociative Disorders, Dual diagnosis, Emotional Overwhelm, Existential Issues, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Gender and Sexuality, Grief / Bereavement, Insomnia, Life Threatening Illness, Life Transitions, Pain / Rehabilitation, Psychosomatic, PTSD, Self Harm, Sex Related Issues, Sexual Abuse, Social Skills, Stress Management, Suicidal Feelings, Trauma Recovery, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, CBT, DBT, EMDR, Meditation, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed

    I have trained in many areas including CBT, ACT, DBT, Person-Centred, Somatic Therapy & Trauma-Informed Therapy. I have completed my Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga training and I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

    I practice in Collaborative, Strengths-Based, Trauma Informed and Recovery Focused Models. I believe in a holistic approach to therapy, looking at what each client needs and adapting my therapy to assist them the best.

    My psychedelic training recognises the fact that people are accessing these medicines themselves and that preparation and integration work is critical. I can assist with therapeutic preparation and most importantly, integration after the psychedelic experience.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Certificate of Integrative Counselling - 2006 - Roehampton University UK
    • Bachelor of Social Science - Counselling - 2009 - Australian Catholic University

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Counselling Association

    Quality Provision

    I am registered with the ACA (Level 1) and adhere to strict ethical guidelines, as well as undergoing regular supervision. I am very much invested in continuing to learn and undertake professional development where possible.

    Background

    I completed my Bachelor of Social Science - Counselling and have continued to update my knowledge as I practise. I have completed trauma and somatic therapy training, as well as trauma informed yoga training. I worked in mental health for 7 years before accepting a role working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse. I also started my own counselling practice that had a focus on sexuality and kink, as there were not a lot of therapists who understood, let alone were comfortable talking about this topic. I have worked extensively with complex trauma clients, and I ran a trauma sensitive yoga & mindfulness group for 3 years.

    Appointments

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
    some flexibility with hours is possible, please enquire.

    Transport and Parking

    Plenty of on road parking available, with a tram stop nearby and train station within 15 minutes walk.

    Fees

    In-person Session (50 minutes) $120 - please note this is subject to current covid restrictions

    Remote Session via Phone/Skype/Zoom/FaceTime (50 minutes) $90

    Payment Options

    Cash, bank transfer, credit card



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    10 Questions with Fenella Hansen

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

    • It was something I had always considered, but initially I went down the IT path. After the death of my Mother I decided to pursue becoming a counsellor. I'd always been interested in what makes humans act and react the way they do, so studying it was fascinating.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • The works of Socrates, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche have always drawn me in. Simone de Beauvoir is also great for her activism and feminist works. Judith Butlers' works on gender have also been highly influential.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I have a keen interest in trauma and how it manifests in both the body and the mind. I am also fascinated by medical traumas as these are less studied and spoken about. I have had my own experiences of PTSD from medical trauma and I found at the time that there was not much information around it. I believe my lived experience puts me in an unique position, I have experienced both side of the journey - as a therapist and as a client myself. Leading on from this, I have done a lot of work with chronic illnesses and how trauma is often linked to these.
      I also have an interest in sexuality, kink, non monogamy, LGBTIQ+ issues, having worked as a sex therapist for a number of years.

    • What method/s do you use?

    • I promote a trauma informed approach, with a focus on somatic (body based) therapies. I have trained in many areas including CBT, ACT, DBT, Person-Centred, Somatic Therapy & Trauma-Informed Therapy. I have completed my Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga training and I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

      I practice in Collaborative, Strengths-Based, Trauma Informed and Recovery Focused Models. I believe in a holistic approach to therapy, looking at what each client needs and adapting my therapy to assist them the best.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • That really depends on the presenting issue. Sometimes just taking that initial step and talking to someone can be progress, other times it can take a number of sessions. It isn't a one size fits all process.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Therapy has helped me to grow and flourish. It has allowed me to examine who I am and how I became this person and to work on the aspects of my own life that I felt needed attention. Therapy has allowed me to become more empathetic, less judgmental and more open to how our experiences can shape our worlds.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • I think it's wonderful that people can trust me enough to share intimate stories of their lives and to collaborate with them to assist with making meaningful change. I have met people from all walks of life, in all situations. From inmates in prisons, dying individuals in palliative care, survivors of institutional sexual abuse, each person has a unique story to tell and I feel privileged to be able to hold space for them.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • All the time! No one is perfect 100% of the time and being open about this with my clients allows them to connect to me as a human, rather than me being seen as someone who has all the answers and all the power.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Currently I think that mental health issues are not getting the attention or funding they need. I think trauma needs to be more widely recognised and a trauma informed lens should be used on most aspects of life. I also think that a holistic approach to mental health issues makes a significant difference, rather than trying to force someone to use an approach that may not work or be relevant to them.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • BOOKS
      The Body Keeps the Score - Bessel van der Kolk
      Waking the Tiger - Peter A Levine
      Sex Outside the Lines: Authentic Sexuality in a Sexually Dysfunctional Culture - Dr Chris Donaghue

      MUSIC
      Works by Hybrid, Henry Saiz, Underworld, Tool, The Presets, RATM, Massive Attack to name a few. My musical tastes are eclectic, with a heavy leaning towards electronic and 90's grunge!
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    Ms Fenella Hansen

    Fenella Hansen

    Psychotherapist, Counsellor

    With over a decade of experience as a trauma therapist and mental health practitioner I am able to provide counselling and body based therapies. Using evidence based practices, in conjunction with talk therapy, I can assist my clients as they facilitate change in their lives. I use a holistic approach, tailoring my sessions to the clients' needs. I connect with clients in an authentic, relational way, ensuring safety and trust are paramount....

    • Malvern
    • ACT, CBT, DBT, EMDR, Meditation, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed