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Ms Kate Vandamme

Ms Kate Vandamme

Mobile 0479 156 471
Counsellor, Play Therapist

Sunflower Counselling

Mobile 0479 156 471

I’m here to help you achieve positive changes in your life. My passion is to work with you to identify strengths, wisdom and promote growth. I am a qualified Counsellor and Play Therapist who is able to help children and adults grow in confidence, develop their resilience and gain a deeper understanding about themselves. Working together in a safe and confidential environment, I will support you to rediscover your own strengths, to develop relationships with those around you.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • Studio 64, Millpoint Road, South Perth, Perth WA 6151 0479 156 471 PHONE 0479 156 471

Services

  • Counselling, Family Therapy, Home Visits, Workshops / Courses, Workplace Training, Educational Resources, Phone Consultations, Online Video Consultations 
  • Play Therapy, Walk and Talk Therapy, Social Skills groups for ages 4-11, Parent support.

    I provide short and long term therapy face to face (office based and walk and talk therapy), online counselling and phone counselling.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Adolescent Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Behavioural Issues, Bullying, Career Counselling, Childhood Issues, Communication Issues, Conflict Resolution, Decision Making, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Emotional Overwhelm, Family / Parenting, Grief / Bereavement, Learning Disabilities, Life Transitions, Self Development, Social Skills, Stress Management  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Art Therapy, CBT, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Play Therapy, Sand Tray

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Masters of Counselling - Monash University
    • BA (Hons) Education - Bath Spa University UK
    • Post Graduate Certificate in Education - University St Mark and St John UK

    Professional Associations

    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

    Quality Provision

    Ongoing supervision and CPD is an important part of my work. It allows me to reflect on my practices, styles and approaches in order to improve and develop my skill set.

    Background

    Children
    I work alongside children to develop their emotional regulation, communication skills and expression through therapist led and child led play therapy.
    My training and experience has provided me with sound knowledge of developmental milestones and how to equip children with the tools they need to develop and thrive.

    Adults
    I am a person centered counsellor, offering you space to unpack your thoughts in a safe and confidential environment. I use a range of therapeutic styles which allows me to tailor our work together to your own needs and goals in order for you to create the change you want to make.

    Appointments

    Mondays 08.00-18.00
    Tuesdays 08.00-18.00
    Thursdays 08.00-18.00

    Additional appointments available Wednesday afternoons by request only.

    Transport and Parking

    Parking available onsite and street
    Close to good bus routes and easy access to freeway

    Fees

    Initial Phone Consultation (15 mins) - Free
    Get Acquainted Session (30 mins) - Free
    Adult/Adolescent (50 mins) - $95
    Child (50 mins) - $110
    Social Skills Groups (60 mins) - $80 per child (Max 4 per group)

    Payment Options

    Bank Transfer or Cash



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    10 Questions with Kate Vandamme

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

    • My passion to become a Counsellor and Play Therapist was influenced by my desire to help people feel heard and understood.

      Through my own experiences growing up and working closely supporting children and adults with their emotional and social development through my career as a teacher, I discovered the power that helping someone feel valued can have.

      We are all works in progress and to be able to provide someone with the opportunity of space to grow and develop is a huge motivator for the work I do.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • I believe that the quality of the counsellor/client relationship is so important to our work together. Having a good working relationship that is based on respect and trust is very powerful to the counselling experience and outcome of therapy. In addition to striving to ensure that the client feels valued and heard, I incorporate art therapy techniques for those clients who find expressing their thoughts and feelings through art mediums beneficial.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I am passionate about helping people reconnect and rediscover their own strengths, internal and external resources, values and wisdom in order for them to grow and feel empowered to make the changes they want to make.

      In addition, equipping parents and children with the tools and skills for family life is a big interest of mine.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I use a range of therapeutic approaches such as art therapy, CBT, narrative therapy and solution focussed counselling, which helps me to personalise sessions to the individual needs and goals of the client I am working with.

      During play therapy, I use directive (therapist led) and non directive (child led) methods to help children grow in confidence, process trauma/grief and gain a better understanding of their emotions. I believe there is a great power in play and to be able to meet with the child in their world is very beneficial to the child.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • This answer will be different for each client. For some it will only take a few sessions, for others, a little longer. I believe one of the most important steps in this journey is that the client feels listened to and respected at all times. Having a great therapeutic relationship can help progress to be made during sessions.

      With regards to Play Therapy, parents will be given a free A4 progress report after 6 sessions to assess progress towards goals and to reiterate strategies and tools to continue to use at home and school to ensure further progress. Parent feedback has informed me this is a very helpful part of our sessions together.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Being a therapist has helped me to really understand and witness the power that feeling heard can have. Giving someone the opportunity to feel valued, supported and encouraged is a very powerful motivator for personal development and confidence growth.

      It has taught me that allowing ourselves to experience the whole range of emotions (not just the good ones) it can help us open up and explore the reasons why we feel these things, feel validation and know that someone cares for us. Discovering how to overcome these feelings will build courage, resilience and an ability to empathise with others.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • I love seeing clients become empowered when they rediscover their own strengths and resources. The best part of my job is to be able to offer a friendly and compassionate space for people to unpack their thoughts and feelings and seeing the power that validating someones experiences can have.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Yes! I dont think people should be afraid to say they have "bad hair days". Often people can see it as a sign of weakness but I believe it is the opposite. To notice and acknowledge those "bad hair days" offers us the opportunity to grow and feel supported by those around us.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • I think one of the most common issues in the world today is that of loss. It can happen at any time and can often be unexpected. Loss of a loved one, a career, relocation, loss of financial security and a loss of self can greatly impact our lives in ways sometimes we do not expect.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • My favourite film is Back to the Future and there is a scene at the end of the final movie where Doc Brown and Marty McFly discover that the future is not written yet and we all have the power to change our own destinies.

      This final scene is only about a minute long but its message always inspires me everytime I watch it. Sometimes we are faced with situations where we feel there is no good outcome, perhaps because any decision we make could cause other events to spiral out of control, or because the situation has ripped up the future we had written for ourselves. In these cases, it’s easy to feel like hope is lost, but remembering we hold the power to change it, can reignite hope and comfort.
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    Ms Kate Vandamme

    Kate Vandamme

    Counsellor, Play Therapist

    I’m here to help you achieve positive changes in your life. My passion is to work with you to identify your strengths, wisdom and promote growth and positive change.

    I also offer Play Therapy for children between the ages of 3-12 and have extensive knowledge and experience working with children and adults with ASD.

    Sunflower Counselling is a safe, confidential and supportive place where you can explore your thoughts and feelings in a respectful space. ...

    • South Perth
    • Art Therapy, CBT, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred, Play Therapy, Sand Tray