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Ms Nina Green

Ms Nina Green

Mobile 0410 767 681
Counsellor

Nina Green Counselling

Mobile 0410 767 681

Warm, down to earth mental health Counselling for women. Nina has a passion for helping clients recover their sense of vitality and uses a ‘whole-person’ approach to counselling, with a deep understanding of the ways structural factors - such as our identities, connections, coping skills, or the health of our bodies - can impact on our wellbeing. Nina has a special interest in supporting clients with chronic and invisible illness and adult children of parents with emotional or mental

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • Four Seasons Wellness Centre, 305 Johnston St, Abbotsford, Melbourne VIC 3067 0410 767 681 PHONE 0410 767 681

Services

  • Counselling, Workshops / Courses, Online Video Consultations 
  • Both Face to Face and Telehealth services are available. Nina has a passion for helping clients recover their sense of confidence and vitality and uses a ‘whole-person’ approach to counselling, with a deep understanding of the ways structural factors - such as our identities, connections, coping skills, or the health of our bodies - can impact on our wellbeing.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Burnout, Cancer Support, Carer Support, Childhood Issues, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Disability, Emotional Overwhelm, Grief / Bereavement, Guilt Feelings, Life Threatening Illness, Life Transitions, Loneliness, Pain / Rehabilitation, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Social Skills, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Integrative, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Person Centred, Trauma-Informed

    Nina uses a "Common Factors" approach that draws from a toolkit of evidence based therapeutic approaches to provide an adaptable style of counselling designed to work for you. Nina's approach highlights skills and strategies that support real change.

    Your counselling experience may include taking time to unpack recent experiences, untangle long-standing concerns, or practice skills to help transform difficult internal experiences and manage big emotions. Nina also has a commitment to the "bio-psycho-social" model of wellbeing, which acknowledges that factors such as structural issues, the health of our bodies and the quality of our connections can all have real impacts on our mental health.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Master of Counselling - Monash University
    • Graduate Diploma of Teaching - University of Melbourne

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Counselling Association

    Quality Provision

    Nina is a registered member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA, Level 2), and is a formally trained teacher of Mindfulness and Meditation. With a Graduate Diploma of teaching from the University of Melbourne, Nina also has experience supporting clients to learn practical skills and strategies that underpin meaningful change.

    Background

    In addition to her work in Counselling Nina has experience in Mental Health Recovery Work - supporting clients with serious mental illness to take control of their own recovery plans, increasing personal wellbeing and agency. Nina has received a Master of Counselling (Monash University), a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (University of Melbourne), and has additional training in a range of evidence based Cognitive Behavioural modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion- Focused Therapy (CFT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Nina is dedicated to providing Trauma-Informed Practice, and her approach is also informed by an ongoing interest in Skills Based Learning and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

    Appointments

    Appointments are available Wednesday and Thursday between 8 am and 8pm (last booking at 7), and on Saturdays between 8am and 4pm (last booking at 3).
    Please note daily appointments are capped in order to provide attentive, professional service.

    Transport and Parking

    Four Seasons Wellness Centre is accessible by public transport via the nearby Victoria Park Train Station, and there is plenty of free curb-side parking in surrounding streets.

    Fees

    $100 per session for both Telehealth and Face-to-Face services.
    To book an initial, free, 15-minute call please visit my website, where you can also use the online form to book a first appointment. Nina Green is a Bupa Recognised Provider.

    Payment Options

    Electronic bank transfer.



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    10 Questions with Nina Green

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

    • I am an experienced Counselling client whose own experience of receiving effective therapeutic support led me to train so I could give back by providing support to others.

      After starting a postgraduate degree in Psychology, I realised I was much more interested in the "counselling conversation" than the "rats and stats" research-based approach of formal Psychology, so I changed my degree to Counselling, a choice I have never regretted.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • I have been deeply influenced by what's known as the "third wave" of cognitive therapies - approaches that are more focused on becoming more skilful at navigating our whole human experience - just as it is - rather than trying to challenge or remove "unwanted" inner experiences.

      I draw often from compassionate "acceptance" and mindfulness approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Self Compassion (MBSC) and 'Loving Kindness' practices drawn from a wide range of Buddhist traditions. Although I try to steer away from long, formal meditative practices (these can be a bit much unless a client is very passionate about trying them out), I have experimented and drawn from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Cognitive Therapy. My approach aims to support clients to develop skills that help build a great quality of life - warts and all - what John Kabbat Zinn calls "full catastrophe living."

      A quick note that I am not a religious person, but have been impressed by the accessible philosophy behind movements such as the Buddhist Recovery movements in the US, which have also proved to be very effective at supporting recovery from (C)PTSD and some varieties of serious mental illness. Writers such as Josh Korda, Tara Brach, Pema Chodron and Sharon Salzberg have been influential in my own practice of Counselling.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I'm passionate about trauma informed practice, and am almost always enrolled in training around this area, or looking for more ways to deliver a service that supports women recovering from Complex and single incident Trauma. This is an ongoing area of learning.

      My other special interests are:
      - Working with Adult Children of Parents with a Mental Illness, especially around personal growth and individuation, exploring disenfranchised or ambiguous grief, and how to set up boundaries that allow clients to 'catch up' on the growth that they may have had to put off in order to stay safe or care for another when they were young.
      - Chronic and Invisible Illness, including exploring experiences with the health system, managing treatment and experiences of loss and grief around aspects of the self that may not fit easily into the mainstream narrative of grief, and working on strategies and skills to live a meaningful and valued life while managing ongoing symptoms and other life impacts.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I'm a talk therapist who loves to listen, and I've paid a lot of attention to learning how to have a 'counselling conversation', which is different from the kind of informal chat you might have with a good friend, and is designed to make a safe space for big experiences.

      I enjoy teaching somatic tools such as grounding or 'dropping anchor' skills, as well as exploring resources that can help support positive change such as exploring 'sensory profiles' to help client's feel they have more control (and experience less overwhelm) in daily life. Paying attention to the real circumstances of a client's life - the impact of health, identity, social issues, work, and connections - is also an important element of my approach.

      As a trained teacher I'm also passionate about 'psycho-education' - which just means exploring the existing evidence and information about our experiences so we can make better choices and feel more empowered and knowledgeable about what is happening for us!
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • Clients of mental health practitioners often report a sense of positive change after booking their first appointment! There is also an initial positive 'bump' when clients and counsellors first start to connect and unpack the client's experiences and goals.

      In real terms, it's likely you'll have a good sense of progress quite quickly, but that the process of change is best approached with patience. It's really important to note that Counselling is much more like a hiking trail than a highway - kind of muddy and bendy and sometimes it feels like you're gong downhill again - but that consistent small changes are much more impactful than expecting a big, sweeping 'fix'.

      My sense is that progress often reveals itself when a client starts to behave in ways that are increasingly 'flexible' and open to new experience outside therapy - trying new things, feeling that more options are available to them, and allowing themselves to persevere with things they value *even though* they still feel some worry or stress. The writer Andrew Solomon famously said that "the opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality" and this is a foundational part of my own practice. If my client is experiencing a sense of being more alive, more engaged and better able to accept a wide range of feeling and experience, then I know we're on the right path.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • I often remember my clients when I'm doing something I find challenging - one woman I worked with experienced very intense anxiety but continually turned up to things she valued, and I found it so inspiring that keeping her courage in mind has really helped me persist in things that I found meaningful but pretty scary to try!

      A big impact of undergoing my own therapy was that I became much less scared of my own inner experience, which had the unexpected side effect of making me feel much less judgmental or scared of other people!
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • I absolutely love my job. Tuning in to a really big conversation about things that matter to my clients is endlessly interesting and meaningful. I can honestly say I've never had a boring session.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Yes.

      All the time :) Every now and again I have a great hair day and I try to roll with those as a lovely bonus rather than the end game.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • This is an interesting question but - with apologies - I would prefer not to answer here.

      I think talking about this with other people rather than answering in writing is important as setting down just one 'biggest issue' can be so divisive. There are a lot of really important urgent matters in the world. I will say I am a 'leftie' and I'm interested in people (hence my job). I hope that gives a sense of who I am :)
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • 'The Body Keeps the Score' by Bessel van der Kolk has been a game changing book for so many people. It's an exploration of the neuroscience and contemporary evidence for healing practices around Trauma, and it has sat on bestseller lists around the world for years since it was published - with good reason.

      I'm a wide reader and also absolutely love the essayist and novelist Olivia Laing ('To the River' and 'The Lonely City' are favourites), and am a big fan of Janet Malcolm, but I am also a real geek and read almost every one of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels when I was younger.
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    Ms Nina Green

    Nina Green

    Counsellor

    Warm, down to earth mental health Counselling for women. Nina has a passion for helping clients recover their sense of vitality and uses a ‘whole-person’ approach to counselling, with a deep understanding of the ways structural factors - such as our identities, connections, coping skills, or the health of our bodies - can impact on our wellbeing. Nina has a special interest in supporting clients with chronic and invisible illness and adult children of parents with emotional or mental illness....

    • Abbotsford
    • ACT, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Integrative, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Person Centred, Trauma-Informed