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Ms  Odhette Aaronfeld

Ms Odhette Aaronfeld

Mobile 0401 441 266
Counsellor, Grief Counsellor

Refocus Counselling Services

Mobile 0401 441 266

I endeavor to help clients find a healthy mental balance because a life lived in inner conflict lessens our ability to make wise, positive and enriching decisions. Working collaboratively, we aim to free the mind of burdens that inhibit or deny the individual to become who they wish to be. I build on an individual's positive qualities, and draw from their life experiences to empower them to live a fulfilling and meaningful life in a non-judgemental and sensitive space.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

Services

  • Counselling, Workplace Training, Home Visits 
  • Areas of Special Interest

  • Decision Making, Disability, Grief / Bereavement, Life Threatening Illness, Life Transitions, Self Development  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    CBT, Journal Therapy, Person Centred

    I begin by listening to gain an understanding of the individual, their world and what their issue or difficulty is. I like to focus on strengths and previous successes in order to demonstrate that even in our darkest moments a ray of positivity can exist. I believe in the extraordinary power of the feeling of simply being heard. This I believe is exceptionally important in today's world of sound bites, general superficiality, social media unreality and super busy people. In combination with empathic listening, I employ behavioural change strategies, journaling and elements of narrative therapy. I tailor interventions to suit client abilities and goals.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Graduate Diploma of Counselling - 2016 - Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors
    • Certificate in Educational Psychology - 1989 - Monash University
    • Bachelor of Behavioural Science - 1988 - LaTrobe University
    • Bachelor of Nursing - 2002 - Australian Catholic University

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Counselling Association

      Quality Provision

      I maintain membership to the professional association, the Australian Counselling Association, as well as Counsellors Victoria Inc. Ongoing learning is an integral part of my practice so that I stay informed and current. I also read around the issues of behaviour and social history. I attend supervision sessions so I can collaborate with colleagues and learn from their experiences.

      Background

      I spent many years working in the disability sector with young adults, older adults and parents. I worked in residential settings and community integration. This taught me the value of focusing on building on strengths that each client possessed. I learnt to search for that spark, that interest or skill and to identify opportunities that could utilise that client's skill and interest. Working with families in the disability and aged care sectors taught me the value of listening to both the spoken and the unspoken, to feel and to empathise and not to judge but to work with the client, to journey together.

      Appointments

      Please call 0401 441 266
      I endeavour to answer calls and enquiries within 24 hours. Feel free to contact me to see if counselling can be of benefit to you.

      Transport and Parking

      Ample on site parking and street parking.
      Elsternwick station is located a short tram ride from consulting rooms. Tram along Glen Huntly Road and buses along Orrong Road.

      Fees

      1 hour session is $90
      Or $70 for pension/healthcare card holders
      Workplace education session fees on enquiry
      No referral required.

      Payment Options

      Cash and cheque



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      10 Questions with Odhette Aaronfeld

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

      • An encounter with two people who had had open heart surgery. I wanted to sit with each person and listen to their story, their fears, understand what knowledge they lacked that was making their journey through this ordeal even harder. Having worked in aged care as a registered nurse I had been able to spend time with residents and their families and give them more holistic care. A busy cardiac ward is not a place that time moves slowly or patiently in. This made me think that there is work to be done. People need someone that they can express their fears, anxieties, desires, challenges and dreams to in a non-judgemental space. They need someone who can help them work with their issues and grow towards being fulfilled.
      • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

      • My Behavioural Science degree was all about behaviour change, reinforcement and measurable outcomes. Much of my work has involved teaching new skills to people who faced either physical or intellectual challenges. So teaching meant observation, adaptation, modification, patience, laughter and cheering! Nursing also involved those attributes! What has influenced me most is learning to listen and to journey with my client. Holistic care is so important. Being able to understand the whole person and the values they hold and to work within their boundaries in order to create a success that they value.
      • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

      • Freeing the individual from inner conflict or turmoil. To find a way to look at an issue so that pain or conflict is eased. If the pain or conflict can be removed that is even better. To be able to find inner peace so that energy can be directed to positive things that make the person's life more meaningful.
      • What method/s do you use?

      • Carl Rogers' person-centred approach allows the client the space to be who they are and say what they need to say in their authentic voice, with no judgements. This method also allows me to listen. I believe most people can find the solution to their issues. What they need is some help with finding their path and ensuring that it is the path they wish to take.
        I also utilise JW Worden's approach to grief and loss. Worden focuses on a task orientated approach to understanding the process of loss, grief and significant change. I believe practising a behaviour can change our mindset just as physically practising a skill makes us better at that skill. Identifying past successes can also help to create positive change in our minds.
        I also like to challenge beliefs, in a gentle and positive reframing manner, so that a client can explore options that they have not considered before.
      • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

      • Every person is different. Frequent evaluation of interventions and method is critical. The intervention has to suit the client, it has to resonate with them or else it is meaningless.
      • What do you like most about being a therapist?

      • People! Everyone has a story to tell. It's a two way street, we all learn from each other.
      • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

      • The Power of Habit. Why we do what we do and how to change. By Charles Duhigg. Totally riveting how habits form, their evolutionary purpose and how habit can be used to change ourselves and create potent social change. A song by an American artist, Matisyahu, Live Like a Warrior. Be inspired to throw off the shackles of yesterday and live an authentic life regardless of what others say.
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      Ms  Odhette Aaronfeld

      Odhette Aaronfeld

      Counsellor, Grief Counsellor

      I endeavor to help clients find a healthy mental balance because a life lived in inner conflict lessens our ability to make wise, positive and enriching decisions. Working collaboratively, we aim to free the mind of burdens that inhibit or deny the individual to become who they wish to be. I build on an individual's positive qualities, and draw from their life experiences to empower them to live a fulfilling and meaningful life in a non-judgemental and sensitive space....

      • Elsternwick
      • CBT, Journal Therapy, Person Centred