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Irene Quintavalle

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ABOUT IRENEIrene is an ACA accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist, and Registered Senior Yoga Teacher. She holds a master's degree in human resources and completed a BA in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Ikon Institute of Australia. Currently, she is studying for a Master in Social Work at Monash University, in Melbourne.Irene has more than a decade of expertise in the practice and teaching of Yoga, and in her therapeutic practice, she works with an awareness of both body and mind. She is also the founder of Kahuna Temple, a business dedicated to supporting the restoration of the person through bodywork and movement.For Irene, psychotherapy is the most rewarding profession. She believes in her client's intrinsic abilities to grow inner resources and generate enduring personal change. Seeing people flourish in their experience and become whom they want to be, is what drives her passion in her work.THERAPY WITH IRENEIrene uses a person-centred and collaborative approach, has a warm and compassionate presence. She has a great capacity for deep attunement and relational cues and works in collaboration with the client to ensure each personal need are met.Irene, who is also proficient in Italian, Spanish, and French, has a multicultural practice and welcomes clients from all walks of life. She works with individuals and couples for a wide range of concerns: anxiety and depression, relational difficulties, attachment repair, low self-esteem concepts, lifestyle issues, somatic disturbances, chronic pain, trauma and PTSD, and on to existential matters and grief and loss. In the trauma area, Irene has a specific interest in helping cult members and survivors, Institutional abuse survivors, developmental trauma survivors, women sexual abuse survivors.Trained in an Integrative Model of Psychotherapy, Irene moves away from the traditional one-size-fits-all endeavour of therapy. Holding the therapeutic relationship as most important, Irene draws upon different evidence-based models and theories, and collaborates with her clients, to create a treatment that specifically addresses her clients' unique experiences and concerns. WHAT CAN SHE HELP YOU WITH?Symptoms of anxiety and/or depressionNavigating relationship issuesAttachment style and repairNavigating significant life transitionsGrief and lossDealing with stress, anger, self-esteem issues, social isolation.Overcoming a history of trauma, PTSD and C-PTSDExiting a cult or helping you return to an empowered life after being involved in a cultNavigating lifestyle issues, such as reduced quality of life due to illness or undesired coping mechanismsPersonal development and growthTRAINING AND EDUCATIONMaster in Social Work, Monash University (ongoing)Bachelor of Counselling and Integrative Psychotherapy, Ikon Institute of AustraliaComplex Trauma Certification Training Level 1 & 2 (CCTP/CCTP-II) – Janina FisherTrauma-Sensitive Yoga 20-hour Foundation Workshop for Health Professionals & Yoga Teachers – Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI.Diploma of Remedial Massage – The Australian College of Eastern MedicineCERT IV – 800 hours Purna Yoga Training – Byron Yoga Centre500 hours Hatha Yoga Training – Rishikesh Yog PeethMaster in Human Resources – Quanta Irene offers therapy in 4 languages, including Italian, Spanish, French and English.

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