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Karen Merry

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Karen comes to counselling this year following a career as a photographer and teacher.  As a primary school educator early in her career, she understands childhood development and has first-hand experience as a parent to two children who are now adults. Supporting people around her with mental health challenges, she gained extensive knowledge and understanding of ADHD, ASD, depression and anxiety and has a particular interest in school stress or "school can't" for adolescents. Book at https://merrycounselling.com.auKaren has a gentle, client centred approach using traditional talk therapy and a variety of other modalities to suit the client. Utilising third wave cognitive behaviour therapies such as Acceptance Commitment therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) she hopes to weave them into her research into mindful photography.  Alongside her formal Master of Counselling, she has studied Kristen Neff’s Mindful Self compassion, mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zin and Chris Germer and Daniel Siegel’s Mindsight and Brainstorm. She also has an interest in the somatic experiencing as researched by Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing.With the view to integrate counselling and photography as part of a research proposal to work with adolescents with ADHD and ASD.  She has an interest in people with neurodivergent minds and has researched how mindfulness, and in particular mindful photography, can assist with communication of their inner world and increase present moment awareness through the mind body connection. 

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