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Pre & Post Natal Issues

Registered Counsellor

Samantha Lester

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Balance to Bloom Counselling. I am a qualified and empathetic counsellor and also registered teacher with over 15 years working in Primary and Secondary School settings. I currently work as Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader in a Geelong Primary School, as part of the Mental Health in Primary Schools Program (MHiPS) and am available in clinic at the Perinatal Hub on Tuesdays for counselling sessions.I have a focus on supporting the Mental health and Wellbeing of parents, children and adolescents.I use a person-centred approach based on empathy and curiosity. My therapeutic approach allows me to hold space and create a connection of trust, warmth and authenticity with all clients.I draw upon elements from the modalities of Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) to create a tailored approach for each client.Issues that can be assisted include:·       Grief·       Anxiety·       Stress·       Burnout·       School Refusal·       Emotion Regulation and Co-regulation in parenting.·       Perinatal support and guidance for growth and change as a Mother.With my experience working in education, I am passionate about advocating accommodations for students and working to align coping strategies with the working classroom and school environment

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