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Sandra Joan Beltran

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Sandra has opened a private practice SJ Counselling in Emerald for individual, couples, and family counselling. She can assist clients who experience anxiety, stress and depression. Sandra also, specialises in eating disorders and body image, an area she is highly interested in and is a Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician. She is a fully accredited member of the Australian Counselling Association and Christian Counsellors Association of Australia. Having practiced counselling for the over six years.As a trained Christian counsellor, she believes in working with clients in the framework of their value system and for them to recognise their own strengths and assist them to clarify what kind of life they want to live in an empathetic, supportive, respectful, and non-judgemental manner.She takes a holistic approach to counselling and draws on a variety of different techniques dependent on the presenting concern of the client. By doing this they will be equipped to achieve their goals while enabling them to be the best they can personally, and in their relationships.Sandra’s interest in Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating and other disordered eating along with body image is something that can affect both males and females that have a negative view of their physical appearance by unhelpful thinking and external pressures.Having completed many specialised professional development courses for eating disorders and seminars mainly through institutions such as InsideOut, Centre Excellence Eating Disorder Victoria, Eating Disorder Victoria, and the Butterfly Foundation. She also recommends that people have a mentor, who often has overcome an eating disorder themselves, and can support them during difficult and challenging times. Joining a group such as Over Eaters Anonymous for disordered eating. Enables people to connect with other people who understand the struggles in a non-judgmental way offering motivation and understanding.Due to COVID 19 there has unfortunately been an increase of 42% of people experiencing negative impacts on relationships and an increase of 43% to a national helpline for eating disorders. As a result, there has never been a higher need for people to seek counselling and bring positive change to their lives utilising new strategies.Sandra looks forward to assisting those who need a new direction in life and to feel empowered in their lives once again. If this is something you feel is needed in your life, please contact me. For further details please view her website or Facebook page. 

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