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Melbourne, Byron Bay or Skype sessions

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About: Gina Bloom

 

Psychotherapist | Somatic Experiencing Practitioner | Counsellor

 

In many ways my journey has come full circle, coming back to working with people directly, after many years working in the field of mental health.

 

Initially, I trained as an academic with a background in myth and literature. Then, after a 20 year career in the mental health and wellbeing field as a researcher and project evaluator in universities and as a medical and social researcher in private practice, I turned my long-standing interest in healing and personal development into my main focus, and retrained as a psychotherapist and later as a somatic experiencing practitioner (SEP ... or trauma resolution therapist).

 

Having observed the workings of the pharmaceutical industry and academic medical training from the inside, I became increasingly aware of the limitations of these approaches to wellbeing and personal development, and of the need for a more holistic approach.

 

Although medications can, and certainly do, sometimes have their place in a healing journey, there is more to real healing than they alone can provide.

 

Training, qualifications and other related work.

 

Through my initial training (in my 20s) as a Voice Dialogue Facilitator, by becoming a Transpersonal Psychotherapist, by teaching other transpersonal counselors and art therapists), and then by training as a trauma resolution therapist (Somatic Experiencing Practitioner - SEP) I have discovered effective and empowering ways of helping people to emerge as healed, integrated, individuals.

 

Currently, in addition to being a therapist in private practice, I continue to develop my interest, skills and capacities in several ways:

 

 

…. These are just some of the threads I draw into my clinical practice, helping me to support you through what brings you to therapy, and to a healing outcome. It is a great source of joy to me to work together with clients to help find a richer, more integrated, happier and more peaceful experience of life.

 

Academic qualifications:

 

  • Transpersonal Counselor (Phoenix Institute of Australia),
  • Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) (Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, USA - the Peter Levine Institute),
  • Voice Dialogue Facilitator (Voice Dialogue Australia),
  • B.A. Hons (University of Sydney: University Medal in English Literature),
  • M. Phil (University of Cambridge, UK: with Distinction)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Data Analysis (Statistical Computing) (UNSW),
  • Cert IV in Training and Assessment
  • Certificate in Attachment Focused Sandplay Therapy & Symbol Work (Australian Counsellors Association) (currently being undertaken)

 

Member of:

 

  • Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (SETI)
  • International Institute for Complementart Therapists (IICT)

 

 

Read more about my approach to counselling and psychotherapy here.

 

To make an appointment at Kind Counselling in inner Melbourne, in the Byron Bay area, or via skype please contact me directly on 0404 093 865 or send an email enquiry.