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Megan Rees & Sarah Sacks - Founders
Both passionate about community, we initially met as fellow parents at our children’s school. A couple of years later, we unexpectedly met again, but now as fellow students at university. Over the subsequent years, as we both navigated the highs and the lows of family life, study, work and the deep self reflection that is required of any individual undertaking psychotherapeutic study, we became dear friends and colleagues. Valuing deeply the peer support gained from one another over this time, combined with our previously highly rewarding experiences in community health, we began to envision how we could more actively enhance the wellbeing of our local community. Bringing together a number of specialist practitioners, supporting children, adolescents, individuals and couples, The Grove Counselling and Therapy was formed. Today, we are thrilled to report that the healing and growth continues to magnify as the community of The Grove expands. If you would like to be a part of this chapter, we invite you to subscribe to our newsletter or make contact with us.
Megan Rees - Director
Styles of work - play therapy, art therapy, expressive therapies, sand-play therapy, counselling, group therapy facilitation
Megan Rees is a qualified Holistic Counsellor, Child-centred Play Therapist and Art Therapist. For a decade Megan has worked extensively with Women, Children and Adolescents experiencing depression & anxiety, relationship issues, and grief and loss in community settings. Her combination of qualifications affords a rare and creative approach to her professional practice that is highly sought after.
While Megan is dedicated to the foundational philosophy of Child-centered Play Therapy as a way of gently and effectively supporting children through challenges, her extensive experience working with family in general adds considerable expertise. While Megan’s experience in Play Therapy is appropriate for children aged between 3-11, her experience as a qualified Art Therapist and Holistic Counsellor also enables her to engage with adolescents in a creative, progressive and assuring way.
Megan divides her time between client engagement and continuing professional development to ensure best practice. In 2014 she was accepted into an Intensive Play Therapy Program for practicing therapists at the internationally acclaimed Centre for Play Therapy at The University of North Texas. In addition to this, Megan has undertaken further study in Group Psychotherapy Leadership and facilitates Support Groups.
As a mother of adult children and with an extensive former career in the Performing Arts, Megan’s approach is creative, intuitive and empathic. Megan’ s personal interest in the creative and expressive arts also informs her professional philosophy. The combination of Megan’s vast life experiences and considerable skill set has positively shaped her approach to working with clients promoting confidence, empathy, healing and personal growth. Megan spends her leisure time painting and reading and enjoys hiking, camping and travel.
Qualifications - Bachelor of Holistic Counselling, Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy, Diploma of Community Welfare and Counselling, Clinical Certificates in Child-centered Play Therapy, Expressive Therapies and Sandplay & Symbols Therapy, ACA (level 3)
Sarah Sacks - Director
Styles of work - group therapy facilitation, individual counselling, whole body focussing orientated therapy, meditation, art therapy, couples counselling
Sarah is a qualified and experienced counsellor, meditation teacher and group facilitator.
Sarah's years of body based based practices, in meditation and yoga, have led Sarah to believe in the inherent wisdom of the body. In line with this belief, Sarah has trained and qualified as a Whole Body Focusing Orientated Therapist, Transpersonal Counsellor, Holistic Counsellor, Meditation Teacher and Group Psychotherapy Facilitator and Couples & Relationship Counsellor.
Over the years Sarah has worked in the not-for-profit sector, the community health sector and privately, as a generalist counsellor and group facilitator. Sarah has experience working with children, families and adults around issues of; isolation, anxiety, depression, grief, loss, trauma, anger, separation, addiction and general mental health.
Sarah's warm and intuitive counselling style, along with her extensive life experience, enables Sarah to gently support her clients towards their own path of change.
Qualifications - Bachelor of Holistic Counselling, Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling, Bachelor of Business (International Marketing & Trade), Diploma of Arts (Japanese), ACA (level 3), qualifying member for CAPAV, Certified Wholebody Focusing Oriented Therapist, Certified Wholebody Focusing Teacher
Lindy Chaleyer - Associate
Styles of work - individual counselling, couples counselling, family counselling, supervision, group therapy facilitation,
Lindy is a qualified and experienced counsellor, supervisor and group facilitator.
Lindy brings a life-time of experience both personally and professionally to her counselling and supervision practice.
Earlier in her life Lindy worked as a nurse until she relocated with her husband and young family to live in Pakistan and India for several years. During this time Lindy worked, volunteered in the community and began studying for her counselling qualifications. It soon became clear that a career as a mental health counsellor was the perfect next step for Lindy.
Lindy supports individuals, couples and families striving to overcome challenges hindering their sense of fulfilment and enjoyment. She uses a combination of modalities to support her clients including Emotionally Focused Therapy, Person-Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy.
Lindy Chaleyer is also a DBT Informed Therapist. DBT, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, is used to treat mood disorders and support clients who wish to change unhelpful patterns of behaviour such as self-harm, suicidal ideation and substance abuse. For so many people emotional dysregulation can create consequences that impact their quality of life adversely. Embracing DBT with Lindy's support may well result in changes resulting in a life well worth living and more. It is a therapy that requires tenacity and a desire for change.
Lindy works with individuals and their families as they navigate mental ill health, addiction and substance abuse and other challenges from adolescence to sixty-five and beyond.
If you are interested please book in with Lindy for a free 30 minute phone consultation to discover more.
Qualifications - Master in Counselling Monash University, BSocSc Monash University, Dip Counselling ICCS, Dip Community Welfare ICCS, Certificate IV Training and Assessment, Registered Supervisor ACA
Cheryl Taylor - Associate
Cheryl has been providing counselling services to individuals, couples and families for twenty years. Having been trained in a number of modalities Cheryl is able to respond to each client in a way that meets their unique needs and concerns.
Cheryl holds a Master of Counselling and Human Services and has also undertaken training in Expressive Therapies, Sandplay Therapy, Family Therapy, Couples Counselling, and Counselling Supervision. More recently, as part of her special interest in trauma, Cheryl undertook training in EMDR (Eye Movement Densensitisation and Reprocessing) and uses this to complement her work with clients who have experienced trauma. In 2003 Cheryl established a training College for Counsellors and Community Workers and in 2009 established an Internship Program and low-cost counselling clinic in Caroline Springs. She currently works for The Cairnmillar Institute as a Lecturer and Supervisor in the Master of Counselling & Pyschotherapy program and also works for Monash University as a Supervisor of Master of Counselling students.
Cheryl also provides supervision to trainee, graduate and experienced therapists, in both individual and group settings. She is a registered Supervisor with PACFA, ACA, the Australian Association of Supervisors (AAOS) and the Association of Clinical Supervision Australia (ACSA). Her approach to supervision is to provide a safe and supportive space where counsellors can explore their work with clients and their own personal growth and professional development.
"I feel that my effectiveness as a Therapist comes from my ability to be truly present to my clients and their unique experiences, whether working with them individually or within a couple or family. This allows me to gain a clear understanding of each person’s inner and outer experience, their feelings, concerns and needs.
I trust in my clients’ innate wisdom and orientation towards growth. I have found that, if I can be truly present to my client and create a space for reflection and exploration, together we can make sense of experience, enabling the client to find a way forward.
This may mean working on strategies to navigate current difficulties, or it may mean connecting to the inner self to release emotions and express and process past hurts that are contributing to unhelpful patterns.
During my work with clients I use a range of methods and techniques to help them develop awareness around automatic responses and patterns of behaviour and empower them to relieve distress and bring about the changes and growth they wish to create. As a number of my clients have experienced trauma, I also use body based methods and EMDR"
Qualifications - Master in Counselling & Human Services (La Trobe University); Graduate Diploma in Counselling Supervision (BECS); Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Tabor); Diploma of Family Therapy (Alma Family Therapy); Certificate in Sandplay Therapy (Expressive Therapies Institute); Certificate in Expressive Therapies for children & young people (Expressive Therapies Institute); Certificate in Emotion focused and Transpersonal Expressive Therapies (Expressive Therapies Institute); Diploma of Teaching TAFE (Melbourne University); Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Registered Supervisor with ACA, PACFA, ACSA and AAOS
Joining our Team at The Grove...
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