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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
Adults, Adolescents, Children, Families
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
Couples, Adults, Families, Supervisor
Styles of work - family counselling, individual counselling, couples counselling, group therapy facilitation, supervision,
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.
Lindy supports individuals, couples and families striving to overcome challenges in their life. Engaging a combination of modalities Lindy uses: Person-Centred Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy.
Further as a DBT (Dialectal Behaviour Therapy) Informed Therapist, Lindy treats mood disorders and supports clients who wish to change unhelpful patterns of behaviour such as self-harm, suicidal ideation and substance abuse.
Including addiction, substance abuse and other mental ill health concerns, Lindy works with individuals and their families as they navigate 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, Bachelor of Social Science, Dip Counselling ICCS, Dip Community Welfare ICCS, Certificate IV Training and Assessment, Registered Supervisor ACA
Cheryl Taylor - Associate
Couples, Adults, Families, Supervisor
Styles of work - couples counselling, family counselling, individual counselling, group therapy facilitation, supervision
With over 20 years experience, 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 is trained in Family Therapy, Couples Counselling, Expressive Therapies, Sandplay Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and Counselling Supervision. Apart from being a member of The Grove team, Cheryl also works for Monash University as a Supervisor of Master of Counselling students and for The Cairnmillar Institute as a Lecturer and Supervisor.
Cheryl provides supervision in both individual and group settings. Cheryl provides a supportive and safe space where counsellors explore their work with clients as well as their own professional development and personal growth.
Qualifications - Master in Counselling & Human Services, Graduate Diploma in Counselling Supervision, Graduate Diploma of Counselling), Diploma of Family Therapy, Certificate in Sandplay Therapy, Certificate in Expressive Therapies for children & young people, Certificate in Emotion focused and Transpersonal Expressive Therapies, Diploma of Teaching TAFE , Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Registered Supervisor with ACA, PACFA, ACSA and AAOS
Lynda Thompson – Associate
Styles of work - adolescent specialist - Person-Centred Counselling, Emotion Focused Therapy, Solution focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy.
Lynda is a qualified counsellor who who works with young people and their surrounding adults. Having worked extensively in school environments, Lynda understands the importance of developing a warm, caring, reassuring counselling relationship with each young person. Lynda works to ensure that her clients feel safe and supported to explore what is happening in their world, in the way that will work best for them.
Over the years Lynda worked as a creative developer and writer of behavioural change communications, including television advertising and social media aimed at keeping young people safe on our roads and in their first workplaces. As a counsellor she has experience working around issues of: anxiety, depression, friendship and relationship difficulties, truancy and school refusal, bullying, grief and loss, illness, family trauma, behavioural issues, anger and emotional regulation, academic support.
Lynda draws on a range of counselling modalities to inform her highly individualised, intuitive approach. Her style of counselling and therapy is tailored to the young person’s personality, interests and life stage, in a way that is appropriate to what may be troubling them. Problems and the pathways to positive change may be explored through talking, drawing, writing, listening to music, or story telling. Along the way there is warmth and understanding, and usually some light-hearted moments, encouraged by Lynda’s gentle sense humour.
Qualifications - Bachelor of Counselling, Bachelor of Graphic Design, Counsellor – Thriving Youth Australia, Developmental Psychology, Counselling in Loss, Group Work, Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselling, Motivational Interviewing for Student Behaviour Change and Learning, How Humour Benefits Therapy, The Power of Thought: Updates in Brain Plasticity, Hope in Practice: Facilitating Therapeutic Change. Registered PACFA member.
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