Get to know Dawn

Profile on Dawn Wilson –
Professional Counsellor, Counselling Trainer & Wellness Practitioner
 
I am a qualified Counsellor, who assists individuals, couples and families through a myriad of concerns, issues and problems that exist in everyday life.

I graduated in December 2006 and have been in private practice since January 2007.
I now reside in Pimpama on the Northern Gold Coast, after spending several years in both Hope Island and Cabarita Beach on the Tweed Coast, where I had a multi-modality counselling and wellness practice. Prior to that I worked in Melbourne after completing my intitial studies in both Brisbane and Melbourne with the same college.

To date, I have worked with children as young as 4 through to adults in their 70’s and 80’s.
 
I am trained in many traditional counselling therapy types, such as Cognitive Behaviour, Solution Focused, Client Centred, Narrative, Gestalt and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy; often using a combination to achieve the best results for my clients. Most people would say this was 'traditional' counselling.  

I believe in treating the 'whole' person and as I have always had an interest in 'east and west' methodologies and philosophies, I studied a number of additional (often times referred to as complimentary) modalities as part of my initial training. These included aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Body Mind Medicine, Aromatherapy, Homoeopathy and Kinesiology.  Separate to this I underwent training in Seichim Reiki and Meditation. I use my knowledge and training in these areas to compliment my work as a counsellor however will always refer to professionally qualified experts in these fields including therapists in the local area and those I have worked with in the past, including a Naturopath.
 
I work with the ‘whole person’, looking at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of clients’ lives. This is called Holistic Counselling. In this way, where appropriate, I will incorporate natural therapies, namely Australian Bush Flowers  to bring about change, healing and well-being.

I also work with visualization, mindfullness and meditation to bring about the best results for clients. In 2017/8 I also completed a Diploma of Clincal Hypnosis and Psychotherapy to learn more about how hypnosis can help us to change and heal.

I am also a Qualified Trainer and Assessor in the field, graduating from Victoria University in Melbourne. I train students who wish to complete either a Graduate Diploma in Relationship Counselling  or a Diploma of Counselling. I have worked for RTO's here on the Gold Coast, in Brisbane and also in Melbourne and have been flown to Cairns in far north Queensland and to Hobart to undertake classroom based courses.
 
Qualifications:
  
Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Addictions, Family Therapy, Loss and Grief) 

Certificate of Completion in Levels 1 and 2: Gottman Method Couples Therapy

Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy

Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (TAE40116)


Specialist Course in Relationships & Couple Therapy 
(Relationships Australia) This course forms part of the Masters Degree in Relationship & Couple Counselling with La Trobe Uni in Melbourne

Diploma in Health Science (Holistic Counselling)  
 
Diploma in Health Counselling 
 
Diploma in Regression Therapy 
 
Certificate in Medical Terminology 

Advanced Bush Flower Practitioner 

Certified Ho'oponopono Practitioner

First Degree Seichim Reiki 
 
Certificate in Fitness Leader – Health & Fitness

Senior First Aid & CPR

I have also completed  specialist Domestic Violence Training courses through Lifeline as well as the AVERT Family Family violence programmes..
  
I am currently reviewing a number of ongoing training courses in the field of Spiritual and Shamanic Healing and Counselling and once I've chosen a provider, I'll put that here on the website.
 

I am a member of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association

 
Other:
 
Holder of a Blue Card for Queensland.
Holder of Professional Indemnity & Public and Products Liability Indemnity
 
Professional Development:
 
It is important to continue with Professional Development Courses. To date these are the additional courses I have completed through The Counselling Academy, Australia’s premier Professional Development provider in Counselling, now called the Mental Health Academy:
 
*        Working with Parents;
*        Relationship Breakdown;
*        Mediation;
*        Anger Management;
*        Conflict Resolution;
*        Eating Disorders;
*        Games & Scripts;
*        Expressions of Feelings in Early Childhood;
*        Indigenous Counselling.
*        Constructing Genograms;