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.

In the middle of 2009 I was chosen to be the Workplace Counsellor for a company based at Coomera which employed more than 200 employees.

I now reside at Hope Island on the Northern Gold Coast, after spending two and a half years at Cabarita Beach on the Tweed Coast..

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.

I am also a Qualified Trainer and Assessor in the field, graduating from Victoria University. 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.
 
Qualifications:
  
Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Family Therapy) 

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

Certificate IV in Training & Assessment & Additional L,L, N. Unit.


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 

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..
  
Memberships:
 
Full Member of the Medical Register of Australia 
Full Member of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association
Full Member of the International Institute of Complimentary Therapists
Member of the Australian Natural Therapies Pages online 
 
Other:
 
Holder of a ‘Working with Children Check’ Number  in NSW and  Blue Card for Queensland.
Holder of Professional Indemnity & Public and Products Liability Insurances
 
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;