Leigh is a qualified, experienced and accredited Mental Health Social Worker possessing Vocational Post Graduate qualifications in Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) and Mediation and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) accredited Instructor Status
Leigh claims over 20 years Human and Social Services experience having combined tertiary studies with on-the-job coal-face experience since 1996, strengthening skill and knowledge in such areas as: Domestic & Family Violence (DV); counselling and psycho-therapies; depression and anxiety management including suicidality (thoughts &/or intent); child development and parenting support; divorce and separation support; change transition / adaptation; post diagnosis chronic health management; mental health (recovery focus following acute care); alcohol and other drugs (AOD) change / recovery; and Child Protection / out of home care (foster care) systems knowledge and expertise.
More recently, Leigh has brought all her combined experiences together and transitioned to a Mental Health (MH) focus with a distinct emphasis on helping others to develop and maintain resilience and in guiding and supporting change and or grief/loss processes.
Leigh possesses an advanced strengths-based, solution focussed counselling skill and practice framework heavily influenced by narrative theory and psycho-neuro and cognitive behavioural therapy with specific experience in trauma informed practice and crisis intervention support.
Leigh has a particular interest in assisting with transition processes with a generous emphasis on building on individual strengths, instilling resilience, fortifying coping capacity and encouraging self care and being/feeling well.
Leigh works both with individuals and facilitating information, training, awareness raising &/or therapeutic groups.