for the Journey

Counselling

A Counselling service in Hawthorn, Croydon Hills and Woori Yallock:  Specialising in Children, Adolescents, Parents and Teachers, as well as being a service to individuals and couples.

Consulting

Workshops and presentations on topics relating to children, education, mental health and wellbeing.

Mentoring

Mentoring Services available to those who need a little extra guidance; be it classroom management, a workplace situation or work/life balance.

COUNSELLING

 

Children/Adolescents

Gwen uses a combination of Narrative and Acceptance and Commitment therapies.  Using puppets, drawing, story writing and telling, Gwen assists children in seeing their story differently, and works with them to take an active role in making their story better.  Her work as a teacher across the Primary and Secondary school years, as well as specialized training and formal study, has equipped her with knowledge of stages of development, potential difficulties that children and adolescents may encounter, as well as useful strategies for children, adolescents and parents.  Some of the topics that Gwen can help with include:

  • Anxiety/stress Management
  • Bullying
  • Behaviour Management
  • Confidence
  • Impulsive Behaviour
  • Resilience
  • Sexuality
  • Selfcare/Wellbeing
  • Home Life/School Life pressures
Life Coaching for Children

Growing up has many challenges that include, school, siblings, parents, friends and other groups. While mental health concerns may seem on the rise for children, there are some concerns that are just part of growing up. You may not feel like your child needs a counsellor, but some extra help would be beneficial.

Life Coaching for Children, includes:

  • Strategies for relationships, school and home,
  • Decision making skills,
  • Training in assertiveness.

Your child may benefit from 3 to 6 visits, or more.

Fees are the same for counselling sessions.

Parents/Guardians

Gwen knows the challenges of raising a family combined with career and education and has great understanding for any who face this challenge. Gwen works with parents in assisting them in raising their children by exploring potential strategies and providing further understanding to their child’s develop.  Some areas of need may include:

  • Parenting workshops/seminars
  • Protecting your relationship as you parent
  • Strategies for behaviour modification
  • Keeping your cool in the face of a tantrum
  • Values based parenting
  • Understanding your child’s world
  • Highly Sensitive Children
Teachers

Gwen’s work as a counsellor follows on from a teaching career where she taught across primary and secondary levels.  She knows the demands of education as a profession, as well as the personal toll it can demand in doing a job that is never completed.  Some of the areas that Gwen can assist others in as counselling or mentoring are:

  • Classroom management
  • Creativity in the classroom
  • Self-Care and Wellbeing
  • Stress/Anxiety reduction
  • Teaching Bully Resilience to students
  • Work/Life balance
Counselling Fees

Fees are set as below:

 

  • Individual full fee:  $85 /session.
  • Individual concession fee:  $75 /session.
  • Couple/family concession fee:  $90 /session.
  • Couple/family full fee:  $100 /session.

 

  • Prepare/Enrich clients – a minimum of 3 sessions at $85/session – ongoing session are maintained at this rate.

Appointment duration:   Appointments are of 50 minute duration; extensions to this time must be arranged prior to appointment and will incur extra charges.

 

Individuals

Gwen’s counselling ability and knowledge come from her personal experiences with mental health, education, parenting and formal study.  This has equipped her with the ability to connect to adults, adolescents and children.

Her values include; connection, acceptance, affirmation, personal stories and knowing the need for a safe space and community; this is foundational to her counselling practice.  Gwen is skilled in helping individuals with a variety of mental health concerns such as:

  • social anxiety
  • anger management
  • grief
  • depression
  • sexuality
  • identity
  • relationship concerns
  • work/life balance
  • self-care and wellbeing
  • stage of life
  • low confidence
  • spirituality
  • the highly sensitive
Couples

Gwen assists couples who are seeking to renew their relationship rather than simply maintaining it. Through shared discussion and using approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Gwen assist couples in exploring their shared values as well as helping individuals to gain their sense of self within their relationships.  Some topics that explored may include:

  • Marriage Enrichment
  • mixed-Orientation Relationships
  • Pre-Marriage
  • Relationship Breakdown
  • Same-Sex Relationships
Pre-Marriage - Prepare/Enrich

Gwen is a Prepare/Enrich facilitator and trained to assist couples using Prepare/Enrich questionnaire responses, in preparation for marriage. Topics such as stress, communication, conflict, and money management are some of the topics explored.

LGBTIQ

Since 2011, Gwen has been involved with the Christian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, (LGBTI) communities. She has seen the damage that has resulted from conservative views, and seeks to assist individuals in reconciling their spirituality with their sexuality, with the goal of living authentically in community and wholeness.

F.A.Q.s

When and where do you do counselling?

Equip Counselling & Consulting, provides counselling in three locations.

  • Monday (including evenings) – CROYDON HILLS
  • Wednesday (including evenings) – HAWTHORN
  • Friday Afternoon (4pm to 9pm) – WOORI YALLOCK or CROYDON HILLS

Counselling via Skype, is also available.

Can I use the Mental Health Plan – Medicare Rebate?

No.  The Medicare Rebate is available with psychologists, psychiatrists and doctors.  However, the fee you will pay to a counsellor, is comparable to the the gap you pay after the medicare rebate.

Do you do Christian counselling?

The topic and direction of counselling is strongly determined by the client.  If the client would like to discuss matters of faith, then I am well equipped from experience and study, to assist in such discussions.  Spirituality is a valid aspect of our lives, with our expressions and experiences varying from one individual to another.

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Gwen Godman

BTeach (Primary), BA (Psychology), M(Counselling)
Level 2 Member of the Australian Counselling Association
Prepare/Enrich Facilitator
ACT Therapist

TEACHER – COUNSELLOR – AUTHOR

Since 2004, Gwen has worked in education and has taught across most year levels. She has worked with children (including those with special needs), adolescents and parents, and understands the pressures that students and families experience. Her work has equipped her with an ability to connect with children and adolescents. She has assisted many students in experiencing personal and academic success.

Gwen’s own experiences and education have equipped her in assisting individuals with a broad range of needs. These include well-being, mental health concerns, stages of life, relationships, sexuality, spirituality, faith, and education. She works to assist individuals to embrace their stories, and to live their lives with self-care, in community, with well-being and wholeness. Since 2011, Gwen has also been connected to the LGBTIQ community and works as an ally and advocate.

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