Being a parent is full on. Children do not come with a manual, and there is no flow chart to tell us what we should do, think or feel, at any given point. Sometimes, we need a listening ear, a sounding board and practical advice to negotiate especially tough times.
Kids That Go believes that the well-being of our children, relies on resilient, informed and intentional parents. So what does this mean? We provide parents with the information and skills so they feel better able to parent in a more responsive manner, rather than reacting in anger or frustration to what is happening.
In a world where striving for perfection, captured through social media, appears to be the norm, how do we as parents manage, when we are confronted by disappointment or tragedy? Supporting our children as they negotiate health or developmental challenges can be tough. Sometimes we can feel isolated and overwhelmed, wondering whether we can cope with what lies ahead. It is common to experience uncertainty. Emotions such as fear, anger and guilt, and a feeling that our trust in the world and our place within it has changed, are normal.
Our Counsellor, Anna, has first-hand experience supporting children and their families through difficult times of diagnosis, treatment, change, disability and grief and loss.
Counsellor, Registered Nurse
Bachelor of Nursing, Grad.Dip Nursing (Mental Health), Masters of Counselling.
- Supporting parents
- Helping children and teenagers
- Living with chronic illness & disability, including diagnosis, treatment and prognosis
- Coping with grief and loss
I am an experienced Registered Nurse and Counsellor, having worked with adults, teenagers and children, and their families, for over 20 years. I have worked in many different clinical settings in public and private hospitals, and also in community mental health centres. As well, I have worked briefly as a telephone counsellor with Kids Helpline.
For the past thirteen years, I have worked as a Clinical Nurse Counsellor at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane. In this role, I have gained extensive experience supporting individuals and their families, as they face significant health challenges either of an acute or chronic nature.
My counselling practice is client centred and compassionate. I strive to create a welcoming environment where people feel safe, understood and heard. I endeavour to build trusting, therapeutic relationships, and I value seeing people as a whole, and not by their presenting concern or challenge. I practice in accordance with my values of integrity, empathy, honesty, compassion, connectedness and acceptance.
When I am not working, I love spending time with my family, including two school-aged children. I am passionate about nutrition, cooking and eating whole foods and sharing this with my family.