QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE...
What is Narrative therapy?
"Narrative therapy seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling and community work, which centres people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives."
- Alice Morgan
In my work, I treat every person as multi-storied- I will never see you as whole defined by one identity or experience. I will not assume that I know who you are or your experience based on any diagnosis or lables you hold, your skin colour, gender presentation, body, work, sexuality, or education. I will assume that wherever there is violence or oppression, there is also resistance, no matter how small or subtle it may seem.
Respectful, humble curiosity and care guide me in my work. Any work we do together will be guided by your hopes and I will check in regularly to see if we're on track. Counselling conversations aren't able fixing problems. Instead we will create a space in which to identify and unpack problems, dilemmas and questions; and to get clearer about the values, beliefs, skills, knowledges, and connections you hold which might shift your relationship to the problem.
What are 'they/them' pronouns?
Pronouns are the words others use to describe us. For some of us, people commonly use he/him/his, for others she/her/hers. Many folks like myself nowadays prefer to be addressed by the pronouns they/them/theirs. For example:
'I've started seeing a new counsellor, Zan. They are a narrative therapist. Their practice is based in Adelaide'.'
You might be thinking- wait, don't they/them pronouns refer to people in the plural?- they certainly do, but they are also commonly used to talk about a single person who's gender has not been identified. You probably use them like that all the time without noticing. However, it can take a bit of practice to use they/them pronouns regularly if you're not used to it. It's ok to make mistakes. Youn read more about pronouns in the article 'she/he/they/ze/hir: talking about gendered language'.
The fees are sliding scale depending on income: ranging from $70 to $160 per session.
Limited pay-what-you-can/free spaces are available for those on low income and priority is given for asylum seekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander folks, people of colour and folks living with a disability. Get in touch if you would like to explore this possibility.
Face to face counselling is available 2 minutes walk from Mitcham Train Station (15 minutes from the CBD). Free parking is available on Barrelder St and Fyfe St.
This location is currently not wheelchair accessible so please get in touch if you are a wheelchair user and we will find an alternative location to meet that suits you.
Phone and video counselling also available to anyone nationally or internationally.
Please let me know if there are any things that I can do to make counselling more accessible for you! This might include cultural practices or protocols that I need to observe, adjustments to the counselling environment or to the way that I relate to you.
Can I use a mental health care plan or NDIS funding?
I am not registered with medicare in order to receive mental health care plans. If you are seeking to use NDIS funding, please get in contact with me to discuss whether this might be possible.
Can others come or be involved in counselling?
Absolutely. It often might make sense for others in your life to join counselling conversations or to be brought into the work you do in counselling in some way. You're welcome to bring a support person along when you meet with me.
If you're a parent, your child or children are welcome to come with you to counselling.
How often can I have sessions?
This really depends on the work we are doing together and both of our availability. Some people find that a single session is all they require, others come once every few weeks for a short period of time while others might be interested in having regular or semi-regular conversations over extended periods of time.
Can I contact you between sessions?
Some people might want to share updates or other things with me via email between sessions. I will not be able to respond straight away but may be able to respond depending on availability.
What if I decide you’re not a good fit for me?
It’s important to work out whether counselling is going to be an appropriate response for what you’re up against and if it is, it may not be with me. That is absolutely ok! You’ve got to find a counselling relationship that makes possible the kinds of conversations or work you want to do. In that instance I will always be happy to refer you to other practitioners or services.
Qualifications, trainings and professional membership
I have a Master Degree in Narrative Therapy and Community Work from the University of Melbourne and a Certificate IV in Youthwork from TafeSA. I am a member of the Australian Counselling Association.
More about intersectional feminist, queer and decolonising influences
My practice acknowledges the complex web of intersecting systems which privilege some folks and marginalise others. For me Feminism means believing that every person has a right to autonomy over their own body, to live free of violence and discrimination and to be part of relationships and communities with nurture and celebrate their difference. It means standing against the imposition of rigidly defines roles of binary gender and affirming diverse possibilities for gender, sex, relationships, and families.
It also means making visible the way that systems of class, white supremacy, abelism, heteronormativity and cisnormativity- and all the ideas we have that construct some folks as "normal", "natural" and superior and police difference- show up in people's lives and their every day acts of resistance to these forces.
I am a white settler living on colonised land and this shapes my life and practice in a multitude of ways. My commitment as a practitioner is:
to continue unlearning and questioning the assumptions and un-truths that I have been raised to believe,
to examine my own complicity in ongoing colonisation and the ways it benefits me as a white person,
to take every opportunity to disrupt and challenge racism and imperialism, and
to be guided by indigenous wisdom, practices and ways of being.