“The medicine is already within the pain and suffering. You just have to look deeply and quietly. Then you realise that it has been there the whole time” – saying from American First Nation’s oral tradition.
For many women, we have spent a lifetime being told that we are “too”. Too fat, too thin, too loud, too passionate, too shy, too broken. Over time this wears us down and we turn ourselves inside out trying to meet other’s expectations of what we should be. I was one of those women. For many women, even the mental health systems that are supposed to help, end up being places of disempowerment, victim blaming, essentially re-traumatising. There is no healing in these places, and this is reflected through the growing crisis in our families and communities around the world.
“Forged by Fire”
Breathe ……. we aim to have this service as your space to feel safe and supported. Often people refer to their experiences as something that contributes to them being “lesser than”. We believe that your experiences have contributed to your incredible inner strength and resilience. You are literally, forged by “fire”.
“The challenge of recovery is to re-establish ownership of your body and your mind – of your self” – Van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score
You may be feeling a whole range of emotions: fear, anger, sadness, distress, frustration, confusion, shame or many more. Whatever they may be, our collaborative, culturally safe, therapeutic relationship may help to provide a containing space where you are safe to explore these feelings and concerns in a judgement-free and resourced, trauma-informed, Indigenous culturally-aware environment.
Through recognising and harnessing your inner awareness; you may be supported in your unique healing journey to explore your concerns, while moving through distress to embrace your empowered uniqueness.
Our warlandi Indigenous Healing Practice – counselling service is focused on assisting people to explore, embrace and reconnect with their inner fire despite experiences, in a non-judgemental, trauma-informed and fuss-free environment.
Our service operates in an integrative theoretical framework and culturally safe approach. This simply means that rather than operating from one framework such as cognitive behavioural therapy, we are trained in and utilise a variety of approaches that best suit your circumstance and preferences.
From time to time, we may utilise Indigenous healing practices approach, including gestalt therapy, emotion-focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, solution-focused, narrative, or creative arts therapy.
The difference between coaching and counselling is that with counselling we focus on the present and past to empower you to move through your distress, gain awareness, heal and create a new present not impacted by your experiences. Indigenous Healing Practices are an extension and deepening approach, that embraces the importance of ceremony, connection to Country and ancestors and many other aspects.
Our service is both trauma-informed and Indigenous culturally-informed and able to provide counselling for mental health issues. This can be done in conjunction with and referral by your psychologist/psychiatrist. We also provide an outreach service Australia wide and internationally if requested.
Please contact us to discuss your needs. This can also be done online or over the phone.
Whilst Bianca has experience in a variety of areas, she offers both an Indigenous culturally informed and trauma informed service, with both experience and an interest in working with people in the following areas:
*Dissociative Identity Disorder
*Adult survivors of Child Abuse
*Trauma, Complex and Developmental Trauma
*Domestic / Family Violence / Abuse
*NDIS Plan and Self- Managed clients suitable
*Registered Provider for eligible Medibank Private, Bupa, AHM, or Police Health
Members may be entitled to a benefit for counselling.