|Hello, my name is Gena Fawns. I am a somatic psychotherapist and counsellor practicing in Fairfield, Melbourne. I see clients from Northcote, Thornbury, Preston, Brunswick, Coburg, Kew and surrounding areas. Since 1989, I have helped many individuals resolve and manage the problems they are facing.
I work with adults experiencing difficulties in any area of life, particularly anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, childhood trauma and abuse, relationship problems, communication, self-esteem, or addiction.
I provide a supportive, understanding and safe place where you can explore your concerns and find a way forward. I draw on many techniques, theories and my own experience, to listen and respond to each individual.
|My therapeutic focus is on the person and their lived experience, which includes their feelings, emotions and thoughts. Through empathic understanding I help clients build cohesion and resilience. I combine an awareness of somatics and the bodily level of experience with a humanistic approach to the integration of all parts of the Self.
Before starting my practice 30 years ago, I qualified and worked as a social worker and completed five years’ training in somatic psychotherapy. Since then I have taken additional courses in self psychology, emotion-focused therapy, mindfulness, couple therapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, embodied imagination, infant observation, neurotherapy, and intersubjectivity.
I am listed on the Referral Database of the Blue Knot Foundation as a health practitioner with experience in supporting adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.
|In 2013 I completed a Master of Counselling at La Trobe University. In recent years I have studied meditation in various forms, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga and Transforming Stress into Well-Being. In 2018 I completed a course in contemporary psychotherapy with the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPSS), New York.
I was a founding member of the Australian Association of Somatic Psychotherapists (AASP), and gained accreditation as a Somatic Psychotherapist in 1991. I am on the Clinical Register of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), and am a member of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP). I am also an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). I follow and comply with the Ethical Codes of all these associations.