Gena-Photo350 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 with any aspect 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 28 years ago, I qualified and worked as a social worker and completed five years’ training in somatic psychotherapy. Since then I have taken additional training courses in couple therapy, mindfulness, self psychology, emotion-focused therapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, infant observation, group therapy, neurotherapy, and other modalities.

In 2013 I completed a Master of Counselling at La Trobe University. In recent years I have studied meditation in various forms, including Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Transforming Stress into Well-Being.

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) – College of Psychotherapy. 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.