Psychotherapist

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO A HIGH LEVEL OF DEMAND FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, I AM CURRENTLY UNABLE TO ACCEPT NEW REFERRALS.

Hello, my name is Gena Fawns. I’m a somatic psychotherapist practicing in Fairfield, Melbourne. I am available either online or in my rooms with appropriate Covid safeguards.

I work with adults facing difficulties in any area of life, particularly anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, childhood trauma and abuse, relationship problems, communication and self-esteem.

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 33 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, EMDR, infant observation, neurotherapy, and intersubjectivity.

I am listed on the Referral Database of the Blue Knot Foundation as a mental health practitioner with experience in supporting adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.

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In 2013 I completed a Master of Counselling at La Trobe University. For many years I have studied various forms of meditation, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga and Transforming Stress into Well-Being. In 2018 I completed a course in contemporary relational psychotherapy with the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPSS), New York.

In 2021 I began a three-year dreamwork training in Embodied Imagination, with Jungian analyst Robert Bosnak. In 2022, I trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitisation reprocessing) with Graham Taylor at Therapist Training. Both these methods have enriched my practice and brought fresh skills into my work with trauma and the integration of inner experience.

I  was a founding member of the Australian Association of Somatic Psychotherapists (AASP); I gained accreditation as a Somatic Psychotherapist in 1991. I am on the Clinical Register of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), and 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.

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