Hester Van der Elst

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Thanking you,
Russ Harris
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TARINGA Queensland
Causa Sui Counselling, Suite 21, 200 Moggill Road TARINGA Queensland 4068 AU

I like the ACT model for skills practice in psychological flexibility, due to its high adaptability to a client’s needs from and goals for counselling. I believe that models of therapy need to be well-grounded in a robust scientific evidence base and provide practitioners with a framework in which to directly meet clients’ foremost needs for compassion and to be “safely witnessed”. The ACT model is that model for my practice.  Solutions-focused, strengths-based approaches and systems theory from Social Work’s theory base, and developmental, psycho-dynamic and some post-modern approaches from Psychology and Counselling’s theory base, further inform my practice.

My special interest areas are:

Qualifications and Associations

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psych & Eng Lit) – University of Pretoria, RSA, 1994
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honores) Psych – University of Pretoria, RSA, 1995
  • Master of Social Work Studies – University of Queensland, 2015
  • Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • AASW Accredited Social Worker
  • Certified ACT* Therapist

Continued Professional Development

  • *Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Certification – ACTMindfully
  • ACT and Mindfulness for Trauma – Advanced Certification – ACTMindfully
  • ACT for Depression & Anxiety – Advanced Certification – ACTMindfully
  • Perinatal Non-Directive Counselling V2– Australian Psychological Society Institute
  • QC9 Critical Components of Suicide Risk Assessment and Management (Level 1) – Qld Centre for Mental Health Learning
  • Mental Health First Aider (including Suicide Prevention) – MHFA Australia

For everyone I work with, my wish is this:

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears” – Nelson Mandela

Please click any of the green booking buttons on my website and follow the prompts on the booking page. If you are a bit worried about that first appointment, please read Your First Appointment, and then book through the link or message me to give you a call.

Hope to get to know you soon!