Belinda’s love of helping people with mental health challenges makes her an ideal BWS facilitator. She considers it a privilege to work with clients. It is all about encouraging and promoting behavioural changes so they can focus on their strengths and build resilience.
With more than 5 years’ experience as an Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) counsellor and educator, Belinda understands a wide range of mental health issues. She previously provided individual counselling face-to-face as well as facilitating psycho-educational and therapeutic groups for residential drug and alcohol clients.
Belinda is familiar with a wide range of disorders, including bipolar, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and stress related disorders. She also recognises there is a range of mental health issues that accompany addiction and substance abuse. Her insight gives her empathy and the depth of understanding required to help clients work through their issues.
It is important to Belinda to back her experience with formal training. In 2020 she completed a Psychological Sciences Bachelor degree from Swinburne University of Technology. Currently she is working towards an Honours in Advanced Psychology through Monash University. Her thesis on dark personality traits and their influence on risk-taking engagement and attitudes is due for completion in 2022. Other training completed includes Schema Therapy, ATCA Training, AOD counsellor training and Certificate 3 in AOD.
Working with vulnerable people has been invaluable and given Belinda in depth insight into the complexities of mental health and the psychosocial issues that contribute to it. Because everyone is an individual, she uses a broad range of therapeutic models. These include CBT, Schema Therapy, ACT and person-centred therapies. She also has a holistic, integrative approach to treatment. This involves the analysis of physical, emotional, environmental, social and spiritual aspects of people’s lives.
According to Belinda, clients are the experts of their lives and needs. She believes her role is to guide them to reach their potential. Belinda has a deep commitment to providing quality services to everyone who comes to her for help. She says, “A therapeutic relationship must be built on trust, respect and empowerment. I consider my role in therapy a privilege and honour.”