Simone Connell

Senior Couples and Family Therapist

I am an understanding, calm and highly skilled counsellor and psychotherapist with over 20 years of providing individual, couples and family therapy. I hold a Graduate Diploma of Counselling, Master of Counselling and Bachelor of Applied Social Science.

I work with children, young people and adults.

I am committed to providing a non-judgemental and safe space for clients to engage in counselling techniques that have a solid research base to support them. Some of the modalities that I use with individuals, couples and families, include Bowen Family System’s theory, Gottman, emotionally focused therapy, gestalt therapy and motivational interviewing.

I have had extensive training in parenting work for parents hoping to increase confidence right through to parents who are supporting a child who is struggling. I have an excellent skill set to work in both parent coaching sessions as well as parent therapeutic groups and offer both.

My range of counselling modalities allows me to creatively respond to individual, couple and family concerns.

When a client has presented to counselling with relationship concerns, I have found that it varies as to whether the concern is best addressed in having an individual, couple or family in the counselling room together. I help clients to make this decision.

My areas of interest and expertise include:
– Addiction
– Clinical supervision for professionals (in private practice, NGOs and hospital settings)
– Grief and bereavement (including living with a life limiting illness and supporting someone living with a life limiting illness)
– Parenting coaching (individual or group) to increase confidence or support a struggling child
– Relationship concerns – individual, couples and family therapy
– Stress and anxiety management
– Trauma recovery/management of symptoms
– Work concerns

If you would like to make contact to discuss how I may be able to work with you or your family, please contact me on (02) 9525 8443.