Gwen, from Gwen Lavis Counselling Albury, has been providing a professional service to clientele in Albury Wodonga and surrounding districts for more than 17 years. Before establishing her own independent Albury counselling practice in Swift Street, she was involved in counselling clients in the region for a number of years.
Gwen has undertaken extensive counselling and therapy training over many years. She holds a Master of Counselling from the University of New England, which further developed knowledge and skills gained in an earlier Post Graduate Diploma of Counselling (ACAP) and a Diploma of Christian Counselling and Family Therapy (AIFC). Gwen holds a Level 4 member of the Australian Counselling Association of Australia (ACA) and is listed on the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Gwen is a Registered Professional Supervisor with ACA and, in addition to providing professional individual supervision for counsellors, is the group supervisor of the counsellors attending the local chapter of the Federation of ACA, Victoria. Currently, Gwen is studying for a Specialist Course in Couple Therapy and has completed Level 1 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
Gwen regularly receives her own professional supervision from a highly qualified and reputable Albury psychologist. Gwen provides Employment Assistance Counselling for four organisations in Albury, Wodonga and Wangaratta.
For the past sixteen years Gwen has been employed by the Australian Institute of Family Counselling, which provides training to counsellors nationally. Her role takes her to Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth where, in her role as a Senior Lecturer and Senior Staff Trainer, she provides theoretical and practical training in counselling and family therapy.
As well as running her Albury counselling business, Gwen has been married to Phil for more than thirty-nine years. Together, they have four adult children and eight grandchildren. Having lived locally all her life, Gwen has participated in the local community at many levels including sporting, schools, church and business.
Gwen Lavis Counselling Albury is a generalist practice serving a diversity of people facing a variety of problems. Being especially interested in couples and families as a whole, clients are able to see Gwen as individuals, as couples or in various combinations of family members. Occasionally, families have found it helpful for the whole family to have a session together in the safe environment of Gwen’s office to work through their concerns. Gwen’s approach is to view people’s problems within the context of their life and relationships and help them discover how to move forward. People have gone to Gwen Lavis Counselling Albury presenting with issues such as anxiety and depression, personal dilemmas, self-esteem concerns, grief and loss, parenting problems, and various marriage and relationship challenges.
Over the years, Gwen has counselled clients ranging from primary school age to those well into their senior years being able to relate to a broad range of clients. She regularly receives feedback from past and present clients regarding the successes they have experienced during counselling and afterwards. Gwen delights in witnessing the progress her clients make during the process of counselling. Life today is complex and demanding, with stressors effecting most of us to some degree at different stages of our lives. In particular, life stage changes such as marriage, new parents, children in their teenage years or children leaving home, can be especially difficult to negotiate and it is often helpful to speak with a neutral person to bring clarity and help determine a way forward. Gwen has vast experience helping couples and families find the tools to repair and strengthen their relationships. She also has many years’ experience helping individuals overcome personal issues. Being passionate about seeing individuals, couples and families function the best they can; Gwen has conducted workshops on topics such as communication, marriage enhancement and conflict resolution, both locally in Albury and Wangaratta and in Adelaide.
Gwen’s Albury counselling office is centrally located at Suite 212a/ 526 Swift Street, Albury. There is ample parking at the rear of the building, which can be accessed from Wilson Street. Her office is placed within easy reach of clients in Albury Wodonga, Wangaratta, the Riverina and Northeast Victoria. Gwen can be contacted on her mobile 0428 440 677. Gwen will endeavour to answer your call promptly. However, if she is in a session, she will return your call as soon as she is able.
Clients from further afield may wish to opt for phone counselling. In this case, if possible, Gwen prefers an initial face to face session. Please discuss your requirements with Gwen.