Location of Practice
0409 865 364 or www.genafawns.com.au
Description of Practice
Somatic Psychotherapy, Counselling, Supervision.
Number of years in Professional Practice (Psychotherapy)
Additional Information/Professional Philosophy
Gena works with adults experiencing difficulties with any aspect of life, particularly anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, childhood trauma and abuse, relationship problems, communication, self-esteem, or addiction. She provides a supportive, understanding and safe place where you can explore your concerns and find a way forward. She draws on many techniques, theories and her own experience, to listen and respond to each individual.
Gena’s therapeutic focus is on the person and their lived experience, which includes their feelings, emotions and thoughts. She brings empathic understanding to the therapeutic encounter, and help clients build cohesion and resilience. She combines an awareness of somatics, and the bodily level of experience, with a humanistic approach to the integration of all parts of the Self.
It was through her own personal search for healing and answers that Gena came to train in psychotherapy. She has completed over twenty years of personal psychotherapy in various modalities, and more than 500 hours of professional supervision of her work with clients. She is interested in aliveness and embodiment as dimensions of psychological health, and her theoretical influences include self psychology, trauma theory, attachment theory, neuroscience, intersubjectivity theory, psychoanalysis and somatic psychotherapy.
Gena is listed on the Clinical Register of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). She is also an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, and a registered Medicare provider. In 2013, she completed a Master of Counselling at La Trobe University.
Gena originally trained in body-oriented psychotherapy, and was accredited as a Somatic Psychotherapist in 1981. In addition, she has studied Self Psychology, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Couple Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Interventions, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Group Psychotherapy. She adapts this range of techniques into her practice as appropriate for each individual.
Gena has also practiced meditation, yoga and Pilates over many years. In recent years she studied Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and attended retreats in Insight Meditation and Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga. In 2015 she qualified as a teacher of Mindfulness at Work: Transforming Stress into Well-Being with The Center for Skillful Means, USA.