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  • Email us: yohana@bethsaidacounselling.com.au
  • Working Days: Monday-Thursday
   

About

Hi, I'm Yohana!


I love to empower and equip people to live an authentic, meaningful and purposeful life. During my childhood, I have lived countries to countries because of my ancestors’ immigrant background. My passion to help people in their self-discovery journey actually was birthed out of these experiences. Through these experiences, I lost my ‘self-identity‘, forever, I was on the quest to find this beautiful diamond, I called it ‘The True self‘.
I have been living in the Ipswich Region with my husband and two beautiful children for a while now. I have found some sense of ‘belonging‘. It is however, has been and it is always going to be a journey. As a counsellor, I see my role is exactly this – to facilitate your own ongoing journey, so that you can be who you already are. Mutual respect, authenticity, acceptance, unconditional positive regard, and collaboration are the soul and heart of my approach. In my work with you, I take a stance; ‘that you know your own music, you are the expert of your own life’s journey. I am the conductor of your orchestras and together, we can make a symphony.’

Training and qualifications:


I have a Master Degree in Counselling and currently undertaking a Couple’s Counselling Intervention Workshop. I also attend regular Professional Development Workshops to keep me up to date with most effective therapy approaches and methods. I am a registered member of Christian Counsellors Association Australia and Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. I regularly participate in regular supervision for quality assurance. Although I value my professional training greatly, I have found that my life’s experiences are the ones that assist me most in my role as a counsellor and psychotherapist.

My Therapy Style - How I work

I acknowledge that the thought of ‘opening up‘ your whole life problems to a total stranger can be quite daunting at times. Therefore, how I facilitate counselling processes is very client-focused and Integrated (interventions are a mixture of different approaches and are targeted to each person’s unique needs and circumstances). I am also greatly influenced by attachment-based and family system theory as I believe we are created for connection with others and who we live, grew up with; they have influence on us and us on them.

Some circumstances often only require a different perspective and therefore, the counselling process might focus on problem-solving. These processes are often achievable in a short-number of sessions. However, there are some circumstances that are more complex and are require ongoing support. Whatever the circumstances you are in, I work in a holistic way that helps you achieve wellness in area of emotional, financial, social, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, and spiritual. I believe that when all these elements are in-sync with one other, purpose of life can emerge. It is based on this belief that I also work within a trauma-informed framework.

I understand that we all are in different life stages. Therefore, I operate within a framework of COAL; Curiosity, Openness, Acceptance and Love. I believe that although we are hurt by the relationship we build with people all around us, it is in this healthy, safe, collaborative, and respectful relationships that we, too, can be healed.

I work with a variety of life’s circumstances including; anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life-transition issues, and relationship issues. My special interests are in multi-culturally diverse individuals; e.g. overseas students, immigrants, and intergenerational multicultural generations – providing them support while they assimilate to their ‘new’ Australian culture and way of life. I also offer pre-marriage counselling and couple’s counselling, particularly for multicultural and neurodiverse couples.

Consultation times:


Consultation can be delivered face-to-face in a clinical setting or in a location preferable to you, e.g. your own home, private office, or any spaces confidential and safe for you. With these types of services, I cater within Ipswich-Carindale area. Consultation can also be delivered through online platforms; e.g. Zoom or Skype.

Please state preferences when booking and I will try to accommodate where possible.

These are some session
hours available:

Monday:         09:00 a.m. to 08.00 p.m.

Tuesday:         11.00 a.m. to 08.00 p.m.

Wednesday:    09.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Thursday:        09.00 a.m. to 08.00 p.m.

Session Costs

Session for individuals run for an hour and cost starts at $60/hour. Additional fees may apply depending travelling requirements and meeting places.

Session for couples and two people or more run for 90 minutes and cost $120.

Payment

All sessions payment can be paid on the day of your session by cash or direct deposit into Bethsaida's bank account.