LEARN ABOUT ELANORA COUNSELLING AND MEET THE TEAM

Elanora Counselling is dedicated practice of qualified and registered Christian Counselors and Psychotherapists whose most important goal is to use all available resources to bring peace and healing to our clients. With a minimum combined business experience of over 50 years, and combined counselling experience exceeding 20 years we offer a friendly, compassionate and understanding approach in a warm and friendly environment.

We combine the latest and best known psychological approaches with spirituality, mind, body and soul techniques to provide a truly wholistic approach to healing, as well as education and mentoring in better communication, healthier relationships, less stressful lives and more assertive practices.

David Watkins – Dee Why and  Waterloo

David Watkins has been counselling, coaching and consulting for more than 20 years. Coming from the corporate business world he has unique understanding of the human psyche, what motivates and encourages us and how to work through problems, issues and dysfunction.

At home working with large groups in the corporate world or face to face in individual counselling or coaching David has the experience, accreditation, knowledge and savvy to assist clients in not only reaching their goals but achieving healing and wellness.

David holds a Bachelor of Business Degree, a Vocational Graduate Certificate and Graduate
Diploma in Counselling and is a registered member of the Australian Counselling Association,
the Professional Counsellors Association of NSW and is a registered Supervisor with the
Australian Counselling Association. David hopes to complete his Masters degree in Counselling
in 2020.

Credentials: B. Bus, GD Theol, GD Couns, Cert IV T & A, M. Couns (process), Certified Pre-Marriage
Facilitator, Certified Supervisor, Member ACA since 2007

Donna Azar – Maroubra and Waterloo

Individual and Couples Counsellor

Donna Azar is a qualified counsellor – she did her training at the Australian Institute of Family Counselling where she has obtained an Advanced Diploma in Family Counselling. AIFC training uses a holistic approach studying Psychology, Spirituality and Theology. Donna uses all 3 aspects in her counselling whilst totally respecting and honouring the client’s own worldview in the areas of faith and/or belief systems.

Donna draws on her own life experiences. One of those is being in a cross cultural marriage for over 30 years where she has worked with her husband running and owning small businesses as well as being a mother. Donna herself was brought up in a single parent family, whilst was much loved knows on a personal level the impact that can have on a child. Then to also experience family as a parent and partner within a marriage has highlighted the differences families experience and it is within all these experiences throughout her life a desire developed to work with individuals, couples and families to have self- worth and skills to navigate the difficulties of life and relationships and these are the primary reasons Donna chose to make her desire a reality and become a counsellor.

Donna has a private practice at Maroubra as well as having a room at City-Care Waterloo. Her approach is an eclectic style which she maintains through her commitment to the continued development of her therapeutic skills such as communication and conflict resolution as well as the continued training in models such as Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy.

All these skills and models are part of a framework that looks at the past as well as the present, which creates a pathway for clients to establish insight and healing for themselves within the counselling process. Whether she is working with an individual or a couple her focus is on working relationally and collaboratively with the client/clients to create a safe, respectful and empathetic therapeutic environment.

Credentials: Diploma and Adv. Dip Christian Counselling, Member ACA since 2007 

Jacqui Walsh – Milsons Point

Jacqui Walsh works with individuals and couples. Trained in Family Therapy, she recognises the influential part our family of origin play in our lives.

As a professional counsellor, Jacqui works with depression, anxieties /phobias, grief & loss, childhood trauma and abuse, as well as stress and anger management. Jacqui has extensive experience in supporting those going through emotional crisis, as well as cross cultural issues.

Jacqui endeavours to create a safe and respectful environment for you to rediscover your identity and true sense of self, as well as developing strong communications skills to support your relationships, whether at work or at home, through individual, couples, or pre-marriage counselling.

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Credentials: Diploma and Adv. Dip Christian Counselling, Member ACA since 2007, Member CCAA since 2010
Advanced Dip Counselling and Family therapy

Ian Rose – Hornsby

Ian currently practices as a solicitor in a suburban firm, having first been admitted to practice in 1983. He has a wide range of experience in dealing with the pressures of the everyday working environment and in how to
help people thrive and feel happy and secure in high pressure situations. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Family Counselling and has been counselling clients since 2011.

Once a relationship of trust has been established, Ian likes to impart skills that can help clients through challenging times. Greater self-awareness, confidence building, relationship skills, even something as simple as a handshake! Ian is happiest when a client is able to return to a challenging situation equipped to effect change.

Credentials: LLB, Grad Dip Counselling, Member ACA since 2010

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