Yvonne Rafaraci is a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor with the goal of respectfully assisting people in developing increased awareness, resources and solutions to progress through life challenges and transitions.  She offers short-term and long-term psychotherapy to children, adolescents, individual adult’s families and couples.  Her work incorporates Humanistic, Experiential, Developmental, Psychodynamic, Family Systems, Inner Child and Cognitive Behavioural theories of psychology.  Play Therapy with children 4 years of age and older is an area of special interest. 

 

Yvonne’s philosophy is to provide a space and the safety to explore oneself completely, to investigate the past that has ultimately created the present and provides a safe and gentle healing of ones most sacred inner self.

 

With sensitivity and compassion, Yvonne will help to bring an understanding to a wide range of life challenges and psychological distress, creating new paths and directions for developing personal growth and interpersonal understanding.

 

Yvonne will collaborate with you to provide the most effective, transformational, life-changing therapy possible.  She intends for you to transform your obstacles and challenges into opportunities for growth and change.  In this way you will create a life that naturally and continually alleviates suffering for yourself and for others.

 

Yvonne works with individuals and couples, children, adolescents and whole families, who want to explore their emotions, their thoughts, their relationships, their behaviours, their dreams, their fears, their past, or just simply want to unravel themselves and connect more deeply with themselves.


Experience


Committed to professional therapeutic work, with an emphasis on the social and cultural context in which each client lives. Yvonne has worked extensively as an individual and group therapist with primary age children and adolescents, providing space and support for the exploration of the individual and the learning of how to verbalise their complex and contradictory emotions, thoughts and reactions. Including the facilitation of family therapy groups.

 

Yvonne has worked at the Wayside Chapel working with adults in recovery and or maintaining abstinence from substances, and adults with mental health issues. 

 

Yvonne has had extensive experience working individually with clients from all walks of life in a private setting and has also worked as a stop smoking therapist and is now in private practice.


Therapy specialisation includes:


  • Child & Adolescent therapy
  • Depression
  • Anxiety & Stress
  • Grief & loss
  • Anger Management
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Addiction & Recovery
  • Relationships
  • Couples therapy
  • Separation/Divorce
  • Childhood issues
  • Midlife transition
  • Discrimination & Bullying
  • Personal growth and Spiritual Development
  • Stop smoking therapy

Member Counsellors And Psychotherapists Australia


Qualifications


Bachelor of Counselling and Human Change. (JNI)


Diploma of Professional Counselling (AIPC)


Adolescent Therapy Certificate


Child Development and Effective Parenting Certificate


Narrative Therapy Certificate


Couple Therapy Certificate


Relationship Counselling & Conflict Resolution Certificate




Medicare and Insurance


The service is currently not covered by Medicare. However, this may not be an issue, because the current fee is less than the Medicare gap fee levied by many practitioners. Private Health fund rebates may be applicable (consult your individual policy)