Symonston

  • Deon

    Registered Counsellor Canberra

    GradDipCouns, BSocSc(Psyc), DipTrain&Dev

    Hart Centre Certified

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    • Symonston, ACT
    About Deon

    Deon works with individuals and couples, motivated by his own lived experiences, as a child of a dysfunctional family; the misdiagnosis of a parent with complex mental health illness still does impact his most intimate relationships. Deon has completed a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Psychology through Swinbourne Uni and a Graduate Diploma through the Australian Institute of Family Counselling.

    Deon considers himself a pupil of the human condition, motivated by the weight of mental health in his own life, encountering the impact of traumatic events on colleagues, witnessing the devastation of poor choices and antisocial behaviour on our community.

    Whilst working in the corrections system, Deon operated in both the training and therapeutic environments, facilitating group and face to face programs that challenged behaviour such
    as aggression, addiction, and domestic abuse.

    Other challenges included: walking beside the participants, enabling them to remain connected with loved ones. Development of strategies and tools to prevent the reoccurrence of poor behaviour. Identification and management of their mental illness, the effect of trauma. Recently Deon has helped persons with complex mental health illness requires the focus to be around wrap-around support: the inclusiveness of clients strengthens and transforming attitudes, enabling people to flourish and live meaningful lives.

    Deon will consider the most appropriate modality and evident base solution when developing therapeutic plans but believes it is the strength of the relationship between client, support network and clinician that ensures the quality of the outcome. A person dealing with substance abuse find it hard to manage urges and craving if they are running from judgment.

    A person with suicidal tendencies may not seek help if they feel others do not care. Most intimate relationships will not survive without positive support, good education, and tools to
    maintain them.

    Deon provides a safe place for those going through a difficult time or seeking advice, without judgment, with empathy, the wrap-around support clients desire.

    How many years counselling experience do you have?

    4 years in group facilitation, case manager and f2f utilising CBT MI and ACT to encourage positive change, working with AOD, Aggression and Domestic Abuse within NSW Dept of Justice. Case management, f2f counsellor, supporting individuals with Complex Mental Illness rehab and recovery process while reintegrating into their community. Peer Worker working with
    Carers of person with MS.

    What are three strengths you have as a Psychologist/Counsellor?
    1. Lived experience working in difficult situations and aware of the impact on family in environments such as past and present serving members of the ADF, first responder such as road crash rescue, and correctional employee such are Custodial Officer and Welfare support officer.
    2. Carer of person with chronic diseases such as autoimmune disorder.
    3. Awareness of complex mental health both living with, impacted by lack of support, stereotyping, lack of awareness, disempowerment, and those effects on family.
    What is the most satisfying and fulfilling part of the work you do?

    Having the privilege to walk beside individuals and their support network, who has been hindered through life circumstances, be that for a short time or lifetime.

    Having struggled with their own self-esteem, identity of self, mental illness, others judgement and lack knowledge to when the client and their support network can identify an awareness of self-autonomy, empowerment, safety and support. Enabling meaningful relationships, sense of wellbeing and having a flourishing life.

    What’s an example of a couple you have helped the most?

    I worked with an ex-serviceman who had just got married and was expecting his third child. Although he had strong and open communication with his partner, about his service in the navy and subsequent medical discharge due to mental illness, at the time he was having difficulties in his workplace including bullying issues with self-esteem.

    Having considered self-harm many times, he often showed self-destructive behaviour when developing close relationships. I worked with the couple to develop trust and hope, individually develop self-esteem and healthy coping strategies.

     

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