Vanessa Blazey (Counsellor)
Vanessa is a Registered Counsellor who specialises in working with children, adolescents, and families. She offers a trauma-focused, dynamic, and informative counselling approach. Vanessa has a broad range of experience working with clients with a wide range of presentations including:
- Self-Esteem, Identity Issues and Assertiveness Issues
- Relationship Difficulties
- Mental, behavioural, or neurodevelopmental disorders including:
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Oppositional Defiance Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Trauma and Abuse including:
- Traumatic Stress and Complex Trauma (PTSD).
- Stress and Adjustment Related Issues. This includes working with children, young people, and families from low socioecomic standing, from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, including migrants or individuals of indigenous descent, experiencing or affected by financial instability, parental separation, or family breakdown, or difficulties readjusting to school, work or home often exacerbated by the pandemic.
- Anxiety Disorders (Generalised Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, Social Anxiety)
- Suicidal ideation or self-harming behaviours
- School Related Issues (Bullying and Friendship Related Issues)
- Anger Related Issues
- Attachment issues
When working with Christian clients, Vanessa combines the application of biblical truth with evidence-based psychological practice. Vanessa offers a holistic counselling approach with a strong emphasis on empowering the client and their family through psychoeducation and strengthening child and caregiver attachment and the family unit. Her approach also involves helping children and young people to develop healthy self-esteem (including identifying strengths, values, and motivations to change i.e., family traditions, beliefs and rituals), self-compassion, resilience, and skills needed in everyday life, identifying and working through challenges that may influence mental, social or physical wellbeing, normalising worry, and other challenges and assisting children and young people with evidence-based psychological tools to manage and combat these.
Vanessa’s qualifications include a post-graduate degree (Master) of Community Counselling and a Bachelor degree in Counselling. Vanessa has trained with Lifeline and is a qualified Crisis Support Worker. She has a certification in Mental Health First Aid from MHFA Australia, and training in Suicide Intervention from ASIST.