Bachelor of social work
Masters of social work (Advanced practice)
Cert IV Training and Assessment
Member of AASW and AAFT
Alison is a counsellor and family therapist with decades of experience helping children, adolescents, adults and families explore issues impacting on their lives. Alison believes that every person has within them the ability to truly enjoy life and the capacity to work on what may be getting in the way. We all face difficulties, some over a long time, others just for a season. Alison offers the opportunity to share in a safe and nurturing space and work together to both address your concerns and build on your strengths.
Alison is experienced in working with all the many challenges life can bring. She has a kind and person-centred approach and always works from a non-blame positive perspective. Alison’s thinking is informed by the strengths-based perspective, attachment theory and trauma informed care. Alison’s theoretical map is Narrative therapy with a suite of other approaches such as, solution focused, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, gestalt and Jungian psychotherapy. Schema therapy and Internal family systems theory are more recent additions. In family work Alison borrows ideas and techniques from all the family therapy schools. Alison believes in using theory which will best help the person.
Alison is an accredited member of the Australian Association of Social workers and Australian Association of Family Therapists. She is fully committed to accountable practice and keeping up with best practice.
Alison McDonald has appointments available in the following location: Woden
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