About Shobana

Here is a bit of background about me and why I chose to be a counsellor:

I’m a Sri Lankan Tamil, who migrated to Australia with my family as a teenager. Along with the culture shock of being in a new country, I experienced a lot of bullying and racism in high school. Following this, I went through my young adult life with social anxiety and low self-esteem. While training as a counsellor, I developed my self-confidence and found my life purpose; to help others on their journey of self-discovery. Prior to becoming a counsellor, I was a high school teacher for six years. This gives me a unique insight into young people at a time when they’re vulnerable. My therapy experiences include working as a child and adolescent counsellor with refugees at STARTTS Blacktown, and as a family therapist for Uniting, supporting separated parents and families. Having worked with people from a wide demographic, and coming from a migrant background myself, I provide culturally sensitive therapy services. These professional and personal experiences have led to a rewarding and enriching career, knowing that I’m making a difference in people's lives. 

Counselling and Psychotherapy is all about your connection with your therapist. My clients find that I give them a safe space to explore their issues without judgment, and at their own pace. I do not use a one size fits all approach, as I believe each of my clients are unique and so are their needs.

MY APPROACH

If you are looking for a counsellor who can look beyond your symptoms, get to the root causes of your issues and really understand what is going on for you, then you have come to the right place! 

I believe that most emotional and psychological distress stems from relational trauma or pain. So my approach involves considering your problems in the context of your life experiences, particularly early attachment experiences. My goal is to support my clients to discover their authentic selves and develop thriving relationships. My therapeutic approach can be described as holistic and integrative. Some of the main modalities that I am trained and experienced in include: Systemic Couple & Family Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),  Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Creative Approaches such as Sand Play therapy. 
 

I also continue to attend ongoing professional development, and regular clinical supervision to ensure my practice is ethical and within the boundaries of my professional competence. 

Qualifications: Graduate Diploma in Counselling​, Graduate Diploma in Education, and Bachelor of Science

Registrations: Clinical Member of Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). Registration number: 22975.