Katrina, Mental Health Social Worker

Katrina Hailes

Position: Mental Health Social Worker
Service Reach: Melbourne's southern suburbs
Qualifications: Mental Health Social Worker; Certificate in Family Therapy (Clinical Practice)
Categories: EAP
Location: Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Professional experience

Katrina has 25 years’ experience as a social worker in a range of disciplines, interfacing with the healthcare system, disability services, education department and child protection. Katrina has extensive experience with individual counselling and has developed and facilitated therapeutic groups for both families and significant others. Katrina has extensive experience as a clinical supervisor and navigating the challenges of achieving clinical excellence within the constraints of management requirements and goals.
Katrina clinical interests are wide ranging and include depression, autism, anxiety, stress, adjustment issues, work-related concerns, self-worth issues, complex PTSD, anger management, substance-related issues, grief and loss and post-traumatic stress disorder. She is capable of employing a range of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Schema Therapy and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.


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What Katrina loves about working in mental health

“Working with people when they may feel at their most vulnerable is such a privileged space to work within. It is an enriching journey to take together as tools and strategies are developed and the future can be approached with hope and confidence. It is affirming to watch the growth and transformation that can occur as discomfort is traversed and challenges overcome with support.”

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