Adelaide Narrative Therapy Collective
Dahlia Elsayed Some Heavy Indulgences 2009 *
Used with permission of the artist.
SO YOU’VE BEEN REFERRED TO US FOR FAMILY SEPARATION MATTERS...
Your lawyer or the Family Court of Australia has referred you to counselling for ‘anger management’ or family conflict at Adelaide Narrative.
What to expect:
Counselling sessions. A minimum of 6 sessions are reportable to the court, you may opt for more.
Therapeutic focus. Counsellors invite you into an ethical and accountable change process for your parenting hopes.
Legal focus. Counsellors take a detailed focus on legal matters to help you make sense and context of separation.
Letters and Reports can be requested
Fees are discussed with your counsellor.
Private health insurance rebates are available, but not medicare rebates for Family Law Counselling
FOR LEGAL PRACTITIONERS
Adelaide Narrative Therapy accepts clients where violence has been alleged in family separation matters. Counselling invites clients to take full personal responsibility for their actions and the effects of their actions on the child/ren and other parent, and considers ways in which the client would like to improve all relationships in their lives.
“For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?”
― bell hooks
WHY IS NARRATIVE THERAPY AND INVITATIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY PREFFERED FOR ADDRESSING PROBLEMS OF POWER, INJUSTICE AND SENSE OF SELF?
Many talking therapies are available focussing on general or specific issues, as are good therapists, counsellors and psychologists.
Much evidence demonstrates that the quality of the therapeutic connection is most helpful to the client. Beyond this different therapies think about human relationships and change in different ways - through different lenses.
Narrative Therapy and Invitational Accountability practices focus on the way our individual lives and sense of self (identity) are shaped by social attitudes, values and powerful relationships.
Counselling sessions provide a container to explore your relationship with yourself and others.
Here clients can understand how to think, feel and act, through trauma histories and life pressures.
Couples – relationships
Families – born/chosen
Violence & Abuse
Counselling conversations are creative, surprising, sometimes challenging, and kind collaborations between participants where dialogue presents new ways of freeing oneself from tricky problems.
family law matters
Relationships are messy, separation can be tough.
Referrals are made to Adelaide Narrative from Lawyers, Agencies and the Family Court for people going through separation.
We support efforts for constructive and kind co-parenting that is an anti-dote to destructive, stressful relationships and confused kids. Reports can be provided.
For comprehensive information about the process (preferably before you talk with a lawyer), and referrals to community counsellors see Family Relationships Government Website
Most counsellors, social workers, psychologists and community practitioners participate in some introductory Narrative Therapy learning.
At Adelaide Narrative we go deep diving into fundamental narrative conceptualisation, rigorous skills development and new philosophies.
In-house & Workshops.
Specialist narrative, post-structural, social constructionist ways of thinking about your work and practice.
Zoom supervision is provided. Current supervisees are thinking about gender, trauma, first nations grief and identity, violence and identity.
Zoom and in-person, counts to professional development.
Adelaide Narrative Therapy Collective is a nimble affiliation of experienced practitioners engaged in work with persons, couples, families and communities in a wide variety of settings. We share years of interest in practising and sharing what has come to be called Narrative Therapy. You can find out more about each of us in facilitator biographies attached to workshops.
Narrative Therapy & Invitational Practices explore the political, social and relational perspectives of power that support violence and abuse, and which contribute to trauma, disrespect and deep hurt in our society.
We have been deeply influenced and inspired by the work of Michael White's and extend his readings of Michael Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Lev Vygotsky and more. We have been taught by Michael White and the Narrative Therapy teaching team of Maggie Carey and Shona Russell and Rob Hall, Alan Jenkins, Alison Newton and Maxine Joy of NADA.
Michael White (d.2008) together with David Epston developed and extended Narrative ideas and practices over several decades. Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends was published in 1990 and Maps of Narrative Practice in 2007.
Terry Callahan (d.2023) Narrative practitioner and social worker. Friend and colleague. Co-founder of Adelaide Narrative Therapy Collective.
Sonja Baram is a narrative therapist and counsellor with 15 years experience in community Adult and Family Relationship counselling. Sessions can be focussed on a particular issue to explore from a Invitational Narrative and Trauma Informed approach. Sonja has years of experience in Specialised Family Violence, Family Law Counselling and Childhood Sexual Abuse Counselling.
Sessions may be long termed focused on respectful relationships and understanding identity or the self in relation to one's own preferences for living and others. Specialising in family law counselling with family separation and where conflict is interrupting effective co-parenting.
Sonja is an accredited clinical counsellor, member of PACFA.
Mark Byrne is a counsellor providing therapeutic engagement to support people and address the effects of violence/abuse, including childhood sexual abuse. Further Mark endeavours to support people to stop their practices of violence, through Narrative and Invitational conversations enabling ethical change.
Mark is informed by approaches of Narrative Therapy and by the Invitational Approach developed by Alan Jenkins. Mark also works in Uniting Communities across the Specialised Family Violence Service, the Child Sexual Abuse Service, and at Aboriginal Community Connect -supporting people impacted by the nexus of violence, abuse and alcohol/drug use. This work has led Mark to explore social and political perspective on relations of violence and to explore his own professional/personal relationship to power and lesser questioned forms of violence.
Phone and online (zoom, skype, etc) counselling is also available.
For inquiries with regard to counselling and therapy for individuals, couples, families or groups please call us at Adelaide Narrative (affiliated with NADA) on 046 883 0881 or fill in form below.
We are affiliated with Re-Authoring Teaching in Vermont USA for International Narrative Therapy Training & Collaboration. Counselling is also available with Sarah Atkinson based in the Northern Territory Australia. who is affiliated with Adelaide Narrative Therapy Collective. We are proud to have been associated with Narrative Practices Adelaide and NADA. Please find out more on our Affiliations page.
Adelaide Narrative Therapy Collective, Counselling and Teaching offers support to individual practitioners and agencies who are wanting to pursue ongoing reflection on their work through a narrative lens. When interest permits, we also offer small group supervision.
Supervision can be provided onsite, via Zoom or at Adelaide Narrative Counselling and Teaching offices at NADA, Hindmarsh.
Appointments for supervision can be made through our online booking system. If you would like to discuss supervision before making a booking, please contact us.
*Logo image courtesy of artist DAHLIA ELSAYED: "I use painting, installation and sculpture to make fictional landscapes that refer to east/west marginality in pictorial spaces that are simultaneously flat and real. My work is based on pairing diasporan narrative with a terra firma, connecting internal and external sense of place and creating myth pictures for placelessness. These allegorical landscapes use a symbolic vocabulary rooted in cartography, comics and cosmology to make visual narratives that tell unreliable oral histories and anticipate alternate futures. My interest in these themes stems from my own experience of displacement over multiple generations of my family. These involuntary movements from continent to continent, with little belongings but much in story, have formed the way I think about place and lore. I make work to connect the material and concrete to the ephemeral shapes of a personal geography."To see Dahlia's work go to https://dahliaelsayed.com/