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Peter

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AASW)

Peter is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and has been an   Accredited Mental Health Social Worker since 2014.  

 

For the past 20 years, Peter has worked in the child adolescent mental health service, sexual assault, domestic violence, palliative care, oncology, chronic pain, and homelessness within the community and hospital settings.  

 

In addition to the above, Peter has also worked with people with extensive trauma background

including suicide intent, sudden deaths of parents, children and partners, as well as mental health  such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and substance use. This involved supporting individuals through a tough adjustment period and equipping them with the tools to develop new meaning in their lives. Peter is extremely interested in people’s identities and thought processes, behaviour, and how substances are used to medicate pain that stems from traumatic experiences. Peter has provided extensive support for men, woman, children, young people and families who live with the impact of  sexual, emotional and psychological abuse, neglect, and domestic violence.

 

Trauma, informed care and holding safety are all central to Peter’s work; informing his curiosity, collaboration, respect, compassion, empathy, and the valued relationships he develops with each person who consults him. Peter uses a variety of approaches  that are adaptable to each session, tailored to the individual’s needs. These can include:

 

  • Narrative therapy

  • Mindfulness

  • Acceptance commitment therapy

  • Systems therapy

  • Solutions-focused therapy

EXPERIENCE

Matthew Talbot Hostel, Pastoral Carer

The Wollongong Hospital – After-Hours On-Call

Social Worker

Sydney Children’s Hospital, Chronic Pain Service

 

Children/Young People  

 Sydney Children’s Hospital, Oncology Hematology, Senior

Child Protection Counselling Service (Illawarra &

Macarthur), Senior Social Worker

Domestic Violence Community Counselling Team, Social

Worker

Diagnostic Assessment Service – Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, Senior Social Worker

 

areas of interest

LGBTIQ

Spirituality

Social justice

Trauma

Sexual assault

Grief and loss – including life-limiting conditions. 

Family work

qualifications

Associate Diploma in Social Science (Hunter TAFE NSW 1994)

Bachelor of Social Work (UNSW 1999)

Becoming a Supervisor (NSW Institute of Psychiatry 2004)

Narrative Therapy (Dulwich Centre 2015)

 

availability

Saturday 8:30am-1pm

Peter may also be available outside of these hours.