BSocSc (Children and Family Studies)
TAA; Accredited Drumbeat Facilitator
Anna has over 20 years experience working with children, young people and their families.
Anna employs a range of tools in supporting children and young people with processing issues. This assists with building self-esteem and positive relationships with between children/young people and their peers, families, school and community. Approaches include age appropriate and child-centred counselling techniques involving tools such as play therapy, expressive therapies and art therapy.
Her training and understanding of child and adolescent psychology provides a solid foundation for working with children and adolescents in ways that are meaningful to them. Anna’s work is characterised by creating trusting, warm and safe relationships where children and adolescents feel accepted, listened to and can gain a sense of mastery over the issues or experiences in their lives. She is also experienced in working in partnership with significant others in children’s lives, including parents, siblings and schools. When working with parents Anna employs a strengths based approach and draws on Humanist and Behaviourist approaches to guiding children’s behaviour.
Her understanding of child/adolescent psychology and family dynamics has developed through her experience of working therapeutically with children, adolescents and families. Individual support and family therapy is provided to support parents and families with building on their strengths, parenting skills and with creating positive relationships. The concepts and approaches of ‘Triple P’ (Positive Parenting Programme) are also drawn upon. Anna also provides a flexible Family Dispute Resolution service focusing on child-inclusive family dispute resolution. This may incorporate sessions with children/youth, with parents and attending family dispute resolution sessions.She has worked in a range of settings, including community based agencies, the domestic/family violence field and private practice.
Anna has worked as a Family Advisor and Children’s Counsellor at the Joondalup Family Relationship Centre and as a Children’s Counsellor at the Patricia Giles Centre Children’s Counsellling Centre. Edith Cowan University has employed Anna on a sessional basis.
She has developed and facilitated therapeutic group programmes for women, parents and children including the Drumbeat program (a pyschoeducational therapeutic group exploring healthy relationships utilising music therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy).
She has delivered training to professionals in Melbourne and Perth in the areas of child-inclusive family dispute resolution and working with children/adolescents who have experienced trauma including domestic/family violence. Anna has completed Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is using these skills to design and deliver seminars and workshops within the community.
Anna’s area of specialty include:
- Working with children and youth (ages 3 – 18 years)
- Promoting positive self-esteem
- Developing social skills
- Child and adolescent depression
- School and cyber bullying
- Promoting emotional resilience
- Anger management
- Developing play skills
- Addressing the impact of domestic/family violence
- Grief and loss
- Family separation
- Promoting secure attachment relationships
- Parenting issues (such as behaviour management strategies, developmental information, developing positive relationships, conflict resolution)
- Developing appropriate boundaries
- Child-inclusive family dispute resolution
- Mindfulness and stress management
Anna has written articles published on the CYCN website.
Upcoming seminars and Drumbeat programmes are available for children, youth, parents and professionals throughout the metropolitan area. If you are interested in attending these events or arranging professional training, please feel welcome to contact Anna for further information.
- The Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA)
- Drumbeat Accredited Facilitators Guild
Articles by Anna Amhrose
Healthy Boundaries: A tool for keeping families afloat and connected www.cottesloecounselling.com.au/healthy-boundaries.html
Connie Clarke. (2011, April, 4). When kids choose the ‘wrong’ friends. The West Australian, Retrieved from http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/lifestyle/9118147/when-kids-choose-the-wrong-friends/
Connie Clarke. (2011, June, 1). The joys of furry friends joining the family. The West Australian, Retrieved from http://au.new.yahoo.com/thewest/lifestyle/a/-/lifestyle/9549416/the-joys-of-furry-friends-joining-the-family/