AkindaCo


AkindaCo

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Carly Mercier

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Carly has had 10 years of experience in the disability industry working with various age groups and organisations ranging from early years to mature adults. Carly has experience with supporting individuals with significant behaviours of concern. She has worked with people who have multiple disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, global developmental delay, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and/or have a trauma background. Carly holds a Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education at Flinders University. Furthermore, she is a DEAI registered disability specialist, formally known as a developmental educator, with expertise in fostering skills, independence, therapeutic support, and quality of life for individuals with developmental and/or acquired disabilities. Carly has studied her Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Child Play at Deakin University. Using a strength-based approach, Carly is passionate about providing client’s a voice through the powers of play to support her clients to process their emotions and allow them to articulate and express their frustrations and in doing so, achieve optimal growth and development. Carly’s expertise over the years has allowed her to have great empathy, patience, and compassion for a child’s situation. Carly tailors her holistic therapeutic support by ensuring a child’s feelings, wants and needs are met while respecting their choices, decisions, and rights as individuals.
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Chantel Nunn(she/they interchangeably)

Psychotherapist

Chantel enjoys listening and getting to know people from all different journeys of life. A significant aspect of her work is providing a space of understanding, empathy, and safety. As a member of the LGBTQI+ community, she is passionate about embracing openness, as well as helping people re-connect with themselves and uncover hidden strengths that lay in the challenges they may be facing. Chantel holds an interest clients living with grief and/or trauma, hearing voices, expressive therapies and play therapy. Chantel is a PACFA registered psychotherapist completing her Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Adelaide. Chantel has a background of working with young people and families in various capacities for the last seven years in primary and secondary schools, focusing on well-being capacity including relationships, emotions, and identity. She uses a relational approach to build a culture of safety. She has previously worked with young people with learning difficulties to engage in learning and build positive relationships.
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Mr Shane Fotheringham

Psychotherapist

Family Therapist and Systemic Practitioner and Registered SW. Expertise in working with individuals and families to help improve functioning and resolve a wide range of problematic issues that are impeding wellbeing
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Mrs Sophie Johnson(She/her)

Psychotherapist

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Rana Kökçinar(she/they interchangeably)

Psychotherapist

Rana is a Senior Psychotherapist at AkindaCo, utilising Integrative Systemic Psychotherapy with individuals, families and young people. She is a PACFA Registered Clinical Counsellor and AAFT general member. An important aspect of Rana’s work involves working collaboratively with families in a way that validates power injustices and systemic oppression, while striving to create opportunities for families’ strengths and important values to also come forward. She strives continuously toward cultural democracy and humility in her work. She is a passionate member of the LGBTQIA+ community, and welcomes clients from all walks of life. Rana has experience in providing counselling to young adults at the University of Adelaide College, and provided psychotherapy for adults and children in distress at the Humane Clinic, and has taught undergraduate psychology students at the University of Adelaide as an Academic Staff Member. Rana is passionate around subjects of critical psychology, climate change related distress, decolonising and anti-oppressive methods and qualitative research in psychotherapy. She is a published, peer reviewed author and continues to write on these topics. Rana has a background in medical science and public health research. She completed her Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy from The University of Adelaide. Here, she received the Adelaide Graduate Award for her co-curricular work and volunteering, was the MCP representative on the School of Public Health Board, and recieved Dux of the School of Public Health in Qualitative Research. She is currently undertaking a Master of Clinical Family Therapy at The Bouverie Centre and LaTrobe University. Outside of her work, she enjoys yoga, bike riding and dancing.
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