Pola Practice


Pola Practice

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Ms Avrille Burrows

Social Worker

NEW CLIENTS - Will be taking new clients in 2023. Please email admin@polapractice.com.au to enquire. Avrille specialises in working with individuals who have experienced trauma, and symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. Avrille facilitates awareness and brings understanding to how these symptoms feel in our body, their impact on how we interact in the world and in our relationships. As a migrant of Goan Anglo-Indian decent, Avrille has the lived experience of what it feels like to ‘navigate two worlds’ and is passionate about providing space to explore family dynamics, identity and what it means to work and live as a settler on this land. Avrille has an interest in intergeneration trauma and works with individuals where patterns of behavior are passed down, and clarity is being sought to understand disconnection and conflict within the family. Avrille also has specialized skills working within the perinatal period and with the infant- parent dyad where there has been challenges or trauma that impact attachment and development. Avrille supports parents when there has been difficulties around pregnancy, birth and adjusting to parenthood and when conflict occurs in family relationships due to different values in parenting, culture and traditions. Avrille utilizes visual and creative therapy techniques alongside talk therapy. When used in combination, it engages both hemispheres of the brain, and allows for innovative problem solving, deeper insight, and a stronger sense of self and wellness. Avrille is a qualified Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Arts Therapist with over 12 years experience across community mental health and private practice. Avrille uses a mix of evidence-based interventions with a humanistic and psychodynamic lens. She is trauma informed, attachment based, and uses Gestalt style approaches. .She is registered with the AASW, ANZACATA, a member with AAIMH and a registered Circle of Security® Parent Educator. Avrille can also provide clinical supervision for social work and cultural supervision. Avrille can provide a medicare rebate with a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP. If this is your first session, please contact Pola Practice admin on admin@polapractice.com.au or (03) 9001 5665
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Ms Nasalifya Namwinga

Psychologist

NEW CLIENTS - I am currently not accepting new clients. Please email to request to be on the waitlist if you wish. Nasalifya Namugala Namwinga, PGDipPsychClin, MAPS​, BA (Psych/Crim) is a Registered Clinical Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Nasalifya is a Naarm (Melbourne)-based a poc/ woc psychologist, she is passionate about working from an inter-sectional perspective to support clients. She specialises in working with adults, with a particular interest in culturally responsive clinical practice. Nasalifya trained as a clinical psychologist in Aotearoa (New Zealand) before moving to Melbourne. ​She has experience in the forensic and health sector and is able to provide psychological assessment and treatment for a wide range of issues. Nasalifya is able to use a variety of therapy approaches, including cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), metacognitive therapy (MCT), and attachment-based approaches to assist individuals to achieve their goals and increase overall wellbeing. The choice of therapy approach is dependant on client needs and may include a combination of approaches, this is discussed and decided collaboratively in sessions. She aims to provide inclusive and responsive care to people from a wide range of backgrounds.
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Tigist Kebede

Counsellor

NEW CLIENTS - I am currently not accepting new clients. Please email to request to be on the waitlist if you wish. Tigist Kebede is Naarm (Melbourne) based Black Counsellor, who employs trauma informed, decolonizing and intersectional frameworks into her practice and advocacy. She specificalised in working with adults with particular interest in culturally responsive clinical practice. Tigist has experience working forensic, non-profit and health sector. She has a history with working with racial trauma, sexual assault, family violence and refugee trauma. Tigist is able to use a variety of therapy approaches, including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Person Centred Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy and Attachment theory. Through collaborative discussion and an understanding of her client’s needs, she provides inclusive and responsive care to people from a wide range of backgrounds.
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