Welcome to our place…
At Aware Family Wellness we strive to provide a safe space for women to address the unique social and mental health needs that present across the life-course. We work with all women – from little girls, to teens, young adults, adults and mature-aged women and those who identify as gender diverse or non-binary.
Our passion is restoring good mental health – not just easing mental illness or distress.
Life doesn’t have to be difficult. Getting help to get back on the right track can be one of the best investments you’ve ever make in yourself.
Why a women-centred practice?
Woman-sensitive practice: An approach that recognises gender as a significant social determinant, acknowledging the different experiences, expectations, pressures, inequalities and needs of women (Department of Health, 2011).
Overall burden of disease
Women are exposed to a particular range of social, economic and biological risk factors that can increase the risk of poor mental health. Women disproportionately experience some mental health disorders and are more frequently subject to the social causes that lead to mental illness and psychosocial distress.
Women are more likely than men to have (or report symptoms of) the following conditions:
• anxiety disorders
• affective disorder such as depression
• eating disorders
• deliberate self-harm
• perinatal depression
• multimorbid physical illnesses.
Men and women have different patterns of mental illness and other forms of mental distress and they are exposed to different risk factors and vulnerabilities.
Social Workers are trained in analysing the bio-psycho-social-spiritual domains which are required for a comprehensive understanding of a woman’s vulnerabilities to mental illness.
It is important that your therapist can understand and support your understanding of the ways that mental illness is shaped by a range of factors including gender expectations; negative life experiences; trauma; abuse and violence; physical illness; the impact of regional, rural and remote living; gender diversity and social inequalities.
At Aware Family Wellness, women come to see us when they are experiencing:
Balancing work and family
Overuse of drugs or alcohol
Childbearing or childrearing decisions
Family disconnection or dysfunction
Grief and loss
Intimacy and sexual issues
Low self-esteem/lack of assertiveness
Perinatal (antenatal or postnatal) depression, anxiety or adjustment to parenting
Dealing with menopause or perimenopause
If this sounds like you, book in an online cuppa with Amy to discuss your journey to a better you.
Want to know more?
Use the link below to schedule a fifteen minute intake ‘cuppa’ with Amy – our Accredited Mental Health Social Worker to discuss your unique counselling needs.
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