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2009 Toni McLean
Toni McLean is the principal counsellor for the “Think Twice!” suite of
services. She offers a complete range of options for individuals and
couples experiencing difficulty in their relationships from normal
conflict through to all forms of abuse, as well as physical violence.
Toni is an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, with particular
experience in the areas of relationship counselling; individual
counselling; abuse and violence; trauma; anxiety and depression; and
self-harming. Toni has significant experience in working with victims
of domestic violence and with those who are abusing in their
Toni is also an experienced group facilitator and an accredited Myers
Briggs Personality Type practitioner. In group counselling, Toni is assisted by experienced and supportive group facilitators.
In addition to working with couples experiencing normal conflict, Toni
has also developed a framework, based on current best practice from
around the world, for assessing the complexity of the violence in a
relationship, in order to tailor the solution to the situation and the
When working with a significant level of abuse or violence, Toni first
works to establish safety and non-violence, before proceeding with a
structured plan that addresses the needs of the couple and the
What We Offer
Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy – for depression, anxiety, stress, self-harming, trauma, grief and loss and other life issues.
- Toni is trained in a range of approaches suitable for working with
relationship issues. If the relationship is in crisis due to abuse or
violence, Toni's approach is highly practical, with an emphasis on
immediate behavior change. In all cases, the safety of both the person
experiencing abuse and the person using abuse is the main priority.
For individuals and couples with abuse or high levels of conflict in their relationships:
» Separate Groups for Men and Women who are Abusing in Their Relationships –
Groups consist of 12 sessions, 2.1/4 hrs per session. They are open to both court-referred and
self-referred clients and include a workbook, notes, and weekly exercise sheets.
» Emotional Regulation Group Workshops - Groups consist of 10 sessions, 2.1/4 hrs per session
and are for both men and women.
All group programs are tailored to the participants' needs and include three basic sections:
» developing understanding about the underlying sources of anger
» skills to manage anger and other negative emotions constructively
» interpersonal relationship dynamics and skills
FOR PARTICIPANTS WHO HAVE BEEN USING ABUSE, DETAILED DISCLOSURE OF INCIDENTS IS NOT A REQUIREMENT IN THE GROUPS.
ALL GROUPS USUALLY HAVE A MAXIMUM OF EIGHT
PARTICIPANTS TO ENSURE MAXIMUM EFFECTIVENESS AND RELEVANCE FOR THE
A concessional rate is available for people on low incomes:
$60.00 or $90.00 per session for private counselling sessions
$25.00 or $35.00 per session for individual group programs
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