A BIT ABOUT ME

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Hi, my name is Steve Bonanno

I'm offering private, professional counselling in the inner suburbs of Sydney, Wollombi, and also online - wherever you find yourself.  
 

I grew up in Sydney, and lived on the NSW coast for a few years before returning to the inner-west. 


Like most people, I have experienced both hard times and easier times, and counselling has helped me to accept myself, make sense of the challenges life has thrown my way, and to become the creative, respectful, assertive, and caring person that I really l wanted to be.


My first career was in media, and after volunteering in a personal support role for 5 years I trained up so I could take on counselling clients professionally.  


I have been facilitating groups and counselling one-on-one for over 6 years now.

Qualifications + Memberships

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Tertiary Education

 B.A / Graduate Diploma of Counselling  

Clinical Memberships

 PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia) full member  

HOW I SEE MY JOB

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As a counsellor, my mission is...

•   to use compassion, creativity, acceptance, attentiveness and dedication in every session


 •  to encourage and assist people of all backgrounds, abilities and situations     

 

 •  to make the most out of life and contribute to a more enlightened community  

MY EXPERIENCE SUPPORTING OTHERS

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Personal Support

I started on this path in 2007 when I began as a personal support volunteer for the Red Cross. 

In times of disaster and emergencies, I was activated to provide information, support and guidance to people who were overwhelmed by the situation. 

I also provided companionship and compassion to people isolated from their families and communities.

Face to Face Counselling

I have been counselling clients  from all walks of life, one-on-one since 2014. 

Over the years I have supported clients with Anxiety and Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Anger management, Burnout, Decision Making, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Emotional Crisis, Ethical dilemmas, Existential Issues, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Gender and Sexuality, Grief / Bereavement, Guilt and Shame, Isolation and Loneliness, Insomnia, Intimacy Issues, Life Threatening Illness, Life Transitions, Men's Issues, Pain / Rehabilitation, Phobias, PTSD, Safety Planning, Self Development, Stress Management, Suicidal Feelings, Trauma Recovery, Violence, Workplace Issues and of course, Work-Life Balance. I have also spent several years engaging men in the ethical journey of stopping their controlling or violent  relationship behaviours.

I also volunteer free counselling services to homeless and disadvantaged people in Sydney's inner suburbs

I can accept face-to-face clients in three locations: Bondi Junction, Broadway and Wollombi.

Phone / Skype counselling

I was lucky enough to do training in phone and skype counselling just as this technology was becoming more relevant and commonly used as a therapeutic tool.

I now work part-time in an Australia-wide phone-based counselling service funded by the DSS, providing structured short-term counselling to people caring for family members with illness, addiction, disability or mental health concerns. 

In private practice, I provide counselling via Skype or FaceTime to locals and expats. I can provide contact details when we book our first appointment.

Group work

My experience also includes many years of facilitating supportive and psychoeducational groups related to behaviour change, anxiety, phobias, parenting and family safety. This has provided me with a lot of handy tools and models for understanding what might be happening for you... I can bring these theories into our sessions to see how they might be helpful in addressing what you are hoping to address.

My own journey as a client

I am committed to self-examination and have been lucky enough to work with compassionate and insightful counsellors for over 15 years.

All counsellors must also engage in what we call "Clinical Supervision". This helps us to refine our skills and reflect on how our own life stories can impact and be impacted by the work we do with our clients. Again, I am privileged to have had supervision with experts in Reality Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Invitational Practice, Sandtray Therapy, and various facets of psychology, counselling and psychotherapy.

CULTURAL NOTES

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• I practice in English, but if necessary we can access phone interpreters at an additional cost.


•  I acknowledge that I have worked on Gadigal, Darkinjung, Wannarua, Biripi and Worimi lands, and  have the utmost respect for their traditional custodians, past and  present and future.


• I understand that not all people who seek  counselling feel automatically comfortable with middle-aged, white,  cis-gendered men. For me, it's truly an honour to work cross-culturally, and with people of all genders and sexualities.


• For Australians and English-speakers abroad, counselling in your mother tongue might be difficult to find nearby... feel free to reach out across the distance.


I look forward to talking with you.