Vision, Background, Qualifications, Professional Membership
The vision of this work is about supporting individuals to connect to their wisdom and capacity for change and growth. I see this as connecting more deeply to our inner strength which is what helps us to face life's challenges and move through what may be holding us back from living fully and thriving.
My training is in Somatic Experiencing trauma therapy and bodywork, Integral Somatic work, spiritual care, counselling, and coaching. I chose these modalities because I love the way they help us get in touch with our body's natural capacity for healing, and because they also touch more deeply on what it means to be alive and part of this world in practical and deeply reflective ways.
I came to this work, like most people, through my own journey. Finally finding my way through long-term chronic illness and healing from childhood and illness-related trauma led me towards Somatic Experiencing, a modality I have come to love for its simplicity and its trust of our innate capacity for healing. For me it is miraculous the way our body and mind knows what it needs if we can slow down enough to hear and have someone with us who has some sense of what direction might help our body find its way. It is my privilege to share this with you.
Along the way I had some wonderful (and terrible - for me) counsellors and I still appreciate that space: to have somewhere that is quiet, where I could be listened to and heard. But I also found that I wanted someone who could give me guidance, help me learn some skills. There was always, for me, a time to be heard and a time when I wanted someone to help me take things in hand and make them better. So that is what I aim to offer: a listening presence so you can hear your own inner self as well as tools and guidance to support your learning and growth.
I work with individuals, couples, parents and children because for me these are the building blocks of being: our connection with our selves, our close relationships, being parents and getting as good a start as possible.
To see people connect to their wisdom and inner strength, to find what is true and see people thrive gives me a deep joy and is what keeps me here wanting to support those who feel drawn to work with me in these ways. It is my wish that when people come to see me they feel known for who they are and respected for their courage in meeting their life. That's how I have also wanted (and often received) to be attended to in my own dark hours.
I also work in aged-care. This work nourishes my deep sense that our lives are miraculous and mysterious and that it matters how we live and how we are met when things become shaky and scary and uncertain. I also worked in spiritual care from 2017-2020 at Canberra Hospital and coordinated spiriutal care from 2019-2020 at University of Canberra Hospital. Companioning those who are ill and traversing the medical system has brought an awe for the resilience of us as humans and an ongoing curiosity about how we do medicine and the difference between cure and healing.
Qualifications Graduate Diploma in Counselling - University of Canberra (Graduated 2017) Somatic Experiencing - Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels (Graduated 2019) Integral Somatic Psychology - (Graduated 2020) Gottman Couples Therapy - Level 1 (Completed 2020) Life coaching - ACS education (Completed 2012)
Additional Training Trauma Healing for Children - from a Somatic Experiencing® perspective, with Maggie Klein Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - Level 1 with Russ Harris Cultivating Compassionate Presence - Spiritual Care International Parent Effectiveness Training - practitioners training, Peaceful Parenting Hardwiring Happiness: mindfulness and neuroplasticity - interventions devised by Dr. Rick Hanson to develop our capacity to overcome negative brain bias, connect to healing in the here and now and increase wellbeing. Art therapy- Basic principles and techniques of art therapy as a modality to support growth. Sensorimotor Art Therapy Australia. Contemplative Psychology/Karuna (compassion) - Introductory course with Melissa Moore. Therapeutic relaxation massage - Discover Massage Australia
Supervision In line with industry standards, I receive regular one-on-one supervision and ongoing peer support to ensure and develop the quality of my service.
Professional Membership Chantal Jackson is a member of PACFA. You can read more about PACFA including the code of ethics that Chantal works by here https://www.pacfa.org.au/