Jen Black, Registered Psychologist and Co-founder, Blue Moon Centre for Wellness, Creativity and Growth
BPsych (Hons) University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia
I am a Psychologist with full registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society. Since January 2015 I have been based in Tamworth, New South Wales. I work out of the Blue Moon Centre for Wellness, Creativity and Growth which I co-founded with my sister, at Moonbi – a little township 20km north of Tamworth and just down the road from our childhood home.
As a psychologist I am committed to supporting young people, families and adults to bring positive growth and vitality into their lives, and to help them feel willing and able to take on the ups and downs and challenges that life inevitably presents. This means that I use my knowledge and training to tailor counselling sessions to suit the individual or family I am working with.
When I meet you for the first time I like to spend time getting to know you, what has brought you to counselling, and how we can work together towards your dreams and goals for the future. I am here to listen, to walk alongside and support you, rather than judge you or tell you what I think you should do. I strongly believe that you have the strength and solutions, and through empowerment and perhaps learning some new skills and ways to do things, you can be the person you want to be in the life you want to live.
I love being outside in the fresh air and amongst nature, not “stuck” in the confines of an office. I understand that some people prefer to be in the privacy of a counselling room, and I am happy to provide that option. However, I also understand that others may experience anxiety when indoors or behind closed doors; have had a negative experience in an office; feel claustrophobic when indoors; or feel intimidated or fearful of traditional office based treatment. It is with this in mind that I have chosen to work from a facility that allows my clients the choice to have their counselling session in an office, outdoors or in an open covered area. No matter what option they choose, privacy, comfort and safety is always a priority.
My approach is compassionate, non-judgmental and holistic, and grounded in principals of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy. My therapeutic passion is utilising experiential and creative modalities such as Play, Art, Mindfulness and Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT), and generally a combination of the above. I apply mindfulness as a technique in the majority of sessions I conduct, as well as in my personal and professional approach. I work with an intention to stay present with the person (or people) I am working with, and invite them to become mindful in their own lives. You can read more about these therapeutic modalities by clicking here.
My clinical practice in educational, health, and community organisations, coupled with my studies and two decades of youth and community work, has provided me with extensive experience in engagement, mental health assessment, treatment planning and program development. I have provided counselling and psychological support for individuals of all ages with a range of presentations including anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, family and relationship challenges, personality difficulties, anger issues, chronic illness, bullying, grief and loss, life stage social and behavioural disorders.
Clients can be referred by general or specialist medical practitioners, support and health services, or clients may self-refer (see Referrals). Fees are based on APS recommendations and Medicare rebates may apply if referred with a mental health treatment plan.