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“You are the expert of your own wellness. I can walk along-side you to help you see safe opportunities for growth, change and a meaningful future regardess of having hardship and pain” 

- Terri Woodward

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker - Terri Woodward
Hi I'm Terri. I grew up in Northern NSW. I have lived in Far North QLD 2015 - 2019. I have a cheeky pet dog called Roger. I come from a large family, with 11 nephews and nieces, and they are most important to me. I also love watching sport, playing netball and doing yoga. I love learning about human behaviour, ways to enhance wellness and yoga.
I commenced work in disabilities and mental health in 2006. I'm an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and member of Australian Association of Social Work (AASW). I am a provider of the following services: NDIS, Medicare, Psychological Services (previously ATAPS), DVA, Veterans and Veteran's Family Counselling Service (VVCS) and WorkCover. 
My credentials: Masters in Social Work, Bachelor of Psychological Science, Certificate four in Mental Health, Certificate three in Community Services- Aged Care and Disabilities, Circle of Security Parenting Program Faciltiator.


At Value Wellness we will safely exlplore: lifestyle factors, social support, psychological wellbeing, environment, strengths, values, culture and spirituality.

I provide counselling and social work support for:
Differing abilities
Grief and loss
Substance issues
Suicidal thoughts
Relationship, parent, carer strain/fatigue
Workplace Stress
Staying well

My supportive counselling techniques can help you to:
Accept what you cannot change & put the energy and focus into changing what you can change (yourself and your behaviour). Lessen the struggle with uncomfortable thoughts, feelings & body reactions.
Use what works for you in the long-term for a meaningful life.
Use mindful self-compassion when suffering with emotional or physical pain.
In Value Wellness we practice focused psychological assessment and strategies in addition to having a special interest in wellness approaches, mindful self-compassion and acceptance commitment therapy.

To understand people’s stories I use Australian standardised and social work assessments including: 
· Bio-psycho-social-cultural-spiritual screening
· Kessler 10 (K10), Kessler 5 (K5) 
· Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS 21) 
· Adverse Childhood Experiences Assessment (ACE)
· Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPNDS) 
· Modified Scale for Suicidal Ideation (MSSI)
. Safety Plans - Suicide, DFV, Alcohol/Drugs

Value Wellness is guided by many global and Australia-wide approaches, standards, policies and principles:
National framework for recovery-orientated mental health with services (2013)
Person-centred approach
Trauma-informed care principles
Mindful Self-compassion principles
Strengths-based approach
Wellness approach


Supportive counselling techniques I use:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Gaining good skills and understanding of mindfulness, thoughts, feelings, behaviour and our environment.

Psycho-education: About the interactions between body, brain, mind, behaviour, environment & social relationships. Understanding how to stay healthy and well.

Interpersonal Therapy: Helps people address current concerns, improve communication and understand how to have healthier relationships with others.

Relaxation strategies: Understanding how progressive muscle relaxation and controlled breathing can help the body andmind to be well.

Skills training: Learning problem-solving, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, social skills, assertive communication and stress management skills.

Mindful Self-Compassion and Acceptance Commitment Therapy: Supporting people to accept what they cannot change, to focus on changing what they can change, lessen the struggle with unhelpful thoughts & feelings and match their behaviour to their values. Be kind to themselves, be mindful and understand common humanity.

The Circle of Security® Parenting™ program: We help parents and caregivers to: Understand their child’s emotional world by learning to read emotional needs; Support their child’s ability to successfully manage emotions; Enhance the development of their child's self esteem; Honour inner desires for their children to be secure.

UPCOMING SUPPORT: Yoga therapy, controlled breathing and self-compassion workshops.


Additional Support Services


"Terri has provided me with just the right amount of tools and support that I needed. What I have gained from my time with her will help me navigate my way through life with a greater sense of compassion, love and patience for myself". (Client, 2019)

"Words will never be enough for me to say what a wonderful person Terri is. She came into my life in my darkest hour her empathy, compassion, advise and her support not only to myself but too my family on 2 of the hardest days I had to endure was the greatest gift given to me. THANK YOU TERRI" (Client, 2019).

"We would like to say thank for your support in the lead up to my husband's funeral" (Client 2019).

"Thank you both again for the informative sessions along with the wonderful light-heartednes you brought to every session, your approach to the sessions also put (husband) at ease so he was able to open up more and feel safe to do so.  The process as a whole has helped our family a great deal by improving communication between us all along with assisting in the repair of the relationship between (husband), myself and our children.  I can’t say enough awesome words to express our gratitude" (Client from Circle of Security Parenting Program, 2018).

“You did a great job” "Lots of great strategies and take home messages. I will be more self-compassionate”“This was really good” “That this is such an important subject to be educated about and that the workshop was very informative and helpful”“I feel blessed to be here. Thank you”“Thank you!”“This has been an eye opening session for me to be kinder and more compassionate to myself now”. “She was excellent and that she gave us just the right amount of info we needed to be responsible for our own self-compassion.” “Fantastic facilitation and easy to understand”“Lots of American clips”“That I really enjoyed the workshop, especially the messages to self.”“The presentation was well put together” (Mindful-Self-Compassion Workshop participant feedback, 2018).

"I liked to meet with terri because she helped me, she spoke to me and about things I was going through, gave me ideas and organized my documents" (Client 2019).

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Protecting Your Privacy

Value Wellness is committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information. We comply with the following laws and practice standards relating to privacy and health records: 

· The Australian Association of Social Workers Guidelines and Code of Ethics
· The Privacy Act 1988 (Commonwealth)
· Recommendations, guidelines and policies set down by the Australian Information Commissioner
· QLD State legislation
· Queensland Information Privacy Act 2009 

We keep your personal information and stories isolated, secret and locked.

We keep your personal information protected. Information collected will not be shared with other people or organisations unless you consent or if we have substantial reason to believe that you or others are at significant risk of harm. 
This is part of our mandatory reporting obligations and duty of care.
You have the right to access personal information, reports and your documents. Counselling with me is voluntary. You may change your mind or withdraw at any time from my support.

Doctor's Referrals - Please make a LONG appointment with your GP for:
*General Practitioner Mental Health Care Plan (GPMHCP item number 80160).
Session cost: $120. Rebate: $75.95.
*Home Visits General Practitioner Mental Health Care Plan (GPMHCP item number 80165).
Session cost: bulk-billed SENIORS ONLY

*Chronic Disease Management Program (Mental Health Worker item number 10956).
Session cost: $100. Rebate: $52.95.

DVA (Department of Veteran Affairs). Cost as per guidelines.
EAP (Employee Assistance Program). Session cost: $140
NDIS - National Disability Insurance Scheme. Cost as per guidelines.
National Redress or related sessions as per AASW guidelines:

Why choose an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker?
● We value authentic therapeutic relationship and power balance with our clients.
● We offer clinical mental health counselling
● We refer people to appropriate services like: NDIS, Child Safety, Housing, Drug and Alcohol Services, My Aged Care, Pain Management Programs, Financial Counselling Service and Victims Assist.
● We advocating for people.
● We Contribute to assessments and reports of GPs and other services.
● With consent we may communicate with family/carers/stakeholders (including GPs) to gather information, give education, discuss strategies, share safety plans and offer emotional support.

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Coolangatta Medical Centre
Kirra Hill Community Centre

Ph: 0466 663 637  
Fax: (07) 31029321

Terri Woodward
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
AASW: 434367
Medicare Provider numbers: 519019H
NDIS Provider Number: 405 000 9791
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