Rowena Reynolds MAPS PACFA MACBS
Rowena is a registered psychologist and clinical counsellor who is driven by a sound belief in the worth of humanity. Her approach to therapy is both humanistic and existential, which allows Rowena to take a positive approach that applauds human capacities and aspirations whilst concurrently grappling with limitations and difficulties. Rowena utilises the biopsychosocial model, viewing her clients holistically and considering the full range of psychological, biological and sociocultural influences that impact the client. At the heart of her work is a very concrete understanding of the importance of a therapeutic relationship built on trust, congruence, empathy and unconditional positive regard.
Rowena employs a range of evidence-based therapies and strategies, particularly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She utilises the concepts of CBT to assist clients in understanding how their thoughts, feelings, values, and behaviours impact their reality and seeks to help clients reclaim freedom regarding their responses. In addition Rowena uses Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) as it emphasises the importance of self-acceptance and allows scope to investigate the origins of emotional disturbance. Rowena also has extensive training in Narrative Therapy and Reality Therapy.
Rowena brings with her a solid understanding of the tenets of sound therapeutic practice and is very passionate about therapy being grounded in good practice that prioritises the well-being of each individual client. Her breadth of experience working with people from all walks of life has also sharpened her awareness of the need for acceptance regarding all areas of diversity and difference, especially if those differences lead to discrimination for the client.
Rowena offers therapy for a broad range of issues including:
Mood issues such as depression or bipolar disorder
Anxiety, panic attacks, fears or phobias
Marriage and couples therapy
Low self-esteem or self-confidence
Substance and behavioural addiction
Work related stress and burnout
Grief or bereavement
Premarital counselling - Prepare and Enrich facilitator
Prior to joining the team at Bridge Street Psychology Rowena worked for 14 years as a counsellor and as an academic, teaching counselling as a sessional lecturer. She was also Faculty Head of the Social Science degree at The Australian College of Christian Studies for 4 years and Faculty Head of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counselling at Emmaus Bible College for 6 years. Rowena has extensive experience working with individuals who are grappling with difficulties regarding their faith from having worked in church and faith based settings.
In her spare time, Rowena enjoys sailing, knitting, travel and yoga. She is also a very keen Rabbitohs supporter.